Laura Dyck creates under the names PrairieThreads and PrairiePeasant. She has been a maker for as long as she can remember, and has long enjoyed refashioning the old or unwanted into something new. Using non-traditional recycled and repurposed materials, she creates one of a kind, beautiful and functional items, while keeping unwanted items from the landfill. Thrift shops, garage sales, and ArtsJunktion are her favourite sources of materials.
Examples of her repurposing include taking a once loved thrifted cotton shirt, and transforming it into a set of coiled mats and coasters. She can transform the “uglies” (i.e. wild or dated fabrics) into beautiful baskets, where you see the colours and not the prints. Vintage linens (the more stained the better) can be overdyed with tea or indigo, and then used for the covers of beautiful journals. Once loved books become new blank journals and envelopes. Laura also enjoys experimenting with various ways to dye the cotton rope she uses, including with tea, indigo, dyes, and paints.
The more items she creates, the more she realizes that she will never run out of available materials to reuse in her products.