Text by Anya Grenier | Photo by Michael Ventura
Gingold calls this the “reject tanks
dress.” A friend who owns a clothing
design company gave her some tank
tops that hadn’t printed properly.
Gingold used them to make this
dress, which she tried to enter into
a recycled art show, only to have it
rejected. Clients have offered to buy
the dress, but Gingold isn’t interested.
“I figure I could sell it, or I could have
it as a good example of what I do,”
says Gingold, who’s hesitant to sell
items she makes because doing so
goes against her business concept.
Gingold made these toys to show
clients examples of simple sewing proj-
ects. Stuffing toys provides another use
for leftover fabric. Gingold says animals
are a great project for beginning sewers
because mistakes don’t matter. “If you
first try to make a T-shirt, it might not
look the way you want it to when you
put it on,” she says. “A toy, if it’s slightly
misshapen, just looks extra cute.”
Janet Gingold, who thought her daughter
needed a way to advertise her business. Gingold
was a child when her mother taught her how to
sew on an electric machine. As for her mother’s
artistic representation of the business logo? “It’s
pretty close,” Gingold says.