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LADYFITS’ Sonya Darrow: A Hometown Thrift Artist

Aug 6, 2012

by Linzee McCray handmade and vintage goods

It’s not easy to tell where Sonya Darrow’s artwork ends and her life begins. The clothing she creates for her exhibitions, lectures, and photos is some of the same clothing she wears as she walks the streets of her Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hometown — skirts fashioned from mops, dresses stitched from tablecloths, blouses sculpted from vintage lace and hanks of embroidery thread, headpieces crafted of embroidery hoops and holiday ornaments. Her deep engagement with her Czech heritage influences the shapes and forms the clothing takes. Sonya’s activities and art reflect a commitment to sustainability: despite Iowa’s climate extremes, Sonya chooses not to own a car, and the clothing and artifacts that comprise her artwork are made almost exclusively from recycled materials, down to the needles and thread she uses to stitch her garments.

These affinities made Sonya a regular fixture at her local Goodwill stores, where she foraged for inspiration and materials. “A thrift store is a cultural pocket in a neighborhood, and I find so many historical pieces there,” she says. Her presence intrigued Goodwill, whose mission is to advance the social and economic well being of those facing barriers to independence, and they contacted Sonya about forming a partnership.

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Sonya models a garment composed of 100-year-old quilt materials.

“They were open to anything I wanted to do — this was new for them,” says Sonya, who calls her business LADYFITS. “So I told them I’d love to be an artist-in-residence. My official title is thrift artist. I’ve learned so much about all the great things they do. I wave the flag of Goodwill.”

Sonya’s thrift artist activities include a Recycle in Style fashion show at which LADYFITS and local designers share clothing created solely from repurposed textiles and materials; this year’s 4th annual event drew more than 300 people. She’s joined forces with Goodwill’s Day Habilitation program, which works with individuals whose emotional or physical disabilities make independent work difficult, to help clients use items gleaned from Goodwill stores to express themselves artistically. Sonya publishes brief, image-filled newsletters about her work with Goodwill, distributing them through the stores and carrying them with her to hand out. “You never know whom you might meet,” she says, acknowledging that people recognize her at the grocery store and on the street. “There are all those clichés about Iowans being shy, but if you’re a genuine person, people will approach you.”

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LADYFITS in action at a local Goodwill.

One-on-one encounters also take place during the Open Studio she holds in Goodwill during store hours, when she works on her art and makes herself available to shoppers.

“People of all ages are drawn to Sonya,” says Brent Watkins, creative services manager at Goodwill of the Heartland. “They ask her about her process and she’ll give them ideas of how to use items they find. She’s great at using things in ways people might not think of.”

These encounters are one of Sonya’s favorite parts of being a thrift artist.

“I like to be directly in contact with the community,” says Sonya, who also sees herself as an educator, helping customers learn about the world and work of an artist while inspiring them to make art for themselves. “People could be shopping for furniture and there I am in the corner. I put myself in a vulnerable place and it gives people a chance to see the sacrifices and time a maker puts into a piece. Some Goodwill shoppers might not go to galleries or may be suspect of artists. I’m transparent about what I’m doing and why, like dismantling a vegetable steamer and crocheting it. I like to break down what I’m doing and let them know ‘Hey, I’m just like you.’”

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Sonya enjoys a kolache, a traditional pastry, in Cedar Rapids' historic Czech Village.

And she is just like the customers in many ways. Sonja spent her childhood in Cedar Rapids, a city where a significant number of citizens have Czech heritage. Growing up, she celebrated St. Nicholas Day and listened to polka music at the bandstand in Czech Village on summer nights. She studied journalism and art in college, but rather than move to New York as so many of her friends did, she felt compelled to return to Cedar Rapids.

“I’m a very determined person. I like having hurdles to jump over and I’m not scared easily,” she says. “But I decided there was a reason to come back to Cedar Rapids, though I didn’t know what it was. It turned out to be a great decision because a lot of key art players in town said ‘Yes, you can be on our board’ and ‘Yes, you can write grants’ and pushed me to try things I didn’t know how to do and helped me flourish and learn. I owe them so much.”

