In the English language we have a several descriptive expressions to suggest a talent for making something out of nothing; you know, those people who can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and turn convention on its ear. In Italian the phrase is creare qualcosa dal nulla.
In the urban dictionary these folks are referred to as grafters and are defined as follows: A Grafter is a person who sets his stall out and proceeds to market and trade with whatever currency is available . . . a creative person who is capable of turning a blank canvas into a masterpiece . . . a free enterprise, a freelance entrepreneur, a freedom fighter who lives to work. A Grafter controls his own destiny.
The honorable profession of grafting is a way of life. To be a grafter you need to be self-motivated, a go-getter. Well, as luck (and a lot of snooping around on the web) would have it, I have found a lot of these go-getters and decided to start a weekly post called Grafter to showcase these marvelously talented people and their work. Today I would like to introduce you to Shannon South the artisan and brainchild behind reMade USA.
reMade USA is a design company founded by Shannon, that upcycles used materials to make one-of-a-kind accessories. She says her mission is to create beautiful, long-lasting, well-made products that positively impact the environment, our users and our makers. All products are hand-crafted in her studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
"Every bag we make at reMade USA is made by hand," says South. And she not kidding - You've got to check out this extremely edited-down photo journal that tracks the steps taken to make this amazing bag below. The amount of work that went into making this bag exhausts me just to look at!
You can become a fan on Shannon's Facebook and check out tweets on her Twitter, too!
If you are a Grafter or know of someone who is please get in touch with links and photos of your creations.
Photos courtesy Shannon South, reMade USA and Inhabitat.
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