Transformed Remnants

Many years ago, I caught Steve going though my garbage removing the discarded ends of t-shirts cut away in the process of making memory quilt commissions. He thought it was a crime for all of that unused fabric to go into a landfill.

That brought me to the potential of these remnants and with that I began my personal mission to make productive use of every single t-shirt commission leftover.

I’ve made functional quilts, art quilts, yoga bags, purses, shopping bags, and pillows from the bits and pieces but as compulsion rears its ugly head, my remnant piles continue to multiply beyond the space I have to house them.

With continued determination to use every piece, I am always on the lookout for new products, so I was thrilled when my daughter Sarah showed me a shrug from American Apparel. This summer I made a first sample in white.

Last week I made a second shrug using the black remnants and included the American Apparel Circle Scarf. Stay tuned for many many more. This is the tip of the iceberg!

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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