Tampa Bay, FL – June 24, 2018 – Paula Albinson, owner and creator of Pillow Galleria has always been an advocate of using upcycled materials to create her unique one-of-a-kind designer pillows. Lately upcycling has frequently been in the news, especially as it pertains to the clothing industry. Even the Wall Street Journal devoted a full page to this new trend where upscale designers are using old, used or leftover fabrics as the base of their new clothing creations.
This hot trend is sure to branch out from the clothing industry into the home furnishing arena. Albinson has been at the forefront of this trend for many years and has made it a practice to combine materials from various sources in the creation process of her one-of-a-kind designer pillows that instantly change the look of an entire room. Her pillows are loaded with color, texture, decorative piping and hand beaded trim that turn a tired room into a new and vibrant space.
Currently, Polo Ralph Lauren, Missoni, and Victor and Rolf labels are among the designers using upcycled vintage fabrics. Why? It’s all part of the “green” movement where the life of items is extended and repurposed. In the past, most of the unused fabrics and clothing were deposited in land fills, which are known to hurt the environment. Another plus of upcycling is that there no two creations are alike and each piece is unique.
Albinson has an impressive history in the fashion, cosmetic and design industries, having worked in both New York and San Francisco before moving to St. Petersburg, FL in 2008. She took her passion for upcycled hand-crafted art to a new level with Pillow Galleria and explains “as a designer I had access to many beautiful fabrics which were only available to those in the design trade. I wanted others to have the opportunity to enjoy designer fabrics and trimmings; pillows were the perfect way to showcase them with a variety of texture and color.”
The process from idea to completion takes a great deal of thought and time. Beginning with the assembly of a group of fabrics, trims and etc. that work well together and then adding a number of accent fabrics, beads and trimmings, each pillow becomes a work of art. Albinson personally hand sews each pillow front and back. No two pillows are ever alike.
Visit Pillow Galleria at www.pillowgalleria.com.
About Pillow Galleria and Paula Albinson: Paula’s design career began with a fifteen-year stint in New York in the top fashion and cosmetics industries. From there she moved to San Francisco and opened an interior design/remodeling business. Her business of 20 years consisted of consulting projects as well as kitchen/bath remodels and home renovations. On the commercial side, Albinson’s projects included condominium lobbies and small retail stores. In 2008 Albinson closed her business seeking a life change and semi-retirement, moved to St. Petersburg, FL.