Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Recycling T-shirts!

It's amazing how many shops on Etsy use recycled materials for their items. I found this wonderful shop while searching for cool recycled items. Would love to try the dryer sheets sometime. zJayne also has wonderful altered art, pouches, cards and more!

*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Northern Ohio, near Lake Erie and Cleveland.

*How did you decide on your shop name?
My name is Jane. Frankly, try searching Jane and see the slew of Janesssss and well, I am not completely internet savvy, so I wanted something that when searched, brought me up easily. Search zJayne and you get me only! With that said, hindsight, use an “a” first…hence, my blog is artzJayne!

*What got you started in recycling?
My art assemblage is all about recycling, using found objects, broken treasured jewelry and the like. One holiday season I made tShirt bags and stuffed them with groceries for gifts. I couldn’t believe the feedback and excitement about how much they were being reused. That started all the tShirt pieces and parts and the rest is just amazing.

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
I have so many ideas and found objects for my art. I still cannot pass up a vintage spoon or unusual metal object that I can see re purposed into something artful. It’s definitely addictive to collect found objects for art. So many pieces, ideas, so little time.

*What motivates or inspires you to create?
Often music, emotions, and reading are behind my inspiration. With my upcycled tShirt line, it’s having so much useful material, fonts, sleeves, leftovers that inspire to find useful ways to further them along.

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
One that comes to mind is the original piece from this postcard. It is called “Home to Myself” and often when I get in a creative zone, I really don’t know where it comes from and I myself am moved by the longevity of feelings each piece can invoke. Wow, that’s deep, but true. I’m partial to this piece. It was a custom order for another amazingly talented artist. She had it for some time and gifted it to her daughter upon her wedding and wrote me about how much it meant to be able to pass it on.

*Do you have a blog?
I do, I do …and it’s an artzJayne blog:

*What is your favorite shop that uses recycled materials, and/or your favorite blog about recycling?
I have a couple favorites. I am always inspired by the way Polarity helps promote us artists through her magnetic lockets. I keep special wishes in mine.

The Eco Etsy Team shares a lot of helpful eco friendly tips and finds and jewelry artist Valerie Tyler is an eco friendly art addict and a pleasure to follow.



  1. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to send your link to my sister-in-law who makes all her own stuff.

  2. Really great shop, I love it all and love to recycle myself. Have a great day Audrey.

  3. Another great shop and artist! I like the idea of the bag with groceries for a gift!

  4. What a great feature! This is such a good idea!

    Thanks for sharing!


  5. You're right! She does have some really cool stuff!

  6. I've seen things that have been recycled but that stuff is way cute!

  7. I am just loving all the recycled projects that I've seen lately. I can't wait to check out her blog and etsy shop

  8. oh zJayne, I didn't realize you mentioned my blog in this interview. Thanks!
    zJayne is a gem, she's very eco-minded, and takes great care in the making of her products!


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