Leslie Janson: Grain Sack Pillows

Leslie Janson: Grain Sack Pillows

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Tara Bellucci
Feb 9, 2012

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Durable, colorful, textural: what's not to love about grain sacks? Leslie Janson obviously agrees, as its her preferred medium for pillows with personality, and even some things unexpected. What I love about reclaimed things is imagining their history — where has this been, who touched it, how did it get here. In crafting her pillows, Leslie uses grain sacks up to 100 years old, burlap that's sure seen a lot in its day. With patterns and colors as varied as the millers who used them, no two are exactly alike. And you don't just get the sack cover; Leslie ships with feather pillow inserts. Leslie doesn't just make pillows; she also uses grain sacks to make jewelry. From cuffs to brooches, she's creative in crafting beautiful things from the most humble of materials. (Images: Leslie Janson)

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