Rain Blanken fuses fashion and invention with her innovative designs. Rain is the author of 'The Complete Guide to Customizing Your Clothes', a DIY tome that tackles a wide variety of clothing customizations and alterations. She also contributed to State of Craft, with instructions on melting plastic bags into functional fashion.
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, accessory, and jewelry designs have been featured in shops and galleries. Rain has created everything from wedding dresses to children's accessories in her career.Her current fashion and costume work is regularly updated at RainBlanken.com
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 holds a degree in Fine Art, having worked her way through college as a preschool teacher, and professional seamstress. She learns something new about crafting every day, as style and method evolve over the years.
By Rain 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 designer 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.