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Upcycling Expert - Annie Temmink

Annie Temmink

Annie completed her BA in sculpture and math from Davidson College in North Carolina, and received a Thomas J Watson Foundation Fellowship to travel independently for twelve months studying fashion and textiles.  From Indonesia to Japan, India to Uganda and Tanzania, she worked with village women, dove through sprawling second-hand markets and explored fashion in the world’s biggest cities and smallest towns.  The scope of her studies took her from preparing plants for organic dyes to exploring the factories that produce clothing for brand name stores.

Much of Annie’s inspiration comes from common or unwanted materials whose wide availability sparked her interest in recycling materials six years ago. Now she transforms repurposed clothing into sculpture for solo exhibitions and larger installations. Her work catches attention including that of trend forecasting companies in New York and private collectors on the east coast. Annie looks forward to blogging about her experiences and showing you how to create fabulous projects (clothing, jewelry and beyond) with materials from Goodwill.

Annie currently designs and makes clothing and accessories (and dances like-a-fool) in Charlottesville, Virginia. To learn more and to see Annie's projects visit: www.artemmink.com

Create a Valentine's Day Activity Book!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 5, 2014 12:37:00 PM

valentine's day bookValentine’s Day can be divisive, but this year make it collaborative! Instead of giving a coupon book, make an activity book to share with your significant other or friends. 

Design the book to create fun and exciting activities to do together. If you like crossword puzzles, add one to the book. How about coloring? Nothing builds anticipation better than coloring hand drawn (or printed) exotic coloring book pages together. Have a poem or a piece of writing? Include that, too. You can also get creative by valentine's day bookcropping photos of the two of you into different scenarios to subtly suggest date ideas, your future together, or things you might want to do later that night. You could also create a storyboard of your relationship together (this is sometimes funnier when you haven’t known the person very long.) Make sure to exaggerate mundane details and or crop your faces onto really unusual magazine bodies (body builders or models for example) to emphasize your good features!

valentine's day bookYou will need:

  • A picture book from Goodwill
  • Magazines
  • Glue (glue stick or whatever you’ve got will do fine)
  • Scissors
  • Markers

valentine's day bookStart by designing the cover of your book. This will make the book feel like an exciting, quirky gift. Consider using bright colors, fire, and sultry imagery that you find in magazines, or some of the books available at Goodwill. You can also paint over images for a valentine's day booklayering effect. Play with the composition. Try to have an even mix of small, medium, valentine's day bookand large shapes, or perhaps just use a picture of the two of you (the more humor you infuse into this, the better.) Use a thin layer of glue to adhere all of the pieces to the cover. 

Once the cover is finished, glue your activities to the interior pages.  It can also be fun to include removable games.  For example:  cut out a funny shape/animal etc., from a magazine with a hole cut out for the head.  Then have fun Instagramming yourselves by holding the image in front of the other person, so that their face fills the picture! Endless fun J . There are many possibilities so get started and see what kind of fun and romantic games you can come up with!

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Topics: Upcycling, Upcycling Expert, Annie Temmink