Jared DeSimio is a maker in the truest sense. In his Brunswick studio, you might find him handstitching a custom bag or perhaps just staring at a piece of found fabric, waiting for inspiration to strike so he can turn it into something beautiful.
Where did the idea for repurposing materials come from?
I’m pretty sure it came from my photography. I always shot old objects and used landscapes. Those things had a remnant of the people who touched them; there was a residual history that lingered and I wanted to capture it, minus the people. The things I make now are essentially the same, just a new medium.
How do you go about finding the materials you use?
I’m crazy about thrifting and flea markets, yard sales and auctions. I also have lots of folks on my side, picking for me here and there. Something i’m very interested in is having people bring me their own meaningful materials to have made into something they can use. Made into something that honors the memory of someone from their past.
Does the material you use determine what you are going to make? Or does the idea come first and the material second?
I am first and foremost inspired by the materials. I have my own patterns but then it’s a puzzle fitting the materials into that constraint.
What’s next for your line?
I’d love to be able to introduce more products such as gym duffels, backpacks, and wallets as well as incorporating patterns from found printing blocks, hand painted designs, etc. The original marks, names, numbers, and stains that exist on the current fabrics are fantastic but, I want to start making my own mark. (Sorry for the pun.) I have a Kickstarter campaign running right now and if successful it will make it so much easier for me to expand my offerings and creativity. I’m one guy right now, doing this extremely part time and I would love to get it to a point where I can give it all I’ve got.