For Elisabeth, designing clothes is about making stuff. She likes the hands on nature of it – starting with whatever she wants to make, and she just keeps making versions until its where she wants it to be. Cutting, sewing, ripping it out – it’s being able to make something with her hands even when it’s in the design phase.
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Like many artistic types, designer/recycler Elisabeth Delehaunty has been making stuff since she was a kid. Since 1996, it’s been mostly clothing and accessories under the label Elisabethan. A thrift store hound at heart, she loves unearthing treasure that other people have discarded, and she is constantly astounded at the amount of stuff we as a society buy and then cast off. But as a maker, it’s tricky to satisfy the need to create with out adding to that collective clutter. Elisabethan is the solution Delehaunty has come up with to deal with this love/hate relationship with stuff – how to make something “new” that isn’t “more.” The Elisabethan studio in Paonia, Colorado, works year round to produce Delehaunty’s lively, colorful designs – tops, skirts, dresses, accessories – made entirely from thousands (and thousands) of pounds of post-consumer clothing. Elisabethan is sold in boutiques & galleries around the country and at elisabethan.com, and Delehaunty exhibits at several juried art fairs each year.
[box type=”note” style=”rounded” border=”full”]See all of Elisabeth’s clothing designs at elisabethan.com →[/box]
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