Our #wcw this week is a Dynamic Duo, here in Boulder, CO. They organize and execute Recycled Runway put on by the Common Threads Creative Lab. If you've not heard of Recycled Runway, Project Runway meets Boulder tweens and outfits made entirely of recycled materials. Watch the video from last year here. Participants design, troubleshoot & create original garments from found materials, as well as present them in a professional runway show & competition at the Boulder Theater. In addition, they both are able to use their creative talents and love for fashion at Common Threads Boulder.
Common Threads is a unique boutique founded in 2007 that combines higher end consignment, new garments and the creative lab.
What is your day job? I am the store manager & social media designer at Common Threads in Boulder.
Favorite Hobby/Sports: I love to keep a balance of active & chill: Hiking, dancing, seeing live music, seeking out natural hot springs, organizing (nerd alert!) & creating in my studio for my side project, grey tangerine.
Who has inspired you lately? why? Lately, a few of my close, dear girlfriends have been *extra* inspiring. They're fellow artists with very different paths & I am in absolute awe of their creativity, honesty (with themselves & their art), strength, experiences & friendship!
Who do you hope to inspire? Anyone! If I inspire one person, that will make me incredibly happy.
How do you #liveboldly? I live boldly by being confident in my decisions & for what I believe in, supporting other artisans (I LOVE to support other makers & small business owners!) & getting out to explore this stunning world (& state) we live in!
What are you most excited for in 2018? I am most excited for a few (secret) artistic projects that I have in the works, potentially a bit of travel & the oh-so-evident change. I love how each year is so different & full of growth!
What is your day job? Teaching sewing/knitting and book keeping
Favorite Hobby: Anything to do with making things, sewing, knitting, weaving, spinning, cross stitch.
Who has inspired you lately? why? I am abundantly inspired by both of my daughters; Samantha (22 yrs) in med school and Audrey (19 yrs) at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Both girls have been very focused on their goals and are diligently working towards achieving those goals.
Who do you hope to inspire? I hope to inspire today's young people to put away their media gadgets and get creative with their hands and their minds. While we can use technology to make projects and our lives easier, I strongly believe in the benefits of being creative with our hands.
How do you #liveboldly? I jump into new opportunities and I don't hold back! What are you most excited for in 2018? I am excted to have the opportunity to again work with so many young people, be it through teaching sewing and Recycled Runway or through volunteering with Blue Sky Bridge and teaching kids about body safety and trusting their instincts. We all have the opportunity to make our world better, one person at a time.
Follow these fashion mavens, on the following social channels:
Facebook (Tanja's Day Job) Common Threads Creative Lab: Web