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    Department of Projects I Love Madly and Think You Will Too

    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.

    Days 83 and 84
    Day 83 and 84, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 53
    Day 53, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Days 26, 27, 28
    Day 26, 27, 28, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Days 13 and 14 bra
    Days 13 and 14, bra, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 17
    Day 17, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 74
    Day 74, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 66 bathing suit
    Day 66, bathing suit, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 55 Shirt scarf and clog boots
    Day 55, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 47
    Day 47, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 36 clog boots
    Day 36, clog boots, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 23
    Day 23, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    Day 18
    Day 18, Makeshift project by Natalie Purschwitz
    Via Makeshift
    5 Comments

    i like the skirts. and i know you’re a fan of asymmetry, but it makes me itchy, bahaaa.

    and it’s a cute idea, but it kind of feels like the whole Art and Research and Relationships and Such is a lot of fancy words for… you know, what people have been doing for pretty much ever, you know? i think running out to target for a sweater and some cheap undies is a pretty recent development, humanwise.

    rache added these words on Nov 25 09 at 1:05 pm

    awesome skirts!

    feather added these words on Nov 25 09 at 2:36 pm

    Easier to buy your pies for Thanksgiving dinner too, rache, but I know you’re not doing that.

    There is something good and powerful in making, something we have largely lost in this part of the world. I like to see people do it. I like to do it too. It’s pretty important, I think, in no small measure because it’s hard, or harder than running out to Target. And I am all for doing hard things and using our bodies to make things. Important. It is. And we don’t do it enough any more. We don’t.

    I love Makeshift. Love it.

    Katy added these words on Nov 25 09 at 5:10 pm

    yeah, i guess the difference in my mind is that i’m not calling it art, or research, or whatever. it’s not a project. it’s not a year-long exercise. and i kind of don’t see where it could really become one, at least not without switching over to a mindset that makes no sense to me. making all your own clothes because it’s fun or interesting or even just because it’s difficult, those things i get. making them as a statement, not so much. no new concept has been offered, and no innovation has taken place. presenting it that way just strikes me as pretentious, you know?

    rache added these words on Nov 26 09 at 1:31 pm

    …but the thing is, even if this isn’t a ‘new concept’ but in fact a very old one, it still is making a powerful statement: that we don’t necessarily need to rely on products of consumerism to fulfill the basic necessities of life. by making your own clothes, you can separate yourself from this notion. although you’ll probably have to buy/gather the supplies, it still allows you to feel more connected to the piece of clothing itself just because -you- made it. even though people in all parts of the world MUST make their own clothing to survive doesn’t mean that a member of a ‘privileged’ society is somehow not allowed to use this idea to benefit her life and those around her. it’s a huge statement if she succeeds and an even bigger one if she doesn’t. awesome idea.

    kristy added these words on Dec 26 09 at 10:36 am



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