It’s time for a Revival.
I have, for the last few–well, months, really–been in a bit of a funk creatively. I’ve had spurts of ideas, inklings of inspiration, but haven’t been feeling it. You know what I mean? Certainly, I’ve been distracted by lots of non-sewing things lately, which isn’t bad, but whenever I’ve gone to sew, it seemed like something was missing…
But as Folk’s 4th birthday approaches, I feel that I am finally seeing clearly enough to redefine my goals, and not a little bit of that is due to having read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. (Well, I’ve almost completed reading it. Just a few more pages left!)
I have long been aware of the evils of mass-production, sweatshops, and the like. When I first became very interested in the “new wave” of craft, I decided that whenever I did buy something mass-produced, it must be made in the USA. (As I am sure you well know, finding something American made can be somewhat of a task.) And eventually…I got lazy. Or perhaps I was distracted and confused by all those cheap, shiny things hanging in the windows of Forever 21.
Once I began reading Cline’s book, however, the reality of “fast fashion” hit home again. I won’t go on and on about the importance of having sewing knowledge or the virtues of fair wages and environmental stewardship, nor will I elaborate on our wantonly wasteful ways as a culture…but you can guess how I feel about it.
And this brings me to the Revival–a renewal of my mission and a refocusing on how I spend my creative energy. The biggest change is that I will begin focusing on clothing again. I’ve been making lots of wrist cuffs, purses, and other baubles, which I believe have value, too. (Obviously, or I wouldn’t be making them!) But I want to refocus on garments. Unique, durable, thoughtfully- and carefully-made garments. Designed and produced in the USA. While there is always room for plenty of art and whimsy where clothing is concerned, it is, at its root, a very necessary and utilitarian thing that we all need.
I hope to be able to share new designs with you soon…I am currently working on a yet-to-be-perfected style of bloomers, along with some other ideas. The shift will most likely be a gradual one, but it needs to happen!
And while you’re waiting for the change, you should definitely pick up Cline’s book, which is not only entertaining, but also a real eye-opener.