The Kitchen Garden Series is a project by Philadelphia based artist and costume designer, Heidi Barr. Her passion for gardening and her attention to environmental and community issues were contributors in her series of tea towels and napkins made from reclaimed men’s shirts. Here Heidi describes the story of The Kitchen Garden Series:
The Kitchen Garden Series was dreamt up one winter night when my friend and fellow designer Tara Webb and I were having fun making napkins and kitchen towels. As we sewed, we got to talking about our desire to see more gardens in the city and more meaning in our work. One thing led to another and now I am pleased to introduce the first phase of the kitchen garden series; napkins and tea towels made of re-claimed men’s shirts, sold to raise money for community based urban agriculture. Once the textiles are sold, 25% is donated to fund urban gardens. I am committed to reinvesting in the communities supported by the kitchen garden series through the 25% donations and through job creation. As the business grows, I will employ additional artisan sewers, providing a living wage and an opportunity for work that revitalizes their community. So, look for our napkins, wipe you mouth on someone else’s shirt and help more gardens to grow.