Instead of using my words, Carla which is a great writer wrote about her experience while working with me about HIMANE Upcycling and how we met.
December 2, 2011
I first met Catherine in January 2011 at a Style with Glee clothing swap in Brooklyn, and I was immediately taken with the idea of Himane and its upcycling approach to fashion — using discarded items like umbrellas to make useful and fashionable clothing and accessories. But when Catherine mentioned that the skirt she was wearing was made from her late mother's blouse, I knew our paths had crossed for a reason. I had just lost my father to cancer four months earlier, and my mother was having a hard time still seeing my father's clothes in the closet each day. So I told Catherine that I wanted to make gifts for my family out of my father's clothes for the following Christmas.
|Carla Rose Fisher with her lovely father the well-dressed Anthony Arnone, stands with me at an ASCAP performance in NYC in 2001. (Picture, courtesy of Carla Rose Fisher.)|
|Pants and Tie Before.|
|Pants and tie after as a clutch.|
|Ties after, as eye glasses holder|
|Blazer after as a messenger Tote.|
|Inside Messenger Tote|
|Part of Blazer into a small bag.|
|Envelope clutch, made of pants and tie.|
|Tote, made of pants and Tie|
|Tote made of Pants and Tie|
|Wallets made of Ties.|
|Wallets made of Ties|
|Carla Rose Fisher with her lovely Mother. "My mom said these upcycled gifts (hers was a handbag and an eyeglass case) were the most incredible, thoughtful gifts she could imagine."|
|Carla Rose Fisher with her lovely family during Thanksgiving 2011.|
Carla Rose Fisher, once again THANK YOU, for your trust and free wheel to let me choose the designs and all the support and kind words. Honestly, I am writing those words with tears in my eyes. I don't think I will be able to express my feelings. While working in your items, I did not consider it as work, it was more like therapy for me. So I, myself will say again Thank you.
You can read Carla Rose Fisher blog here: http://saidandsung.com/operations/an-upcycled-unforgettable-thanksmas/ and to learn about her work as well.
Happy Holidays to you all.