Hello, my name is Michelle Paganini. I've been studying Fashion Design for the last 6 years at Canada College in Redwood City, CA. Once I started to learn about the negative impact of new fashion I made a pledge to myself to stop buying new retail. That was over 4 years ago.
I now buy from thrift stores, consignment shops and rework my own clothing. I've used the skills I've used learned to create repeatable new designs. Upcycling has become a burning passion. My blog Thrifted, Gifted, Bought, Made @ michellepaganini.blogspot.com shares my work and passion.
I'm thrilled to join the Refashion Co-op group and I'm looking forward to interacting with everyone.
Sometimes upcycling is as simple as making a a pilled cashmere sweater wearable again with a bit of elbow grease.
Or changing buttons.
Or with a bit more effort embellishing something into one-of-a-kind art to wear.