|Brenda Abdullah recycles sweaters into new garments.|
PBS came out with a nice video on Etsy, shown below. They have several artists talk about the work that they do, giving special importance to recycling or upcycling the old into something new. They also make a good point in stating that Etsy allows artists access to a broad market, that art does not need to exclude that which is functional or available to the masses.
Many of our TAFA Team members also have the environment as their agenda. Garbage becomes the raw materials we forage for in our work. And, those selling vintage items also extend the life of something old, giving it a renewed purpose in a fresh home. "One person's trash, another one's riches."
You will find examples of both upcycled and vintage items in all of our shop categories. Explore the tabs at the top of this blog to visit our Etsy shops.