Textile Recycling Resources

Textile Recycling Symbol

Some of the organizations I have worked with to creatively raise awareness around textile recycling:

– Eileen Fisher >> eileenfisherrenew.com
– Goodwill Industries >> goodwill.org
– I:CO >> ico-spirit.com
– National Resources Defense Council nrdc.org
– The City of New York/Grow NYC grownyc.org
– The City of San Francisco/SF Environment sfenvironment.org
– USAgain >> usagain.com
– Wearable Collections, NY >> wearablecollections.com

More good textile recycling resources:

– Salvation Army >> salvationarmyusa.org
– Council for Textile Recycling >> smartasn.org
– 7th Generation Recycling >> 7grecycling.com

Recycling resources for other materials:

– Earth 911 (electronics recycling) >> earth911.com
– Build It Green, NYC >> bignyc.org
– NYC Computer Recycling >> nyccomputerrecycling.com
– Earthworm Recycling >> earthwormrecycling.org
– Glass Recycling Facts >> glass-elevators.com
– More Glass Recycling Info >> winecellarinnovations.com

Broader recycling initiative and resources:

– Grassroots Recycling Network >> grrn.org
– Zero Waste America >> zerowasteamerica.org
– Global Green, USA >> globalgreen.org
– The Freecycle Network >> freecycle.org

Childhood Drawings

Dads Birthday Card, 1971, Age 6
Dads Birthday Card, 1971, Age 6
Dads Birthday Card, 1971, Age 6

My figure drawing has little improved! Though I did faithfully capture his likeness, in particular his windows peak! Notice he has a heart in his belly. He was an amazing dad. Took me with him to his art studio pretty much whenever I wanted to go. It was an odd and wonderful place, in the middle of an active styrofoam factory that my family owned in Ballston Spa NY.

"Abstract" 1971, Age 6
“Abstract” 1971, Age 6

One of my “Abstracts” as I called them. I probably made this one night at The High Rock bowling lanes in Saratoga Springs, NY. My parents would bring me on league night and I would draw and eat french fries to entertain myself. I feel like I can still smell that place. Leather bowling shoes, floor wax, beer, Crisco and of course the smell of Crayola Crayons.

Wearing Others

Wearing Others

Wearing Others
Wearing Others

Size: 10″ x 7″

Materials: Notebook paper & pencil

This is based on a dream I had where I was standing in an earthen pit, a bit deeper than I am tall. Behind me stood my father. Behind him, his father. Behind him, his father. I am lucky to have known them all. I think it was implied in the dream image that the line went on forever and that I was only momentarily at the front. But actually, I do not have children, so I am the end of the line.

To Draw Next, 2004

Clothing Sculpture Drawings: To Draw Next, 2004
To Draw Next, 2004
To Draw Next, 2004

Size: 15″ x 11″

Materials: 200 lb. white paper & pencil

At one point, I had a pile of sketches about clothing sculptures spread across several sketchbooks. I wanted to develop them into finished drawings so I made this sketch as a sort of to-do list. Many of these thumbnails become finished drawings.