Bulging boxes of fabric leftovers moved around with me from the Garment District studio to Soho, the Meatpacking District, and finally the West Village. All locations where I worked from.
I kept them for a number of reasons: they held memories and stories of custom made pieces, they were quality raw materials and most importantly, I wanted to avoid having them end up in landfills.
One special day in the Fall of 2015, I met Cynthia from The Weaving Hand, an artisan who operated a number of old-fashioned wooden looms out of her Brooklyn studio. Fabric leftovers found their way out of their boxes onto these looms and were transformed into beautiful handwoven textiles.
In the process, we engaged an underserved community to help us cut the fabric leftovers into strips and color code them. With their help we were able to curb pollution and create beautiful textiles, while keeping it all local.