05.16.2012Consider also the humming that occurs when you are merrily crafting, cooking, mending, or dreaming about something that makes you profoundly happy – busy to the gills but content with doing the work at hand. "Loving one's thread" if you will, or simply connecting with the pure ingredients in hand.Art, design and fashion – as businesses can be downright daunting, often stagnant, and increasingly serve as "enterprises" that steer us way off course, both culturally and environmentally. Consider the possibility, though, of using "humming" as your constant navigation tool with an underlying drone or harmonic platform that reminds you of who you are, where you come from, and where you need to go. The roadmap lyrics are always within you and the machine can sing a pretty tune if it is well-oiled to undergo makeshift or even sudden changes.
MAKESHIFT @ The Standard Talks
Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and came out last night for MAKESHIFT at the Standard Talks. On behalf of myself and all of the panelists, we appreciate everyone’s enthusiastic response to MAKING.
It was a beautiful evening. As a group, we crafted a song and sang together , finger-knitted, and shared our ‘worn stories.’ Throughout the day, we will share some of our MAKESHIFT moments here.
Andrew Wagner, our charismatic MC, led the discussion at The Standard Talks. His team at Krrb created an accompanying video of the participants, which played throughout the evening as we discussed our work and how MAKING is an integral part of all creative, design, and fashion industries.
Check back today as we continue to recap the night.
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Again, thank you to all of our panelists and guests. Look for much more to come from MAKESHIFT this week!
Jessamyn Hatcher teaches fashion studies and the humanities in the Global Liberal Studies program at New York University. She is working on a book called Deep Wearing: Materiality, Affect, and the Politics of Fashion, as well as a biography of Hortense Mitchell. She is the co-editor of an upcoming volume about fashion and globalization, and is also the co-editor of a book on gender theory called No More Separate Spheres!: A Next Wave American Studies Reader (Duke University Press). As the creator and director of the The Human-Textile Wellness Initiative, Jessamyn has developed a research laboratory and as a wellness clinic for people-clothing relationships.