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!
If last week's announcement of Me Made May has thrown you into a bit of guilty panic, please settle down and relax yourself.
It's supposed to be fun, afterall.
Yet I feel anxious.
Make a cup of tea and pull up a chair, dear Makers and Menders.
This is composed as much for myself as for anyone else who may feel their reality often falls short of their beautiful, dreamy dream of splendid handcrafted wardrobe gloriousness.
May I present for your evaluation, material in three parts:
Time: Mohsin Hamid on OPB’s Think Out Loud
Stress: How to Prevent DIY Anxiety via Colette
Permission: Big Magic, a book and podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert
In a culture whose baseline pulse is “busy”, how do we carve out more time?
A couple weeks ago I heard
Mohsin Hamid speaks so thoughtfully
on our modern condition - er, relationship to technology and time.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
“Time is our most precious currency, so it’s significant that we are being encouraged wherever possible, to think of our attention not as expenditure, but as consumption.”
“So much information coming into us
"... technology is reshaping us as organisms, as beings,
Hamid described his phone wallpaper: a homemade image declaring to it's viewer, "No Safari!" - referring to the web-browser installed on his phone. Perhaps this is something that might help you find time. I'm often scrolling the various feeds, for there is always something very interesting to learn and in turn, share with you on this blog. I've been trying to hold myself more accountable lately by limiting the time and being more discerning about the quality of information I'm reading. I'll let you know how that goes.... In the meantime, you might check out http://e.ggtimer.com (H/T: Tim Ferriss, The Four Hour Work Week) to help set time limits on your browsing too.
Listen to the full interview on Soundcloud here.
Read his NYT essay, "How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience?"
Colette, in typical fine form, published this guest post over a year ago, but it's contents are just as relevant today:
How to Prevent DIY Anxiety
by Annaliese Fidgeon at adevotednovice.wordpress.com
(also, please see her 3/15 post, "Finished Projects: New and Old"
for some stress relief and lol action. oh wait, we're supposed to be getting off the internet already and conquering life...well, just a leeeeeeettle bit longer, won't hurt, will it?
Finally, if you are feeling stuck in your project, or just life in general, check out Elizabeth Gilbert's, Big Magic.
I never read or saw her best-seller/blockbuster, Eat, Pray, Love,
but after seeing her TED Talk, on creativity,
I'm definitely on that train,
Obtain the book if possible, but if you can't get your hands on it, no worries. Listen to her short podcast series here or her TED Talk below.
Bonus: listening free's up your hands and eyes for valuable making and mending time! +500 points!
That's a wrap this week.
Next week, perhaps something less wordy...
In the meantime, I will be working on this gem of a matching set I found a couple weeks ago at Goodwill.
Should pads out: check!
Ok, one last thing.
If you do want to be officially enrolled in Me Made May,
you may be in luck yet if you ask permission via Zoe's site: So, Zo...What Do You Know?
Which is another great resource for info and inspo.
Log off, already!
I had previously held the belief that fashion, as a visual medium, was best expressed "as is." Any attempt to put it into words usually resulted in something aggravating and dull.
The following message is one that Styleposium gets behind 100% with the enthusiasm of a first-rate marching band doing a mash-up of Prince and Bowie:
"Finding your style is like finding your God - it's utterly personal.
Sewing can be a solitary hobby, but it doesn't have to be. Enjoy some fine storytelling and be in the good company of fellow makers through the power of podcasting. Below are three programs specifically geared for the clothing-minded.
Self-explanatory, but here is a quote from Harper's,Bazaar, "For the true fashion nerd at heart, American Fashion goes in-depth to all the in's and out's of the fashion industry as a whole."
February has officially been Black History Month, yet why stop at 29 days, let's keep it going! So much to learn, honor, and celebrate. Here's a run-down of some Styleposium favorites to watch, read, and follow.
To Watch: Fresh Dressed
“The insecurity of not having anything -
- Damon Dash, Co-Founder of Roc-A-Fella & Rocawear.
Great Minds: Jamel Shabazz
If you watched Fresh Dressed, then you've heard
on the art of being
F L Y.
What I see is pride and dignity.
Portrait Artist, Kehinde Wiley
Book List: Vintage Black Glamour
Nichelle Gainer on her book, Vintage Black Glamour, available now.
Fall 2016, Vintage Black Glamour presents, Gentlemen's Quarters.
Talking About Hair with Un-ruly.com
Follow this up with part 2 and check out other great shorts on un-ruly.com
To Follow: Urban Bush Babes & Afropunk
GAH! So gorgeous. Major hair envy!
Ciprianna Quann and TK Wonder of UrbanBushbabes.com
Fall down the rabbit hole of Afropunk.com Illustration by Mokshini at Afropunk NY.
That's a wrap for now, but don't hesitate to keep exploring and learning. More personal style & slow fashion stories next week. Until then!
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