Cultural Definition (from dictionary.com): If we don’t waste what we have, we’ll still have it in the future and will not lack (want) it.

Wikipedia Definition: If one is not wasteful then one will not be needy.

Two definitions obviously saying the same thing, don’t waste perfectly good materials.

Let me introduce you to the revolutionary vision, Waste Not Want Not, located in Providence, RI; a radical movement in recycling, re-making, and reusing materials.  Specifically, they work to help support and promote truly inspiring local artists who look to use what others might throw away to create remarkable fine art as well as unique and practical apparel.  By utilizing basic textile skills and their unbounded creativity Waste Not Want Not is beginning to build a brand of clothing and accessories all of which are materials to be sold worldwide.

The dream turn reality was first envisioned by Laura “London” Shirreff, who was inspired by the local “charity shops” in the U.K. where she originates.  She began this collective of entrepreneurs and artists alike in a quest for sustainability and the ability to teach simple craft skills in order to give new life to otherwise discarded items.

They provide textile classes,

do community outreach programs,

Like this program with Triple R Craft Lab which helps young adults from low-income communities learn how to be more self sufficient…by dyeing with Kool Aid!

fashion shows,

Clothing: “Jolie” by Joeseph Aaron Segal and Julie Miller     Jewelry: “Thunderwing” by Nikki Nadeau

Clothing: Alley Dennig

and they are only in their second year.

The Textile Arts Center had the great fortune of meeting London and her mother last week in a very exciting beginning of a great relationship.  We hope to collaborate in the fight against wasteful consumerism and in the education of creating textiles.

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