What is Commemorative Repurposing?
Commemorative repurposing is creating an heirloom from an object that holds emotional value. I take garments or other objects from life’s rites-of passage and create a legacy piece (or multiple pieces) that has emotional poignancy.
Think of the memorabilia surrounding a Christening, first day of school, extracurricular activities, graduation, weddings, first grandchild, etc. They’re sitting in a box. Let’s take them out and create something for another rite-of-passage or even everyday use.
Create an heirloom!
- A mother’s wedding dress could be incorporated into her daughter’s wedding dress or become a satchel, garter belt or other item for the bride. Multiple satchels can be made from one dress for multiple daughters. Wedding dresses have so much poignant possibility: Christening outfit, skirt for a bassinet, part of a renewal-vows outfit. There is so much potential!
- Ornaments from life passages (baby’s first tooth, haircut, etc, or a grad’s school memorabilia, or newlywed’s items, etc).
- Jewelry made from the beading on a prom or wedding gown.
- Mothers’ quilts from baby blankets, first outfits, etc. (similar to mothers’ rings)
Let’s capture priceless memories and create a legacy with your special outfit!
Let’s take a new look at that stored outfit and imagine how we can incorporate it into future memories.
(Images are repurposed items, but not necessarily from commemorative outfits.)