Carla Fox has been making stuff from cast offs, scraps and found materials since she started fashioning doll clothes from her mother’s sewing scraps as a child. Both sets of grandparents, and my parents, lived with the notion of “use it up, wear it out, make do or do without”. She comes by it naturally.
So, over the past ten or so years, it seemed like a natural progression from making “regular” jewelry from beads to using found items, broken jewelry bits and pieces, and vintage jewelry. “I love working this way, and I had so many more avenues to explore in making adornments and wearable art. Why not go back to the fabric scraps? I have saved so many designer samples from my previous profession, and had finally lit upon a use for them: textile jewelry.”
Now Carla almost exclusively experiments with repurposed or upcycled textiles, embellishing these pendants, brooches and collars with a multitude of items. If she can sew or stitch it on by hand, she will use it. If not, she figures out a way. Carla says, “Each piece is unique, hand stitched and I never know where the process will lead me. Or what the outcome might be. ”
Well, as one of the members of the jury, I know exactly what I thought when I saw THIS piece. It screamed “BRIDE!!!!” to me. Immediately I envisioned someone on a budget buying a simple white sheath and then dressing it up with this.
I reached out to some wedding planners to let them know about our festival. Afterall, Carla’s neckpieces are amazing adornments, and so many of the other artists have items that would work as wedding presents or favors. And only one replied to me: “MY clients don’t wear garbage!” Her tone was so angry that I had even emailed her in the first place that I dropped it, but it sure was obvious she did not understand…..we are not presenting trash to the public with this Recycled Arts Festival, we are introducing the treasures that most people miss. And YOU understand this….thank you!
Carla Fox and Carla Fox Designs are located at Table #22.