WNWN is a non-profit organization based upon the motto “Waste Not Want Not.” We work to help support and promote truly inspiring local artists who look to use what others might throw away to create remarkable fine art as well as unique and practical apparel. Our special programs and evening events help to engage the greater Providence community, teaching thrifty textile skills and motivating a more resourceful sense of creativity.
In January of 2009, Laura (or better known as London) Shirreff began the envisioning of WASTE NOT WANT NOT. Working with her peers and cohorts, the enthusiastic response, support and encouragement to pursue her endeavor was so strong that six months later WNWN was registered as a non-profit business with a retail space in downtown Providence. After three months of test running in a large and luxurious retail space, WNWN decided to go MOBILE in order to better outreach and engage the wider Providence community. We have a fantastic Bike Trailer Boutique to peddle our wares and our studio, offices and showroom are accessible by appointment. You can also shop with us online and check out our calendar for our next event!
London, born and raised in the UK, just outside London (yes, that’s where the nickname comes from!) was inspired by the successful “Charity Shops” in her home town that raise money by reselling quality used donated items. Shortly after completing her undergraduate degree in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design, she was hired as a technician in the textile department. Having continued access to specialist textile equipment is a luxury not many are able to afford. Compelled by the creative community in Providence, a city where dumpster diving is a prosperous public past time, London was driven to serve the community by bringing back old school resourceful attitudes and fundamental textile skills.