While sifting through a rack of clothing, Christie Thompson let me in on a little secret, “If you begin to view a thrift store as less of a clothing store and more of a fabric store, it completely changes your perspective and opens up possibilities.” When browsing Christie’s Fibre Craft line of handmade accessories, the richness of fabric, colors, and patterns are apparent, but what is the least assuming, is the most surprising aspect of the brand. All of the fabric the Fibre Craft owner uses is recrafted from previously owned and discarded items. With an ever present critical eye and creative thought, Christie is able to transform something characterless like an old pillow case into a purse, or reconstruct the fabric of a woman’s dress into a necktie. The use of recycled fabric gives the wearer a level of quality that has unfortunately been reduced in today’s mass produced culture, as well as somewhat of a mysterious history behind each piece she produces.
After our trip to Richmond’s most unlikely “fabric store,” Goodwill Second Debut Thrift Boutique, we return to the room where the DIY enthusiast creates.
Christie will be a featured vender this Saturday from 6-10pm at The Artisan Cafe art/fashion event at Plant Zero. RSVP and find out more about The Artisan Cafe on Facebook here.