Trashion Team Spotlight- Interview with Lori from Fisheye!

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Tell us a bit about yourself : I have always seen unusual possibilities in discarded materials. Lately I've found the time and drive to create some of these visions.

Trashion materials: unwanted garments made from linen, cotton, or wool, found buttons, vintage household linens

I transform them into: lots of bags, purses and totes

How do you do it? Well, it involves a lot of space and a big mess, to spread out my possible materials and decide what to do next. Then I cut things up and sew them together. Sometimes I keep elements of the original garment, like pockets, pleats, etc. as part of the bag. It's interesting to recognize the heritage of these pieces.

What inspired you to do this and why are you involved in trashion? I guess the inspiration is seeing really useless garments made from beautiful fabrics. I find things in thrift shops and want to make something new, useful and relevant with this fabric.

What was the first thing you made using a trashion concept? The first thing I remember is taking a plastic mesh onion bag and sewing in a zipper, to use as a purse. This was in maybe 7th grade. Hey, I'm still making purses; have I progressed at all?

What are your current projects and what is on the horizon?

Currently, I'm working through a big pile of linen fabric. It's so great for Spring and Summer bags.

Why should people buy handmade, and buy from trashion? It's a way to own unique, creative items, that have a history and a story, and have been touched by human hands and hearts.

How cute is the strap/zipper idea?!

Thanks for taking us behind the scenes of Fisheye Lori. : ) We look forward to more fabulous repurposed totes and purses!


Trashion Team Spotlight- Interview with ReplayGround!

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In a nutshell:
RePlayGround is a place where discarded materials take on new life. We create new products from recycled items. You can also visit our website ( and make your own DIY recycled projects.

Tell us a bit about yourself :

I'm a Design Junkie and I reuse anything I can get my hands on. I've worked on a series of DIY recycling project books with publisher Giddy Up, titled This into That. These books encourage kids to turn their discards into cool new items like purses, picture frames, and more. My recycled projects have appeared in many publications including ReadyMade Magazine, Craft Magazine, ID Magazine and The Washington Post. I think that garbage has feelings, too and sometimes can be found
talking to my pile of junk at my design studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Trashion materials:
Any garbage I can get my hands on, including, but not limited to, wine corks, bottle caps, used clothing, empty cereal boxes, old credit cards, and more.

I transform them into:
Anything I can think of like credit card earrings, wine cork trivets, bottle cap magnets, cereal box journals, t-shirt tote bags, and more.

How do you do it?
I do it with the use of some tools like wire cutters, my trusty drill press, a paper punch, and my own two hands. Sometimes I use other sets of hands in the Brooklyn area.

What inspired you to do this?
I've been reusing scrap materials since I was a kid and involved in 4-H. Scrap stuff makes great art supplies.

Do you remember the first thing you made using the trashion concept?
What was it?
The first thing I made was a CD holder out of an old microwave when I was an undergrad. The microwave broke and it was a shame to throw it out, so I turned it on its side, added a shelf and put CDs inside. I still have it and it holds 32 CDs.

What are your current projects and what is on the horizon?
I'm always working on new DIY projects and am currently trying to figure out what to do with an old cap and gown that a friend gave me.

Why should people buy handmade, and buy from trashion?
Trashion is a great way to show the potential that garbage has to come back to life. It's not all trash, it just needs to be looked at in a new way and given some tender loving care.

More you'd like to share:

I received my masters degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. While there I worked on my thesis, titled "Trash Nouveau – Reincarnating Garbage into Usable Products." Hurray for recycling!

Thanks for letting us in on your design process Tiffany! : ) Awesome pieces!


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