There will be no naming of names, but if your hometown fabric store lacks in selection, please relax and look up Spoonflower. Do you know it? Do you love it? Custom prints designed by you or from their extensive archives and printed onto the fabric of your choice. 16 different fabrics, including wallpaper and gift wrap. Neat! I'll take 2 yards of 'Women of Science and Learning Toile' on silk please~ (By the way, I wasn't paid to write this.)
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Oh, it's on. I'm fixing to replicate vintage wallpaper from my Great-Grandmother's house and a beloved vintage feedsack dress. If you've used Spoonflower or something like it, tell me how you liked it? Especially excited about it's applications within the costume industry. Happy creating, happy shopping!
Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese repair technique which honors the broken by lacquering it together with gold. A kit can be purchased at Humade. Lucky us, this thoughtful company also created a Kintsugi-inspired clothing kit!
Of course, you don't NEED a kit to have a go at it. Needle, thread, and perhaps a patch of fabric will get you started. Entire masterpieces have been created this way. Sha-zam.
Dear readers, although this post is far from exhaustive, I hoped to create a starting point. Really, I could work on this for months. But, In the spirit of yet another great Japanese tradition, Kaizen (the art of making great change through small and steady steps) I'm going to call it a day. I've been learning so much in the research and creation of this blog. It's a joy to share and I hope it's brought some joy and inspiration to your day. As always, thank you for reading! See you next week!
Nothing would be done at all if we waited until we could do it so well that no one could find fault with it. - Cardinal Newman
"It is an object in the shape of a person, and imagination and emotion fill in the space it implies." - Serah-Marie McMahon, Worn Fashion Journal.
Don't let a hole or busted zipper send your favorite garments to charity or the garbage. Clothes hold memories and can have fantastic origin stories. Mend those threads and beam with inimitable satisfaction! OR, you can be a job creator and pay to have it mended, OR you can get to know your community and have it mended for FREE! Behold: Repair Resources!
Let's start nice and easy with this guide from The Guardian's, Live Better. It's a great site with many more tutorials for clothing and gadgets.
Another great resource for repairing all manner of items, garments included. IFIXIT is a partner with Patagonia. The outdoor active-wear company has created a inspiring campaign, called Worn Wear.
Get your stuff fixed, meet interesting and handy people. Community Glue is a free event in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. Sometimes there's snacks. Um, hello! Is it on your calender yet? If you don't live in the area, Google something like, "repair clinic" and the name of your town. Don't have one, maybe you should get on that?
A small collection of favorite looks. Apparently, I'm all about the outerwear! Note: I'm sad and embarrassed to admit my super-secret love of fur, but here I am posting these. Hate the reality, love the silhouette and texture. I would love to see designers finally replace fur once and for all with a cruelty-free, sustainable textile. Seriously people. I challenge you. I'm imagining creative use of fringe and ruffles...with Pinatex!
Great developments are occurring in the textile world and you may be surprised that they are less about computers and more about biology! Truth is stranger than fiction when clothes are cultivated and grown with food items like milk, kombucha, and pineapple. Welcome to the future!
Qmilk and Anke Domaske (h/t Diagonal View)
Suzanne Lee of Biocouture (h/t Collectively)
Ms. Lee also gave a TED talk back in 2011 which you can watch here.
Pinatex is an innovative product made of pineapple waste and can be utilized in many functions in which leather or felt is traditionally used. Watch a short video here. More information here and at Ananas-Anam.
This here is a celebration at the intersection of