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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

Get Inspired with Goodwill!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Dec 31, 2014 12:50:00 PM

For my last post I thought it would be fun to chronicle some of the festive dresses I have found at Goodwill over the past year. What I love is the variety.  If you’re looking for a New Years outfit, you can always stick with sparkles, but you might also want to be a little more adventurous. 

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I like to use this festive holiday as an excuse to wear something I haven’t worn all year.  Maybe this year it’ll be that floral jumpsuit or the 1980s sequined dress, but if I go through my closet and find clothes that I just cannot bring myself to wear, I take them to Goodwill.  (Donating is often a great excuse to browse the store, and coincidentally that’s often when I’ll find a great new piece to restock my closet.)

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For your own resolutions (and general sanity) go through your closet. Pack up the stuff you no longer wear (photograph the really odd ball ones so you’ll preserve the memories) and donate it.  Your donations will help support job growth and training for those in your community who might need it. You’ll feel lighter and have a little extra space for the New Year. 

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As I reflect over the past year, I’ve purchased almost 100% of my clothing at Goodwill (including great hiking boots, heels, and running shoes.)  I did splurge on a pair of jeans and work pants from a retailer, but aside from that I have been able to furnish an apartment and outfit my wardrobe all from purchases made at Goodwill.  It’s been such a pleasure to write about the wonders you can find there, and to consistently come away with remarkable pieces. I hope you’ve found inspiration and encouragement from these blog posts, because you really don’t need a lot of money to put together a great wardrobe, fun accessories, or inspired housewares. You’ll find just about everything you could ever want at your local Goodwill, and with a few alterations, you’ll have exactly what you want!

So Happy New Year to everyone! And, happy browsing at Goodwill.


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