Imagine a landfill heavy from the burden of discarded designer fabrics. It’s FabMo‘s mission to stop just that, and yesterday it showed how. Dozens of exhibitors filled the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, displaying a plethora of products made from fabrics that would have otherwise landed in the trash. There was, of course, new fabric remnants (top photo) to recycle as well.
The FabMo story began in the 90s when every couple of months a couple of bags of fabric would be “rescued.” Today the non-profit organization diverts more than 40 tons from landfill, or as their brochure states: “Imagine a column 12 feet by 12 feet, standing 75 feet (7 1/2 stories tall.”
The rescued fabrics get to artisans’ hands thanks to volunteers who sort them by size and get them ready for monthly distribution events. FabMo is just the conduit, it’s the crafts people who transform the fabric remnants to items of every imaginable variety.
The creations are displayed and sold at FabMo’s annual Textile Art Boutique at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park. If you missed it this year, be on the lookout next October as there are many wonders to be seen and early Christmas shopping to get done.
Top photo by Kay Melchor