Living simply is an art! Mitra’s DIY Parlor features instruction sheets and videos for items you can make using recycled and repurposed materials. The DIY projects are selected and prototypes created by Mitra Chester, designer for St. Vincent de Paul.
When it comes to upcycling castaway textiles into wearable art, St. Vinnie’s is finding that two heads really are better than one. That’s one to design, create and market; and another to work diligently behind the scenes burrowing through loose and baled discards, and granting second chances to items of vintage design or promising fabric.
Call it the power of Eugene. Troubled and adrift, an Army veteran comes to town, discovers organic food, enrolls in St. Vinnie’s Veterans In Progress program, and sets his sights on a degree in Agriculture Business Management from Oregon State University.
“Give it to Yvonne. She’ll figure something out.” That notion has brought much fabric Yvonne Kleppe’s way, but when friend Susan Osterman offered her personal surplus, Yvonne had no idea what was coming: More than 32 yards of elegant material, as measured in pillowcases.