Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Finished fashion collage 3.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I'll be there. Love the quote -
"So yay, perhaps this was what the universe wants and baby i don't fight or pout I just look for the path i was overlooking and expect brilliance!"
I'll have to use it.
(from Ardis Allyn photography and video)
On Dec 21, 2008 5:01am, DEBORAH BARNES wrote:
> Hey, there are no mistakes....just revisions, the shoot was snowed out!..............
When your own words come back to "haunt you" let it be like this!
"The ladies of New York want to have a new style every year. This year the fashion is relativity." April 1921
The above was taken from the book Einsteins Cosmos by Michio Kaku which i am reading thanks to my son who told me about Kaku's writing on string theories, which delight me and so....
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Like the human made construct of rules based on our limited senses and oft mistaken beliefs about the past that are imposed on the "world" and then accepted to be true and therefore become "true" by agreement.... ta-da!
i digress as snow falls again. more Einstein at Ethos
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Once again the serendipitous play of the universe beckons for attention.
The gallery at the Fashion Institute of Technology has a show with the title: gothic dark glamour (lower case intentionally theirs!) now until February 21, 2009.
"Walter Benjamin argued that fashion has traditionally turned the living woman into a kind of mannequin, "a gaily-decked out corpse." " quote from the FIT website of the show......do visit in virtual as it is well worth the time! and if going to NYC do it live; i am going to try, hoping February has better travel conditions.
Thank you Linda for once again being the messenger, an intuitive connector and great friend!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In Seattle there are hills and people on top of them, so when it snows people on top of those hills either slide down or stay safely on the tops. The shoot was canceled until January which gives us time to play with those extra little details which will make for a better overall production.
Emily, an artist and Verge model showed up on the 14th despite the snow and posed with snow au natural ...black and white in color.
The snaggle in momentum has me discombobulated...oh well, though the reason escapes my human ability it is there somewhere...maybe later i will know it ...curiosity and the path of life...a step on the highwire.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Just finished a backdrop for the shoot and must say i am pleased with the outcome. The trees are from mourning dress and other project remnants; machine sewn onto an old damask tablecloth. They grew from available scraps and hey i am liking it a lot!
Why is the new one always a favorite?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The non profits try to patch the crumbling foundation we were built on and like recyCouture they are great transitional tools. They are the labs where a lot of "new think" can bubble up from.
On the "Verge" front, i am feeling awed by the beauty of people coming forward to be a part of this project. Thank you.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The Verge shoot is on the calendar; December 14th and i am in a pause mode with the RIP until that baby gets wrapped. In the meantime SCAN has reformatted its agenda and i have applied to volunteer there in order to cover classes in Final Cut. I learned the Avid Express software a few years ago but am rusty, so this is a great op and a necessary part of any shoot. The edit shapes the art of the story.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Fashioning the Future posts are going onto the fashion ethos blog....and then to the Sustainable Style Foundation; that is "where the action is". Oh myo, grade school calling...you see there was this show....
The RIP video is in the works but getting all the elements, human and else to gather together at the same time and place is tricky!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Looks like a challenge.....sustainable fashion is the new radical chic. Photos/ Make-up/Styling courtesy of Renee....the best! It must be that big cocky hat that fires up my oversize can-do!
As i've said before, fashion instigated this buy and toss attitude; now fashion is obliged to change it. i have a real sense of what is fair and all isn't; not even in love and war. Stupido cliche!
Monday, November 3, 2008
This is a preview of the photographs that will go to the Posers Flickrr site. The characters and costumes will be in the video shoot. The recyCouture dresses are a stand alone part of the installation ....after all sustainable fashion was the seed that grew the project!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
That is a pull quote from the early days of sustainability. Maybe it's still batting about, in which case I'm giving it a vicey-versey plus.
I was invited to take part in the Fashioning the Future Summit 2008 (10/27 & 28) at the London College of Fashion (GB) to consider the question; can fashion bring about a long term lifecycle change to move us towards a more sustainable economy and better lives? Key industry informers and decision makers are attending and will lead seminar groups. At the end of the day we will meet together and pool outcomes. This is the collective information I am eager to bring back home and share, so we can get out from under this "olde think" pall.
