Okay, so there’s this Canadian clothing designer, Natalie Purschwitz, who runs a small and very interesting operation, Hunt & Gather
, out of Vancouver. A few months ago she got the genius idea to wear only clothes she has made herself, for a whole year, in a project she calls Makeshift
. Makeshift, I find, is a very nifty notion, if not also a little daunting. (But of course most things worth doing are a little daunting.)
Happily for us, the series of tubes sometimes known as the Interpipes allows us to click on linky things and be transported to interesting worlds made by interesting people. I think you should click on the linky things I’m so thoughtfully providing you and go check out Makeshift. Because as a theoretical construct it is very groovy indeed and also because the practical reality of the gloriously inventive and idiosyncratic clothes Ms. Purschwitz makes is so utterly full of awesome (and there ain’t no such thing as getting too much awesome in this life.)
To whet your appetite, look at these pictures. This is some very excellent clothing-making, people. Learn it, live it, love it. And if these images aren’t enough, here’s a bit of what Ms. Purschwitz has to say about her project: “MakeShift is an art and research project that examines the relationships between ‘making’, ‘clothing’ and ‘living’. The basic premise for the project is that for a period of one year starting on September 1st, 2009, I will only wear things that I have made myself. Initially this may seem like a reasonable task, but it will include all of my clothes, socks, shoes, underwear, coats, jackets, hats, bathing suits, accessories and anything else I might need to protect my body from the elements while trying to lead a fulfilling life.”
C’mon now. If that don’t pique your curiosity and whet your appetite and get your knickers all in a knot in the best possible way, then I can only shake my head in rueful disbelief.