Enter Nana Spears, a fashion industry vet and former assistant buyer at Barneys, and painter Naomi Clark. These two craft Brooklyn-based ladies who have banded together to save unloved blankies and give them a decidedly whimsical second lease on life. Working together under the name Fort Makers, Spears and Clark troll eBay, flea markets, and garage sales for old wool camping blankets. Clark then re-cuts, re-dyes, and re-quilts the tattered old thrift store finds, transforming them into “quilt paintings".
What started out as an art school thesis project has now turned into a business as Spears and Clark begin to sell to their upcycled textile art. The Fort Makers concept revolves around a wide-eyed sense of whimsy and adventure usually reserved for people under the age of ten (and certain Brooklyn residents). You know ... quirky art projects with new best friends, outdoor camping adventures, fort making … that kind of stuff. While the whole Fort Makers deal is a touch twee for my tastes (check out the Fort Makers manifesto, aka “Letter to Grandma”), I gotta give the girls credit for artistically repurposing items that usually collect dust on thrift stores shelves or end up in landfills.
Via [Apartment Therapy]
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