Ann-Marie Phalen-Hartman recently shed her day job to focus on her art. She decided creating wearable art fashioned from found art was time better spent. As a costume designer with over 15 years of experience, Ann-Marie’s desire to use textiles in a way that was not necessarily intended by the original designer, has formed into a business. Turned Silks creates clothing from re-purposed materials. More specifically, from wool, cashmere, angora, silk and other high natural-content knitted fibers. Materials up-cycled into beautiful unique creations is the focus of Turned Silks where re-purposing is a passion. They are scheduled to participate in downtown Fort Collins on Earth Day (April 27) with the Food CoOp and at The French Air Open Market at Civic Park May 31, September 20 and October 18. You can find more information on Turned Silks by liking them on Facebook and visiting www.turnedsilks.wix.com/turned-silks.