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.)
Welcome to The Maker + Mender's Styleposium.
If you're visiting here by way of Slow Fashion October,
we're so glad to have your company!
We aim to bring you the best
inspiring and informative stories to
celebrate and improve our relationship to our clothing.
Pictured above clockwise: dress shields packaging, dress shields (or pit pads, as we costumers call them), fusible patches, mending yarn, pocket replacements, and a wooden darning egg.
I've been collecting these little bits of mending supplies for about a year or so. I find them at tag sales, thrift stores, and such. I don't think I will outright utilize them, as in some cases, like the yarn, their strength has been compromised over time, Nonetheless, its a treat to find them, because they are evidence of a time when clothing had more value which we strived to keep alive.
Recently, I had the chance to check out a new book called,
"Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion."
Great read for this conversation on longevity.
I only wish I was further along,
so that I might share a more fully informed opinion of it.
Find it at your local bookstore or library.
Perhaps you have quite a bit to say on this subject?
You may want to get in touch with Fashion Revolution.
They are launching a zine this December and the theme is
"Money, Fashion, Power"
Call for Submissions ends this coming Sunday 10/16.
For more information click here.
Just...when you thought the fun was over with
House of Pinheiro's, #sewphotohop...
another community-building event is on the rise!
Follow along & play on Instagram.
So, what is this exactly...?
In the words of Fringe Association's Karen Templer, here is an outline:
Week 1, Oct 1-9: INTRODUCTIONS
Who are you, and what does slow fashion mean to you. What got you started thinking about it — people, books, films, etc. Are your concerns environmental, humanitarian, financial? Most important: How does your thinking factor into your life and closet. Also, any special plans or projects for Slotober, and what are you hoping to get out of it?
Week 2, Oct 10-16: LONG-WORN
How can we make the most of the clothes already on the planet — from taking care of and mending and wearing things longer, to thrifting, swapping, heirlooms, hand-me-downs, alterations and refashioning.
Week 3, Oct 17-23: HANDMADE
How do you understand your style, choose projects well, advance your skills, get the right fit, and keep things interesting and long-lasting at the same time. What are your go-to patterns and most successful garments. How do you avoid mindless acquisition of yarn and fabric, or making “too much.” How do you make time and space for making — and why?
Week 4, Oct 24-31: KNOWN ORIGINS
Good (especially good and affordable) sources of yarn and fabric with traceable origins. And for the things we buy, favorite sources: from small-batch designer-producers to fashion companies trying to do the right thing in a transparent way.
More details here at FringeAssociation.com.
Ms. Templer also runs a gorgeous shop called Fringe Supply Co.
Please have a visit,
I think you will like it.
The images above were fast favorites.
btw, not paid to say that...in fact,
Did you know that Styleposium is an 100% bonafide labor of love?
Our mission is to celebrate and shine a light
on all the wonderful, inspiring, informative stories and resources that help us move towards a better relationship with our clothes, our resources, and our global community.
That's it for this week. See you next Monday~
Until then, you know where to find us!
Hello dear Constituents of Style. Thank you for visiting.
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It will make our day, for reals.
Is there anything more sartorially American, than denim?
Celebrate this cloth of humble origin, by checking out Jean Stories.
We are big fans of this "jeanius" (ha, get it? sorrynotsorry...thanks Portia Lawrie of The ReFashioners!) story about Erin Hogan-Braker and how the Brittany Spear's, "Slave for You" jeans got the ball rolling on her tailoring education and amazing career.
More great style love stories to inspire you here.
Ms. Hogan-Braker is also a Bernina Ambassador and has some excellent video tutorials here.
Ah, girl crush....
THE MATERIAL IS ALIVE.
Have you ever complimented a friend's garment, or been on the receiving end, only to hear yourself or the other say, "oh, this is so old."
Old, as if that's a bad thing.
We beg to differ and know that
Ali of A Noble Savage would too.
Check out his beautiful collections in this interview he did with StyleLikeU.
Beware: StyleLikeU is an amaaaaazing project that will have you down the rabbit hole of awesome for daaaayyyysssssss.
Best clear your schedule immediately..
Understatement of the year:
Garance Dore is a huge influence to Styleposium
and every other fashion blogger out there.
Fashion lover and multi-talented illustrator, photographer, and writer, Garance Dore has been charming a global audience with her eponymous, award-winning blog for years and last year she came out with her book, LovexStylexLife. Last week, her and her team did a style story on artist and model, Langley Fox.
Read about it here.
Seamstress + Patagonia collaborator, Barbara Heinze Keeps Your Stuff Alive:
Keep 'em coming Patagonia! If you're not familiar with Patagonia's Worn Wear campaign, see this former post.
We almost described this as homework, since the documentary is much longer than the 5-15 minutes videos we usually share, but know that it is totally worth it.
Add "Tailored Stories - An Oral History of Savile Row" to your list of must-watch movies.
So if you ever wonder why suits are so expensive,
there you have it:
they are Ferrari's for the body.
See you next week!
Welcome to The Maker + Mender's Styleposium.
If you're visiting by way of #slowfashionoctober, we are so glad you're here!
Please enjoy this weekly resource for inspiring and informative stories on how we dress and care for our clothing.
Nostalgia hits upon hearing the expression, "Sunday Best."
I love this phrase. Maybe, I'm just a minimalist at heart?
My inner Iris Apfel does not approve...(More is more! Less is a Bore!).
Can one have maximalist style with a minimalist wardrobe?
That would take an expert level of wardrobe mastery.
Fast fashion has enabled us to live in this wacky world in which clothing is disposable and outfit repeats unforgivable.
It hasn't always been this way,
and in fact,
if you find the current conventions disconcerting,
you are in good company -
we are experiencing a major shift.
Some of my favorite conversations on dress:
Nina Simone has a great take on the uniform here with BlankonBlank
If you haven't caught this hilarious interview with Fran Leibowitz,
you are missing out.
Behold, evidence of a time
where we cared and maintained our garments
like the precious objects they are.
Although some of these supplies, like the yarn and fusible patches
may no longer be viable for real mending,
I can't help but collect them as reminders of the way
we were once and it's a bit like time travel.
Call to Writers + Artists:
Inspired and feeling like you have a bit to say on the subject?
is taking submissions yet through 10/16
for their debut zine this December.
Theme: Money, Fashion, Power
For more details, click here.
See you next Monday!
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