In sharing infomation we expand our capacity to act for the better good, as no one person, group or culture has 360 degree vision. Which is why fashionRIP is becoming a product of its own collaborative process. Explaination later! I have learned to edit my interconnetive rambles.
P.S. The fast fashion ads quoted in the Hall of Shame entry on Fashion Ethos are indicators of the "olde" market we are in.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Mourning Glories for Species on the Verge of Extinction
This is a story about a funeral. The recyCouture dresses worn in this video are inspired by the Victorian penchant for full scale mourning. There are 7 dresses representing 7 species that are on the brink of extinction or are only "alive" in zoos because their habitats are destroyed.
The fashion runway strut becomes somber as the recyCouture model is handed the portrait of a doomed one which is carried to the coffin. A blurb of that species will go to the screen as in silent films.
This is repeated for all 7. A name and date scroll at the side of the coffin reiterates the poignancy and the rate of current era die offs -as opposed to natural evolution.
A couple models will illustrate how this impacts human life.
The end is a beginning, as the coffin opens and a phoenix arises. The symbol of transformation starts the death scroll rewinding and it becomes apparent that we are still in time to be intelligent designers of our own evolution.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The original stencil only refashion of the hope Tee was too ...boring. See for yourself -it's a few entries down. I wore it for the shoot because when a photographer is around I try to max the experience. (Thank you Donna Marie for the great photos.)
As in a lot of design the first take isn't the last. Modifiers, edits, changes keep the process fun and at times -frustrating.
This is the latest version and I think it sticks.
Like the storyline of the Verge it has been altered and modified.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Old lace dress from the 30s in a ripping (literal) condition. Took out the slip which became the evolve dress, then cut the top from the bottom. Added a wide stretchy band to the top of the flounced skirt so can just pull it on. Added tulle to the bottom of the top.
Worn with a middy made from the top of a pair of pantyhose, which keeps the skin tones from peeping through in a vulgar manner.
When wearing a gown that starts with a 1920s era chemise, that runs into a weird stretch remnant then bottoms out with a glitzy flocked floral of the 90s...one must pull attitude. The flapper rebel in me surfaced.
I used to wear vintage 20s clubbing ln Belltown 's premiere punk rock venue. This worked; as flappers bobbed their hair, raised hemlines, rouged their lips and merrily shocked the old guard.
Defiance for the old order never goes out of style, yet the real changes move so slow, unlike the fashions that personify them.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The recyCouture Mourning Casual look is from the 2 Tees and a pair of really big pants, The big pants were given to me as I passed out class flyers in Ballard. I thought the Ryther Thrift Shop might post one as an inspiration to shoppers The shop volunteer at the cash register agreed, liked what I was doing and gave me the pants.
It's fun to cut and play with clothes that cost little as you have to come out ahead. (Experience if naught else!)
The big pants were cut apart, pleated to hip width and modified with inserts and reverse applique. The great thing is I didn't have to put a zipper in as I used the pants zipper and fly as is. This leaves time for the fun embellishing part.
The modified witch hat keeps the sun off. We need the vitamin D , but don't need the bad rays-it isn't easy being aware. I read awhile back that 10 minutes of sun should get the D need covered but will check it out and report back later. Like all (?) human derived truths, this one has a lifespan based on current technology.
Have you seen the Bluefly print ads.."closet full of nothing to wear" ? It does a good job of pushing fast fashion along with the little girl that doesn't have to choose, but can buy all the looks she wants from Kmart. How about the tv ad with the back seat, shoe box, pile up that extols the mother/daughter shopping experience? My aren't we pathetic!
I think labels should run below products that point out the persistent organic compounds, the toxic travelers that end up in human tissues (doing what mayhem?) and the natural but not organic fibers grown with pesticides and fertilizers that are running off and killing water life. Why keep pushing madness when we know better now?
Okay, I like a new pair of boots once in awhile. But please, the shoppers rush is short lived and then what?
Get a better creative outlet...you'll be happier.... I promise.
