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SJ MUSEUM SHOW collage

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Here is what Destiny and I have been doing instead of writing a new blog post last week — preparing shoes and bags to go on display this summer at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles! The show opens July 11 and goes until August 22.

The show, entitled “Recycled, Up Cycled, Re-Purposed Clothing, A Slow Fashion Movement,” is the brainchild of Darcy Fowkes, who enlisted Destiny and me to do the shoes and bags, and Jill Pillot, who, like Darcy, will be exhibiting recycled clothing. Destiny and I will also be teaching a class there Sunday, July 19 on painting and embellishing shoes. (We’ll give you more info and a link to register for the class as the time approaches.)

I have been a huge fan of Darcy‘s work since I met her years ago at the Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild, which meets monthly just outside San Jose, CA. She uses only recycled garments, reworks some of them, adds trims (made from parts of other garments), and combines pieces in thoroughly creative ways. The results are magnificent ensembles and collections from discarded clothing and other materials. It was such an honor when she asked if Sassy Feet would do the shoes and bags to accompany her ensembles — especially for a museum show!

Having given you a sneak peek of some of our pieces that will be on display, here is a sneak peek of one of Darcy’s. I can’t even tell you how many different garments went into the making of this beautiful ensemble (FYI, those aren’t our shoes).

Darcy Fowkes' ensemble

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