My Secret Life

July 3, 2013

Some of you may know that in my secret life, my 9-5 identity as it were, I work at (with?) museums. These days I commute to the Metropolitan Museum every day to work in their  new Studio Programs department (we’ve almost been here a year!). As part of that job I also teach studio courses for adults, quick “taste of” sort of things, and I just wanted to let you know about an upcoming one. On July 20 & 27th, we are going to blow through DIY stencil and screen printing skills in two days. So for any of you who have always wanted to screenprint at home (or who know someone who has), this class may be a way to explore that. Now, I usually have a strict policy of only printing free stuff on here, and this class comes with a fee, but I’ve done some research and it’s WAY cheaper than screenprinting classes I’ve found, and also way less of a time/supplies expense commitment. Also, I will be positing an upcoming “activation” involving weavers at the Met, and that one is free. The program isn’t public yet so if I told you more I’d get in trouble, but stay tuned, we’re doing some fun stuff in the galleries these days.

On Rana Plaza

April 27, 2013

Rescuers work at the collapsed Rana Plaza building

Image: Rescuers work at the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Zuma/Rex Features

I have read this article, this content, in various forms, many times during the past week.

I’m aware of the warm 60s weather and the glorious sunshine after a very long New York winter, but I’m distracted. No, not distracted, I’m upset. I’ve not come so far from my teen days as a follower of sweatshop watch, it seems, because the widespread mis-treatment and abuse of garment workers still gets under my skin in a way few other societal ills can compare with. 

Folks who edited my thesis or went to school with me please forgive the constant repetition, but there is no garment that is not handmade. There is no machine that I’ve found that spits out whole shirts, they are sewn by people. These people make the clothing I and my fellow Americans wear, they are connected to us, we are responsible for each other, and now hundreds of those people are dead and 600 still missing. This is not a call to action, because honestly I don’t know what that action would be. I’m just tired of this story repeating itself country after country, year after year. I’m tired of thinking about death when I buy a T-shirt.

Alternative Education

April 25, 2013

There are two ways to learn things:

1. Have someone teach you (ideally at your request)

2. Teach yourself (yea internet!)

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As far as #2, you may have realized that I seem to be posting more and more seldom(ly?) on this site. While there is definitely a part me me that feels guilty about this, another part of me sees it as an opportunity to pass the privilege, as it were. Anyone who has a sewing  or garment worker related post they would like to add can email it to sewingrebellionnyc@gmail.com. I’ll happily post it and link to whatever profile page you provide, or just credit you by name if you prefer.

For those of you who would rather take a class, I recently stumbled onto Unincorporated Education. I can’t even begin to tell you how fun they are, or how many sewing/textile classes they have going at any given moment. I can simply provide the link, and advise you to check it out.

As for #1, I just wanted to once again extol the never ending usefulness of Instructables. Like this one. Any other DIY video-teaching sites I should know about?

Stay Awesome,

M

Freegan Love

March 3, 2013
Just passing along the below info from the Freegans…
Saturday, March 16th • Freegan Mending Brunch

Mending clothes, mending lives in recovering Rockaway. Part sewing workshop, part freegan feast, we’ll gather to eat good freegan (and vegan) breakfast-y type foods and then will spend the afternoon sharing skills and getting some mending done! We’ll have one machine to  work with, hand sewing supplies, and some crochet and craft supplies available, as well as our combined knowledge and encouragement  to keep each other going! Bring your mending or sewing projects and ideas.

Some of the food prep will be done before, but people can also bring freegan and vegan food to share or prepare.

When & Where? 

We’ll gather at 1pm at a volunteer’s home out in the Rockaways – accessible by mass transit, but a trek for sure. RSVP to Janet at (347) 724-6954 (at least one day in advance) – and we’ll get you the address and directions.

memories

September 1, 2012

Hey SRNYC, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen you, and to remind me just how long my friend Jennifer recently sent me the below video of this umbrella bag project we did with fixers in 2009! (sorry, wordpress has upgraded since last I was here and wouldn’t let me embed the video in this post). I’m trying to “slow down,” which in NY seems to mean little, but I miss you all. Let’s get together soon, ok, perhaps at some textile arts studios during GO (the recent project my time has been going to)?

