Topaz M. Terry from BicycleTrash
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
BicycleTrash is about helping people rethink waste, by focusing on the “raw materials” generated from regular bicycle use. Stainless steel sprockets and chain removed from bikes during tune ups make beautiful artisan made bottle openers. Rubber inner tubes removed from flat tires are stitched into durable leather-like bags and belts. Craftsmanship makes each item pleasing to the eye and desirable in its own right. He fact that its upcycled is almost like a guilty pleasure, but without the guilt.
How did you learn your craft?:
My father is a crafty person, in addition to being a musician. Growing up, he was always getting me to make things with my hands. I had a particular love of leather and wood work, but they are expensive hobbies, and I never felt them as a calling. My grandmother had been a tailor’s assistant, and my mother encouraged her to teach me to sew. While I pursued a career in education, I would occasionally dabble in upcycle crafting, mostly as gifts or home projects with my wife, a costume designer and artist. As an active environmentalist and a bicycle commuter for years, I quite accidentally stumbled into bike part crafts when I discovered how often bicycle waste ends up in landfills. As a personal challenge, I started taking the waste parts from my bicycle repairs and finding ways to turn them into something useful. Over 3 years into the business, my bottle openers (woodcraft skills in use) and my beer panniers (sewing and leathercraft) are still my most popular products.