There was much to see, learn, and make in the Bush Art Center on SNC Day this past Saturday! Here are a few highlights:
Visitors made flowers out of organic cotton and recycled t-shirt fabric. The project was inspired by a piece in the April Beiswenger: 1000 T-Shirt Project exhibit.
Rebecca Rutter, tiny house owner, designer and builder, gave tours of the house from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The house drew a lot of interest with steady waiting lines all day long. In case you missed it, there are three more days to tour the house! Open house hours are Wednesday, noon- 2 p.m., Thursday, noon-2 p.m. and Friday, 11:00-1:00 p.m., through Friday, Sept. 23.
On display throughout the day were, among other artworks, gorgeous hand-sewn garments by Alabama Chanin in the Shelter and Clothing exhibit and a map piece illustrating where t-shirts are made in the 1000 T-Shirt Project exhibit.
A lot of boot making fun happened in the critique studio. SNC students and alums helped visitors craft boot models and handed out screen prints. The project was designed by professor Katie Reis and student collaborator, Maria Deau.
Kids stopped in the Baer Gallery to draw their own tiny house designs.
Other events throughout the day included Art and Design lectures presented by Art professor, Fr. Jim Neilson and Theatre professor, April Beiswenger. Cheers to another great SNC Day!
Last night, as part of Fashion This, we screened the film The True Cost . The film explores the environmental toll and human rights violations surrounding the fast fashion industry. Afterwards, a question was asked about ways to transition to a more ethical and eco-friendly wardrobe.
Here are a few suggestions:
Buy used clothing. There are many great resources for used clothing–yard sales, consignment shops, thrift stores, and online consignment and swap sites like ThredUp and Poshmark.
Buy quality garments that will last many years. Uncertain about how to assess quality? Inspect your clothing items that have lasted many years. Study the feel and drape of the fabric, inspect the seams and overall construction of the garments. Compare this to a garment you recently purchased that quickly stretched or ripped.
Care for your clothes. Read care instructions on labels. Put delicate items in mesh garment bags before tossing them in the wash. Line dry clothes whenever possible. Learn and use basic mending skills. Store clothes with care.
Shop like my grandmothers did. They both had lovely wardrobes and chose clothes based on their personal styles rather than the latest trends. They also purchased well-made clothes that would last many years.
Create a capsule wardrobe. Check out Project 333 for inspiration. A traditional capsule wardrobe is one that lasts for years, not just a season. Build a capsule wardrobe slowly, with classic pieces that won’t go out of style. If you crave new clothes each season try building a capsule wardrobe from thrifted clothes.