The Refashion Co-op is run collectively by the editor group who each take it in turn to do a moderator shift of the blog. They each have a day a week where they keep an eye on the co-op and contribute to the community feeling. Please welcome:
Debbie, UK: 200 words about me? I was a “Blue Peter” child, making stuff from washing up liquid bottles, bits of string, cardboard boxes and never grew out of it. I used to cut up and remake my dolls’ clothes and graduated to my own clothing as a teenager. I have two kids, four chickens, one rooster, oh yes, and one husband too. We are currently are renovating and rebuilding a house which we hope to move into in summer.
I originally trained as a painter and printmaker and have had a strange assortment of jobs along the way. I blog at Minnado’s house about my sewing, other making, consumption and life in general. I am trying to live in a less consuming lifestyle and am working towards a me-made and refashioned wardrobe, and am fascinated by the relationships we have with the stuff we own and the stuff we want to own.
Read Debbie's posts on Refashion Co-op here!
Eddie, Germany: I'm a Digital Humanist (someone who researches IT for Humanities subjects) at a university in Germany. I am a mom and wife and am very passionate about crafts (mainly knitting, sewing and spinning). I blog about crafts, my work, family history and other things that come my way at Eddie's room and post tips and ideas on my Facebook page.
I have always loved thrift shopping and refashioning is for me a natural follow-up from this. It is thrifting and craftiness combined into your own unique style. For me the co-op idea was also interesting from a professional viewpoint as an experiment to see whether it is possible to run a multi-editor / multi-contributor site between people from all over the world, who have never met in real life. So far it is a success as my own maternity leave shows.
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Recycled Fashion), create (my crafty blog is Recycled Sewing) and occasionally lead op shopping tours once every few months (for Melbourne Op Shop Tours) More recently, I co-founded a new e-commerce site Recycled Market, an online marketplace to buy, sell and find recycled products. I studied Business and Finance, and Interior Design, and worked in the environmental / community development sector for many years.
I feel very passionately about protecting the environment, therefore rather than landfill our beautiful planet with fabric, I prefer to buy second hand clothing, to refashion outfits from opportunity shop (thrift store) finds, and to sew my own garments using thrift fabric and vintage patterns. Recycled outfits make fashion more sustainable, and fun. I truly believe new style can be recreated from old “Fashion doesn't have to cost the earth, financially or environmentally.” My rambles can be followed on twitter, and I have a facebook page.
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Jenni, USA: Mom, wife, packrat, interior designer, Olympic-caliber bargain shopper, night owl, obsessive internet sleuth, fashionista AND fashion rebel (can't I be both?) jewelry maker, novel reader, realist-idealist (ok. what is going on here?) PISCES (oh yeah, I remember now...) creator of jewelry out of recycled sweaters, blogger about lotsa stuff here on Pagano Designworks and about The Store Of Her Dreams. Sometimes followed on Facebook and Twitter. Originally aimed to be a fashion designer. Sewed prom dresses in high school, furniture slipcovers and floor length silk curtains later in life (Come to think about it, the curtains look like prom dresses too!) . Casual recycler but a solar energy collector. Never met a project I didn't think I could tackle (and I have the piles of supplies and mistakes to prove it). Likes the planning of the project more than the actual doing of the project. Dwells in the land of the classic cartoon saguaro cactus, where wool sweaters get donated to charity and thrift stores abound.
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Natalli, USA: Since before I can remember, my sisters and I were writing and performing our own little plays, pageants, and music videos. I have loved expressing my creativity ever since! I am especially fond of dancing, sewing, and--of course--refashioning. I could spend hours at a thrift store looking for potential beauties. I'm also a lover of words, video games, learning, music, and chocolate. You can read about some of my crafty endeavors at the blog I share with my sisters and about my life as a wife and new mom on my personal blog.
Bryony, UK. I'm an artist, fashion lover/hater, a writer and researcher. My ‘day job’ is clothing editor at Ethical Consumer magazine, but it’s much more to me than just that.
My interest in fashion began, like many girls, as a skint teenager, when I used to hack up and remake my own clothes from charity shop finds. I did this purely out of the desire to wear something different. Whether or not it always worked out visually (!), it felt natural to me to be hands-on and creative with the way I dressed. I’m glad I was (and still am), despite those photos that I’d rather forget…
As I grew older, I gradually became aware of the darker side of the clothing industry. My avoidance of the high street continued, but for bigger and deeper reasons. Working at Ethical Consumer means I get to research and write about these issues on a daily basis.
I’m also a freelance contributing writer, currently writing for Ethical Fashion Forum’s SOURCE magazine and the Ethics Girls website. In my spare time I blog about style and sustainability on my personal blog, Bagsful.
Read Bryony's posts on Refashion Co-op here!
Jessica, USA: Greetings from San Francisco! Office worker by day, madcap refashionista by night, rambling philosopher and amateur anthropologist in my spare time. I’ve recently returned to California after a two year stint in Boston, and spend my working hours in Chinatown improving the health of the low-income, immigrant Asian population. Crafting is my “me time” to nurture my creativity, invest an exorbitant amount of time in one refashion, and take small steps towards decreasing my eco-footprint. You can follow my crafting adventures and musings on life here, where I also indulge in the occasional fooding experiment, photography project, or neighborhoodly wanderings.
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ErikaH, Canada: Hi! I'm Erika, I'm from a small town on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. I'm a mama to a 1 year old lil lady, and have another on the way. My husband and I are artists who work for ourselves so being frugal, and going back to refashioning my own (and my family's) clothes has become second nature to me. I started sewing as a kid, mainly because I have a slight obsession with having to be a little bit different from everyone else. Small town dilemma: One store to shop for school clothes so everyone looked the same. So, I thrifted and bought a sewing machine. You can read more about me, and see what I do here.
Read Erika's posts on Refashion Co-op here!
The editor in charge can be contacted at: refashioncoop @ gmail . com