She’s also seen a darker side of her hometown. In 2008, a flood damaged thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses (including the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, where Sonya is a regular volunteer). After the waters receded, Sonya was hired to gather information about the actions and needs in flooded areas. “It was horrible seeing the damage and destruction of places and artifacts that inspired so much of my creativity and aesthetic, and seeing the grief of the residents,” she says. “I did that for two years. The decay of things inspired me; there is beauty in loss and devastation. But I had to step away and regain myself as an artist. The flood pushed me to be an activist and give back culturally through what I do and communicate.”

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"I like the idea that I’m creating my interpretation of folk dress. The materials in this headdress include Christmas ornaments, zippers, doilies, and embroidery hoops."

Sonya’s composed a life that enables her to do just that. She was asked to share her artistic perspective and process during the grand reopening of the Czech and Slovak Museum, when she spoke on Resourceful Expressions through Folk Dress. Brent Watkins of Goodwill will be sharing the story of Sonya’s creative engagement as thrift artist at the national Goodwill meeting later this year. Though she makes frequent trips to New York and hopes to exhibit at Bohemian National Hall, Sonya has no intention of leaving Cedar Rapids. She’s pieced together a life that enables her to make art, expose others to its value and pleasures, and explore the past and future of her Czech heritage.

“I’ve never felt any ageism, that anyone thought “Oh she’s too young and can’t do this or that,” she says. “This community has truly embraced me.”

3 Featured Comments

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 7 years ago Featured

    And let's hear it for Goodwill! My Goodwill is so advanced, they track garments that wear out quickly and provide that information to clothing manufacturers to encourage them to consider using better fibers. They also sponsor recycling contests, and provide people who need work with training on how to repurpose materials to make things to sell. They are a super-positive, creative force in the community. Great story, Linzee.

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 7 years ago Featured

    What a wonderful way to express creativity! Sonja seems like a very fascinating person and I just love the concept of a "thrift artist". Its always inspirational to see how an artist thrives in the world. I think its a great idea to educate people on how to utilize items found in thrift stores for making art.

  • JulieKim

    Julie Kim from JulieKimDesign said 7 years ago Featured

    I had the pleasure of meeting Sonya at the MacNider Art Fest in Mason City, IA. She's every bit as wonderful in person as she seems in this article. Just a darling bundle of creativity and dedication to her craft. Glad to see etsy featuring a fellow Iowa artist. Well done.


  • CheekyVintageCloset

    cheeky vintage closet from CheekyVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Wow, I so want to be her

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    A great and inspiring story!

  • AgelessThings

    AgelessThings from VintageAgelessThings said 7 years ago

    I embrace what she stands for! And I do love her connection with herself and the community.

  • pedazos

    Melissa from pedazos said 7 years ago

    Great article! So inspirational!

  • glusk

    Tara Galuska from GluskDesigns said 7 years ago

    Wow! I hadn't heard of the term Thrift Artist until today and I love it. It is so lovely to read about people who create their lives. I am also deeply inspired by those who can turn heartbreak into something meaningful and beautiful.

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 7 years ago

    What an inspirational article - well done at creating such an amazing life for yourself, Sonya!

  • SweetSincerity

    Bethany Coulombe from SweetSincerity said 7 years ago

    I also love Good Will! I mostly find great items to re-purpose into jewelry displays there. Great article!

  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 7 years ago

    Sonya - you are a ROCK STAR !! Your creativity and spirit are obviously in everything you touch. Congratulations on a life well lived. Wonderful article Linzee.

  • studio2355

    Margaret from studio2355 said 7 years ago

    You have inspired me to wear more textured clothing. I have always liked it.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring article she is living life and making a living do what she loves to do and on her own terms!!! Wow so inspiring..

