FINNISHED! / rokrokinc
I'm taking part in a big big recycling fair in April in Helsinki. And now I should draft some kind of introduction of RokRokInc. for that. Last Saturday – in between enjoying some tasty wine – I took some photos for that. Now it's just so hard to decide which one would be the best. Any opinions?
"Don't you throw it away – you never know when and how you can still use it!" said my grand mom always. And I guess it began already then. ...I mean my material hoarding, creative recycling and crafting.
Right after I could make something I used to spend hours and hours in my grand mom's sewing room that had maybe one square meter space. The one wall was shelf from floor to ceiling and full with cloth in beautiful colours. And the morning light, beaming from the little window, would make the colours even sweeter. It was magical! I still get this relaxing feeling when I make things.
My first own creations were 90's big hit: hair scrunchies. Then a bit later I became the official jeans repairer for my friends and started modifying old clothes. Together with my grand mom I was practising sewing and with her help I even made some pretty serious mini skirts and party tops. And the great thing was that she never questioned my style or my creative vision. She was just happy to help and teach. Though we never used any real techniques or design models. ...I still can't utilise instructions. I believe in try and error and making it by heart.
Me and my recycling mentor oh so many years ago.
To begin with I could introduce the ideology behind my crafts. To me a piece of recycled jewelry is never just a piece of jewelry. It brings with it flashbacks of feelings, emotions and scents. And not only the memories from your own past but also the mysteries of other people. Upcycled items and materials had their earlier life and have many stories to keep. Vie recycling what once was finished gets a second life and more soul as you'll bring it more crazy happenings to be kept in secret.
I also think that the purpose of wearing accessories is to emphasize your personality and let it shine and be seen. And you don't need to settle for expressing only who you are. Why not to tell also what you feel right now. It is refreshing to change your appearance and be surprising once in a while. So: Mix and match, get crazy, be fancy or have fun but always do it with a dash of rock attitude!