Monday, May 16, 2022

Nearing the finish line of The 100 Day Project

 The finish line is in sight! There are less than 10 days remaining in The 100 Day Project. I'm happy with the progress I've made and things I've learned with my hand-carved stamp project.

Combining stamped images with watercolors.

More mixed media

I've gotten more adventurous with the stamp carving over the 90+ days and have incorporated watercolors and slow drawing with the stamping. 

Stamping combined with slow drawing using colored pink ens.

New tools and materials

From a tip from a fellow stamp carver, I got 6 or 8 rubber stamp rounds that are pre-cut, so circles are more precise. I've added the VersaFine ink pads from Tsukineko which provide good ink coverage. And I've added a few more acrylic stamp blocks to my toolbox.

Stamp mounting blocks, circle stamp blanks and new ink pads.

I have 69 hand-carved stamps. Two of them have two sides that I use, so there are 71 images.

69 hand-carved rubber stamps, 71 images.

I'll be looking back through my sketchbooks after the final day. I'm sure I'll see the evolution and improvement of the prints. I'm having a lot of fun with this practice and will likely continue after Day 100.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

May is the month for Slow Fashion challenges

May 1 is the first day of the Slow Fashion Challenge 2022. The Challenge is hosted by Louise Kane of ReAdorn London, Sharmon Lebby of Blessed Designs, and Amy Daileda of Vivid Element. This is the 6th year and they've modified the Challenge—with daily prompts—to span only 14 days. 

I'm going to give it a go. 

Slow Fashion Challenge 2022 daily prompts.

Slow fashion and sustainability

In prepping for the Show Fashion Challenge, a little research revealed this information from a Slow Fashion USA social media post: 

What is slow fashion? We ask ourselves this question constantly. In 1987 the UN defined sustainable as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

It's a LOT to think about!

At a personal level

While I don't work directly in the [fast] fashion industry, I do have a role in the textile industry. On a personal level, I make some of my own garments (personal fashion). So, I have choices on what and where I source the fabrics and materials I use in my projects, and I have control over the care, use, and longevity of these items.

I hope to become more aware about the issues and goals of the Slow Fashion movement through this challenge. My initial pledge would be to slow down, make mindful purchasing decisions, buy better, and support small businesses. Through this challenge, I hope to learn more about better care methods, mending, repurposing/re-engineering garments (and fabric scraps) so I can use pieces longer before retiring them.

Me Made May

On another note, the Me-Made-May Challenge begins today as well. This Challenge is in its 13th year and it's set up with the purpose of getting better acquainted with your self-made—or "me-made"—wardrobe. If you are a maker, I think it plays perfectly with the Slow Fashion Challenge. 

Me Made May 2022

Enjoy these May activities whether you follow them or participate in them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Fashion Revolution week: video of the Blood, Sweat & Tears collection

Have you seen photos of people holding "Who made my clothes?" and "I made your clothes" signs posted on social media sites? This is one aspect of the campaign by the global Fashion Revolution non-profit organization to bring awareness about questionable practices and unethical behaviors in the fashion industry.  #whomademyclothes

Last week, April 18-24, was Fashion Revolution Week. This event is held annually around April 24, the anniversary of the deadly Rana Plaza collapse in 2013. After seeing Fashion Revolution announcements, and knowing little about it, I was interested to learn more. 

Roundtable discussion: The Other Side: Future of Ethical Fashion Manufacturing.

I caught replays of a few of the presentations but the one that stuck me the most was a roundtable discussion: The Other Side: Future of Ethical Fashion Manufacturing, hosted by Samiul Alam. Check out the video and pay particular attention to the video at the end. It's the video trailer for Samiul's graduation garment collection, called Blood, Sweat and Tears. 

Dramatic. Emotional. Powerful.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter

Stan Leigh investigates the Bunny Bag. Pattern available from Art Gallery Fabrics.

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