Tuesday, January 29, 2013

sweat shop clothing

a friend recently asked me if i thought of the people across the world working in sweat shops as i worked, the answer was yes. today as i heard just a brief news story of yet another fire in a clothing factory in bangladesh, those women, men and children were in the forefront of my mind. i've worked what i thought were pretty bad jobs, and had some awful employers, but i've never felt my safety was at risk and have never been locked in the building.

talking with a woman about a local boutique, she said to me i should sell my dresses there, and i could sell them for much cheaper than the dresses in the store. it gave me a great opportunity to explain to her why those american made clothes were more expensive than what you find in chain stores, and that my dresses would not be cheaper, in fact more expensive if i truly paid myself a living wage and didn't try to compete with the bigger labels.

i think as a society we need to take a mindful look at how we consume and at what cost? this weekend we lost seven beautiful women to a factory fire all in the name of cheap clothing. my heart and body pays tribute to them as i sew in a safe, clean well-lit environment

A crowd watches as firefighters and volunteers attempt to extinguish a blaze at a garment factory in Dhaka on Saturday.
photo from cnn.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

there's no place like home...

sewing for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week leaves your mind a long leash on which to wander if not engaged. when repeating the same task all day long, muscle memory takes over and leaves the brain unoccupied. i try to keep it busy by listening to podcasts, the news, npr, music, language and philosophy courses...the alternative is to ruminate over the minutiae of every conversation and interaction i've ever had, analyze my childhood, past failures, you get the idea, you know that chattering monkey that never shuts up. i was recently turned on to a new source of distraction, librivox. the site offers free audio books from the public domain, read by volunteers. i've been listening to the wonderful wizard of oz lately, did you know there are 14 oz books?! my earliest memories of watching tv include the wizard of oz (the monkeys scared me) and the funeral of elvis presley (my mom loved him)remember that dress glinda the good witch wore? gorgeous! my mother made my prom dress that rivals glindas! hmm, and my dad had a pair of white bell bottoms with blue satin godets, ha ha! i'll have to ask her if she made those too. anywhoo...here's some fashion photos inspired by the wizard of oz, one of my favorite movies. 

photo from http://www.fashion-spreads.com/2010/05/the-wizard-of-oz.html

photo from http://thevintageindependent.blogspot.com/2010/08/wizard-of-oz-71st-anniversary.html

Monday, January 14, 2013

with the light falling snow today, spring was all i could think of. i've recently put together some images of colors, textures and design that i like to help me conjure the spring collection out of the fabric i bought on my recent trip to new york. it seems to be working, i'll give you a peek as soon as i can. meanwhile, bundle up and know that spring WILL come, the ice will thaw, and we'll be wearing sandals again.