A collection of links from the past few weeks that I think are interesting/amusing/educational/insightful enough to read/watch/listen & think about over a cup of coffee (or out in the sunshine).
From the article: “Everywhere you turn now you’re sold a craft utopia. Artisan bread? Craft beer? Craft crisps? What, or who, is the consumer supposed to believe?”
As a maker, it’s easy to ask “who made my clothing?” but how often do you ask “where does my fabric come from?”
From the article: “For the first time since I began doing this professionally, I am not going to offer written instructions but just a fully charted pattern. It has been a tough call to make (I know many people like written instructions) but I think it’s the right one.”
Clothing & Fashion:
Producing fabric is complicated, ethically & sustainable producing fabric is even more so. Alabama Chanin on organic cotton and their supply chain.
So Zo’s Thoughts on Organic Cotton – basically “organic” is complicated
A thoughtful addition to the cultural conversation around shoes, “Windows on the soul: why we buy shoes we’re never going to wear” from The Newstatesman.
From the article: “Unlike with a dress, a hat, a bag or even a corset, every individual’s relationship with shoes is indelibly personal. Once worn, a shoe receives the imprint not just of its owner’s sole, but arguably also her soul.”
“I lived my life like every fashion girl on instagram ever: In the end, I gained about 313 followers in two weeks—but hated almost every minute of it.” on xojane What does into taking instagram perfect pictures?
Bacon + Lingerie. Meet The World’s Oldest Person
Sidewalk Flowers on BrainPickings – little red riding hood reminds you to get off the phone and pick some sidewalk flowers
“The Power of I am” by Alexandra Franzen – who are you?