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Rags To Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast 

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Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast showers you with environmental optimism wrapped in the power of creative thinking to address excessive consumption with joy.  

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Listen each week for fresh ideas encouraging gentle living from industry leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, authors and designers stitched together with a common thread:

Reframing fashion, encouraging wildest dreams and reducing textile consumption with creative ingenuity so that we can have fun getting dressed knowing we are part of our environmental solution….

episode 5. 

meet Kathleen TEsnakis - Environmental Steward and fashion designer at Ekologic

Kathleen Tesnakis, founded ekologic, Inc. in 1996 and has been a pioneering force in the Green Fashion Movement ever since.

Driven to change overconsumption and single-use ideology, Kathleen has personally transformed over 16 tons of post-consumer woolen garments into revisioned wearable art.

Ekologic, specializes in recycling post-consumer cashmere clothing into products that inspire eco-conscious living and empower self-expression.

Kathleen's luxurious cashmere collection is created by re-using locally sourced post-consumer textiles, thus eliminating reliance on virgin materials, chemical processing and excessive transportation.

The ekologic studio operates as a circular design system where scrap waste trickles down to become heirloom treasures.
All ekologic items are handmade in the Troy, NY studio and sold across the United States at juried art shows, galleries and online at www.ekologic.com.

ekologic gives opportunity for creative self-expression while offering ‘apparel revisioned for the benefit of people and planet'.

Learn more about ekologic and connect with Kathleen Tesnakis in all of these places:


episode 5. 

meet JANE MILBURN - WARDROBE PERMACULTURALIST AND SLOW FASHION PRACTItiONER

GETTING CRAFTY: Jane Milburn (right) teaching Mikaela Moroney (left) to upcycle a t-shirt. Photo Lucy Smith / Daily Mercury

Jane Milburn's background in Agriculture informs her spin on conscious textile consumption.  She is inspired by the making process and how making what you wear with your own hands is a self-care practice in itself.

While traveling the world on her Churchill Fellowship we spent a weekend brainstorming and inspiring each other.  

She lives her Slow Clothing Manifesto with a mission to bring awareness and reintroduce simple mending skills enabling others to choose smaller textile impact too. 

"Slow Clothing is a way of thinking about and choosing clothes to ensure they bring meaning, value and joy to every day.  It is about thoughtful, ethical, creative and sustainable ways of dressing while minimizing our material footprint." A quote from Slow Clothing, Finding meaning in what we wear by Jane Milburn.

Learn more and connect with Jane in all of these places

Episode 5 of Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast is brought to you by The UnRuffled and Stitcherhood.  
Music by The Lucky Five Produced and edited by Van Daalhuyzen


episode 4. 

meet alix joyal - founder and proprietress of Joyaltee

Alix Joyal created her company, Joyaltee.  Joyaltee creates Memory Blankets from the clothing of their clients.
Alix is a textile upcycling rock-star who has spent time and creativity developing a business model that keeps her from playing ALL the roles. 

Here is an Alix quote: "I love creating and I am so excited to bring Joyaltee to a larger audience, providing affordable custom Memory Blankets as a way to celebrate achievements or to memorialize loved ones, using your own textiles and clothing."   
I LOVE how she brings her customers into the center of her business teaching them to see their used clothing as a way to add value, longevity and meaning.

Check out Joyaltee at all these places 

Be sure to enter CRISPINA at check out on either shop to get 20% off your purchase.
Thank you Alix!

Episode 4 of Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast is brought to you by Oldtone Music Festival.  Music by The Lucky Five Produced and edited by Van Daalhuyzen


episode 3. 

The stitcherhood story

We are diving into all the ins and outs of an amazing online community that is certainly more valuable than the sum of it's parts. 

This place is called Stitcherhood

Stitcherhood Recycling Society is designed for textile upcycling entrepreneurs who crave community of like-minded business people committed to creating truly sustainable businesses by supporting the planet, their community and themselves well, so that they can grow and develop their business to help change the way humans consume textiles. 

The mission is to help textile upcycling entrepreneurs find great success, inspiration and comfort in a community of their peers.

Dive in, get inspired and join the revolution of textile-centric environmental optimism from the listening comfort of your own world.

Episode 2 of Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast is brought to you by Oldtone Music Festival.  Music by The Lucky Five Produced and edited by Van Daalhuyzen


episode 2. 

meet The unruffled creatrix - sondra Primeaux

Meet Sondra Primeaux textile alchemist behind her brand, UnRuffled, board member at Austin Creative Reuse and Community Manager of Stitcherhood THE community for creative textile upcycling entrepreneurs.  

In this episode we chat about importance and intrinsic added value achieved by working with materials we already have.  Sondra is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. 

Dive in, get inspired and join the revolution of textile-centric environmental optimism from the listening comfort of your own world.

Episode 2 of Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast is brought to you by Oldtone Music Festival.  Music by The Lucky Five Produced and edited by Van Daalhuyzen

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