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Teenagers Make Art: Ella Digregorio

I have an in with the teens. Why am I so cool? My stepkids. They’re in high school, so I have access to this elusive underground culture. Actually I didn’t really know I had access, but my step daughter told me about a friend of hers who makes incredible art dresses and accessories. I was mildly interested, but then she showed me some of her photos on Facebook, and I was blown away.

This girl has talent, and she is actually focused. I am in awe of kids at that age who can actually focus on something, because I certainly couldn’t. Actually I was just too much of a slacker in high school.

Anyway, back to our subject. Ella Digregorio is a sophomore in high school in the Chicago area, and she uses mostly alternative materials, such as, oh, Twister boards and Where’s Waldo book pages, and her pieces are carefully crafted into beautiful wearable art pieces.

I asked her what her favorite medium was. 

I think I would have to say my favorite medium is everything isn’t considered a medium. I like to find ways to take ordinary things people see everyday and never notice and make them into something that will stand out in a room!

 I asked if she wanted to continue with these in the future.

After high school I know that I want to go to college for some type of costume design. I currently do costumes for some of (my high school’s) plays and for the middle school. I’m sure things will change with what exactly I want to do but I know that whatever I end up doing it will include art!


baseball dress by Ella Digregorio |

Baseball dress with real baseballs


pom pom and foam finger dress by Ella Digregorio |

pom poms and foam finger dress


Shamwow and sponge dress by Ella Digregorio on

Sham-wow and sponges make a festive frock. I would totally drop a glass of water and then roll around the floor if I was wearing this.


Fork and plate dress by Ella Digregorio on Artchoo.comI love how the forks simulate  fringe as the bottom of the dress.


Snuggie dress by Ella Digregorio on Artchoo.comGuess what this is made from? A Snuggie! I love the irony of this dress, and it’s actually really cute, too.

Check out her Facebook page here: Broken Pins (cute name) Aren’t you guys impressed?

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. What an innovative young lady! I’m sure she’s thrilled that you featured her. I hope that by the time my daughter is that age she has a strong vision of what she wants (she does at 6!). Visiting from SITS.

    • I’m hoping my kids can focus on more than what they are having for dessert. 🙂 I think it’s unusual but really cool to see someone at this age explore something so passionately.

  2. As a former high school teacher- kids always seem to amaze me. Ditto- I was never very focused in high school, her work is very creative (wish I could sew)! Glad you stumbled upon your insider connection!

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