Archive for April, 2013

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 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,