  • buttagal

    LC from cafedebutta said 7 years ago

    love the lace. very pretty!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    I love this article! Very inspiring!

  • crottedebique

    AnneSo Godby from crottedebique said 7 years ago

    that is really cool!

  • luxedebris

    Carissa Starleaf from luxedebris said 7 years ago

    Sonya is an amazing lady that I have the pleasure of knowing. Her desire to create, educate, and share is very inspiring. I'm thankful that she's in Cedar Rapids working to make it a better place for everyone.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDConnection from TheIDconnection said 7 years ago

    Very nice - I love it!

  • fatlittlesparrow

    Melissa R. from shesinpartiesjewelry said 7 years ago

    Sonya you are an inspiration! Loved this article!

  • RivalryTime

    Phil Jackson from NuptialNotion said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thank you.

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark said 7 years ago

    great article. Beautiful

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 7 years ago

    Sew creative!

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios said 7 years ago

    So creative! A true homemade story. I love it! I want to go to a Goodwill now.

  • MagpieWorkshop

    Jeanne Berg from MagpieWorkshop said 7 years ago

    An original! Loved reading this.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 7 years ago

    Yeh, well just don't let that chick near our garment district in Boston. She would stay forever! And all her peeps back home would miss her! Interesting artwork. I am glad when I see artists giving back. Kinda interesting how those who are always the most starving are the ones who give the most to their local communities. Makes me think even less of men like Mitt Romney....


    Esme Jones from HOYAH said 7 years ago

    Very artistic ! Very inspiring! :)

  • Gosyma

    Lisa Harling from Gosyma said 7 years ago

    I love this article, thanks, Linzee. Sonya is giving and accessible, creative, talented, industrious, genuine and fearless. Attributes I will strive to nurture in myself.

  • billkull

    William Kull said 7 years ago

    An extraordinarily artistic and talented young lady. Thank you, Linzee, for shining a well deserved spotlight on this remarkable and lovely Iowan.

  • milvalpam

    Mil Val and Pam Three Sisters from ThreeSistersCreate said 7 years ago

    Love the article. Thanks Linzee for sharing her story and passion.

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainur KOKSAL from Ainurcrochet said 7 years ago


  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 7 years ago Featured

    And let's hear it for Goodwill! My Goodwill is so advanced, they track garments that wear out quickly and provide that information to clothing manufacturers to encourage them to consider using better fibers. They also sponsor recycling contests, and provide people who need work with training on how to repurpose materials to make things to sell. They are a super-positive, creative force in the community. Great story, Linzee.

  • papernickle

    Brandy from BrandyCupcakesStudio said 7 years ago

    And people always seem to think so little of us Iowans...;)

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 7 years ago

    Fantastic post! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 7 years ago

    Isn't creative reuse the best?!! One just never knows the unwanted treasures awaiting in the thrift shop just begging for a new lease on life! I love it too when people want to suceed in the small towns across America and there are so many of those that need saving and cherishing....the cities are just so overcrowded and impersonal. Great story and an admirable young woman!

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 7 years ago

    Go girl! I love the upcycling!!! Namatse, Lisa from NirvanaRoad

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 7 years ago

    Linzee, thank you! What a great article. Every city in America needs a Sonya at the Good Will store. This has inspired me to go check out the local Good Will store, haven't been there in several years. When I was 13 or 14 I made dresses from a yellow table cloths for me and my sister that came from Good Will.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Great story!!!

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 7 years ago

    What a great story, Linzee! I've been passing my local Good Will store too often but I know there is no Sonya here. Having an annual Good Will Fashion show would be great fun! I grew up wearing hand me downs and re-making them, now called upcycling and recycling, just other terms.

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 7 years ago


  • QsDaydream

    Quincy from QsDaydream said 7 years ago

    so clever!

  • paintallday

    Kathy Porwall from paintallday said 7 years ago

    I'm a goodwill addict, too! Salvation Army, too

  • JeanRameyArt

    Jean Ramey from JeanRameyArt said 7 years ago

    I so love her spirit and creativity!

