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What is the Swap-O-Rama-Rama, you ask? “The Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world’s largest clothing swap! Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. At SORR, consumers are taught to be creators.”
For five years now, I have taught various “Re-Make-Fashion” workshops, such as last year’s “Slash Revival“. This year, I have been promoted to “Sewing Guru” status and will be helping you create your visions, one-on-one, in the Swap-O-Rama-Rama Sewing Lounge. We have around 15 machines for you to work on. It is timed, and there is sometimes a short line, so you’ll need your project ready-to-sew before heading to the machines. And by the time you leave it will be ready-to-wear! But fyi, it’s not required that you make anything. It might just be the perfect opportunity to get a feel for machine-sewing. I’ll show you how it’s set up- threaded and some simple stitches. Where you go with this skill is up to you but if you want, soon you’ll be repairing or even re-making your own clothing which could save not only your money but precious natural resources-a-plenty. If you’re not quite sure what you would like to make, no worries. There are loads of Up-cycle workshops to get inspiration from. We’d love to give you some ideas and of course you are free to come with your own. And Don’t forget some clothing-swap donations if you have them. We love clothing donations! If you can’t get them to us. . .whatever you do, don’t throw ‘em in the dump! You could have your own swap/party with friends. You could also take it to a second-hand shop, if it’s still wearable. Or, a clothing recycling bin. They are out there! For my own purposes, a stained shirt, blown out pair of pants, or even mis-matched socks with holes could have another use besides land-fill space…which is absolutly a non-use! On the contrary, those destroyed garments could be transformed into a rug, if not a couture dress~ and hey, maybe even Gucci would want them? Pre-Destroyed is still ‘in’, no?
Re-Make Fashion///TRASHion Show
check out the stellar loose thread crew backstage at the Exploratorium Trashion Show last year…
If you do make it to the faire…and would like to model for me, just grab me and let me know! I might have some un-filled looks to show, and this is your chance to shine~ No weight/height requirements, or even gender! Just looking for fun-lovin souls who wanna dance and play on stage:) *Also, if you come early enough to create your own TRASHion look at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama tent, you may be selected to show it on stage– as we will be featuring some new talent we spot throughout the day!
MANY, MANY, MANY THANKS TO ALL THE MODELS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, VIDEOGRAPHERS, MAKE-UP, HAIR, my MOM, lol! who helped make the San Francisco ExploratOrium Show a total SUCCESS! It was fun, no?! I love you all…..
lastly, a quick and easy BODY-POSITIVE SUMMER TIP!
How to have a beach-body, in just one easy, stress-free step…
Here it is….just…bring your body to the beach…and Boom! you now have a beach body!
and if you put a bikini on it, there you go, a bikini body! but only if you want to:)
love your body, no matter what.
Swap O Rama Rama TRASHION show the San Francisco explorarOrium, Open MAKE : Trash! April 2012
show produced by homeygrown
Check out what some of the awesome participants created in my workshop “SlashRevival” at the Swap-o-Rama-Rama, part of the San Francisco explOratorium’s monthly Open-Make : Trash edition. Thank you Andy! for all your help pre, during, and post show!!! and thank you to all of the attendees who as always, inspire me to try anything and forget the rules!
*TRASHION show photos coming soon. . .
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> loose thread @ SAN FRANCISCO exploritOrium Sat. April 21 ~ teaching workshops and showing my TRASHION collection!!!! make all day (10-3) runway @ 330 *also featuring : miss velvet cream, lucid dawn, homey grown, camp couture, and selected pieces made by participants day of!!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
find out more about this month’s OPEN MAKE @ the exploritOrium!!! http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/open-make-trash/
we met near soho ~ while getting coffee and chatted for the duration of a long yet fast-paced line. he works down town and commutes over from jersey ~ wants to live in manhatten ~ good luck with that billy!! your glowing passion for fashion n style will take you far~ that and your beautiful smile:)
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(top-bttm: Pendelton Tobaggen 2012, Chief Joseph-Pendelton blanket 1901, Chief Joseph nine-element robe, named after him, 4 young women with blankets- early 20th C., shoes by Taka Hayashi for Vans Vault in 2010, dress by Lakota designer, Mildred High Elk Carpenter, out of a Pendleton blanket for N8tv )