Reclaimed Creations
by Heidi Hammel

wearable art hand-crafted from reclaimed materials

About Heidi Hammelslouch hat by Heidi Hammel of Reclaimed Creations

Heidi Hammel became a wool sweater addict at the impressionable age of 12, when her family traveled to Norway. She has worked with fiber ever since. Thrift and creativity prompted her to learn how to sew and decorate her own clothes. In early adulthood she designed and stitched fine embroidery on apparel and accessories, card-wove belts, made clothes and ran a commercial slipcover and re-upholstery business while earning a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies.

After twenty-five years as a leader in progressive education, she resumed a focused exploration of fiber arts in 1998. Two overarching principles guide her work. As a student and former teacher at The School in Rose Valley, which started in the heart of the 1920’s Arts and Crafts era, she absorbed the ethic that an artisan strives to make quality hand-made objects that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. As the child of an avid naturalist, she learned to honor the intrinsic connections between all things. Four texting gloves by Heidi Hammel

Her work reflects her twin commitments to creating beauty that serves a useful purpose in daily life and judiciously reusing the world’s resources. She sews one-of-a-kind wearable art from reclaimed materials: felt wool sweaters to create hats, mittens and scarves, lined in fleece; neckties, felted wool, silk, linen and cotton garments to shape handbags; parts of jewelry, vintage buttons, yarns, beads and lace, pompoms made on a 1940’s, 600 lb. metal lathe to embellish her work. Each item is a unique piece of functional art. By using familiar objects out of context, her work simultaneously provokes aesthetic pleasure and cognitive dissonance, which resolve into a chuckle of recognition.

Here are profiles of Heidi that appeared in Crafts Report magazine (a first profile and a second profile) and a profile that appeared in the Chester County Town and Country magazine.

Heidi Hammel of Reclaimed Creations at the library