Happy Spring Equinox!
Soon, in just over a month, it will be the 5 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse.
If you haven't seen The True Cost, I invite you to watch it this week.
It is an insightful, completely necessary, yet sobering doc,
Please carve out an hour and a half to see it soon.
It's currently on Netflix and or the site, TheTrueCost Movie.com
I can't think of a more concise and engaging way to sum up what has been happening and why it is so very important we ask, "Who Made My Clothes" to the corporations, and to use our dollars to vote for a more fair and equitable world.
Perhaps if you have seen it, please share on social media and/or even consider hosting a viewing.
Know that you have a good resource here among many others, for having a better relationship with yourself and the clothes you put on your body.
Happy Spring & Talk to you soon ~
Socialize, learn a new skill, save some money, keep your socks aliiiive!
When: Wed, 27 Dec, 2017, 4:04pm - 5:05pm
and every 2 months on the last Wednesday thereafter.
Where: MECCA - Materials Exchange Center for the Creative Arts
Sign up here.
(This is the first one! So be a doll, and register, so Mikel knows you're coming.)
Hi there, Makers, Menders, and Constituents of Style!
Exciting developments have been rolling out this past month.
Let's get crackin.
...In taking spectacular theatrical risks, reminiscent of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood,
Positively hooked on those honeycomb skirts.
Read on at T Magazine, "Jun Takahashi, The Sorcerer of Fashion" by Gaby Wood. 8/17/17
Now available at ACAST or iTunes.
The ReFashioners is on for 2017!
Last year's denim theme was fantastic - so many clever submissions!
Click here for this year's theme, plus
the blogger inspo line-up.
T- 4 days.
Feeling thankful to all the fine folks out there working to fight fire.
These daring, brave souls not only jump out of planes into wildfire territory, they also sew and repair their own gear.
Read more of Charles Post's story on the Filson blog:
The Life of a Smokejumper: Wait. Jump. Fight. Repeat.
Video from CBS Sunday Morning
Our hearts go out to those affected by flood and fire.
It feels good to give and help.
Please watch this video
before donating materials
and remember monetary donations
make it easier on the organizations and the victims.
That's a wrap for now.
Until next time, friends.
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Pictured above are naturally dyed silks to be sewn into costumes for the upcoming short film, Future Cosmos Flow,
produced and directed by Fuchsia Lin. Image courtesy of Fuchsia Lin.
Last week we learned a bit about water usage in the making of a t-shirt,
how our thoughts and words can influence water molecules,
and were introduced to the beautiful and compelling work of Fuchsia's Crystals of Transformation.
Now let's go a little further.
Hang on to your hats, for this 2 minute clip is quite sobering.
River Blue, a 2016 documentary. For more information click here.
Thank you to the creators of River Blue
for helping us learn and acknowledge the problems we face.
Please condider these issues when purchasing new items.
Is is really needed?
Are there better options?
There are indeed safer ways of creating beautiful fabrics and
Fibershed is a great resource for learning more.
Creating dye from flowers and plants is a time-honored tradition,
as you will see in this next video.
Not just for landscaping or bouquets!
Flowers are also fantastic dye.
Pictured here is foxglove, among others, from the artist,
Monica Paz Soldan of Tiny Textiles.
Monica happens to be one of Fibershed's first official artisan producers and worked with Fuchsia to create custom hand-dyed organic silks
for Crystals of Transformation.
Read more about her work and connect here.
Photo courtesy of Fuchsia Lin.
As promised last week, more conversation
with Fuchsia on her upcoming project:
Future Cosmos Flow.
This interview with the lovely and talented Susannah Mars for Artslandia
will shed more light on this beautiful project
which you can help be part of!
Please enjoy these beautiful photos while you listen.
Want to be part of this?
Updates, exclusives, limited edition drawings,
music, and more
are available with tax-deductible donations.
Learn more here
That's a wrap for this week.
See you soon with more news, stories, and resources
on our beautiful, textile world.
Until then, you know where to find
Greetings maker and menders!
Sure has been a while.
Thank you for being here.
I appreciate you!
Today is a special story on water in 3 parts.
Part 1 - It’s just a t-shirt -or- 2,720 liters of water.
Part 2 - Truth Stranger Than Fiction: Under the Microscope with Dr. Emoto.
Part 3 - Myth + Art + Conservation = Multidisciplinary Artist, Fuchsia Lin.
Please take this into consideration when getting rid of t-shirts and
when purchasing new ones.
A little tricky, since we like to commemorate special events with t-shirts:
concerts, marathons, conferences, vacation souvenirs, and for professing sports allegiances.
Keep your t-shirts looking good longer by line-drying them.
Mend tears and holes.
Cannibalize old t-shirts creatively: t-shirt quilts, rags, accessories,
More ideas and resources at the Styleposium Pinterest page.
See boards "Garment Care & Maintenance"
Images from Fashion Revolution.org
The above video is a good introduction to the work of
Dr. Masaru Emoto.
Truly astounding and awesome.
I think of it often. Thank you to my friend and colleague, Fuchsia Lin for introducing me to Emoto's work.
From left to right: Detail of dye garden. Dyed organic silk yardage. First fitting with Andrea.
The above images are copyright and courtesy of Fuchsia Lin.
Speaking of my friend and fellow costume designer,
I'd like to introduce you to Fuchsia Lin.
Fuchsia has been a great inspiration to me on many levels and
I'm pleased to share her work with you today.
Below is a trailer for the first installation of her dance film trilogy,
Crystals of Transformation.
It screens at NW Film Center in Portland, OR on
Wednesday, 26 July
Tickets and info click here.
Part 2 is in the works
with a great group of artist collaborators.
Below, Fuchsia, in her own words.
Thank you for visiting The Maker and Mender's Styleposium.
Next week we will continue the water theme,
including more photos and conversation with Fuchsia Lin!
Until then, you know where to find us!
This here is a celebration at the intersection of