Monday, September 8, 2008
This is the reptilian representative of my endangered fauna. Since it is the 7th species and was drawn on the 7th day and 7 is my lucky number, well it amuses me. What with all the mythical lore surrounding snakes, the whole Eve thing, snake in the grass, Cleopatra- the critter has a bad rep. Okay, some of it still seems deserved and I am not going to hike the back trails of Arizona in hopes of meeting rattlers.
When my mother was around 7 years old her father showed her a nest of baby garter snakes. She was unnerved by the wriggling mass but grandpa told her they were good to have around because they kept the bugs out of the garden
These providers of natural services haven't been well acknowledged until recently. The techno/chemical replacements are a bad trade in value and side effects. However, they are good for the bottom lines of some giant corporations as new opportunities arise with new problems.
That is the conundrum of capitalist economics, my dears. The old and big have the economic power to thwart and stall some very good ideas.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
..or we can all do something. The problems that may pop up when these critters die off are unknown....that is the problem! We don't know the extent of their food and services webs. (formerly called food chains we now know that linear simplicity is bunk)
Do the research, learn and then incorporate the knowledge. There is a lot of good info out there. Sign up for the A Fresh Squeeze e-letter, visit the Sustainable Style Foundation or the Green for Good websites, or do a search for sustainable living, etc. Real world information has grown by scads since the early days of 2000 and now; well it is almost too much. Then again, since we are a stubborn lot when it comes to making changes...(like the foreign oil crisis of the 70"s got the USA off foreign oil...right?) ......perhaps it's necessary.
So please don't shut off just because it's so noisy with green. However, unplugging all those lcd, nonsense clocked appliances is quite satisfying.
The Monarch Butterfly and the Poison Dart Frog are 2 of the featured endangered. The rest of the pastel illustrations are on the Posers and Pictures site.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This is the latest Mourning Glory for FashionRIP. This recyCouture garment started life as a blouse. The skirt is from the leftovers of the first dress and the panne velvet bottom is from a gifted" to slash" robe. Tell your friends what you do, so when birthdays come around they bring you yard sale and thrift store desirables.
The whole gifting biz is a weird spin on consumerism now isn't it?....resin cat or dust catching thing a ma jig ...not to mention the bag or paper.....all needs a rethink, methinks; and then we can design it! (ps know your copyrights and retain control)
Monday, August 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe tried to start a Mother's Day for Peace. A year later (June 2, 1873) women in 18 cities across
Anna Reeves Jarvis started Mother's Work Day to raise awareness of bad sanitation in West Virginia. Her daughter Anna Jarvis took on the mission with added agenda in 1912. Her efforts met with "success"
Never a mother herself, the celebration of Mother's Day was Anna Jarvis’ lifelong mission. As the holiday expanded, Jarvis became dismayed by its commercialization. "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit," she is quoted as saying.
In remembrance of all great women,
Happy Mother’s Day
for it isn't the birth. its the caring
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I wonder how many creative, intelligent people take some refuge time in the left brain? It seems to be a good way to get the hemispheres communicating - a way to balance.
If that is true then the vice versa would probably be true as well. Whole brain = whole thought = wholistic.
Sustainablility and ecosystems are wholistic expressions that smash into the old Industrial Age concepts. The narrow and singular can't embrace open, complex, wondrously intricate and harmonic ideas of "the next." The planet is one big ecosystem that we are a part of and despite our vanity, we are expendable and given that ...I should think we shall learn to play nice with the whole package as well as with each other. I suspect our true hearts are born into it, we just get sidetracked.
P,S. Don't blame a dinosaur for thinking like a dinosaur; pity the critter but don't let it bully you... It's a mere remnant of dying ideas.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
The heart warmiest surprise for me was all the young sewers that participated at the Swap. My first student was around 6 years old and we pulled a princess dress from a cocktail cast off. She was in charge of the foot pedal and did an amazing job. My camera died so I don't have a picture of her delighted swirl at the end but tis in me heart.
The 11-15 year old crowd was amazing. In fact they were the sewing majority and as a promoter of the tactile creative experience...well "the kids are all right."