  • silviaberrios1

    Silvia Berrios from DesignsbySilvia said 7 years ago

    Very, very eco-friendly, perfect items for the times.

  • Bleiu

    Bleiu from Bleiutique said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.. thanks from the planet for being eco.

  • BeaverBrown

    Beaver Brown Burke from BeaverBrownDesigns said 7 years ago

    You are very inspirational in that you just convince me not to being afraid of my alter ego. I love your style. Keep it up and never loose your creativeness.

  • ProfessorTiny

    Susan Sanford from ProfessorTiny said 7 years ago

    Lovely post, wonderful to see an artist ensconced in a comuunity like this, almost as a sort of shaman.

  • yourauntiespanties

    Genevieve F from YourAuntiesPanties said 7 years ago

    just wonderful!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 7 years ago

    Well, she has a very unique perspective on personal fashion! Can't say as I'd want to dress like that, but I respect the reasons she embraces this eco/art style. I love thrift stores too. Every artist should be free to follow their own vision of what art is and how to express their creativity in the world.

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 7 years ago

    Sonya's good will touches so many! I'm not an artist, but I truly appreciate her unique gift and spirit, what a great story.

  • buffalogirls

    Ludmilla from buffalogirls said 7 years ago

    Krasne věci Sono, jen tak dal! Srdečně zdravím a přeji hodně uspechu.

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    What a great story! I wish you much success!

  • simpledream2

    Lisa S. from simpledream2 said 7 years ago

    I've never heard of the term "thrift artist" until reading this wonderfully enlightening article. I like it!! I will now consider some of my work as "thrift art". I stepped away from working on a quilt this evening to sit at the computer for a bit and became engrossed in the article. Most of the fabrics that are in this pastel, shabby chic kaleidoscope lap/baby guilt that I am currently working on come from Goodwills that I frequent when I travel all the way from my home in the Missouri Ozarks to visiting friends in Chicago to visiting family in West Virginia and Florida. I don't shop malls and rarely shop retail unless I'm sifting thru the clearance/sale racks. Most of my thrifted vintage linens, remnants, garments that I cut up into quilts come from Goodwill and other local thrift stores. My reason for making quilts is to deplete some of my stash and allow others to appreciate the fabrics. That's not happening as I thrift often. The nearest Goodwills are 1 1/5 hours away but if Sonya ever did traveling exhibitions I would be sure to attend. Thanks for an interesting article and for recognizing the repurposing of "thrifted" items as "art".

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet spirit ~ I love stories such as these!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 7 years ago

    I love Sonya's story! Artist in residence at Goodwill seems like a dream job :) I hope you continue to inspire your community Sonya!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 7 years ago

    This is really cool!

  • GailRitter

    GailRitter from GailRitter said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • SassySisterVintage

    Kim Strozewski from SassySisterVintage said 7 years ago

    Soo cool Sonya! I work with our local Salvation Army every year and do a vintage clothing fashion show with them. We just our 3rd one with several hundred people. Love my thifts!

  • RetrofitBecky

    Becky from RetrofitStyle said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your feature and wonderful giving/sharing spirit! Very inspiring to hear about artists living their art!

  • vegasblingrocks

    Judy Murphy from vegasblingrocks said 7 years ago

    LOVE the idea of thrift store fashion shows, what ingenuity! Who would think a Czech girl from Iowa would get "discovered" :) CONGRATS, all the best, you are so interesting and amazing!!!!!

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 7 years ago Featured

    What a wonderful way to express creativity! Sonja seems like a very fascinating person and I just love the concept of a "thrift artist". Its always inspirational to see how an artist thrives in the world. I think its a great idea to educate people on how to utilize items found in thrift stores for making art.

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    ♥♥♥!!! I adore this article. Thanks for showing us your creative work!

