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.)
If you're like us, you've been trying to avoid the encroaching din of holiday
this and that since Halloween.
Now that Thanksgiving has been celebrated, it feels like an appropriate time to embrace the holidays.
Assembled this week for you Makers, Menders, and Constituents of Style,
the Styleposium Treasury of Gift Giving.
1. A Subscription to selvedge Magazine
Nothing but love for this beautiful, inspiring, educational periodical.
Subscriptions come in a variety of options from 2 months to 3 years.
2. Merchant & Mills Tools and Supplies
All the necessary bits beautifully and thoughtfully packaged
within a tin reminiscent of an Altoids container.
Useful and convenient.
Just one of many such items at
Merchant & Mills.
3. Colette Maker Book
Details, details. It's all in the details with sewing.
Igor Stravinsky once said,
"Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration."
The act of sewing can generate many ideas, and before you know it, you have at least 3 projects in the mix - and counting!
Keep track of said details, refer to swatches, notate your brilliant ideas and maintain an efficient inventory of supplies with this
7"x9" planner in the bag.
4. Mood Guide to Fabrics
5. Organic Cotton Plus
As a stitcher in the know, you may find shopping
for affordable, quality home goods exasperating.
Organic Cotton Plus is a wonderful resource
for organic, colorgrown, made in the USA textiles and notions.
This kit comes with thread, bias binding, and cozy blanket yardage to
assemble yourself or give as a gift to the handy hands in your life.
Gift certificates available too.
Ready, set, go!
Have a good week and see you next Monday.
Until then, you know the drill.
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:
Makers, Menders, & Constituents of Style.
Thank you for being here!
Although Saturday was the official finale of
Latin Heritage Month,
there's plenty more to keep celebrating.
Below some choice bits.
I think you'll really enjoy what follows.
Catchy tune + the most breathtaking kaleidoscope
of huipils I've ever seen.
Thank You, Dolores for the video!
(Note: Remember this when you eat pineapple, as it is truly a remarkably delicious food.)
You may recognize the iconic garment
from Frida Kahlo's work,
or perhaps you are unfamiliar with this traditional handwoven, naturally-dyed, boxy blouse or dress.
Huipils come long or short and their weaving and embroidery signifies location, identity, personal history, and mythology.
A little over a month ago, I had the awesome opportunity to see wonderful portraits of traditional Mexican dress and to hear Eric Mindling speak
about his Living Threads project in Oaxaca.
His book, Oaxaca Stories in Cloth, just came out
and it's highly recommended.
Gorgeous portraits of beautiful people,
mostly elder women
who continue to dress in the old ways.
Plus, he is an articulate and charismatic storyteller.
Below, some links to read, view, hear more:
"What Does Sagebrush Know That
A Conversation with Photographer Eric Mindling
(The whole conversation is great,
especially for photographers,
but if you want to get to the heart
of the project, skip ahead to about 30 minutes in.)
Support your favorite book store and/or
request your library
to add it to their collection.
This concludes Styleposium's weekly post.
Take it away, Mexican Institute of Sound!
Until next time, you know where to find us!
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.
This here is a celebration at the intersection of