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The Bobbin
Burlington, Vermont
The Bobbin: Slow Fashion & Sustainable Design is a Textile UpCycling and Sewing Education Studio.
Interests: Slow Fashion, Textile Upcycling, Refabrication, Sustainable Sewing, Restoration, Mother-Friendly Business, Socially Responsible Business, Pattern-Making, Skill Building + Community Education
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Happy Sustainable New Year from The Bobbin! - Waking up on a new day/new year, I am in awe of the strength and resilence of our communties, families and eco-systems in light of massive global change during 2011. I can only begin to imagine the web of beautiful experiences and awesome life connections that await us all in 2012. Playful. Empowered. Authentic. thebobbin.com Radically classic custom clothing & accessories sustainably made in Vermont. The Bobbin's evolving slow fashion designs are well tailored & ethically hand made. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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God Jul! Good Yule! *Happiest of Happy Holidays* wishing you & yours the wonderous of warm yuletide greetings may the return of the sun bring joy & creativity to all! -gyllian Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at The Bobbin Blogs On
Sew true ;-)
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Too true! Patience is the essential, and often missing, ingredient on the road to small business success.
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Thanks! Sew glad you are enjoying the blog :)
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The Bobbin Slow Fashion + Sustainable Design Year End Newsletter 2011 Happy Hand made Holidays! It h... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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Autumn of 2011 has brought intense periods of days/weeks lost in creativity at my home studio in Burlington, Vermont designing my newest Slow Fashion collection. The inspiration behind these designs is on a continumn of ideas relating to "Lake Champlain: After the Flood". These sketches represent the beginnings of the next collection: "So Long Irene" Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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 15th Annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference Saturday, December 10th 8:30am-3:30am Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT I am so honored to be a participant in this year's 15th annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference. I will be a panelist for the "Arts Go Online" morning workshop The conference is in it's 15th year and is sponsored by Vermont's own U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. The morning keynote speaker is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This conference is free and open to the public. Childcare is available for those who pre-register. To learn more: CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
This Spring 2012 Collection from Gyllian Rae Svensson of The Bobbin Slow Fashion + Sustainable Design is inspired by Lake Champlain : After the Flood. The Collection explores the strength and resilience that help us move through mourning and overcome loss. The Lake Gowns' languid lines are broken by the rigid structure of the tailored pants and vests in motion. These original custom designs were created with all sustainable textiles including vintage silks and wools from the 1930's and 1940's. Gyllian works out of her South End studio and is available for custom design consultations. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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Radically classic custom clothing & accessories sustainably made in Vermont. "she will shrink for no one" "she can hear the train a coming" "she walks slowly into the big wild woods" "her boots are made for talking" "but, she said, I think I'm sweet" "she resides within her own time zone" "she could not even begin to not know how to answer that question" "she divines water, while skipping ahead" "she's always ahead of the next wave" "she is forever nostalgic for the future" "she knows that she is evolving" "just because, she doesn't have to" "her ears are ever... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
DIY: Let’s make sustainable napkins! Posted on Sep 22, 2011 Posted by Gyllian Rae Svensson, Tom’s of Maine fan, Burlington, Vermont There is a nip in the air and summer is waning here in our Queen City of Burlington, Vermont. Over this past season I have dismantled my brick & mortar shop moving my business, The Bobbin, home to the South End Arts District. Working from home allowed me to create my latest Slow Fashion collection while fully involved in the day-to-day questions & chaos of my noisy, creative family. My adjustment to working at home has also highlighted the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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Seven Days Presents: Strut VI The Bobbin's Slow Fashion Collection 2012 Lake Champlain: After the Flood In honor of 7days Newspaper's "Sweet 16" birthday. I designed this paper skirt. Individual panels are created from folded sheets of newspaper, specifically selected for their color & content. The panels are sewn together and hand-painted. The #BTV Pants, Wave Skirt and NorEaster top utilize Zero-waste design principles throughout the pattern-drafting and manufacturing phases. A fantastic dress created from vintage hand-dyed jersey paired with the softest of sustainable silks. The "Sticks & Stones" dress was designed with 3/4 inch silk sleeves and a short... