|illustration by Clare Owen.|
Well, the main goal I had written on Day One was: "...everything works, everything looks good, it all fits and I like it." I would say I have achieved that - although in ways that I had not envisioned at the time. In terms of my starting with the clothes list, I have favored the "play with to be altered" item rather than the "give away the not wanted." The significant refinement came for me in my second post when I decided to go on a shopping free ban for the year. I haven't bought a single item of apparel (new or used) in all that time. This allowed my creativity to flourish -
both in putting together outfits to wear, and in refashioned my clothes or making new ones from my fabric stash. I also had a shopping ban on fabric due to my huge stash of it and sewing notions. I even played with redoing my shoes! It was all so empowering.
I saw how much I had used shopping as a leisure (and mindless) activity. And how I didn't need anything in terms of clothing (I mean I wasn't going to starve). And I loved rehabbing my clothes and not using patterns. It was way more creative to work with what I had and see where I could take it, step by step. More like art-making, less like paint-by-numbers, if you get my drift. I started dressing more creatively, more interestingly - in terms of colors, textures, shapes, patterns. Like art-making. I had more fun with it.
One of the most amazing things (really) was I began taking pictures of myself wearing the clothes I put together. A friend called them my clothes collages and that's how I thought of it too. I really didn't think of these as pictures of me, but as pictures of my clothes put together and I was the one wearing them. And I took them like I take pictures of my artwork, then like I play with artwork, so they're evolving in their own way - and that might be interesting to see as time goes on... As soon as I started posting these pix in April 2012, I began getting comments which was another interesting phenomenon. I began sharing them with Patti on Visible Mondays at Not Dead Yet Style and I was off. From there I found myself on the Style Crone's Blogs We Like and then the Citizen Rosebud's 40+ Bloggers. I was in full community and enjoying the diversity.
Hey, initially I wasn't even going to take pictures of the clothes at all, even on their own. Just a post and an art image that seemed relevant. But friends said I just had to do that. I thought it would be boring to see a shirt laying on a bed or hanging on a hanger. But that was me, then. I first branched out with Refashion Co-op learning to share what I rehabbed within that community twice a month. I learned what people were interested in (and not).
This last quarter I've completed 20 items, making a grand total of 114 pieces in one year. That breaks down to a little over 2 per week. Cool. The other major accomplishment this quarter was the reorganization of my studio - dressing room - supply room - enclosed porch. Hallelujah.
Oh, and least we forget here - speaking of rehabbing - I'm back on the wagon with exercising! Proving my commitment to the coach/owner of the fitness center down the block, I've been doing my program there 4 times a week going on my second week now. We'll see what she has in store for me in terms of employment opportunities in my time of need, so to speak.
And I don't want to stop now, I've added another year to my commitment to Project Minima. I may lift my shopping free ban from time to time. I have had a desire to buy bright colored sox...but maybe I can just make them or do without!