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I've always considered myself an autumn girl. Growing up in Oregon with it's epic autumns, it feels like it is in my very bones. The cold, rainy time of year with all the leaves turning color is my favorite season, the cycle of decay before the rebirth is so beautiful.

 

I wanted to deconstruct preexisting items and make a completely recycled scarf, which seemed in fitting with the cycle of decay and rebirth. Except for the the thread everything is recycled! The black fabric is canvas from some old work jackets from a deli job i used to have. I cut the black fabric into random shaped pieces, sewed them back together, cut them apart, and so on, until i was happy with the arrangement of scraps. then i cut out different shaped holes. I placed oak leaves from the ground outside our apartment and sprayed them with a diluted water bleach mixture to get the leaf shapes. The colored fabric shapes behind the cut out holes are all from recycled vintage clothing, including a tie dyed poncho that my mother used to wear in the 70's. Finally, for added warmth, i lined the back with a strip of brown sweater material for added warmth.

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Taken on November 23, 2009