Meet Deborah Stone-Richard of Ypsilanti, MI. She is the talented lady behind Revamp, innovative recycled clothing and accessories that are eco-friendly and fashion forward. Deborah is passionate about sewing, recycled clothing, shopping at thrift stores, creative design, having fun, and being who she really is. She also scours the local thrift stores for the best of the best clothing (or whatever inspires her) and remakes said items into fashion statements for the environmentally conscious and lovers of the unique.How long have you been creating your art work?
Sewing for 53 years. Started Revamp in October 2011.
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
Each piece is one of a kind, made from recycled garments. I have two basic garment lines – Linen and Lace or Fun and Funky. Currently, I am developing and offering a line of Plus Sized clothing. I love creating for larger ladies. I think they are an under-served population in the wearable art/creative clothing category. What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
My mom introduced me and my siblings to every imaginable art and craft. This fueled my desire to be an artist. I was an art major in college.
What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business?
I have been sewing for a living for decades including alterations, dressmaking, bridal work, custom window treatments and bedding, sample making and sewing for other designers. I decided it was time for me to make ONLY what I want to make, and not sew under the constraints of what other people ordered. I was inspired by Katwise, the most successful Etsy seller, with over 20,000 sales. I purchased her tutorial on how to make sweater coats and set up an Etsy site to sell coats. I was very successful with the coats, which allowed me to have an income while I explored my own style. What do you most love about the creative process?
I love that my creative process is organic. I am never sure what will happen next. I design the garment or accessory as I work. I have no idea where I will end up. I just allow it to develop in front of me. When time evaporates while I am creating, I know I am in the sweet spot.
What do you least love about the business side of creating & selling art?
I live on the Huron River and I have a daily wildlife show just outside any window. I enjoy doing wildlife and scenic photography.
Quotes you love or live by:
Shoot the arrow and call whatever you hit the target.
You can’t get out of jail until you know you are in jail.
I am a singer/songwriter. I play 12 string guitar and keyboard, and I am fortunate to live in a community where I am surrounded by excellence in live music. I was a professional musician for 6.5 years.
Art Major, Eastern Michigan University 1970-71
Fashion Design School, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL. 1984-84
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