Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Bags Plus More: Made With Simplicity July 15, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market.

Catherine Kaczanowski is the owner of Bags Plus More and is a member of the Reclaimed to Fame Market.  She designs fabulous tote bags, shoulder bags and plastic bag holders from recycled materials.

“My sewing bags, etc. all started a few years ago when my nephew’s school was having a fund raising bazaar. My sister-in-law (nephew’s mother) is an interior decorator and asked if I could sew up some items to sell. Well, the totes, etc. began! The bazaar was a success! This was two years ago. The school no longer has the bazaar, but I have continued sewing and selling at craft shows when I can and online. I also make donations to our local Physically Challenged Developmental Site, Cancer Centers and Nursing Homes.

“I use upcycled interior decorating fabric samples from my sister-in-law’s business. Instead of throwing these items to landfills, I reuse them to make useful handmade items. All items are double stitched with a zigzag finish. I keep it simple, durable, washable, and useful!”

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JM Craftworks – Fine Handcrafts of Wood & Fabric June 3, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

Jim & Marilyn of JM Craftworks have a wonderful shop at 1000 Markets and are merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market. Here’s their story:

We’re a husband/wife team with a small crafts shop specializing in high-quality handmade items, primarily of wood and fabric. All of our work is designed and constructed from start to finish entirely by us. Everything we make is slightly different in size and shape and no two are the same. Each is an original.

We both have a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in visual arts. We have worked full-time for museums and galleries for over 15 years as well as previously running our own art services business for six years. Our training has given us a thorough grounding in essential technical skills and enables us to approach our crafts work with the perspective of artists. We are fans of American styles such as Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Mission, and Prairie, and one of our main goals is to bring the values of these past styles into contemporary settings.

We do not use any endangered or exotic woods in our work. We are a green shop and use recycled and reclaimed materials wherever possible; making second use of materials that would otherwise go to waste. Our primary sources of woods are cutoffs from a local large commercial wood shop. The woods they don’t want, which are usually sections with unusual color or interesting patterns in the grain, are exactly what we want for our small handmade items. We’ve also been able to save wood from trees scheduled to be taken out by the city.

Watch a Flickr slide show of our shop in action, producing two handmade wooden jewelry boxes using wood saved from a walnut tree removed by the city. We contacted the city forester and were allowed to gather enough wood for many future projects. See the progression from a section of rough tree limb to finished products: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmcraftworks/

Whether you’re searching for a keepsake box, a fabric collage or a special handcrafted item that will turn your house or apartment into a home, we can help. We always have work in progress so please check for new items and special sales and promotions. We have work that is in stock and can be shipped immediately, or you can request a custom order for a one-of-a-kind piece that is exclusively yours.

See our portfolio of past & present work on Trunkt: www.trunkt.org/jmcraftworks

 

Roobie Soup – Fabulous purses recycled from cigar boxes! May 27, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

One of the merchants at the Reclaimed to Fame market is Roobie Soup of Orlando, Florida, who fashions fabulous purses from recycled cigar boxes.   Here’s her story:

“I have been creative my whole life… in fact I have been surrounded by creativity as well. I grew up in the south and in a college drama department.  My dad was a drama professor and I spent many an after school night in the costume designer’s (my mom) or set designer’s company. 

“I created jewelry and scrapbooked my little heart out. Then I came up with a way to put them together and show it off sort of subtly!

“Anyway, I am not one to do mass production.   I sort of get bored recreating the same old thing.     I love to alter the use of an item and create something completely different and artistic with it.   I live an “altered” life… hee hee!

“I think life should be fun and you should have ample opportunity to laugh, whether it is at yourself or the situation.”

 

A Second Chance – Unique Fiber Arts May 21, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

Introducing another of our fabulous merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets, Jess of A Second Chance, who has shared her story with us:

“Just to let you know who I am… I’m an internationally touring teaching artist. What? One who travels 250+ days out of the year to perform (theatre, dance, music), teach those skills to others (pre K – professional), and produce/write music (3 cds to date, hear them at http://www.jesspillmore.com).

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“I’m co-founder of an educational physical theatre company, Creatively Independent, as well as co-founder of an Americana Indie music label, RoadWorm Music.

“A Second Chance is an extension of all that inspires me.  I find expressive, abandoned/discarded sweaters and imagine their lives.  I imagine what they can now become and who might be drawn to it.  My different arts have common threads: improvise, enjoy the moment, listen, see the big picture and soak in the details.

“Recycling, re-crafting and supporting charity stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army is how I try and make a difference.  While on the road so much, I come across some great vintage pieces that don’t fit me… so why not spread the love?  Plus, 10% of all sales are donated to KIVA.org.  See who’s benefited already!

“I spend most of my time teaching others how to find and express their personal voice.  Now, I’m helping these pieces do the same for you.”

Jess
A Second Chance