  • cocoshiwenting

    CoCo Shi from CrunchyCo said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Make me think about that I should get more connetion with my location culture. Learn from it and bring something new. And love the term Thrift Artist !

  • EphemeraAndMore

    EphemeraAndMore from EphemeraAndMore said 7 years ago

    Read with great interest, amazing story! Congratulations, Sonya!

  • Deadbydawn2007

    Dawn Odette from Deadbydawn2007 said 7 years ago

    Neat ideas!

  • LuArt

    Lucy Murmu from LucyMurmu said 7 years ago

    Sonička,krásne,moc moc inšpiratívne a najkrajší je preklad slova "koláč" kolache :)

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 7 years ago

    Great story!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 7 years ago

    Extra special!

  • Tanky

    Ella Goodwin from ShopMissElla said 7 years ago

    Fabulous story and I love the artist in residence idea within the thrift store. That has set my brain spinning with ideas!

  • darioushka

    Ayelet Cohen-guzik from darioushka said 7 years ago

    WOW!! Very inspiring! great story!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects from PoetryofObjects said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story! Sonya you are magical....

  • MadAboutColour

    Joanne Scantlebury Muckart from MadAboutColour said 7 years ago

    Very gifted artist, thanks to her for sharing her talent!:)

  • onelonelyapricot

    Kristen from onelonelyapricot said 7 years ago

    I loved reading this! I use materials from my local thrift store in my art as well. I wish I could be an artist in residence there! That sounds like a dream.

  • MyArtPlace

    Frances Perea from MyArtPlace said 7 years ago

    So inspirational! Goodwill is one of my favorite hang outs too where I search for costume ideas.Kudos to you Sonya!

  • carahsoleman

    sarah coleman from carahsoleman said 7 years ago

    a beautifully creative life!

  • KathyGDesigns

    Kathy G from KathyGDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love that you call yourself a thrift artist!

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 7 years ago

    I hear you on the 'dacaying of things'. Etsy should have an article about you. You are a treasure.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    It's great that you've been affected so much by the community that you live in, I think its important to reflect something of the place that you live and history that's in you to celebrate the uniqueness of culture...

  • FiorellaJewelry

    clare from FiorellaJewelry said 7 years ago

    You're an inspiration Sonya! you went out and made the life you wanted, using what was on hand. What a wonderful interview, thank you.

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels said 7 years ago

    It's very inspirational to see someone living according to her personal vision. I loved this article, thank you!

  • sadiesez

    Diana from sadiesez said 7 years ago

    What a cool article-- very cool :)

  • BornAgainBobbles

    Marisa Regent from BornAgainBobbles said 7 years ago

    Sonya is such an inspiration! What a refreshing feature! Loved it!

  • TheWayUmakeMeFeel

    Michele DeLintt-Greff from TheWayUmakeMeFeel said 7 years ago

    So interesting! I love this girl and how she uses what she loves and makes it into something new. I recently took up sewing again after watching my Mom and helping her as a child and I'm dying to try some really creative things on my mannequin with bits of lace, pieces of vintage and unusual cuts to create one of a kind clothing for myself. She has just inspired me! :)

  • steviedickerson

    stevie dickerson from steviedoll said 7 years ago

    soooo. does this featured artist have an Etsy shop?

  • Niftic

    Niftic from NifticVintage said 7 years ago

    Totally fabulous! A true inspiration to us ALL!

  • HeatherLucille

    Heather Atkinson from HeatherLucille said 7 years ago

    Sonya is an inspiration in her creativity, talent, and genuinely sweet-as-pie nature. I was lucky enough to take some of the photos featured in this amazing article by Linzee and we had a wonderfully collaborative and fun time at our photo shoot. (PS - Sonya, Linzee and I are ALL proud to live in Ioway! And Alison of the etsy blog grew up in IA too!) Thank you all for your comments and interest in a truly stellar artist!

