Yosemite High School senior Lacey Frye has dreamed of helping animals since she was a little girl. For her YHS Senior Project she is bringing back a fashion trend from the 60s - artistic and colorful tie-dyed T-shirts - to help a Mountain Area animal organization.
“The Senior Projects are meant to give back to the community, and I chose to make my very own tie-dye shirts and the money raised will be going to The Talking Bear Foundation,” Frye said last week, while standing in front of a stack of 40 of the shirts at the Sierra Star parking lot wearing her round, rose-colored sunglasses and flashing the ‘peace’ sign. “The Talking Bear Foundation is an organization that helps people who can’t afford to pay for their animals surgeries or vaccinations.
“I’m a little hippie child,” Frye continued. “I was supposed to be born in the 60s.”
The senior said she loves the beautiful colors of the shirts and the “positive vibe” the shirts give her.
It was Frye’s grandmother, Kathleen Frye, that gave her a tie-dye kit with CDs to show the process step-by-step, along with a large variety of patterns and colors.
It takes Frye about six hours to create one shirt.
“First I have to soak the white T-shirts in soda ash for about 20 minutes, which helps the dye stick on the shirt and the colors stay vibrant,” Frye said. “Then I rinse out the soda ash, taking another 20 minutes. Then I decide on the pattern I want to put on the shirt like a swirl, or bullseye. My favorite is the swirl.”
She has made 100 of the shirts in children sizes, and small through extra-large for adults.
“My dream after I graduate to college is to study marine biology or to become a veterinarian,” Frye said. “But whatever career path I decide to take, animals will surely be involved.”
Frye will be selling the $15 T-shirts in the Sierra Star parking lot, 3 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Friday and 8 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
NOTE: All the YHS senior projects will be on display during the Senior Projects Faire, 6-8 p.m., May 24, in the school cafeteria.