- 3:40 pm - Tue, Jun 11, 2013
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Interesting essay looking at Etsy sellers whose reuse-based work incorporates emotionally charged objects and materials:
While it brings satisfaction, working with cherished artifacts isn’t always easy. Tiffany Nelson of Warm ‘n’ Fuzzies creates quilts from baby clothing. Her first customer was the mother of a two-year-old who had died of cancer. “I had a hard time cutting into his clothing,” says Tiffany. “I have two boys of my own, and I could not stop thinking about the family and what they must be going through.” She’s gone on to make numerous quilts from baby clothes for families whose children have grown older. “I imagine how hard it must be to send off your memories to a complete stranger and wait for months to see what the end product will look like,” says Tiffany, so she keeps customers apprised of her progress through photos. “I make these quilts because it brings a smile to my face every time I finish one and I hear my customer’s reaction.”
Emotions run deep for many Etsy sellers who upcycle sentimental items. Mario Nickos of Redsmo has created teddy bears for children from the clothing of a grandparent who died before they were born. Mumsey of Mumsey’s Mouse House got started when she crafted tiny mice for family members from clothing their deceased mother had worn. “When I saw the joy it brought them, I decided to offer this to others,” she says. Goldie of Goldie Fox transforms military uniforms and the memories they hold into bags, including a New Daddy bag for a friend. “It is very rewarding to give new life to something as symbolic and emotional as a uniform,” she says.
The whole piece is here & worth a read: Making Memories Last: The Art of Sentimental Upcycling | The Etsy Blog