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Slow Fashion Love

Hudson, New York fiber artist and conscious crafter Katrina Rodabaugh is a slow fashion icon. Since 2013 she has been on a sustainability mission to make, thrift, or mend her own wardrobe. 

Katrina Rodabaugh Slow Fashion Love

Katrina shares her love of sustainable fashion and techniques for mending and natural dyes with her 25K followers on Instagram and students in sought after classes all across the country. In short, she's awesome!

Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh

Katrina's newest book MENDING MATTERSSTITCH, PATCH, AND REPAIR YOUR FAVORITE DENIM & MORE, is available starting today, from Abrams Books. It is full of over 20 easy to follow step by step instructions on simple and effective mending techniques and projects to repair and better care for your clothes and the environment. 

Mending Matters Katrina Rodabaugh Abrams Books

Not only is the book wonderfully written and full of slow fashion inspiration, but the gorgeous photography of Karen Pearson highlights the beauty and uniqueness of a slow fashion wardrobe. I can't wait to get started! 

Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh

To celebrate the release of her newest book, I asked Katrina to share with us her #thesethreethings, life lessons that have stuck with her though the years. Here's what she had to say:

Katrina Rodabaugh Mending Matters Abrams Books

1. Touch the earth. Whatever that means for you, just go touch the earth. Maybe it's gardening--growing food, herbs, medicine, dye plants, or flowers. Or maybe it's hiking, camping, or walking barefoot on the beach. Or maybe it's just going to a local park and sitting on a blanket on the ground. I think we've lost our connection with the natural world but sometimes we just need to literally go touch the earth to reconnect.

2. I love the Arthur Ashe quote, "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can". It's pretty much become my motto in sustainable living and slow fashion. We have all the tools we need to begin right now. We can just mend one pair of jeans, naturally dye one linen top, put one canvas tote in our handbag, replace one disposable coffee mug, and eventually we start to shift enough habits to make a real difference. But just start where you are right now. Then keep going.
3. Find times to unplug and be unproductive. As a working mom of two young boys also renovating a 200-year-old farmhouse this one is the hardest for me. But each night at dinner we go around and say our favorite part of the day and often my favorite part is that brief moment when we were idling as a family. Looking up at the clouds, watching the kids play in the yard, or even just having a conversation on the phone with my mom. We need to idle. It recharges us. It unwinds us. And as creatives, it's often where the inspiration surfaces. 

Thanks so much Katrina!

To learn more about Katrina Rodabaugh, follow along with her adventures below:

Instagram: @katrinarodabaugh

Photography: Courtesy of Katrina Rodabaugh and Karen Pearson

Katrina wears her Zelma Rose Cholla Bolo in photo 1+2 and her Bonita Necklace in photo 5.

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