Lo­cal de­sign­ers jazz up old threads with funk fac­tor

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WHY throw away an old pair of jeans when you could sim­ply “Funk Em”?

Lo­cal fash­ion de­signer Cindy Lig­gins has taken re­cy­cling old clothes to a new level and sews a range of “one-of-a-kind” prod­ucts out of left­over cloth­ing ma­te­ri­als.

“I started this trend when I made a se­ries of cloth­ing called ’In Your Face’ where I sewed on prints of faces on jeans and skirts,” she said.

“They were just sell­ing off the rack so I de­cided to use left­over pieces of fab­ric to ’Funk Em’.”

The solo de­signer soon be­came a team when she met lo­cal artist Melis­sah Nor­ris who came into the store as a cus­tomer.

“When I met Cindy we just clicked,” Melis­sah said.

“We both get ter­ri­bly ex­cited about mak­ing new prod­ucts - it is like an en­ergy which is in us.

“We don’t even no­tice the time that goes by when we are mak­ing new things be­cause we are just fly­ing on new ideas.

“We play on ideas to­gether to de­velop dif­fer­ent lines and hope­fully we can in­crease our pro­duc­tiv­ity later in the year.”

The pair de­sign dresses, shirts, jeans, biki­nis, hand­bags, se­lec­tive lin­gerie, jew­ellery, chil­dren’s soft toys, and cloth­ing for men, women and chil­dren.

Each in­di­vid­ual piece of cloth­ing is orig­i­nal, unique and the de­signs are never made out of the same piece of ma­te­rial.

“Some peo­ple come into our store and have found some re­ally funky clothes for this year’s Car­ni­vale,” Ms Lig­gins said.

“I have also de­signed a pair of jeans for lo­cal mu­si­cian, Gus­man.

“We en­cour­age lo­cals to come in with their old clothes and have a look around our store be­cause we thrive off new ideas or sug­ges­tions.”

Funk Em can be found at shop 22A of the Meri­dien Ma­rina.

What the funk: de­sign­ers Melis­sah Nor­ris and Cindy Lig­gins

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