Wednesday, April 28, 2010

See it in Seattle

Seamless in Seattle reader's poll is a nice way to show you support local design.

Seattle Magazine says it is the best year ever as 38 designers entered. Now showing!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

looks like rainbows

i exist, i am, that is all i know, everything else is a belief

Waterline skirt and top. A 2007 Greenfest banner makes the front piece & the flouncy part of the skirt has fabric strip weaves; feminine but not too cutesy. a skirt for courage and compassion.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

PVC in Raingear

rainshedder applique remixed in photoshop

"Phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens are among chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, which interfere with the body’s endocrine, or hormone, system.....Some are used to increase the flexibility and durability of plastics such as PVC, or are included as coatings on medications or nutritional supplements to make them timed-release."

According to a report from the SWHR "....phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens,
—in young girls may disrupt the timing of pubertal development, and put girls at risk for health complications later in life. The study, the first to examine the effects of these chemicals on pubertal development, is currently published online in the journal of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice

According to PVC. org
"The functional qualities of PVC make it a great material for protective clothing outdoors. It has long been the material of choice for children's rainwear, but is also put through more demanding tests through its use in protective work-wear. At the other end of the clothing industry, PVC has played an important role in fashion design for many years. From its early applications in the 1960s, PVC has grown into one of the most fashionable materials to make a regular appearance at major fashion shows around the world."

PVC eventually breaks down and the
phthalates are ending up all over the place; so even though your child isn't chewing on raincoats ...phthalate exposure is a big risk.

This is a problem we can do a lot about. Stop buying it and tell your retailer why.

Spread information daily...word of mouth is the new/old media!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

sustainable seattle

rain gypsy

Clean Water going going gone...skirt

Rainshedder skirt

Took that leap over the draining "argument to limit" that attempts to confine me to inertia and safety...that comfort zone of simulated death(?) hmmm.....

Point is, i sent photos of the Waterline chapter of fashionRIP Project to the Seamless Contest at Seattle Magazine.

i never had the mass market concept and sold only a few garments in stores- boutiques under the Pike Place Market and on Capital Hill. Custom clothing appeared safer- it was sold before it was started. All this means that i'm way under the 5000 garments sold to qualify me as an Emerging Designer.

Is Seattle open to recycouture in the mainline? stay tuned.

Friday, April 9, 2010

the Waterline chapter

Springing ahead despite the weather. Water color blues and light fabrics are pulling me.

Water is a huge issue but don't just trust me, listen to Sandra Postel -a Post Carbon Institue Fellow and think for yourself.

The waterline skirts will be featured in an afternoon event at the NW Center. I will be leading a discussion that starts with the skirts former lives on April 23. I hope for an inter-generational, multi sexual mix to gather for a this focused conversation all around fashion and refashion. It will be a great way to learn a lot about each other and the recent history of "dressing" The how and why we wear what we do intrigues me Its a fascinating way to undress (address) sociology, anthropology, cultural mores etc.

Please check with the NW Center for more info.