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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

Bleach Your Jeans!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 26, 2014 11:18:00 AM

I’ve noticed recently that more and more companies are playing with the surface treatment of their jeans. Bleach treatments in particular can make unique urban prints that are easy and inexpensive to do yourself. Bleach allows you to take an uninspiring pair jeans from Goodwill and turn them into one-of-a-kind, high-end denim over night.

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Pin It!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 19, 2014 2:02:00 PM

Pins can bring humor to your style without a lot of effort or over-the-top costuming.  You can be playful and particularly for guys, this is a great way to stand out and show everyone how interesting and unusual you are.

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Go Green for St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 12, 2014 1:15:00 PM

St. Patrick’s Day is next Monday (March 17th)! The day was typically observed by those of Irish descent and the Catholic Church to commemorate the start of Christianity in Ireland. Now St. Patrick’s Day seems like an excuse to wear green and pinch your forgetful friends. Regardless of your reasons for celebrating, holidays provide a great opportunity to try something new.  This year, try dying basic white clothes from Goodwill green! You’ll have as much fun wearing your new, green clothing as you will pinching those unfortunate people who forgot.

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Winter Letter Writing

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 5, 2014 11:23:00 AM
There’s nothing like getting a hand written letter in the mail on a snowy afternoon. Cards are also a lot of fun to make too. Just write on the back of your Goodwill receipt, a book page torn from a Goodwill book, or decorate paper bags with markers, pencils, and paints you find at Goodwill. Put in an envelope and delight your friends.  Also a great snow day activity. 

You will need:

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Alternative Drumming

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 26, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Groups like STOMP and the Landfill Harmonic have shown us that you don’t need much to make beautiful music. Both groups use trash and common objects to make fantastic rhythms and percussive sounds. They show that anything you can hit with a stick or brush against something else will make a noise, and with a little creativity you can turn that sound into something performance worthy.  

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Valentine’s Day Glitter Shoes

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

Want 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.

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Create a Valentine's Day Activity Book!

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

Valentine’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. 

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Silk Flowers

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 29, 2014 12:39:00 PM

I never thought I would find a good reason to buy artificial flowers, until I realized that fake flowers are just like Legos. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the components:  stems, buds, and connectors. They use a simple snap-on snap-off connection to make a wide range of life-like flowers. With these parts you can mix and match the variety of fake flowers you find at Goodwill to make exquisite hybrid, mutant flowers that are more fantastical than anything you would find on the shelf. There’s no need to buy new artificial flowers when you have such a great selection at a fraction of the cost available at Goodwill. Cook up your own flower varietals!

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Kitchen Clean Out

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 22, 2014 1:25:00 PM

January is a good month to rid your closets of unnecessary gadgetry and reassess your essentials. Consider the kitchen. Regardless of what you think the essential tools may be, I have compiled a list of seven unessential kitchen items that you can happily remove from your drawers without a second thought. By donating these non-essentials to Goodwill you’re giving yourself extra living space and also providing great up-cycling source material for your local (and friendly) artists!

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Reusable, wearable bags

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 15, 2014 9:51:00 AM

It’s 2014. Despite your resolutions to be more eco-friendly, I predict you will continue forgetting your reusable bags with the same frequency you always have.  Don’t despair.  You’ll never have to face the shame of showing up bag-less if you stock up on long sleeve t-shirts from Goodwill. All it takes to be green this year is a little ingenuity.

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