Rags To Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast

Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast with Crispina ffrench, is designed to inspire, educate, and celebrate textile upcycling entrepreneurs - to build truly sustainable businesses that support us, our communities and the planet by shining light on people with a hand in making that happen. It’s where your favorite creative textile craft class, environmental business school, playing dress-up and notable high design meet. Are you ready?

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4 days ago

Inspired by the enormous volume of clothing donations that were not being resold at her local Op Shop (that is Kiwi for Thrift Shop), this week’s guest, Bea Lorimer launched Heke Design to call attention to and address the issue with creative ingenuity. 
She shares her focus on building her business to an international audience and how she traded in touring all over the world in the music industry for her island studio and retail collective. 
Are you ready?

YOU got the Role!

Monday Jan 23, 2023

Monday Jan 23, 2023

Have you noticed the beautiful mushrooming of conscientious designers using textile waste to create new makes? 
How about the vintage and thrift fashion bloooom? 
You guys, the world is changing and, I dare say, textile upcyclers, recyclers, and re-users are leading the way!  This we week we dive into actionable steps you can take to be counted, voice your concerns and challenges and celebrate your wins and accomplishments.  
It is your time to step into the spotlight with your starring role in addressing global textile waste with creative ingenuity...
Are you ready?

Monday Jan 16, 2023

Learn about how one woman came to run a global upcycling company by accident.
Nicole Snow started "Darn Good Yarn" on accident. What started out as a side hustle in her guest bedroom and two boxes of recycled silk yarn has exploded into a world-wide company working to better the lives of our global community. Since her humble beginning, Darn Good Yarn has grown into a strong and steady powerful business thats creating a positive impact on the world.

Monday Jan 09, 2023

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the grandma's fabric stashes?  Are you building your own stash?  
If you are like me, you have been asked a 100 times if you want boxes (and boxes) of neatly folded fabric, notions, threads etc someone left behind.  
Hard to turn down, but....
No Thank you... Do call my friend Kathryn Swanson.  She has need.    
Wait till you meet her and learn about Swanson's Fabrics and the mind-blowing business model she is developing.  You are not going to want to miss this one.  She has magic up her sleeves...

Monday Nov 28, 2022

Debra Rapoport, a native New Yorker, has been curating her outfits from handmade elements since she was a girl.  Starring in Advanced Style the film and featured in three Advanced Style books, Debra is a creative force of non-traditional materials and reuse.  Her clothing and accessories are designed to be worn and displayed... and she work IS displayed in many museums.
This is what the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC published about her:
Debra Rapoport is a visual artist working with nontraditional and repurposed materials to create clothing and accessories that she wears with great panache. Her flamboyant embellishments and hats start with A/B/C: Assembling, Building, and Constructing for the body, incorporating color, texture, and layering. Embracing the idea that frugality is fun, she constantly re-invents and curates her closet without being a conspicuous consumer.
Rapaport's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), LA County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum (Athens, Greece) and the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Helen Williams Drutt Collection.

Monday Nov 21, 2022

The Adventures of Buying and Selling Vintage as told by Meri Avratin of Sideshow Clothing
Meri, at Sideshow Clothing in Craryville NY, and on Etsy, has been selling top quality vintage clothing dating from the 1880s to the 1990s since the 1990s.  Plus, she is one of my best friends.  Meri shares about building her business and how she finds success selling in person and online.  
Learn how she sources her kick-ass collection curated with a passion for history, the making process, fabric construction, and fashion.  
Sideshow is known for high quality curated vintage, upstanding customer relations and ingenuity.... 
Tune in, Subscribe, Review and pass it on.  The more interaction our show gets the better the algorithm likes it!

Monday Nov 14, 2022

Sticking to core beliefs, even when it means turning down what might seem like exciting offers, is imperative to build your successful upcycling brand. 
In this episode, Elle Litiatco, the creative force behind Ellerali shares what makes her tick.  She's vocal, effervescent and rocketing her biz with All Birds’ All Good Collective, designing on Fuse TV’s Recycle Nation, and continuing to make and show her work at select events and venues.
Brought to you by Sideshow Clothing and Stitcherhood.

Monday Nov 07, 2022

By integrating ancient indigenous knowledge and cutting edge science, Founder, Tierney Thys and Lesli Robertson, Outreach Director of Around the World in 80 Fabrics are creating alternative fabrics and an alternative lifestyle to the fast fashion trend.
My mind is blown ~  Take a listen and share your response on our show notes page at www.ragstorichestextileupcyclingpodcast.com

Monday Oct 24, 2022

Christi Johnson is an accomplished maker, stitcher, teacher and author.  In this episode she shares how seasonal rhythms inspire the mythological imagery she embroiders.  Christ's work is best known for rich symbolism and embellishment breathing freshness into vintage treasures that she enriches with her practice combining upcycling, mythology, spirituality, and craft.  

Monday Aug 15, 2022

Kathleen Tesnakis, founder of ekologic, Inc. has been a pioneering force in the Green Fashion Movement since 1996. Driven to change overconsumption and single-use ideology, Kathleen has personally transformed over 16 tons of post-consumer woolen garments into revisioned wearable art. Her company, ekologic, specializes in recycling post-consumer cashmere clothing into products that inspire eco-conscious living and empower self-expression. This remade cashmere is created by re-using locally sourced post-consumer textiles, thus eliminating reliance on virgin materials, chemical processing and excessive transportation. The ekologic studio operates as a circular design system where scrap waste trickles down to become heirloom treasures. All ekologic items are handmade in the Troy, NY studio and sold across the United States at juried art shows, galleries and online at www.ekologic.com. ekologic is ‘apparel revisioned for the benefit of people and planet.


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