On Salvage & Stitch, we make trash pretty.
Salvage & Stitch is a creative reuse project that began as a sustainable lifestyle blog featuring DIY projects and inspired tips for how to live a more creative life while also nurturing the rock that sustains us: our planet. We’ll forage in my California backyard for home remedies, deface lampshades to make wallhangings, and you’ll dust off your mom’s sewing machine because we’re going to put it to good use. But behind everything, you’ll begin to see that even your trash has value, and we’ll make it gorgeous.
From remaking your clothes to reusing the thing you can’t figure out how to recycle, Elana Bloom, maker and artist, offers up creative, minimalist solutions that draw from nature herself, meant to empower you to make more with less and to live simply.
Elana is the brains and heart behind Salvage & Stitch at every step, from content to photography to vision.
A lifelong maker by habit, Elana’s inspiration for Salvage & Stitch spun from her work restoring textiles in Oakland, California, forcing her to see the cycle of waste produced from altering or stitching into just one garment. After months spent attempting to sustainably rid herself of an over-flowing heap of scraps in her workspace, she took to reusing them instead. Thus, Salvage & Stitch was born, out of a deep desire to inspire others to join the solution with their art, and not the multi-billion dollar craft industry that stamps a hefty carbon footprint on the world. She believes that makers and thinkers who dare to play with trash are the future of DIY.
Elana learned to put her unwanted items to good use from a young age, her creativity born from growing up in a working-class family with Saks Fifth Avenue taste. She is most famous in her family lore for carrying her sewing machine on an airplane at seventeen, undeterred by TSA. In the same vein, she’s been known to stash flowers in her purse and forget about them, might erupt from a current task to recycle candle wax into new candles, and you might find her examining discarded items for value on the street. That’s exactly how she found her favorite chair and her last pair of jeans.
When she’s not working on Salvage & Stitch, Elana spends her time writing fiction and poetry, reading herself out of house and home, and spoiling her cat rotten. As you can see on Instagram, she’s a huge nature-lover and incorporates the outside world into her inner world as much as possible.
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