What you wear is an interaction with the world, a language without words, but by no means silent.
Clothing is essential, unless you are part of a special community...! It's essential for comfort, protection, and even as an identifier. This person represents and enforces the law; this one has taken a vow of service and celibacy. How we present ourselves is an interaction with the world. Although we may wish to remain neutral, that in itself is a statement too.
Style makes the practical sublime.
Hello there, I'm Kelly (she/her). The Maker and Menders Styleposium originated in late 2014 as a place to collect and reflect on all my favorite topics. As a former costume technician and a designer, I've have a longtime interest in thrifting, mending, vintage, and gardening.
I've worked professionally in theatre, opera, dance, and film for 15 years. My work has been seen on the stages of 4 Tony-Award winning theatres and on the cover of American Theater Magazine. Additionally, my creativity, resourcefulness, and eye for detail have been applied as a womenswear sample-maker and a boutique florist. Currently, I've been volunteering remotely with Southern California Fibershed as Artist Coordinator on the forthcoming exhibition, Cultivating Place: Local Fiber, Local Material, anticipated in December 2021. I write and design An Almanac, a quarterly exclusive newsletter for the Slow & Local Clothing Project cohort of 2021. I'm also a contributing creative content creator for Southern California Fibershed social media and blog.
Past volunteer participation includes City of Eugene’s Fix-It Fair and Community Glue, a monthly repair clinic in Chicago.
When I'm not sewing or writing, I'm reading, cooking, drawing, snapping photos and puttering around with plants. It’s my joy to synthesize my personal and professional work in service to the Fibershed mission .