⟡ Ecological me ⟡
I was cleaning out my clothes closet. Something I like to do on a regular basis. If you saw my closet, you wouldn’t think there would be anything to clean out. I like to keep things spare. I pulled out four summer dresses. (In Tropica it’s summer all year round.) They were in that difficult category of: they still fit and they’re in such good shape. But they had played their part in my life and I knew I would no longer wear them.
But I couldn’t bear to part with them because the fabrication was too too beautiful. I do love my fabrics! I put them in a plastic bag for a long while. Every so often I would open the bag and it tortured me. Soft and thick French linen. (Manuelle Guibal) Superfine Japanese cotton. (Yukai) Handwoven Ethiopian cotton. (lemlem) Intricate Mexican indigo. (A rare shawl from Michoacan)
One day, I took the dresses to my design shop and asked for pillows to be made out of them. The shop girl giggled and thought it was gringa craziness going on. Then she started fingering the fabrics and decided I was cool.
The workman who cut up my dresses and made the cushions totally “got it.” The linen dress had flat patch pockets and I asked him to incorporate the pockets on the pillow. You probably wouldn’t notice they are there, but I do. He understood to make my lemlem pillow perfectly off center, just how I like it.
I’m not a matchy matchy person. I like things a little off. These pillows grace my home as memories of summers past. If I lived in northern climes, what could be better than a grey flannel pillow, or a favorite sweater pillow?
That’s it for today! I had to tell you! Do you have any recycling ideas to share with us?