Inspirational Interview with Crispina

Crispina Shares Inspiration About How To Manifest Dreams

Crispina ffrench used clothing alchemist

Crispina ffrench

Crispina ffrench is a Used Clothing Alchemist in Pittsfield Massachusetts, and in my opinion, is saving the world one step at a time by successfully pursuing her passion. She recycles used clothing into beautiful new items of apparel, like really cute skirts & t-shirts, picnic blankets, and even adorable stuffed animals.

Her recycling business employed more than three dozen people within the first two years of it’s incarnation, back in the late 1980’s. At that time, her products could be found in 350 retail outlets. Everything was made in the USA and many of her employees worked from home. After 21 years managing Crispina Designs, Inc, she wrote an instructional book “The Sweater Chop Shop” and decided to redirect her energy back to being a one-of-a-kind maker of functional art crafted from recycled clothing.

Crispina is committed to living and supporting eco-friendly lifestyles. She and her husband bought a church and  transformed it into a MakerSpace for artists to create and display their creations. There’s even a commercial grade kitchen available to rent for culinary artists and caterers in the area. Their purchase included the rectory next door, which they converted into six green living units with chickens, bees, and a large organic garden. Crispina encourages everyone to be the change they want to see while desiring to live a more rewarding lifestyle. Stop by her Facebook fan page and say hi! She’s always excited to hear from people out there working toward the general good.

I asked her a few questions about her journey, and here’s what she had to say:

How long did it take you to get to where you are now?
I am 47. I have been working hard all my life – started when I was 14. I have a strong work ethic and enjoy hard labor both physically and academically. I can do pretty much whatever needs to get done. I’ll scrub a toilet, mop a big floor, develop a marketing plan or build an intricate spreadsheet. What I really love to do best is make high value-added things from garbage.

Crispina ffrench models high value added upcycled clothing

What struggles did you encounter in order to become successful doing what you love?
Its funny, I was successful right off the bat. It wasn’t like I was even trying. I just had an idea that took off and I followed it for a long ride of adventure.

What people, places or things motivated you to make your dreams come true?
I was raised by artists who taught public school art but really just wanted to be artists. They taught me anything was possible.

How do you deal with fear, doubt and worry?
I think my situation is different than most in that I was raised without a lot of fear, doubt, or worry so they are not in my nature. When I witness fear, doubt and worry in myself or those around me, I see how limiting they are which reiterates my aversion.

Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
The spiraling decline of the health of our environment inspires me to speak out and show the way. I honestly feel a calling to use whatever I can to change the way our culture consumes – a calling to help find balance in our biosphere.

Thanks, Crispina!

Live Life For A Living My Dreams Matter Quiet The Mind

This interview came about after Crispina featured one of Rozine’s products in an Etsy Treasury. The intention of sharing stories like this, is to prove to the unbeliever that non-conventional, dreamy lifestyles exist and thrive.

For more inspirational encouragement from Rozine about how to believe in your dreams, download the PDF of “Live Life For A Living”:

 

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