Sunday, July 15, 2018

Because today i cannot write.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Reaching Out


Letter to a cosmologist,

because my best friend said "why not write to him?"

Your comment about going backwards into the simpler past to better understand the complex present, was an aha moment for me.  Now I get what I have been doing by instinct. 

            My current work started as a short story for an arts installation. Species on the Verge (also a video) and Water-The Flow (fashionRIP) were prior gallery shows that dealt with the human connection to Nature. I was planning another when my path switched. The last piece was to have been an exploration of climate change. However, the melting metaphor resulted in another kind of story and in the process, it outgrew the mediums. 

            Now the script is vast and unwieldy. It is like a hologram in my mind, filled with information relationships and connections. I have unearthed enough evidence to change the story. Knowing how human beliefs constructed this “reality” in a way that limits our species greater potential is maddening, even painful. Lately i have been working through the lens of play, it helps.

 “….   . change the world, change the metaphor, change the story.” These are some of Joseph Campbell’s last words to Bill Moyer. I heard them quoted after I had started this letter. Make of it what you will.
 I have collected several AAs and a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Communications (2012) I continue auditing and exploring ever more fields of study. The historic accounts are simpler, in number and variety. The information is sometimes shocking, humorous and or naive in today’s light. When played forward the cumulative record gets us “here.”  As in Big Bang, so too, in life.
So now what? I have been trying to find a way to get a peer review forum going, but so far it has been “good idea,” and that’s it. This is too big to do alone. I would really appreciate any tips, ideas, links to anything in kind, further inquiry, whatever.

deborah j barnes 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wedding Evolution

I am going back into custom apparel as my love for design, the ethics of eco fashion and my love of fabric and the fiber arts is merging again with my social and political thinking. This new co creative project surpasses and yet embraces everything i have done up to now. 

The many colorful threads of experiences and research are being rewoven together again and voila.... the Wedding Evolution is being born.

Now this venture started with my friend and sister-in-law, Gwen. She  had been watching the TV show that helps brides find their special looks.  However many of the brides wanted something in the Not White department. These brides were often left to settle or leave the wedding atrium to satisfy their visions. .

After looking into the white wedding tradition it became apparent to me, that it was based on the sentiments of the Victorians. The Victorian Era mindset is not something i wish to further and after some thought, i realized that it is time to make garb for living people and events.

So if you and your partner are inclined towards a fresh approach, want a wedding that is personally meaningful, is mindful in thought and action,  then perhaps Wedding Evolution will be your cup of tea (See, that Victorian Empire invasion persists..:-)

I also believe that gender is a spectrum, Nature is more than a landscape and that the past can stop dictating to the present. 

Futures full of "new"  possibilities thrive when they leap the limitations of  hand me down thoughts. -This is not to be confused with hand me down clothing which is perfectly reFashionable and Yes to that Dress. With a restyling, a reFashioning or just a few touch ups, the old gowns can "walk" again.

Thank you,
deborah j barnes
creative director
Wedding Evolution

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

reFashion Workshops- Call for Co Creative Partners

What if every day was filled with more creativity, fun, informative gossip, more community bonding activities, more LIFE!

The RE: FASHION  Network is seeking a permanent home. We are inviting  partners, co-operators, mentors, students, innovators, artists, no sewers and yes sewers, teachers, runway walkers and photo enthusiasts and well PEOPLE.

Fashion has been dominated by a way of thinking that no longer feels appropriate, as Fast Fashion is doing more harm, way more harm, than good.

I am writing a book which will cover and "prove" * this and make suggestions for alternative fashionable visions and actualizations. Think local talent! and innovative is just a start.

"Prove" is one of those tricky words that defy absolute reason. In this instance,  I am addressing the environmental, the physical and mental, the social and the philosophical realm by unraveling history in a way that exposes some really strange habits our species accepted as "normal."  Realizing how and why information travels through cultures makes this "normal" a very suspect collection of ideas and outcomes. Then the fun begins!
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust
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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

Marcel Proust

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust
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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Just Recycle that Waste

Another sustainable article that tries to ignore the elephant in the room.

It is hard to read these facts without wanting to scream.

There is no way humans can continue to play the old game of make it, sell it, exploit the world,  grow rich.

Rich in what?

The whol;e story is a bad joke and I am thinking we can do better and must!
excerpt from aan article a friend FYI'D

"The global textile industry is valued at over $1 trillion, ranking as the second largest industry in terms of intensity of trade. Textiles are also the fastest growing sector in household waste. Discounting and low retail prices over the last two decades have led to a dramatic increase in the consumption of clothing, with a resultant rise in textile waste from the consumer. More than three million tons of textiles are thrown away each year in the EU alone.

To address this growing challenge of textile waste, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and Aalto University are participating in an EU project called Trash-2-Cash. The project brings together designers, researchers, materials suppliers and textile manufacturers from all over Europe to solve the problem by recycling and development of high-performance fibers."

from SocialEarth

I had a feeling before I read it that this article  played the "justification" tuneg. Like recycling in general,  it avoids the issue of too much stuff, too many humans and lack of diversity in the economic, resource construct!  

The smart discourse needs to take the larger picture and the details into focus at one time. This huge expansive vision is do-able if various experts got out of the safe, comfy zones and worked together to understand the complexities of what our species is facing. The old ego needs to step back, take a deep breath and leap into it's less defensive, open, vulnerable and loving side! 

If more people moved out from ideas of owner/worker,  class -I mean really -that is so made up to support its own "reality" and tunnel, linear focus this species might really prove itself incredible!

The entangled energies and possiblities that arrive in Quantum Physics, the natural cycles, evolution and diversity for healthy ecosystems that environmental sciences explore and learning how beliefs  program our lives and can be changed - this kind of knowledge, if spread more widely, would certainly help us re-imagine a world that follows heart, soul, gut wisdom and is aligned with the super reality of a living planet, uni-verse.

So let us proceed! 

So though this old hack of sensibility appears to be trying to maintain status quo utilizing  data and edited knowledge from the past, seems "normal" and comfortable it is not going to solve anything

Thank you!  I needed that.