Many years ago, I saw my middle school family & consumer sciences (90's speak for home-ec) teacher. We visited, and I told her about my pursuit of a fashion design degree and the things I hoped to be able to achieve with this education. She then gave me some things from her classroom that she had been saving, but had never found a use for. Knowing that I liked textile oddities, she presented them to me and said she knew I would figure out what to do with them. One of the things she gave me was a bag of vintage scarves.
These are not just any scarves, they were collected from around the world, from the late 50's or early 60's until the late 1980's by one woman, a physical record of a life time of travels. There are 25 scarves. They are from all kinds of places; ones you might expect, like France and Ireland and more surprising places like Lebanon. Some are from specific events, the 1967 World Expo in Montreal, caught my attention. They are typical tourist gift-shop fodder, but for some reason, this makes them very endearing.
I, like my teacher before me, have been saving these scarves for a special purpose, not knowing what that purpose was, I carted them from dorm room, to apartment, to apartment in another city, to central PA and my current home and studio. And I have finally come up with a wonderful use for these beautiful scarves-- I am making them into beautiful blouses!
When they are all together, although beautiful, the individual details and attributes of each one gets lost in the shuffle. By turning each scarf into a one of a kind blouse, it will be showcased on its own, each blouse with an individual story and origin. Here is the first one, more to come in the months ahead.
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!