Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Art of Can Tabistry

“Tabistry - [tab - us - stree] noun, plural -tries, verb, -tried, -try·ing.
  • the art of creating versatile textile out of ordinary pop (soda)/bear/soup/fruit/other can pull tab woven together with fabric, ribbon, cord, wire, jump rings or any other material.
  • a fabric consisting of can tabs which are woven together by hand to produce a design, often wearable, used for clothing, wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
  • to furnish, cover, or adorn with pop tabs.”
So Tiffany defines her unique art form, but you really need to see to believe the extraordinary clothing and accessories she artfully weaves from such humble materials!
Truly a case of Trash to Treasure, and a wonderful way to creatively recycle all those beer or soda pop tabs most of us generate every day.
The result of her innovative technique evokes chain mail, mermaid scales or jewel-encrusted fabric that gleams and flexes and shimmers.
She includes the cost breakdown for some of her projects and they are astonishing. Imagine making an entire Ren Faire costume for $25!

Inspired? Want to try your hand at it? Tiffany offers an in-depth tutorial to get you started here:

The Art of Can Tabistry Blog:

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