Today I am in Atlanta at Haven (aka: the best DIY blogging conference in the nation!) But I wondered if you remembered the time I was interviewed for a documentary? Oh, no? Well, it just happened this past Tuesday and I didn’t really tell anyone except my friends and family, so it’s technically brand new information.
I am so passionate about subject of the documentary = I can’t keep it a secret anymore.
I got an email from a dude named Alex Eaves, explaining that he is working on a documentary, traveling to 48 states in the US, filming unique and original ways that people Reuse. At first I thought it was either a joke, craigslist wire scam, or a guy who was sure to be a serial killer, and so I almost deleted the email.
Thankfully none of that was the case and I did a little research before I hit the delete button.
Alex founded Stay Vocal, a reuse apparel brand. Instead of printing on new garments, Stay Vocal rescues T-Shirts and give them a second life. He even had some pretty impressive credentials like winning a best small business idea award for SV and becoming a finalist for Green America business awards in 2009, 2010 and 2013. So I figured he was a pretty legit guy.
Alex posted his documentary project to kickstarter.com and raised over $10,000.00. This video explains his project and how passionate he is about reusing.
I was absolutely honored to be chosen as the Oklahoman interviewed for the documentary. He was so excited to hear that women, from all walks of life, were rescuing furniture from the landfills, saving money, and reusing what they had to make something totally unique.
Thanks to my amazeballs Facebook fans we were able to throw together an impromptu workshop for the interview.
We met Alex at The Edmond Fine Arts Institute (where I teach all of my classes) and I was asked tons of questions about Refunk My Junk.
Alex also loved that all of the paints we use are eco-friendly, packaged in recycled containers, no VOCs, and after checking the label, are vegan. So he let me paint his face and put a little bit on his tongue just to prove how non-toxic it is. Point proven.
It was a blast hanging out with Alex and is videographer, Ali. I got a free Get Vocal t-shirt and then bought a couple for my Mom and family.
Get Vocal is so committed to reusing that they even print their business cards on recycled t-shirts. LEGIT.
The estimated release date for the documentary is Earth Day 2014. But make sure you keep up with Alex and Ali and all of their travels across the US! Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stayvocal and Twitter. And if you want to start the conversation about reusing with a Stay Vocal T-Shirt you can order one online at stayvocal.com and get free shipping with the coupon code: alextalks.
A special thank you to all of the gals who volunteered for the workshop. The class was relocated outdoors and I am certain we all had sweat dripping from places we didn’t know existed. Thank you Angela from Gabby’s Closet, Jennifer from Designing Diva Interiors, Jan from Sister’s Catering, and Amber from Red Dirt Junky. Ya’ll ROCK.