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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

Valentine’s Day Glitter Shoes

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 12, 2014 9:40:00 AM

glitter shoesglitter shoesWant to add sparkle and color to your Valentine’s Day get-up without spending a lot of money? Easy! Go to Goodwill for a fun pair of heels and give them Wizard-of-Oz worthy opulence with acrylic paint and glitter.

glitter shoesYou will need:

  • Shoes from Goodwill
  • Spray adhesive
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glitter
  • Paint brushes
  • Q-tips

You could simply cover the whole shoe in glitter, but if you paint black shoes red first, the red glitter will show up better. You can also add a contrasting color, to give a little more interest. Once you’ve painted your design, let it dry thoroughly.  Next apply spray adhesive with a Q-tip to small areas of your shoe and douse liberally with glitter (it’s a good idea to do this over newsprint or plastic so that you can easily clean up the glitter later).  Shake off the excess glitter and have fun this Valentine’s Day in your new shoes from Goodwill!

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Topics: upcycle, Valentine's Day, Upcycling Expert, Annie Temmink