About the Book
Our culture glorifies the new. Trendy garments with built-in obsolescence quickly lose appeal when they appear on the “what’s not” side of the “what’s hot” fashion column. So they’re relegated to the back of the closet….stuffed into a bottom drawer… and, if they’re not dumped into the trash, they eventually find their way to thrift and consignment stores where they languish under the humiliation of multiple markdowns and overpopulated racks.
As every savvy recycler knows, treasure often hides between purple power suits and polyester broomstick skirts. And the thrill of finding a mustard dupioni silk blouse or a fine gauge British wool dress makes the sometimes exhaustive searches worthwhile. I am proud to say that I design all of my garments from recycled materials.
Lori Sandstedt came to creativity later in life than many of her contemporaries. For most of her adult life, she worked in corporate training and communication. While she always managed to integrate creativity into her work, it was her employer’s buyout and subsequent downsizing that opened the door to self-employment. In 1995 she walked out of that world and never looked back. Her first creative enterprise was a handmade greeting card business and a few years later, she transitioned into jewelry and handbags. In 2007 she bought a vintage Bernina sewing machine for $35 and began designing clothes. Twice nominated for Niche Awards- which recognize fine American craft- her work has been featured in numerous magazines and books. You can follow her blog at www.lorimarsha.com where she writes about her current projects and shares her colorful, inspiring photographs.