Rain Blanken has been fusing fashion and invention for the past fifteen years. She is the author of 'Customize Your Clothes: A Head-to-Toe Guide to Reinventing Your Wardrobe', and an avid fan of handmade style and the designers behind the work. You can also read more about Rain's current and past work on her Google Profile: Rain Blanken.
Rain doesn't just write about DIY fashion, she lives it! She began helping with the family screen printing business while still in grade school.
Today, as a seasoned seamstress, she has been making, wearing, and selling her own hand-made clothing for over ten years. Rain's clothing designs have been featured at major music festivals all over the country, the internet, and at retail stores. Rain has created everything from wedding dresses to children's accessories in her career.
Rain has built a reputation of sharing her do-it-yourself knowledge with others. In 2003, she founded Kidz Jam, a non-profit organization that works to teach children about recycling crafts and the importance of art in our lives.
Rain is the author of 'Customize Your Clothes: A Head-to-Toe Guide to Reinventing Your Wardrobe', a DIY tome that tackles a wide variety of clothing customizations and alterations.
Rain holds a degree in Fine Art, having worked her way through college as a teacher and professional seamstress. She learns something new about crafting every day, as style and method evolve over the years.
From Lorain Blanken:
I believe that DIY fashion contributes to the ethics of recycling, offers a sense of control in the consumer, and produces originality in the fashion industry. DIY fashion is currently blooming in America, as young, crafty individuals are applying their creativity to a new sense of daring style. When you create you own fashion, then you are truly representing yourself.
I would like to share my experience as a seamstress and jewelry maker to offer easy instructions and advice to those new to DIY fashion. I also have plenty of handy tricks for experienced crafters. Here I will be posting my own recipes for DIY fashion that can not be found anywhere else, and have proven the test of time in my own wardrobe.