Standard Talks: Jessamyn Hatcher
Among the most meaningful things I’ve ever found in a thrift store were a pair of dresses I unearthed at the Goodwill in Durham, North Carolina. One was a white summer dress with a fitted bodice and a full skirt dotted with embroidered flowers. The other was a pink sequined number straight out of an old Italian movie. What made the dresses so arresting wasn’t their cut or color, or even all the flowers and sequins. It was the fact that inside, attached to the labels, their former wearer had pinned stories: “Picnic. 1957. Hillsboro, North Carolina.” “Eastern Star Dance. May 8, 1958. Danced with M.K.”
On Tuesday night, as part of MAKESHIFT, we invited members of the audience to write their own worn stories. Rosanne Cash, Cathy Bailey of Heath Ceramics, and Natalie read excerpts of their stories to inspire us.
Next, members of the audience, using the special cards and antique silver pins carefully placed in each gift bag, fixed their own worn stories to the wall for all to read. Collectively, these stories formed a kind of paper “quilt,” a record of the deep meaning clothing can play in our lives and of our lovely evening together.
Here are a few examples of the stories that were collected Tuesday evening – some tantalizing, some funny, and all quite moving.
“I would love to repair the brown corduroys that I wore watching TV on Saturday mornings as a kid.”
“My grandmother’s camel wool cape makes me feel strong and beautiful, as I view her.”
“My Mom’s dress, which was her Mom’s. It’s a classic 50’s style in black cotton poplin with a ditzy cat print. I remember my mom wearing it when we were young.”
“My pair of hiking pants missing a leg (they zipped off) and in need of repair. But they took me to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and one leg got lost on the journey home. That journey, and those pants, changed my perspective on the world.”
“I have this great lumpy jacket I bought it college. I’ve been needing a new one, but this one is so full of memories. And it matches my red beard.”
“The maroon velvet tux jacket that I paid $50 of my own money to buy at an antique store to wear to my high school prom.”
“Morrissey’s shirt from the 1st U.S. tour of The Smith’s (1985)- ripped up by the audience as they pulled it off him.”
MORE MAKESHIFT 2012
We had the best intentions of posting lots of pictures and stories from our Makeshift event yesterday and the day just got away from us. There IS so much more to come and to write about, but for the meantime, here some great pictures of the making process at The Standard East Village on Tuesday night. More to come soon… xoNatalie
Join us for our Crafted Fashion pop-up shop tonight at the Billy Reid store from 6pm-until at 54 Bond Street in New York City, with a performance by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Tift Merritt at 8pm.
The beautiful Maria Cornejo talked about making as a way to build a brand.
Beads from Heath Ceramics were given to each of the Makeshift guests to incorporate into their “making.”
The sweet- and amazing designer- Tina Lutz who came into New York for the event. (Come to Alabama soon Tina!)
Photographer: Peter Stanglmyr
Standard Talks: Rosanne Cash
To begin the evening at MAKESHIFT @ the Standard Talks, Rosanne Cash opened with a performance of “Fair and Tender Ladies,” a traditional Appalachian folk song that has been recorded by many singers. The song had often been performed by her step-mother, June Carter Cash.
Rosanne began by sharing her thoughts on crafting and writing music. In turn, she asked the audience to collaborate and “craft” a new song from the original version. This posed the question: “What can we learn from the field of music as we creatively approach a collaboration between amateurs and auteurs, makers and users?”
Following are the original lyrics, as sung by Rosanne:
“Fair and Tender Ladies”
Come all you fair and tender ladies
Take warning how you court young men
They’re like a star on a summer morning
They first appear and then they’re gone
They’ll tell to you some loving story
And they make you think that they love you well
Then away they’ll go and court some other
And leave you there in grief to dwell
I wish I was on some tall mountain
Where the ivy rock is black as ink
I’d write a letter to my false true lover
Whose cheeks are like the morning pink
Oh, love is handsome, love is charming
And love is pretty while it’s new
but love grows cold, as love grows older
And fades away like morning dew
Each member of the audience rewrote a portion of the song’s four stanzas. A selection was chosen for Rosanne to sing along with the audience at the end of the discussion.
In the “crafted” version of “Fair and Tender Ladies,” the structure, melody, and context were innovatively altered, creating a new song.
Following are the “crafted” lyrics, as sung together by Rosanne and the entire audience:
“Fair and Tender Ladies”
Come all you strong and courageous ladies
Take note how you court your men
They’re like a firefly on a summer night
They first glow and then they’re gone
They’ll toss to you some fleeting story
And they hope you think that they know you well
Then again they’ll go and court some daydreams
And leave you there in peace to dwell
I wish I was on some tall moonbeam
Where the broken rock is black as night
I’d write a song to my false sweet lover
Whose kisses are like the distant pink
Oh, love is a feeling, love is a song
And love is an emotion while it’s new
But love grows high, as love grows tall
And falls away like sweet dew