I’ve been feeling crappy the last few days (tummy troubles, headaches, and other non-serious unpleasantness that makes sitting at the computer much less appealing than lying on the couch alternating my lavender eye pillow with the new issue of Bitch). Also, I have a lot of paying work to do.
Still, I don’t want anyone to get bored and wander off for good, so I’m going to jump ahead of my self-imposed schedule and post this first in a series of entries on the topic of recycling logoware. I’m interested in the lifecycle of all that branded swag we pick up from companies we used to work for, from volunteer gigs, from friends, from schools, thrift stores, whatever.
If a logo means something to you, great. As someone who has designed and ordered branded swag in the past, I’d be a total hypocrite to dismiss it altogether. But if you’ve got a logo-emblazoned item that’s past its prime, why not unbrand yourself and create something more interesting and personal? Here’s one method I’m enjoying quite a lot for t-shirts and other fabric items.
Cut out the logo and use blanket stitch to clean up the rough edge.
(photos by yelahneb)
Then back up the empty area with a fabric scrap and sew it on. Here’s where your creativity can really go wild. You’ve got a perfect frame for an embroidery project or for displaying a button collection (currently I’m craving these). If you find a really interesting piece of fabric, it can stand on its own (lace? a knitting swatch?). I went for a quick fix. I used some iron-on letters I had lying around from a previous project to express something I’ve been feeling lately.
I didn’t intend it, but I love how the crooked Z supports the sentiment. For a close-up and more of my babbling about craft projects…
Here’s the close-up.
I’ve got a pile of other logo t-shirts and even a few baby items that have been lying around waiting for me to do something interesting with them. But I have to set all that aside and finish the fingerless gloves I’m supposed to be making for sweetie before it gets too warm for him to wear them. He very much likes the one I’ve finished, but I’m a little disappointed with it and unhappy about duplicating it. The things we do for love. Then there’s the sweater that I have to finish for my friend Jenn. It’s so pretty and so excruciating. Never ever again will I do anything other than baby booties on size 2 needles.
When I get around to adding to my unbranding collection, I’m thinking about starting a flickr pool of finished projects, using this and other methods. Anybody out there who might be inspired to participate?