I first discovered Paloma Navarette of Hyperclash Clothing when she approached me about being featured for Feelgood Style. Her designs are super fun remixes of reclaimed clothing and fabric.
1. Tell me about how you got started crafting.
It was something that was taught to me, my parents are sculptors so it was encouraged to experiment early. I would throw pencils in the air when I would draw as a child. I admire children’s drawings, I love seeing the loose line movement & try to keep that freedom when I craft. I started to sew when i was 15, I borrowed a sewing machine & made handbags & pants. During high school I took summer pre college programs at Rhode Island School of Design in printmaking and at Chicago Art institute in fashion design. I was accepted into the Experimental Animation Department at Calarts and continued to take classes in printmaking and costume design as they encouraged multidisciplinary studies.
2. What draws you to eco-friendly materials?
I grew up in Taos New Mexico where its traditionally been a sustainable community. As long as i can remember we had gardens in the summer & ate organic foods. My mom always made home made breads, dried apples, & composted all our organic waste. I grew up buying used clothes at thrift stores & learned to use & reuse what we had. I’ve always been aware of our global issues, but now it seems more pressing that we rethink our global footprint. There is so much unwanted goods I felt it was the responsible thing as a fashion designer to reuse & recycle. I use a lot of he scraps for smaller items like arm cuffs & flower corsages so there is not much waste. I obviously don’t follow fashion trends, I do what feels right.
3. What inspires you?
I am inspired by a lot of different things; nature, urban culture, music, fine art, sculpture, found objects, vintage things, japanese street fashion, my family, positive energy, children’s art, color, architecture, shoes, furniture, clocks, orchids, machines, my colleagues, peers & teachers
4. Who are your crafty heroes?
Joann Berman, Andy Warhol, Claus Oldenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Juan Gris, my colleagues, peers, teachers, parents, i could name a ton of artists, crafters, & genres .
5. Where can folks find your work?
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!