I met fellow Ottawan and Etsian Rebecca, the creative-head behind 3rd Life, a few months ago at the Ladyfest Spring Craft Sale — we already followed each other on Twitter, so it was nice to put a face to the name. Rebecca creates funky accessories with recycled and vintage materials; her pieces also really well-made… and tempting (this, coming from a girl who doesn’t own a purse)!
And with that, I’d like to welcome Rebecca to the hot seat…
1. When and how did you learn to sew?
I pretty much taught myself to sew and to do things my own way. For one of my first sewing projects I used my grandma’s sewing machine to put floral fabric down the sides of my cut-off jean shorts, I was the envy of the trailer park. No, seriously.
2. How was 3rd Life born and how did you decide on the name?
It happened pretty naturally, I was given a secondhand sewing machine and I needed fabric so I raided my closet and started cutting things up, it eventually took off from there. I chose the name 3rd Life because I am committed to giving new a life to old materials.
3. What was the first concert you ever went to?
I went to a bunch of concerts with my Mom as a kid, but by my own choice the first was Furnaceface.
4. You’re a fellow Ottawan (woot woot!)… what’s your favourite thing about living here?
My favourite thing is probably wandering around the market, but very soon I will be trading in my Ottawa life in for a small town one!
5. Chocolate or vanilla?
6. Happiest kid memory?
Summers at the lake, swimming all day and collecting rocks.
7. What do you moonlight as in your day job?
I am a custom framer.
8. Congrats on being a new homeowner! What’s the best thing about your new abode?
The best thing is that it’s mine.
9. Got any party tricks?
Hard to describe, but I can hold my hands behind my back and bring them to the front without letting go, and I can turn my feet around almost backwards!
10. Worst job you ever had?
Wearing the same Halloween costume for 2 months while blowing up balloons.
11. Where do you find and buy your vintage fabrics and materials to upcycle?
Garage sales and thrift stores are my favorite place to fabric hunt, and I get some great donations from my friends and family.
12. How do you decide what form/shape a fabric will take when you get it?
Often the finished product is determined by the shape and size of the garment I am repurposing. I also draw my ideas in a book and look at them when I need inspiration.
13. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I want to learn more fine art skills, I’m going to be taking a print making class and I’m pretty excited about that! I’d love to learn more about business and someday get over my fear of the telephone.
14. Most often visited website(s)?
etsy.com for sure
15. What is your kryptonite?
Iced caramel macchiato
16. How did you come up with bicycle top tube pads?
They were a request from my friend Jose of Joe Mamma Urban Cycles.
17. Dream job and dream location?
My dream job would to be an artist, living anywhere near water and trees with a high-speed internet connection, and my husband can come too :)
18. What are you most proud of right now?
19. What do you like best and least about running your own business?
The best part about my little business is seeing a customer’s eyes light up when they see something they love – that makes me so happy. The thing I like least is taking care of paperwork.
20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
…working on my zombie escape plan.
You can check out more 3rd Life creations via:
Thanks Rebecca — hope to see you at another craft show soon!
etsy.com, good peeps