Project Participants

Project Award

Program: Creativity Fund
Year: 2009-10
Semester: Spring

Project Description

In the future, I hope to open a center comprised of three sections: a thrift store, a seamstress shop, and a repurposed clothing boutique. These three sections will work symbiotically to create a store that provides clothing relevant for all demographics, instills environmental standards, and even offers low-income outreach services. It will be called Gracy’s Green Earth, a recycled name that initially represented a store my parents owned in the early 90’s. This summer, I will start researching this idea by creating and selling repurposed clothing and observing thrift and vintage shops.

About Grace Amber

Grace Amber (Gracy), will draw from her winter term sewing experience to launch her Creativity Fund venture this summer. Her Winter term project incorporated both sewing designs from scratch and redesigning pre-made clothing. Amber will locate her summer project in her hometown of Chelsea, Vermont. High on the list of the benefits of working out of Vermont is proximity to her parents, Peter and Robin Amber, and three younger siblings. Amber graduated from Chelsea Public High School, where she was schooled nearly all of elementary, middle, and high school. Junior year, she attended a semester program located on a farm, The Mountain School of Milton Academy. Amber spent Senior year taking a full schedule of college classes through the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology. At Oberlin College, Amber is a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team, Apparel Design team, and Recycled Product Coop. She also works as an America Reads tutor at Prospect Elementary and enjoys throwing pottery at the Pottery Coop.

Trash to Treasure: The Art of Upcycling Clothes