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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

Organizing for the Holidays

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 20, 2014 11:32:00 AM

holiday organizingWith Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s worth discussing preparation and organization for the big holiday meal. Whenever possible, my family snakes doors-turned-makeshift-tables throughout the house and covers them in festive, mismatched linens and invites everyone we know to a huge feast. This requires, among other things, a little preparation and LOTS of butter. Now, if you’re planning on hosting this year’s shin-dig, Goodwill can help you go a long way with your planning. 

holiday organizingBecause Goodwill stocks such a variety of jars, bins, and storage containers, it’s a great idea to start a collection of the pretty ones, and maybe even get a label maker (or hone your calligraphy skills).  

holiday organizingUse small jars and containers to keep spices fresh and airtight tubs for dry goods like lentils, beans, and pecans (for your family’s award winning pecan pie recipe). You might also get baskets for onions and potatoes and vintage ceramic pie plates for slices of citrus.  You can also find carving sets and platters for the main bird.  If you’re short on cups, plates, table holiday organizinglinens, or silverware, Goodwill can also help fill out your stock for a bigger crowd.  The best thing about buying from Goodwill is that your donations go toward funding job programs for people living with disabilities and other barriers. This is a great way to give thanks and give back to your community!

So let yourself indulge a little this year as you get ready for a great meal and time with family. Shop Goodwill for all the novelties and essentials you’ll need for your feast.

Topics: holiday organization, Goodwill, Thanksgiving, Annie Temmink, holiday cooking