September 2, 2009

Profile: Justine Dennis

Justine Dennis rescues old sweaters and discarded clothing from local thrift shops and repurposes them into fiber sculptures. She began her artistic endeavors with ceramics and fell into the world of fiber accidentally, after a neighbor gave her a garbage bag full of discarded cotton. A self-proclaimed “old hippie,” Dennis couldn’t stare at the bag any longer and refused to let it go to waste.

So she concocted a process of creating fiber sculpture. Sixteen years later, she has perfected the art of repurposing by unraveling rejected sweaters and creating wall hangings, figures, hats, sculptures and purses from the fiber. After working with clay for years, she enjoys the literal and figurative flexibility fiber provides.

“There’s no pattern,” says Dennis. “I usually have a basic plan, but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes it looks like something I would like to look at, or maybe it starts to look like a horse or a dog. So it becomes that instead.” 

What an amazing thing you've

By Deburebu
What an amazing thing you've thought of doing. I was wondering if it's worth bringing you the two prom dresses that I have left from my older sister, so you can repair them, or should I buy a new dress from the internet. I heard that there's a special site for such dresses and occasions.