Tuesday, December 28, 2010

the family tribe

plaid circle skirt, cute!
This photo is of my Mom's family. I can't look at it without thinking what my grandmother might have been in other circumstances. She was a crafting wizard. She knit, crocheted, sewed, made paper mache Christmas scultures, planted succulents in Grandpas old boots, painted ceramics, baked bread, canned vegetables and fruits, cooked for farmhands and family, raided eggs from the chickens and what all..... all the while raising 10 kids.

I figure large families were a blessing to this era of farmers. Their small, fairly organic farms (less added chemicals, more composting) However my grandmothers life was no doubt hampered by all those pregnancies and I am extremely appreciative of better birth control and more opportunities available to me and my granddaughter.
The stamina and talent she showed is right up there with super heroes...kudos Grandma W, i love and miss you. You were a Grande Dame.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Lunar Eclipse

Fiber art work with scrap applique and free stitching on black satin
Eclipsed Totally, and the Winter Solstice too....6:38 pm pt tomorrow the 21st...MagicKal 2011 is nigh.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

With the Radio On...

....Refuzor style in the 80s

Punk rock defiance in fashion, music and lifestyle - reactionism to Cold War nuclear threat.

Another ethical fashion nonprofit on Positive World Radio Now has started to inform and be a source for the risk takers who actually try to diversify the economic construct so that it creates sustainable work for other than non profits who rely on donations from for profits ...This looks to be a spiral that is winding down as the for profits have gotten huge, unwieldy and have narrowed the field with false boundaries & regulations, subsidies etc. This can not continue into a good story.

Isn't it possible to be rewarded outright for work that actually exhibits the new paradigm, grows it and experiments within the realm of todays knowledge, respects resources and is the change we talk about? Can't we build the economic sector to function within the raison d'etre that suits the new human mindset?

The source people like Global Action Through Fashion are all good -it is just that the startups need more than advice. They need the funds, the buildings and the social connections that real time, real space encounters within actual communities can embrace. Interactive communications generate new information. With more small businesses there will be more diversity which will enhance communication and therefore generate more information to further expand opportunities. It is a better spiral winding open, and that is a story worth writing!

Many windows of possibility will open in this dynamic construct. This is a 'next process' that will keep us lively while the old construct crumbles.

I saw a miracle in real time while setting up the space for "Species on the Verge" i have watched London eco designers take off because they were supported and worked collectively, I know we can do it here in Seattle and CONNECTED act one, will be the catalyst. If interested contact Anna, Mark or me and thank you.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Craftery in Hooverville

One of a kind Christmas shopping with vintage findings, custom arts n crafts, clothing and kitsch. 1721 1st Ave S. at the Hooverville Bar 11-5pm Sunday Dec. 12th

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Urban Craft Uprising

I went yesterday and thank you Seattle. People were at the Urban Craft Uprising in droves.

Now i am not a big shopping fan but this made my heart flutter with good tidings. People are perking up to buy from the artists, designers, artisans and crafters who make wondrous things to wear, cuddle, play with or hang on the wall. I am especially drawn to the locals that use sustainable materials.

Hmm, if they are selling goods in Seattle are they local? Yes, why not!

If you have a chance to go, please do so. 11-5 today at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Revival Friday

This in from the Ethical Fashion Forum. Sanyukta Shrestha has a fresh website and a culturally diverse design aesthetique.

This could be your recipe if your taste has been jaded by overtly marketable reruns that look like they are trying way too hard thus losing their spontaneity and spice.
The "too much becomes boring" onslaught of the fast fashion, designer rotation machine with all its hyper redux, lacks heart, & soul. Sustainable designers are bringing back real style for the discriminating palate. This is a good thing. Go tell aunt martha..
On that note please also consider the energy of thought, the power of being in the moment and the power of not wearing anothers grief. Sweatshop made, fast fashion is saturated with the energy of pain and that is not good for anyones health, environment or character.