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
....gone? Every day we add more flora and fauna to the list. We seem extremely capable of destroying life and when I ask why, I hear people say that it is in our natures. They point to history for proof and if you buy the past performance argument, you will be disheartened.
Don't buy it!
Never before have we had the technology, the diversity in education, the global connectivity, the capacity to understand and the willingness to change. We have the means for transformation!
We can forgive past ignorance but we cannot tolerate the way of life it generated. We have the heart, the courage and the intellect to create the world we believe possible. Pick your passion and recreate it, re-fashion it, re-purpose it or invent with sustainability in mind. Wow, we may really like ourselves after all!
Mourning garb1 dress started from a thrift store satin 1970s jumpsuit. The leaves are re-puposed from old "silk" flowers. Tulle is new but trims are sewing leftovers.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Well, I haven't heard from Bumbershoot so I am guessing this year is out; however new support opportunities for this collaborative installation are peeking over the horizon and I am courting them because this isn't a mere flirtation. nope this is the real thing.
How can a fashion, video, photo, music, painting interconnect /mash up with an activist backbone and a sustainable heart, how can that not be exciting, interesting, fun, informative.....As an installation it will be more than entertainment. it will be a catalyst that grows possibilities; for once a person sees through an idea or theory or they challenge a construct of culture, they change their perceptions of the world and their place in it.
We humans thrive on change and challenge (see Brain Fitness on PBS anyone?) so beyond the eco, enviro, socio and politico issues it's also good for our health.....kind of proves the shake it up instinct!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I came across this work by the most Fabulous Anon near NSCC and went back to snap it yesterday. This morning I realized the synchronistic beauty of it and had to share. With a little Photoshop embellishment ...here's to Spring and new beginnings etc we've all had enough of the sentimental schlock to write our own and yet sometimes trite still works for me!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I am not happy with your pretty packages anymore. I want something bigger and the market can't deliver! Instead the promises are hollow, the game was short sighted and now we know it; don't we?
It used to look good because we were taught that it was the best. As long as we played along, it continued and grew and then we too could be rewarded and have more stuff. However all wasn't ever very pretty inside the big package.
So ultimately the Wall of Denial is crumbling despite the seductive propaganda and if we don't change the course, "we will all have to learn the hard way" like my mom used to say and that way always sucked.
The Old Economic Myth
more babies = more consumers
more consumers = market growth
market growth = economic gains
economic gains = we all win
the big winners are few
resources are limited
we are all part of the food/energy chain
species (humans too) will be controlled by outside forces if not from within
we aren't that happy over populating and drowning in stuff anyway!
As in Desiderata...you have a right to be here...now figure out why. Look to your own truth and knowing and seek the path that faith in life will show you....have fun!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Progress can look like chaos. A thrift store evolution starts with an idea that is best left open. Have a plan but don't become so attached to it that you can't see other, perhaps better, possibilities; unless of course you prefer to be limited and narrow.
A good way to start getting past traditional (safe, worn out, limited) ideas and images can start with giving yourself permission to err, explore, challenge, adapt and experiment with a thrift store re-do. It's fun and perhaps closer to nature's intent. Children aren't born with standardized notions!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
3. To give what is due.
4. To give in return or retribution.8. in Music (or design, decorative arts , mixed media/medium arts.....nu-render?)
....................a. To perform an interpretation of (a musical piece, for example).
....................b. To arrange
11. To cause to become; make.
[Middle English rendren, from Old French rendre, to give back,
1. The general direction in which something tends to move.
3. Current style; vogue: the latest trend in fashion.
[From Middle English trenden, to revolve, from Old English trendan.]The sum of the parts is a great argument for nu-style (nu-render) becoming the TRend for the future. I mean if we really want to have one....
Nu-style: when several old pieces of clothing are ripped apart then made into "new" garments; ie for a sentence using the word nu-style see the blog underneath
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Design magic is conjured up behind the counter at the Pretty Parlor. Anna and her mother are the talented duo behind the Pretty Parlor's own label. They start with unlovely or damaged vintage clothing and turn out exclusive one of a kind pieces. This is beyond mere fashion this is nu-STYLE!