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      News — Laminated Cotton

      Look mom, no hands!

      Look mom, no hands!

      Hi there! I’m introducing myself here as I’m partcipating in #slowfashionchallenge#memademay Here goes! 

      I picked this photo because I am a person who likes taking risks. I am always diving off cliffs and making my way down. It makes me feel alive (see photo). I get super interested in something and just go for it. Things I have gone for:

      •Hiking, ⛺️/ I was a National Park Ranger in a “previous life” I still take pilgrimages to my beloved SW each year, but do plenty of hiking in my home state of Washington.

      •Chinese/calligraphy/I have a degree in Chinese & traveled there in 1981 when everyone wore Mao jackets.

      •I have remodeled 5 houses including tiling most surfaces using cast off tiles, rocks, broken pottery, and using lots of materials recycled from local schools. •I’m a deadhead, having gone to 40-50 concerts. (Usually hitchhiking) My oldest son(shown above me here) took me to a Dead & Co concert at the Gorge, giving me a real appreciation for @John Mayer.

      •David Krauter. Still married to my first husband after 32 years. We have 3 nearly grown boys who all know how to weld and sail, & recycle

      •I took my boys ages 3, 9, 12 to rural India for 4 months. We hiked 90 miles in the Himalayas & had adventures while my husband worked on tunnel boring machines there.

      •After Axel was born I made all his clothes, did my first street fair selling them & created IMPWEAR clothing many of Seattle’s children in colorful reversible goodness for 14 years.

      •While raising kids I taught art in public schools, teaching every child to sew, some to weld, do pottery, make pies & all to solve problems using their hands.

      •5 years ago I started IMPWEARhome, using an eco-friendly version of oilcloth. It’s laminated cotton. I fell in love with it and made up a wholesale line, doing @NYNOW@lasvegasmarket & other shows. I found that I could go to the shows with a Rollie bag and scrounge furniture from castoffs once I got there. (Typical)

      •3 years ago I dove into fabric design, ordering 3,000 yds at a time. I’m now on my 7th design. (Most inspired by travels) That was a real cliff dive but it launched me into a satisfying new adventure that keeps me growing and learning.

      Now go check out our amazing eco-freindly laminated cotton fabrics to see the results of all this SO FAR!       Happy creating   -   Tracy Krauter, Owner/Designer

      Thankfulness and fabric we all love.

      Thankfulness and fabric we all love.

      I have been very fortunate in my life. I have been able to pursue my passions, dreams and now design & produce my own dreamy laminated cottons. Who does that? These are truly Not your Grandma's Oilcloth!!  Each time I meet a customer who gushes over my fabrics and pets them (that is every customer), I am reinvigorated to keep going and make more. 

      My favorite thing, now that people are able to purchase my fabrics to make their own amazing goodies, like the beautiful pouches by Mary Mulari, is that now they send me photos. I love that! Keep it up. I am most thankful. I mostly love that people who are makers are getting their hands on our fabrics and feeling inspired. How much more fortunate can anyone be? 

      Our last Popup of the season is today at West Elm

      Our last Popup of the season is today at West Elm

      Popups have been good to us this Holiday season from Baltimore to Napa. Back at West Elm Seattle today 12-3pm. Continuing to fund the charities we believe in with your help, teaching kids art & preserving wilderness.


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