Syllabus: The Practice of Fashion

Syllabus: The Practice of Fashion

This week I’ve participated in Fashion Revolution Week in many ways. I’ve posted a love story on Instagram about some clothes I own as part of the campaign #LovedClothesLast. I’ve listened to podcasts and participated in on-line open studios listening to and watching...

Seam Ripping

Seam Ripping

Today marks the start of Fashion Revolution Week. I’m happy to have something tangible to revolt against. It’s been challenging for me as a social welfare activist for most of my life to be still, quiet and indoors. Sadly, I have entered the realm of a “high risk”...

Syllabus: The “Practice of Fashion”

Syllabus: The “Practice of Fashion”

Practice Noun: the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it. Verb: perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one's proficiency. During a webinar about...

Ambivalent Relations: Clothes in the Time of Coronavirus

Ambivalent Relations: Clothes in the Time of Coronavirus

My apartment is small. The amount of garments hanging on racks in multiple rooms makes it look as if I’ve been living in an exclusive boutique rather than a home. Since the moment everything stopped, I’ve been forced to confront this every day as well as the economic...

“What Now?” in The Time of Coronavirus

“What Now?” in The Time of Coronavirus

It's been a long time since I've connected on this platform, although I've been able to keep up with others. It seems another lifetime ago since we had that conversation, "What Now? We coined the term back then, "What Nowness". So much has happened in-between then and...

My December Adventure: Scenic River Cruise

My December Adventure: Scenic River Cruise

I know it’s been a while since I composed a post. So I can’t wait to tell you what I’ve been up to. It’s been the holidays of course but right before that Calvin and I went on a wonderful adventure courtesy of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.  First let me say we’ve...

Mixed Methods: Me and My Hair

Mixed Methods: Me and My Hair

It starts to feel like an obsession. It gets stronger every day. I search for images for just the right look. In the past, I'd scour hair magazines. More recently the internet. I chose a photo to bring to my stylist. The photo represents some new fantasy I've conjured...

Fitting(s) In, Sensuality and Identity

Fitting(s) In, Sensuality and Identity

It's been quite a week. I now have the time and inclination to attend many more of the events I'm invited to, now that I'm no longer teaching. I've been coming home late which is unusual for me. I've also been tongue-tied and stammering when I'm asked how I came to be...

Narrative Devices

Narrative Devices

So as is my usual course of action, once I get my anger off my chest, usually through the vehicle of a rant (poor Calvin), I generally figure out a pragmatic or creative way to respond. What came to me is that we need to articulate and find ways to represent the inner...

Clothing Relationship Stories: Telling Secrets and a Rant

Clothing Relationship Stories: Telling Secrets and a Rant

I love clever designers, those who can keep secrets that you’ll discover later. Designers who don’t make me think about clothes as if they’re just something else to consume. Designers who when I look at their garments make me feel like I just walked into an art supply...

Clothes and Relationship: What’s Yours?

Clothes and Relationship: What’s Yours?

During the middle of New York Fashion Week, I happened to get a book I had pre-ordered downloaded to my Kindle. Ironically, it was a book about fast fashion. More than just a presentation of statistics which quite frankly after a while you stop paying attention to, it...

Ambivalently Yours

Ambivalently Yours

A very smart and creative person has an account on Instagram that I follow called Ambivalently Yours, @ambivalentlyyours. Anonymously this person explores the notion of ambivalence through various means including drawings, writing, video, notes left in public spaces,...

A Tale of Two Innovations

A Tale of Two Innovations

I know it's been a while but I've been deeply engaged in my "Whatnowness". Setting up a healthy routine, constructing a gentle work life and doing research and reading to help me understand what happened to me so it does not happen again.  If I look back at photos...

Summer Hours

Summer Hours

I know my posts have been sporadic lately and for those who like consistency, my apologies. I've actually been trying to figure out what to do with my summer and how that relates to the work I produce. I'm not sure if you know of a magazine called, Monocle, but if you...

Opening an Eye

Opening an Eye

I've been luxuriating in the delicious world of "What Nowness?". At times short bursts of anxiety come into my head like little meteor showers but I've been managing to let them pass and not get caught up in them. They are merely debris from the past I remind myself...

What I’m Reading and What I Think About It: Rules

What I’m Reading and What I Think About It: Rules

I read a very interesting article the other day on The Cut, A Guide to Intuitive Eating. I suppose I should state upfront what constitutes "an interesting article" for me. It's simply something written in a way that it makes me think of something I think I know in a...

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

There are still some things keeping me in the city, but I must say I am enjoying myself because of the simple gift of time. I/'ve been photographing, writing and otherwise documenting my process of "What Nowness?" Things that bothered me before have become merely a...

What’s In-Between

What’s In-Between

Part of my living in the state of "whatnowness?" is getting back into the world and moving through it at a slower pace. These days I will often have my phone or camera in hand taking photos of what inspires me or moves me in some way. When I look through Instagram now...