A few weeks ago we received a package from good friend of citymade, Kendra Shedenhelm. You may remember her from Mary’s baby gift post. She sent us a botched T to up-cycle.
Well, the package she sent us was full of “botched” T’s. We are floored by the gift and so we have issued ourselves a new challenge. We want to up-cycle each and every one of the T’s and onesies.
First we want to give a brief intro to Kendra and Big Bridge Studios in case you don’t know who she is and what she is about:
With a two year old as her motivation, Kendra Shedenhelm created Big Bridge Studios.
The designs of Big Bridge Studios are inspired by Brooklyn, the amazingÂ Verrazano Bridge, and her toddler’s trucks, trains and tractors. Kendra began hand-printing these inspirations on her infant’s clothes when he was born, takingÂ photo shootsÂ of his favorite toys and turning them into wearable designs. “The bus in “Beep Beep Bus” was the first toy that went with us everywhere, and it delighted us all to see this design on his clothing.”
As Kendra’s son grows, so does her interest in positive imagery. In “Galloping Horses,” the horses are running together, in a pack, but each horse has its own design, and its own individuality. “Tractor Helping Tractor” and “Train Helping Train,” are reminders to not only work together, but, small or big, help one another. Originally designed as a mural for a grammar school inÂ Manhattan, “Happy Bird” uses the symbols of a sunrise and a singing bird to emulate hope and happiness. “I have the great benefit of an ever-changing and evolving muse, and I look forward to how my subject matter changes with him.”
Big Bridge designs are initially hand-printed by Kendra, using either a silkscreen or lithographic process. Upon production, they are digitally printed in the home of a fellow mom, using waterbased and eco-friendly inks. The results are bright, crisp, and completely washable. All designs are available in any size, from newborn to adult.
And now for our first creation.
Bunny botched T to handy purse.
We wanted to preserve Kendra’s cute bunny design so we made it the front of the purse.
We used the rest of the shirt to be the lining and pockets.
Botched? I don’t think so. Cute and handy? Definitely!