Friday, March 28, 2014

#SECONDHANDFIRST™: Link-up, Project Pao


Chicago artist Pat Otto set about to simplify her wardrobe for a year by upcycling her old clothes. It is now year three.

When Pao started her blog, Project Minima, it was her artist's way to clean up the clutter in her house, namely her closets, and minimize her consumption. Thus, a part art, part sewing, part personal style blog was born. 





For anyone looking for a fresh perspective on style and self expression, Pao is your gal. Sewing, crafters, artists: Project Minima may be just the thing to kick-start your own creativity for your upcycling/recycling projects. Women looking for non-conventional, and inspirational +40 women, put Project Minima on your reading list; Pao packs a punch.


Now it's time to share your #SECONDHANDFIRST
looks. Please feel free to leave a link to one of your looks featuring a sustainably shopped garment, accessory or item that's been swapped, thrifted shopped or ethically produced + sourced. We'll be hosting this community event for a week, so you'll have plenty of time to share and be social. 

If you know some one (including yourself) that deserves to be featured as a #SECONDHANDFIRST SHOPPER, SELLER or ICON, please let us know in the comments.


13 comments:

Patti said...

I think Pao is a fabric genius, and she always amazes with her creations. It's great to see her here! xox

Vix said...

I agree with Patti, Pao is a creative genius and a wonderful person, too! xxx

pao said...

How did I get here and and how cool is this??!! Bella, what an amazing surprise to wake up to this morning. I am honored beyond belief. Thank you for your thoughtful and descriptive writing about Project Minima. Rock on, sister.

Val S said...

I love that kimono! I really need to look at her blog more, and then try to enjoy sewing.

Natalia Lialina said...

Pao is amazing! The kimono is just unbelievably beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful introduction, Bella, and for hosting again!

señora Allnut said...

fabulous & inspiring Project!!, and so talented lady!!, I'm trying to revamp some clothes, instead of buying new stuff. I'm attaching fabric to some pieces, overdying others or cutting off sleeves. So funny. Thanks for your inspiring posts!!!
besos

Clairejustine oxox said...

Thanks for inviting me over :) just linked up, whoo I will have to stop by!! this is what I'm doing now with old clothes and started with my old shoes first:)

Sacramento Amate said...

Fabulous to be here with all my dear friends.
You know I am always secondhand first.
loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Elsie Davies said...

Thanks for the Invitation. Lovely to link-up with some dear friends. xoxo

Melanie said...

Pao is such a style and art inspiration for me, and a wonderful person. I'm so happy you've featured her here, Bella.

Sydney said...

I love this! You actually inspired me to start my own #2ndhand1st revolution and it included a whole YEAR (2013) of shopping ONLY 2nd hand first for clothes, no retail!!! Even though my challenge is over, I have zero desire to shop retail. Any time I even look I just feel blah. There are so many true treasures to be had on the second hand market.

The Style Crone said...

Pao is truly an artist and a constant inspiration in so many areas. Thank you for featuring her and her creativity! And for hosting Secondhand First!

Kezzie said...

Pao is amazing!!! I first encountered her in Style imitating art- she was always the coolest!!! This is a great challenge, thank you for initiating it!x

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