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M F + C J

A COLLABORATION OF COSMICALLY CRAFTED VINTAGE RE-WORKS FROM MADAME FORTUNA + CHRISTI JOHNSON

Faced with the desire to curb the amount of waste produced in the garment industry, while also finding so much joy in creating garments that help the wearer to feel more empowered and radiant, I searched for a way to actualize both of these conflicting desires.

I followed this path away from the production of fabric that puts a toll on our planets resources, beyond wasteful methods of garment manufacturing, and it lead me to open the doors to the world of vintage clothing.

Well actually, Allison, designer and curator at Madame Fortuna, opened the doors of her vintage collection to me.

A friend and fellow artist / witch / lover of beauty, history, mythology, and baby animals, Allison and I quickly realized that with her killer eye for vintage, and my textile art skills, we could make some serious magic for the members of our community (one of our friends calls her MF+CJ piece a “personal identity jacket,” the sword emblazoned on the lapel serving to remind her of her desire to draw clear boundaries and exercise discernment.)

Some are embroidered entirely by hand, some are accented with fabric sewn on by machine in a technique called applique, and many are a mixture of both. All are inspired by diving into in mystical realms, studying the holistic patterns of the natural world, researching mythology from cultures around the globe, and the universal archetypes present in astrology and cosmology.

Each piece is entirely one of a kind, as is usually the case with vintage.

Have a piece you’d like me to revive? Click the contact link on the menu at the top of the page and give me a shout!

The Compos(t)e Collection

in honor of the natural cycles of waste being transmuted to feed new life, this collection of garments was made from scrap materials and discards from the garment industry.

This series of garments makes use of scrap fabrics collected over many years by transmuting this “waste” (generally discarded by manufacturers after the garment is cut out) into a valuable byproduct by patchworking them together into a new material of its own.

Creating from this recomposed fabric closes the cycle from fiber to garment and back again, and allows the process to be closer to zero waste, much like composting.

The wide variety of scrap sizes and colors also allows for the opportunity of new compose-itions to be discovered, and the quantities available inform the way the garment is constructed.

And just like the feeding of the compost pile, this collection is being added to bit by bit.

A few garments at a time.

Slowly release when the time is right.