Style Studio

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Using sewing machines donated by their community, a group of high school students in Kalamazoo, Michegan took old items purchased at the local Goodwill and turned them into stuff they would actually wear as part of a class called Style Studio.

Jonathon Gruenke | Kalamazoo Gazette

Jonathon Gruenke | Kalamazoo Gazette

I wish my high school had offered a course in upclycing. I might have attended more often. And speaking of my high school experience, it took place largely in State College, Pennsylvania, home to Penn State University and not much else. The only way in or out by air was to take a puddle jumper to Pittsburgh. I don’t know if it’s still there, but for a long time the puddle jumper wing of the Pittsburgh airport included a long hall with only two gates: one bound for State College, Pennsylvania and one for Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have, for this reason, always felt oddly connected to people from Kalamazoo and secretly wondered what went on in that college town with a name even more ridiculous than my own. And now I know. Upcyling. Lots of upcycling.

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