Friday, February 25, 2011

Copper Kitty

This kitty (along with everything else I post on this blog) was made from fabric from my huge stash of cotton scraps, thanks to the generosity of my friends. Once they learn that I can put a little bit of fabric to good use, they are more than happy to feed my fabric obsession. And when I say "huge stash", I am not talking about the metres and metres of fabrics I have purchased over the years with the intention of sewing clothing for myself.

I do manage to sew a few garments every year. I do not allow myself to cut into the fabrics meant for clothes unless I am actually making a article of clothing. Those fabrics are only fair game once they become scraps leftover from garment projects.

The fabric acquisition thing is escalating now. I realized that I don't necessarily have to shop in fabric stores anymore. Scouting thrift stores for used clothing has opened up a new world for me. I admit the thought of cutting up perfectly good clothes somehow seems wasteful, but if they're petite sizes, I don't feel so bad. :)

A friend of mine who is an art professor and likes my "art" and is very encouraging to me, just gave me bagfuls of discarded clothing and jewelry and has commanded me to go forth and create. There are some really wild things there that just might steer me into a different direction.


Summerset said...

Awww . . that's a cute kitty. Hey, be selective about those petite clothes!

Suzanne said...

This is wonderful!! I love your art!! I know what you mean about re-using fabric. We take gently used pillowcases or fabric remnants and make sundresses for girl in poverty. It is amazing what you can make from these leftovers and how much good they do!!