Mary

  

It all started when...

I had more clothes than I knew what to do with and nothing to wear. As the youngest of five kids people were always giving me hand-me-downs and it wasn't enough that they fit me or seemed like new. They needed to be a style I could embrace.

I made one blouse out of many, altered pants by adding racing stripes to the pant legs to make them cooler, or bell shaped. Sometimes I added another waistband above the one already there to make them high waisted or cut it off and frayed the raw edge.

Working my whole adult life in the fashion industry as a Designer/Patternmaker/Technical Designer for iconic fashion brands I had access to tons of fabric and notions being thrown away. Sometimes I couldn't bare to see the goods go to waste and knew there was more to make with these wastes.

The creativity afforded by the deconstruction movement led me to become an Artwear Artist. My work made its way into art exhibits while I sold my wares at artisinal craft shows, and Museum gift shops. I became an expert on recycled fashion and was asked to judge contests and the like. 

I was making well-made clothing with many functional pockets, but flattering at the same time, because of the fit and tailoring. The one-off vests, skirts, and dresses were perfect for a busy schedule of work, running around with kids, and still presentable for an Art opening, a play, volunteering, or a last minute dinner date. 

We all have so much, people continue to give me their clothing, if I come across a garment that seems perfect as is, it gets donated to one of my favorite charities. I only use what my family grows out of or friends drop off on our front porch, rejected for whatever reason.

Always being enterprising, the scraps from cutting things up are used for collaged pillows, table runners , and slip covers. Hence, the Home Goods were born. The Bowl (the vessel, the home interiors) in Salad Bowl Dress. 

We are sustainable by keeping unwanted clothes out of the landfill. I see making and refurbishing our wardrobe as a better way to express ourselves rather than buying fast fashion all the time, giving us something more custom, original, to make your true style.

I am tossing clothes in the air letting them land somewhere in a mashup of function and fit.

-Mary Colmar 

 Salad Bowl Dress Peeps

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Participation in artisinal craft fairs:                            

The Gypsy Sisters

The Melrose Trading Post

The Great Park Farmers Market

Claremont Farmers and Artisinal Markets

La Verne Fresh Farmers Markets

   The Muckenthaler craft fairs

Scripps College Holiday Boutiques

Coastline Community College artisinal craft fairs

Long Beach Green Long Beach Fashion Show and Fair

The Mercado-csuf

Mission Viejo Imagination Days

San Juan Capistrano Art Fair Saturdays

The Fullerton College Craft Fair

The Ocean Charter School craft fairs

The Brea Nutcracker Suite craft fairs

Etsy LA emporium

Stores: The Museum of Art and History gift store, Mageco, the DA museum gift store, CAFAM museum store in LA, 

Olive’s Very Vintage in Brooklyn, NY