The first step in starting my clothing line is cleaning out my sewing room so that I have a functional space to work. Going through boxes of old fabric acquisitions, scraps, and unfinished projects was really difficult process at first. I didn’t know where to start and I have a hard time throwing things away so I tend to just move things from pile to pile. I feel bad being wasteful and contributing further to our landfills. I keep bits of things, thinking someday I will turn them into something – a quilt, a bag, stuffed animal. All the ideas I had when I first obtained said random piece of fabric rush back to me. The thing is: I am in all likelihood NOT going to turn all this random fabric into some great work of art. But someone might.
Here in Portland there is a magical place where I can donate my odds and ends so that they can make their way to some crafter that will actually put them to use.
SCRAP is nonprofit organization whose mission is “to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.”
And it’s a wonderland of goodies and craft supplies, all donated, all diverted from the garbage. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend stopping in (also go to the ReBuilding Center, it’s the same kind of thing but for building supplies)
So I loaded up my trunk and headed to SCRAP. When I arrived, much to my chagrin, I saw that they were not accepting donations because they are moving! All the way across the river (it’s not really that far, I’m just complaining) Looks like I will have to haul around my donation for a few weeks.
I did however find some fun stuff. I wound up with a super retro 1977 book on Tatting, in all its earth-toned glory and a calendar from the Union of Concerned Scientist featuring entertaining cartoons about science deniers. Score!
Look for an update about SCRAP’s new location, later this month.