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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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.... 
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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.

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Churchill Fellow, Slow Clothing Philosopher, Textile Scientist, Jane Milburn shares her passion for lightening our textile load on Earth with self-care, creativity and abundance mindset.   
We met while she was traveling the globe researching creative textile reuse and the notion that making ones own clothing is nurturing.  Jane comes to our conversation from an educational background in the agricultural elements of textiles mixed with years of creative endeavors addressing excessive consumption and focus on fashion.
Learn more and get links at our show notes at www.RagstoRichesTextileUpcyclingPodcast.com

Tuesday Jul 26, 2022

Alix Joyal founded her memory blanket and kids clothing company based in Brattleboro Vermont after traveling the world, deep diving into the organic food industry and getting her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  
Join us for a candid conversation where she shares her journey and experience building her Joyaltee into a successful business that fits in with all the rest of what Alix does in the world.  

Tuesday Jul 19, 2022

We are diving into all the ins and outs of an amazing online community that is certainly more valuable than the sum of it's parts. 
This place is called Stitcherhood. 
Stitcherhood Recycling Society is designed for textile upcycling entrepreneurs who crave community of like-minded business people committed to creating truly sustainable businesses by supporting the planet, their community and themselves well, so that they can grow and develop their business to help change the way humans consume textiles. 
The mission is to help textile upcycling entrepreneurs find great success, inspiration and comfort in a community of their peers.
Dive in, get inspired and join the revolution of textile-centric environmental optimism from the listening comfort of your own world.
Show notes coming soon to  www.RagsToRichesTextileUpcyclingPodcast.com 
You ready?  I’m ready…  


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