Bill Cunningham, that dear, charming, mysterious iconoclast, went and secretly wrote a memoir. It was found posthumously by his family and will be released September 2018.
Above, a clip from his "On The Street" series for NYT, 4/20/15.
SO good to hear that voice!
Anytime I hear the word marvelous, it's with his warm, jovial, crackly annunciation.
"Oh, isn't that just MAH-va-lous?! I thought you'd like to know."
Seeing his documentary in 2013 was a personal game-changer.
It changed what it means to be interested in fashion.
He captured it all:
International fashion weeks, the galas, fundraisers, and most importantly, the everyday looks on the street, recognizing the high and the low, yet treating it all with the same level of care and attention. All while riding his bike in his standard uniform look.
He's considered the godfather of Street Style,
named a NY Living Legend.
and was awarded by the French Ministry of Culture.
Yet, most would be surprised by his enormous humility and austere lifestyle.
An individual of incredible integrity, that one.
If you haven't seen Bill Cunningham New York yet, it is highly recommended.
Mark your calendar for a September release date of "Fashion Climbing."
In Bookstores Now
Speaking of "Mah-va-lous" Beings...
Yes, that is a Barbie in her likeness.
NYFW: Fall 2018
When this image came out in Vogue's September 2017 issue,
it was a fast favorite.
It must have hit a nerve, because quilt piecing
was splashing all over Fall 2018.
The marriage of the high impact graphic
feels fresh, while the
old-fashioned medium is a great pairing for sustainability.
Garment-making by it's nature, leaves the maker with perfectly good fabric, just in a strange assorted sizes.
Quilting is a beautiful way to absorb them back into the supply chain.
Read more about the trend here.
Ermergurd. My eyes. They've been blinded with science.
Now through May 13,
the master of 3D printing, Iris van Herpen,
will be exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum, before moving on to Toronto.
Read more about it here
Thank you for being here. Talk to you soon.
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!
Native Fashion Now is a book and a traveling exhibit of contemporary Native fashion designers.
Currently the exhibit is in Tulsa, OK
at Philbrook Museum of Art
and will run through the first week of 2017.
The exhibit moves on to NYC and will be at
the National Museum of the American Indian
February 17 - September 4, 2017
is a wonderful resource
for Native fashion and is run
by Jessica R. Metcalfe, a contributor to the aforementioned Native Fashion Now.
Not unlike B.Yellowtail Collective,
when you shop Beyond Buckskin
you are supporting individual Native makers,
not larger corporations
who have ripped off
Speaking of rip-offs and cultural appropriation, we were surprised to hear the story of the Seminole nation collaborating with Florida State University to create imagery and rituals that celebrate the tribe.
Learn more below:
The Seams Podcast has many more interesting stories
at the intersection of
culture, identity, and clothing.
Tune in at www.theseams.org
That concludes this week's edition of Styleposium!
Catch you next Monday.
Until then, you know where to find us:
This month we celebrate Native American culture.
Styleposium aims to feature stories highlighting
the beauty and craftsmanship
of this diverse group of people.
The above image is a hand-beaded and embroidered felt hat
made by one of the members of the B.Yellowtail Collective.
Read more about the maker, Alaynee here and
shop more handmade heirloom treasures here.
Below, a short video about B.YellowTail.
See you next week for more inspiring stories and resources
for a handmade wardrobe that is beautiful and useful.
You know where we'll be!
This here is a celebration at the intersection of