Katie Dignan makes fashion and home accessories out of lovely new and vintage materials for her line, Uniquely Upcycled.
Tell us a bit about what you make:

I make fashion accessories out of new and upcycled vintage fabrics. I currently make yoga mat bags, handbags + clutches, embellished clothing and some housewares like hand painted coasters and trivets.

How and when did you get started?

I have always loved tinkering with different kinds of arts. Four years ago I inherited my grandmother’s fully functioning 1950’s Singer sewing machine. I taught myself how to use it, and started messing around with projects around the house – curtains, embellishing my own clothing, handbags for myself. Things really kicked things into gear this past winter after being snowbound and sick of watching TV.

What do you like about Second Sunday?

I love the people – there’s such great energy and creativity. It’s impossible not to walk around and be impressed with the caliber of the artists and how accessible they all make themselves.

What are your future plans for Uniquely Upcycled?

There are definitely more yoga mat bags, purses and clutches in the works, but I’m also diversifying so I don’t feel stale. I have some ideas for menswear, fabric jewelry and purse accessories. Since I love gardening, I’m also brainstorming new stuff such as plant terrariums using upcycled materials and may get back into painting on a small scale.

Where can people find Uniquely Upcycled products now?

Currently I am at Fabricate, Park and Vine and Atomic Number 10.

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