Meet Catherine Maldonado, founder of TeePearls. Professionally, Catherine is front-end web developer. Amateurly, she creates a variety of accessories using recycled tee shirts that I was lucky enough to experience at the First Annual Boston Tee Party a few weeks ago.
“I’ve noticed a resurgence of large, statement jewelry pieces and think I offer something that is at the same time fashionable, sustainable, and affordable. They come in a variety of colors and are very versatile; able to be worn with casual or formal attire.”
The purpose of TeePearls is to extend the life of readily available materials that would otherwise be discarded, such as old, ripped tee shirts, and she tries to use every part of the useable garment. For example, the torso is used for tee shirt yarn and the sleeves have the perfect built in seams for converting into drawstring bags.
From an easily washable beach ready piece to a stand-in for metal jewelry that feels cold in the winter, these lightweight accessories are great for any season or occasion. Recently featured on www.20best20.com this month, Catherine’s accessory line has been receiving more and more well-deserved attention and will soon be available for purchase at a variety of Boston area retailers.
Do you have a favorite tee shirt that’s too small/ripped/stained? Contact Catherine at TeePearls and repurpose your treasured threads into a unique accessory!