In addition to the textural delights of their hand-crafted accessories and latest sustainable fashion designs, we also sipped aromatic tea, ate delicious Chinese yams, and mused on the the organic realm and spun web structures.
All I can say is that my senses were tingling in a way that they never do when I visit a traditional fashion venue.
Portuguese Castle/Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)
I have been in touch with Atefeh over the past year or more - thanks to another outstanding Iranian environmental artist, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian at the Paradise Art Center in Polour, Iran. Atefeh and Tara have particpated in a wave of environmental art festivals in Iran (organized by Nadalian) as well as being founding members of The Persian New Art Collective. I also featured Atefeh and Tara's fiber 'peace bracelets' on Ecco*Eco in March.
Fiber installation in progress on Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)
Environmental fiber installation on Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Sharnaz Zarkesh)
Fiber installation at Orumieh Lake/Tabriz, Iran (photograph by Sharnaz Zarkesh)
These exquisite images really speak for themselves, and this for me, is the beauty of the site-specific, eco-crafting work that Atefeh, Tara, and their contemporaries collaborate on. Even though Iran is worlds away, these green forests, distant shores, and ancient salt lakes seem like they are all glistening and spun from the same elements and fiber as ours.
*Ekovaruhuset/House of Organic along with with EKO-Lab, Mika Machida, and Kaori Yamazaki invites you to don the eco-fashion spirit during Earth Week at Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, NYC. Click on the flyer above for details on all of the eco designers to be featured and days/times for this celebratory event.
*image at top courtesy of Ekovaruhuset/House of Organic
I am so totally smitten with these floral collars from Tutankhamun's Embalming Cache. For art history buffs, that translates to eco chic funerary fashion from the New Kingdom/Dynasty 18, ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
Natural fiber and vegetal materials include: papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, nightshade berries, possibly celery, faience, linen, cornflowers, blue lotus petals, and picris flowers.
Paris in springtime? There is really nothing sweeter. These vintage silk scarf tops created by Samy Chalon in Paris are the talk of the Haut-Marais. How fabulous that they are now available at Kaight shop. So pretty and fresh.
Congratulations to Green in the City for their one year anniversary as the premiere eco-boutique in Le Marais district of Paris. To celebrate this fabulous milestone, there will be a cocktail party this evening as well as a vernissage for the exquisite photography of Esther Voisin.
TONIGHT Friday, April 9 at 6pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Old Formula Is Not Working" is an honest look at why current retailing models and season-to-season cycles in the fashion industry are just not working any more. The search for conscious fashion is on and the inherent contradictions of retailing (fickle consumer needs) might finally force us to create new formulas for conscious design and honest style making.
Exciting news that Jane Palmer of Noon Design Studio in Chicago has created the first natural dye production house for eco fashion and textile designers in the U.S. and beyond. The future now looks even brighter with real sustainable style solutions.
Thirty mannequins creatively styled by America's top designers and decked out in materials sourced from Material ConneXion will line the plazas of Broadway in NYC this summer as part of a public art installation organized by The Fashion Center. While you will have to wait until June to see outfits by the likes of Hilfiger, Mizrahi, and von Furstenburg, you can preview the high-strength textiles that Material ConneXion has selected for this project in an exhibition on view in their showroom from March 31 to April 30, 2010.
I am a writer and environmental fiber artist residing in NYC and Europe. My art farming and textile projects are a means to create sustainable solutions and visual links to the global challenges we collectively face.
I am also a mother of twins.