Friday, April 20, 2012

Fashioning Self and the Environment Day 5

With this final post, Ecco*Eco will become an online archive – with occasional news or an inspirational visual or two, but for now, I will not be actively updating this journal.

I wrote my first post on October 14, 2008, and I feel that Earth Week 2012 is the perfect time to bring this era to a conclusion. We have all come such a long way since then, and I am truly grateful for the encouragement and support received along the way.

I will continue cultivating my own studio projects as well as researching/writing about ideas related to 'fashioning self and the environment'. 

You can continue to participate in this dialogue via the following platforms:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Fashioning Self and the Environment Day 1

Marshallese navigation chart made out of palm fronds and cowrie shells
Micaela Greg Spring/Summer 2012 California-produced knitwear

It was close to a year ago now that I organized an art, fashion, textile event at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York called, 'Fashioning Self and the Environment'. Since then the focus of my visual research and personal art projects have been on ideas related to this theme, with increased focus on the balance between imagery from the natural world, precious materials and resources, and a deeper connection to self.

Ecco*Eco is not really an eco fashion blog at this stage, and I know that a lot of what I post about does not fall within 'sustainability' standards or even green design news. I guess that as an artist and writer my concerns have increasingly shifted to ways that visual awareness (and styling) can bring us closer to a more integrated and inspired dialogue with the environment.

As a celebration and examination of Earth Week 2012, I will be doing very simple pairings of images that speak to me in terms of ways that we might better navigate the fashion landscape. Nothing very scientific really but more poetic in terms of fragile states and audacious solutions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Loza Maléombho Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

all images courtesy of Loza Maléombho New York

Loza Maléombho New York’s Autumn/Winter 2012-13 stand-out collection features richly tailored jackets, long or cropped vests with accent curved piping, Touareg-inspired full skirts and low-slung trousers. These powerful silhouettes are further dramatized with colorful turban head pieces as well as dramatic backless dresses.

Even though this label’s conceptual design and pattern/sample making process is executed in NYC, Maléombho has worked diligently each season to build a thriving community of talented artisans and women who produce each collection in a small scale, ethically-minded operation in Côte d’Ivoire. Loza has also made a commitment to support the economic empowerment of women in the region – with Fair Trade wages as well novel economic development opportunities.

(Photography by Elle Aime Creative / Model: Cynthia Séri)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fashioning Self and the Environment: Tamar Areshidze

'Expressio' collection by Tamar Areshidze

I love these amazingly innovative and sculptural accessory designs by Georgian designer, Tamar Areshidze. The Tbilisi-based fashion talent created these bold pieces as part of her 2011 graduate collection, which was also featured last September on Fashioning Tech.

Georgia is definitely on my 'places to visit' list for the upcoming year. There is no doubt that the fashion talent and textile treasures to be found there run deep. Featured images are courtesy of/credited to the following:

Designer: Tamar Areshidze
Photography: Kikala Studio
Make-up and hair: Lado Bokuchava
Model: Marita Janashia 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Colors of the Cauldron: Natural Dyes Gain Momentum via New York Times Home & Garden Feature Story

photo courtesy of Drew Kelly / The New York Times
(graphic courtesy of the Textile Arts Center)

So completely thrilled to see Sasha Duerr of The Permacouture Institute and CCA Textiles Program as well as Isa Rodrigues of the Textile Arts Center's 'Sewing Seeds' project featured in this 'Colors of the Cauldron' article in the New York Times yesterday. What a beautiful thing to witness grow-it-yourself natural dye projects, urban renewal, and non-toxic slow fashion production solutions really catching on.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Proud Mary Bucket Bags: Artisan-Made in Guatemala

I love these pastel-hued bucket bags for Spring 2012 by Proud Mary. All are beautifully hand-woven and sewn by artisans in Guatemala. Proud Mary works with textile artisans in both Mali, West Africa, and Guatemala for the production of their high quality, fair trade designs.

"We create unique, handcrafted patterned goods that are made in a socially and ecologically responsible manner. Our aim is to establish healthy relationships with artisans in developing nations. These relationships offer a beneficial exchange of ideas and resources. Purchasing product along with access to new markets provides economic growth for the artisan and their families. Through our products, we hope to share the stories of the hands by which they are made. "

Shop Proud Mary's other home decor and accessories offerings here.