  • TheSupplyFactor

    TheSupplyFactor from TheSupplyFactor said 7 years ago

    Sonya is definitely her own person which is very inspiring! Thank you for a great feature!

  • Auntiesoapworts

    Auntiesoapworts from BrackenfernCottage said 7 years ago

    More power to you! Congratulations on such a wonderful article and a thrifter's dream job!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 7 years ago

    Creative and fun !

  • littleedenvintage

    littleedenvintage from littleedenvintage said 7 years ago

    Wow! Amazing!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz from collectiblesatoz said 7 years ago

    Great idea. Enjoyed the story and all the ideas.

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  • JulieKim

    Julie Kim from JulieKimDesign said 7 years ago Featured

    I had the pleasure of meeting Sonya at the MacNider Art Fest in Mason City, IA. She's every bit as wonderful in person as she seems in this article. Just a darling bundle of creativity and dedication to her craft. Glad to see etsy featuring a fellow Iowa artist. Well done.

  • AnnaJulane

    Anna Salino-Hugg said 7 years ago

    Great feature! I enjoyed reading about Sonya's creative pursuits and seeing several of her garments - so neat! On Iowa!

  • bluebeeinatree

    bluebeeinatree said 7 years ago

    What a remarkable woman. So inspiring. I wish we had a designer in residence at our local Goodwill.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    You creative skills are amazing!

  • minouette

    Ele from minouette said 7 years ago

    Thanks! I enjoyed this article and reading about how Sonya combines upcycling and exploring her heritage in her art. I'm impressed how engaged she is in her community. Sounds like she's made a fascinating life for herself.

  • elkarbnav

    Gretchen Smith from GretchenSmithJewelry said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love the creativity and her ability to think out of the box. Talk about someone to get some motivation from!

  • PlumeriaPapercraft

    Lisa Handley from PlumeriaPapercraft said 7 years ago

    Wonderfully inspiring, creative & innovative!

  • jillloy

    jillloy said 7 years ago

    There are so many things that I love about this artist - the thrifting, the repurposing, the artist-in-residence, the giving, wow! She sounds truly amazing! Keep it up!

  • lauraprentice

    Laura Wennstrom from laurawennstrom said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh, she is doing my dream job! Way to go!

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    breadandroses2 from breadandroses2 said 7 years ago


  • CoreandMantle

    Alayna from CoreandMantle said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! I only wish every person could have meaningful work that they really love to do...the world would be a much happier place.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 7 years ago

    These are expressive creations! greetings from Slovakia! :)

  • pinkparachute

    Patricia K from PatricianPrints said 7 years ago

    so imaginative and resourceful! love Thrift Artist!

  • Dallas2Denver

    Brenda from Dallas2Denver said 7 years ago

    "Thrift Artist" that is too darling...I love finding old things and changing their purpose, but I never thought of clothing...You look great!!

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha from BigBadBuddha said 7 years ago

    I love Thrift store, it an artist dream.

  • LaughLand

    Anne Fraser from LaughLand said 7 years ago

    When I was younger I used to sew and wear clothing made from thrifted old embroidered tablecloths. Well made but they looked like they were made from tablecloths. The same with old pyjamas, nighties and brunchcoats. I didn't get such a good reception then. My mother hated seeing me. People looked at me funny in the street. Is it okay for artists to look like artists but ordinary people have to look ordinary?

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 7 years ago

    Very original!

  • storeythreads

    Naomi Storey from StoreyThreads said 7 years ago

    amazing vintage sale!!!! shop

  • fabricoholics

    Mechelle from InsideNanaSewingRoom said 7 years ago

    Awesome and inspiring story.

  • Untimed

    Molly Tomecek from Untimed said 7 years ago

    What an influential woman and quite the stylista. I am also Czech so it is great to see others get in touch with their roots and be inspired by where they came from. Keep doing what you love :)

  • kristengaudette

    Kristen Gaudette from kristengaudette said 7 years ago

    You are an insperation to all! Keep up the amazing work"

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