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BH Upcycled Designs

Medium: Fiber/apparel

Description:  Beautiful, comfortable, fun wearables created from repurposed clothing

BH Upcycled Designs Artist Bio MaryLynne Boisvert The Process We rescue clothes that people are done with. If they are wool or cashmere sweaters, they get felted, then cut up so that the fabric can be used. Cotton, silk and linen are gently washed, then cut up, and sewn into wearable art pieces so they can have a whole new life. The History I’ve worked with my hands since I was a child. I believe the talent came from my grandmother, who was a seamstress and quilter and played with many other crafts. After working as a nurse for a few years, I found I was always happiest when working at my crafts, and longed for the chance to “live by the work of my hands”. When my youngest child was around 8 I took the plunge and Bethany Homecrafts (the original name for my business) was born. My work and my business have grown and evolved over the years, and I’m thrilled to be able to make a valuable contribution to our family in this way. My son has joined me in the business, and is doing design, sewing, and shows. Our work has several facets: creating wearable art from upcycled materials, teaching people about recycling, and encouraging people to use their own creativity to build a better world. I’m proud and grateful to be part of the “slow fashion” movement. Shows and Venues We have shown our work at Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, The Chatham Festival of the Arts, Peters Valley School of Craft Fall Festival, Mattapoissett Harbor Days, and many more. Shops that have carried our clothing and accessories include Indigo in Niantic, Red Pepper Gallery in Stonington, and Passports in Salisbury. The Items We create clothing and accessories ranging in price from $15 to $250, including skirts and tops for women, jackets, shawls, scarves, dresses, and headbands. We also have a small line of unique children’s clothes, and a few home goods like pot holders and tea towels. Everything we make is upcycled, combining our passion for art and the environment.

BH Upcycled Designs

Medium: Fiber/apparel

Description:  Beautiful, comfortable, fun wearables created from repurposed clothing

BH Upcycled Designs Artist Bio MaryLynne Boisvert The Process We rescue clothes that people are done with. If they are wool or cashmere sweaters, they get felted, then cut up so that the fabric can be used. Cotton, silk and linen are gently washed, then cut up, and sewn into wearable art pieces so they can have a whole new life. The History I’ve worked with my hands since I was a child. I believe the talent came from my grandmother, who was a seamstress and quilter and played with many other crafts. After working as a nurse for a few years, I found I was always happiest when working at my crafts, and longed for the chance to “live by the work of my hands”. When my youngest child was around 8 I took the plunge and Bethany Homecrafts (the original name for my business) was born. My work and my business have grown and evolved over the years, and I’m thrilled to be able to make a valuable contribution to our family in this way. My son has joined me in the business, and is doing design, sewing, and shows. Our work has several facets: creating wearable art from upcycled materials, teaching people about recycling, and encouraging people to use their own creativity to build a better world. I’m proud and grateful to be part of the “slow fashion” movement. Shows and Venues We have shown our work at Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, The Chatham Festival of the Arts, Peters Valley School of Craft Fall Festival, Mattapoissett Harbor Days, and many more. Shops that have carried our clothing and accessories include Indigo in Niantic, Red Pepper Gallery in Stonington, and Passports in Salisbury. The Items We create clothing and accessories ranging in price from $15 to $250, including skirts and tops for women, jackets, shawls, scarves, dresses, and headbands. We also have a small line of unique children’s clothes, and a few home goods like pot holders and tea towels. Everything we make is upcycled, combining our passion for art and the environment.

Tour Location: Arbor Arts Center 1st Floor - Weekend #1

Website: www.bhupdesigns.com

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