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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In celebration of The Bobbin's official status as an Art Hop Site, we held a fantastic Garden Party & Trunk show during Saturday afternoon. It was a spectacular sunny day in Burlington, the clotheslines were filled with sustainable fashions while local favs "Electric Halo" rocked the garden stage. "the gardens are alive with sustainable fashions" Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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"she divines water" This year The Bobbin is an official site for the Art Hop. (Site #2 Art Hop Map) In addition to clotheslines plump with local slow fashions, the garden will be alive with sustainable sculptures. Gyllian had super fun this summer mucking about in the yard with her two favorite kiddos, acquiring recycled objects, sticks, stones & pinecones for our sculptures. It will be such a treat to watch them transform throughout the coming seasons. "she is always evolving" "G is for girrl" "she creates transition" Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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September 9-10 Now in its 19th year, SEABA (South End Arts & Business Association) presents a remarkable exhibition of visual art, paintings, sculptures, fashions and so much more! Welcome to the season of Art Hop! This is one of my favorite times in my Burlington neighborhood, which has recently been designated the official "Art's District" of Vermont. The year, for the first time, The Bobbin will be an studio site on the Art Hop Map. Don't miss our Open Studio Garden Party with live music on the outdoor stage from Electric Halo noon-2pm. Saturday, September 10th from noon-4pm The Bobbin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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The majority of my summer 2011, has been spent at my home studio in Burlington, Vermont designing my newest Slow Fashion collection. The inspiration behind these designs is Lake Champlain: After the Flood The first design that began this collection was the idea of a vest. A scoop-necked, button front vest with extravagant tails. Mozart-esque tails. But modern, classic lines with a flair. In honor of 7days Newspaper's "Sweet 16" birthday. I designed this paper skirt. Individual panels are created from folded sheets of newspaper, specifically selected for their color & content. The panels are sewn together and hand-painted. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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From left, Spencer Taylor, Redmond Deck and Stephen Churchill display various social media accounts held by Handy's Lunch on Maple Street. Owner Earl Handy says social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp and Urban Spoon have helped his business expand into an online version of the lunch counter. / ELLIOT deBRUYN, Free Press Written by: Lynn Monty, Free Press Staff Writer Printed in Burlington Free Press September 8, 2011 Tweets with a hashtag might seem futuristic, but they really equate to the casual street-corner exchanges of yesterday. In Twitter’s online community, hashtags can also be like local watering holes or office... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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I have recently crossed a parenting threshold and am now the proud Mama of a middle school student. I can remember the first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday and now, in a few short weeks, I will no longer trek off to the local elementary school. Instead, the bright big kid middle school full of advanced math, art electives, kissing gossip and unimaginable wonders awaits us. In honor of this big move, my daughter designed her own "step up" graduation dress. Working from her pencil drawing and love of vibrant colors...we dove right into the project. The bodice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
Sewing with existing fabic. - Gyllian "My aha moment came during graduate school in sustainable business and communities when I realized the importance of slow fashion and questioning where our clothing comes from and who sews it." This aha moment is from the Mutual of Omaha traveling airstream trailer, stopping in cities all across America to document our "aha moments -A moment of clarity, the aha moment is a defining moment where you gain real wisdom - wisdom you can use to change your life" It was a joy to participate in this collection of stories, I have particuarly loved... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
The Bobbin Slow Fashion + Sustainable Design June Newsletter 2011 Happy June Crafty friends, Whoa Nelly! what a spring it has been! Floods, Tornado's and Thunderstorms abound; while many of us have experienced personal and professional upheavals as well. The Bobbin survived "The Great Move" and the extensive process of sorting, reducing, recycling and reusing all of the STUFF, stuff, stuff, stuff! Springtime cleaning has offered a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my family and reconsider our collective material "needs". As summertime unfolds, I am excited for the next chapter of The Bobbin, and am currently stitching-up-a-storm in preparation for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
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As some of you may know, in my "other" life, I am a birth activist, doula, herbalist and proud Mama of 2 homebirthed children. In my twenty years of birth work I have watched the problems with our maternity care system spiral out-of-control. Recently, however, the tide has changed and my family and I were able to participate in an awesome event. After years of tireless effort from VPIRG, Midwives, social justice activists and families, Vermont's homebirthed children were able to look on while Governor Shumlin signed "The Midwives Bill" into law. The Midwives Bill requires that all Insurance companies... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On
The Bobbin Website: Home Page In celebration of The Bobbin's new incarnation, I have taken on a new name. As I am no longer operating a community "Sew Bar + Craft Lounge", it seemed appropriate to change that aspect of the name. The business is now known as "The Bobbin Slow Fashion + Sustainable Design" The new website was designed by Gyllian and all of the web programming was completed by Jason Horne of Hajus Productions. A huge Bobbin THANK YOU goes out to Jason for his continued support, dedication and tireless efforts. You Rock J-Dawg! The Bobbin Website: Sustainable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at The Bobbin Blogs On