I ran into my friend Rena Tom today, who is starting what I would call, from my techcentric viewpoint, a hackerspace for makers, down the street from the Findery office. It is called Makeshift Society, and they will be a workspace, community space, gallery space, and hold classes and events there. I’m excited about it.
Surfing the site from the members page, I came across Seam Allowance, by Kristine Vejar, and her post about the path she followed to create Seam Allowance – learning to sew when she was six, taught by her Grandmother and her Grandmother’s friends; growing up wearing clothes from big box retail store, and then traveling to and studying in India where the making of clothes was part of daily life. It is quite a beautiful statement, and worth reading in its entirety. She says:
I dream of people taking textiles as seriously as they do food; the process of making them, of who is making them, and the materials used to make them. For one moment, just think about how much you might spend on a dinner. In this area, if you are eating in a restaurant which sources ingredients locally, and has trained chefs, dinner per person can easily cost $50. Now think of the shirt you are wearing, and how much you paid for it, and where it was made. How many miles did the shirt have to travel to reach you? How many people laid hands on your shirt before it reached you?
To live her beliefs, Kristine is trying to make 25% of her clothing. Very inspiring!