Check out my vintage overalls! I found them in an old storage trunk.
I often wore these Lee dungarees as a college student in the late 70's. Now, they are a snug fit. And it's hard for me to believe that my 30-year college reunion is approaching. Although I don't think I'll be able to head out to Missouri this spring to attend, thanks to Facebook, I've been happily reconnecting with old friends through the school's reunion page. That's how I found Andrea, a pal from my art school days at Washington University in St. Louis. She's the one who embroidered the bib of my denim overalls for me.
I remember when Andrea offered to embellish my Lee's, I had no idea she would return them to me with such a gorgeous array of flowers on the bib. All these years later, I still find her handiwork beautiful. And I'm happy to report that Andrea still loves to embroider and makes natural linen bags filled with dried lavender with sprigs of various varieties embroidered on the front. Plus, she continues to be a fine artist who does welding, ceramics and printmaking and is in the midst of writing her master's thesis.
My favorite memory of Andrea is from when we were in a freshman 3-D design class together. We were given an assignment that had to be linear and I remember struggling with creating a small sculpture built out of colorful telephone wire. But Andrea's project was truly ingenious. In the middle of the night before the project was due, she "borrowed" the football team's athletic field marking machine and proceeded to take a walk with it all over the campus. The next morning, as students headed to their classes, they wondered why there was a white chalk line meandering across walkways, stairs and the grassy quad. We finally got the answer in our design class. By drawing a continuous white line which snaked through the campus, Andrea had turned the entire university into her linear design project! Although the Wash. U. powers-that-be weren't terribly pleased with her creation, I thought (and still think) it was brilliant.
I'm so glad I hung onto these old overalls with Andrea's colorful embroidery "doodle" on the front. I'm also pleased that we reconnected. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by the myriad of online social networking options out there. I find it daunting to keep up with all that tweeting and greeting. I'm not always an avid Facebook devotee. However, I do like how it finds friends from days gone by.
So what do you think . . . Should these overalls head back into my old wooden storage trunk? Or should I transform them into something else, like a pillow or a bag. What do you think they could become? Any crafty ideas you have would be greatly appreciated.