DIY Broken Umbrella Tote Bag

September 1, 2012

by ask Umbra

Anne Elizabeth Moore’s Garment Work

June 5, 2012

Just found this post on the Journal of Modern Craft. It picks apart (pun intended) artist Ann Elizabeth Moor’s piece Garment Work. I’m wondering what you all think of her project.

Quick quote from the article:

“The current resurgence of craft and hand making — especially among a new and often self-taught generation of makers — is often theorized as a contemporary reaction to (indeed as an act of resistance against) the forces of economic globalization, mass-production, and consumption….In Garment Work, Moore methodically takes a pair of mass-manufactured jeans apart by hand, and in the process exposes the harsh labor conditions under which textile workers toil to produce the garments we purchase.”

Read the full (and in fair warning fairly academic) article here.

Reminder: SR is at NURTUREart today 2-4pm

May 27, 2012

We’re the final workshop in what has been a long series of awesomeness by local artist Anne Percoco. From the website:

Anne Percoco: The Life Instinct

(Apr 27 – May 29, 2012)

NURTUREart Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY
Anne Percoco, The Life Instinct

NURTUREart is pleased to present The Life Instinct, a solo exhibition by Anne Percoco. Celebrating makeshift solutions, survival instincts, and the reuse of discarded material, Percoco’s work infuses practical works inspired by immediate necessity with playfulness and wit. Inspired equally by children’s couch forts and makeshift emergency shelters, the artist uses scavenged and natural materials to construct a small, inhabitable hut in the gallery space, presenting it together with a photographic slideshow documenting her initial experiments with similar miniature shelters.

As part of her solo exhibition at NURTUREart, Percoco presents a publication conceived as a catalog of repaired objects. The publication is part of an in-progress body of work that investigates how value is lost and reclaimed and how repurposed objects can shift, sometimes humorously, from one role to another.

Through the duration of the exhibition, guest artists (including Eric Clausen, Marek and Kristyna Milde, Sewing Rebellion NYC, and Fixers Collective) will lead a series of public, interactive skill-sharing workshops promoting resourcefulness and self-sufficiency.

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Sun. May 27th, 2-4PMSewing Rebellion NYC will lead a mending circle dedicated to making and using patches as sources and visual symbols of what makes us proud of ourselves, our loved ones, or our community. Its mission is to teach folks to sew for free.

May FYI (new york is hoppin’)

April 30, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a quick rundown of some upcoming sewing events in May:

Tuesday, May 1, “Building Community Alternatives to Capitalism”, by Brooklyn Skillshare

2:45PM-3:45PM: Bags for the People Reusable Bag Sewing Workshop http://bagsforthepeople.org  (the whole event goes from 11 am-9:45 pm, but this is the sewing bit)

 

Saturday, May 19, FREEGAN SEWING BRUNCH
A free, mostly vegan meal and community building event where we trade skills in clothing repair. We will not have a sewing machine but will share skills in hand repair. When & Where? Noon. Call Janet at 347-724-6954 for the location.

 

Sunday.May 27, 2-4 pm, “Patch Happy” Repair Workshop with Sewing Rebellion at NurtureArt

Gather your used garments for this mending circle, dedicated to making and using patches as visual symbols of who (and what) makes us proud.

 

 

 

From the Freegans

March 22, 2012

Hi folks,

Just wanted to make you aware that Cindy, who many of you know from SR meetings, passed along this post about her freegan brunch and mending circle, and all are invited. Here’s the info:

Mending Brunch!

Sunday, March 25th, at 1pm
 
Part sewing workshop, part freegan feast, we’ll gather to eat good freegan (and vegan) breakfast-y type foods and then will spend the afternoon sharing skills and getting some mending done! We’ll have one machine to work with, hand sewing supplies, and a bunch of crochet and craft supplies available, as well as our combined knowledge and encouragement to keep each other going! Bring your mending or sewing projects and ideas. There is also a big pot with a possibility of experimenting some cloth dyeing – so if anyone has a bunch of red onion skins or some other freegan or wild dye materials, let me know! 
 
Some of the food prep will be done before, but people can also bring freegan and vegan food to share or prepare. It will be at my home out in the Rockaways – accessible by mass transit, but a trek for sure – but if it’s nice you can add a trip to the beach and make a day of it! 
 
RSVP to this email, or to Janet at (347) 724-6954 – and we’ll get you the address and directions.
 
See you then!
 
 
 
Darn it! My first darned sock turned out darn good!