Recycled T-Shirts by zJayne

Recycled T-Shirts by zJayne

Kathryn Wright
Jun 15, 2010

Jane Pierce composes designer items such as bags, dryer pillows, sachets, pouches, wine cozies, and laptop covers from a plentiful and inexpensive resource: used T-shirts. Using the letters and designs printed on shirts, Pierce's creations have an unlimited palette!

Just picture racks of cotton tees at the thrift store and you'll see why Jane is able to draw inspiration from the sheer volume and number of options available to her. She has put her knack for coordinating color and prints to good use, creating vibrant pieces that are functional and useful. With a wide selection of recycled items, it's hard to believe that this is just a part-time gig. This is a comprehensive product line with as many options as there are colors in the spectrum, all of which are wonderfully composed and well-designed.

After sewing several shopping bags, Jane found that she had lots of leftover shirt sleeves. She filled them with home-grown lavender and sewed them into scented sachets for use in drawers, closers, and as re-usable dryer sheets. We love the resourcefulness and commitment to handmade that would drive her to convert an otherwise unused waste product of her own process into such an awesome and practical product.

You can pick up these products from Jane's etsy shop; at Green Depot in New York; at Green Smart Gifts in Lakewood, Ohio; at Geode Gallery in Tremont and several other states have brick and mortar stores that are carrying them on a regular basis. More information and links can be found at www.zjayne.com.

"There's an anonymous quote I like: "Enough is as good as a feast." I heard it in the Mary Poppins movie long ago. It has stayed with me over the years and I find it to be uniquely appropriate for sustainable living and being green. It doesn't take much to begin the process, one product or changed attitude at a time." - Jane Pierce
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