Oh man. I’m excited. Why? Because I’m about to share my mini interview with Arlie Trowbridge, the stupidly talented woman behind Urban Revisions. I’ve loved her work for ages now! Arlie was sweet enough to answer a few questions — some silly, some serious — for the latest installment of my Maker’s Remarks series. And the timing couldn’t be better, because she’s just released her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Oh how these sherbet colored pieces make me wanna run outside and chase an ice cream truck!
How did Urban Revisions start? Did you have a “quit your day job to start an Etsy shop” sort of moment?
Urban Revisions started in early 2009 by accident. I had just started getting into reading fashion blogs and the DIY shredded t-shirt craze was in full effect. I gave it a try and was immediately addicted to the process of “revising” the most basic article of clothing – a tee. My friend started modeling them in “urban” settings around Richmond, and the Etsy shop was born. Shortly after my first couple of sales, I was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Couldn’t have been better timing. This allowed me to “quit my day job” and really pursue selling my work.
Your shredded T-shirts are so unique, and it seems like your beautiful glass jewelry requires a lot of skill to create. What’s the inspiration for your pieces and the process for making them?
There’s no doubt that I love things with an organic feel to them. Almost anything that I’ve ever created and really loved came about by accident… there’s something really special about working with glass and distressed fiber. You can melt and shred forever until something amazing comes about. In the end, everything always has this delicate look but in actuality, cotton and glass have really strong qualities.
Would you say you’re more of an urbanite or a nature-lover? Or a perfect mixture of both?
Both! I’ve lived in or very close to a city the majority of my life. I need to be near the sound of people’s hustle and bustle but I also need our long camping trips in the middle of no where and our afternoons hanging down by the James River.
What’s a typical day in the life of Arlie Trowbridge? Take us through a brief snapshot of your day, from morning to night?
Wake up, stumble to the coffee pot, fill the largest mug available, stumble to the studio and slowly open my eyes over emails and blogs.
Thats the first step, and then it’s either …
a. start shredding
b. start torch working
c. start dyeing
< or >
d. start day dreaming
I’m really all over the place, and it feels awesome.
Would you rather have the ability to breathe underwater or the ability to fly? Explain.
Breathe underwater!!! In fact, this is something I’ve dreamt about many times. I spent many days at our local pool pretending to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid when I was little. Some people have commented on my cluster rings and leaf earrings, saying they remind them of coral. I love that. Marine life is fascinating.
What’s your favorite part of creating & selling your handicrafts?
The people I have had the pleasure to “meet”! The internet is such a powerful tool. Knowing that there are ladies all over the world wearing Urban Revisions is incredible to me.
BTDubs, if you’ve read through this interview, you’ve got a special treat coming. You can enter Arlie’s giveaway on Facebook to win the spectacular glass cluster ring pictured above. Get on over there and enter!
I have no delusions of grandeur. I know I’m not a fashionista. But like many people, I happen to like my own style. And every once in a while, an outfit will put a pep in my step! It’s been a while since I’ve had such a day, but the sun has been shining, I’ve got a new pair of kicks, and I thought, “What the hey! Let’s do another Westervin Wear.”
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Le Bunny Bleu
Necklace: handmade by Hollie Martin
This weekend was a busy one. Sarah was keeping her self busy studying for an accounting test, and I was busy baking cookies. Expect a light week of posts since Sarah’s test isn’t until next weekend and she’s showing no signs of letting up.
Despite all that was going on, we were able to take a break on Saturday to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. We walked to the park and hung out with a lazy goose. As an aside, geese don’t like almonds. They think they might, but when it comes down to it, they just spit them back out to the bottom of the lake. Every time. I think we’re still friends though.
We’re making progress every week with our wedding planning–checkin’ things off to-do lists like nobody’s business. On the docket this past weekend: flowers. We had already scoped out a potential florist, but we had yet to actually visit them. We were hoping they would be as nice and friendly as they looked from the outside. We were not disappointed. Now comes the hard part: picking out what kind of flowers we want. Luckily we’re getting pretty good at figuring this stuff out. Look at us go!