Deep heartbreak since reading the news.
The Master is gone.
Everything I type, is quickly deleted,
because there is a bottleneck of emotions
between my brains and my fingers.
It's a tall order to sum up
everything this stranger means to me.
Vanessa Friedman of NYT, is not alone
(not by a long shot)
when she describes him,
"a formative influence on my life."
Read her article here.
What It Was Like to Be Photographed by Bill Cunningham
watch the documentary.
Below is the trailer from the 2011 film,
Bill Cunningham New York
Below, some favorite images of New York's much beloved, Living Landmark.
Thank You for everything, Mr. Cunningham.
You are dearly missed.
Coming off Father's Day celebrations, not to mention the ongoing celebration of Pride Month, let's take the opportunity to spotlight some perspectives specifically male.
Inclusiveness is a priority here at Styleposium, and we sincerely hope you're feeling that vibe. If not, feel free to bend our ear!
Whether, you're a father to children, or just to the sweet, productive, fruit of your imagination, we hope you had an excellent day celebrating the fathers in your life and the father within.
It's not a warm and fuzzy Father's Day story, but it's an important one to share. This 15 minute TEDXtalk from Arturo Castaneda will have you re-thinking your limits and what you can accomplish,
"If you're being labeled at risk, if you're being labeled a bastard. Any labels you are being labeled, I'll tell you what: you can go from being labeled, to creating your own."
- Arturo Castaneda, Cielo Brands.
Sewing is often seen as women's work, but there are plenty of great reasons to pick it up regardless of gender.
Seamwork Radio had a great conversation with Matthew Holloway ranging from personal experiences of growing up gay in rural OK to larger ideas like our cultural hunger for the handmade. I think of this interview often and I hope you find it's content edifying and sustaining
"It isn't lesser work. It's fascinating, detailed, creative work. It's construction. Just a different type."
- Matthew Holloway
Listen to it here on Soundcloud.
A Must See:
Summertime is nigh,
so we hope your vacay is in the bag!
This exhibit comes highly recommended,
so maybe you can squeeze it in!
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Now through August 21, 2016.
Speaking of handsome, consider this fine addition to your library:
Vintage Black Glamour, Gentlemen's Quarters
is due out this Fall.
Learn more here.
Have a Great Week. Let's Dance!
has never been better,
with the following services available:
Recommended repair shops & everything denim at Heddels.
Get your knits & purls in order at AlterknitNY.
Jason Marrk will set you up with the supplies and know-how.
Great profile in the New York TImes here.
Below is a video featuring some mystery and conservation work by the pros of FIT in preparation of their Denim: Fashion's Frontier exhibit.
Do you have a favorite garment you've been preserving & hanging on to?
Styleposium would love to hear your story.
If you feel so compelled, send your cherished garment stories to
We'll be compiling them for a future post.
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Arrange What Pieces Come Your Way!
Lucy Siegle breaks down the fashion industry in just under 18 minutes.
Ever wondered what's the big deal with fast fashion?
This is a concise summary.
Keep tuning in here at The Maker and Mender's Styleposium for helpful, inspiring stories, resources, and developments in the slow fashion and personal style movement.
Style is for Every One.
How was your MeMadeMay?
I really love this annual event and am eager to participate next year.
(Note: Mark calendar.)
What a wonderful, diverse community of Makers out there!
Congratulations to all who took part officially (and unofficially, ahem.. you're not alone). and thank you for sharing your makes!
As for myself, I needed a new ironing board
A very serviceable and sturdy model was found at the thrift store for $10, sans cover.
It's not the pressing table + industrial iron combo of my dreamy-dreams, but, hey, it beats the portable, yet way-too-tiny sleeve board that I had been using on top of my counter. (The aftermath of moving cross-country via train and a generous application of Marie Kondo-style purging of possessions.)
I made a cover with the help of this Instructionable and sourced my fabric, batting, and elastic cord secondhand. Total project cost: $12.
I winged it a bit, since I was without a worn-out cover to use as a template, I traced the board and added a couple inches seam allowance all around. You may want to add more for ensuring that the cover wraps around the edges fully (remember there's batting) and the whole "turn of the cloth" principle.
Improving the Improvisations:
1.. Source the fabric for the cover new if possible for larger dimensions. I used what was available to me and wished I had a bit more width to work with - it just barely made it. Also, I pieced some length on the far end. A heavier weight material like drill would be more sturdy and durable..
2. Add bias-tape to your shopping list, because doing a fold and fold for the casing, gets a bit tricky at the nose-end. If you are stubborn/frugal. like myself and refuse bias tape, skip the pressing of the seam allowances and run two lines of machine basting in order to turn the folds more effectively.
3. Opt for the elastic cording or 1/4" elastic. It really helps to secure and snug up the cover around the frame. I tried using embroidery floss from my supplies and ended up stomping, I mean bicycling joyfully, back to the store.
4. Relax. It's an ironing board cover! Detail-oriented people, take a load off, it will be fine. All the stitching lives underneath the board, far from your judgmental eyes.
This here is a celebration at the intersection of