An irregular decade

That’s right, this month marks 10 years of this very irregular blog. It began on the suggestion of my then PhD supervisor, Dr Cameron Tonkinwise. The brilliant man was spot on; it has become one of the best things I did as part of my doctoral project. You see, it was through this blog that I met Holly McQuillan. Here I’ve been able to experiment with ideas about fashion and sustainability, about creativity and originality in fashion, and in recentRead more

Storm King Art Center

Perhaps because I grew up in a small country town in Finland surrounded by forest and farmland, getting out of New York City on a regular basis is a necessity for me, much as I love the city for all it offers. This week I had the opportunity to visit Storm King Art Center, combining my love of the outdoors and art. I first visited the Center in June as part of a work retreat, and I wanted to returnRead more

What is fashion good for?

I’m delighted to be a contributor for a new publication, One Quart Magazine. My first article is now up, part one of my response to the question, what is fashion good for? I hope you check it out, along with all of the excellent articles in the magazine. My thanks to Astrid Swan for the invitation to contribute. Through Monokini 2.0 I’ve got to know Swan’s music well over the past year; she provided much of the soundtrack to writingRead more

False Dichotomy next week!

  New York friends, I hope to see you next week at False Dichotomy, an exhibition curated by Libby Clarke, at Gowanus Studio Space. The opening is on Friday June 24th, 7-9pm, and the artists’ panel on Saturday June 25, 7-9pm. False Dichotomy includes work from Susan Allbert, Noah Breuer, Greg Climer, Jon Irving, Sarah Pike and I. In response to the horrific shooting in Orlando yesterday, I posted day 100 ten days ahead of schedule. Love will conquer hate.Read more

Aaron Krach ‘inspires’ Vetements

A few days ago I was asked for some advice. The artist Aaron Krach is a colleague at Parsons School of Design. He first presented Indestructible Artifact #11 (Confidence) at the Art Institute of Boston in 2009. Now have a look at this: Sure, Vetements is known for playing with logos and other iconography of the current condition, DHL being perhaps the best known example. Here, however, the company is replicating part of a work by an independent artist withRead more

Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham

I am thrilled to be a keynote speaker at this conference next year, on the late Dorothy Burnham at her ‘home’, the Royal Ontario Museum. Discovering Cut My Cote was such a validating moment for me during my PhD (thank you both Kathleen Fasanella and Dr Alexandra Palmer for pointing me to it) – to find someone who had been thinking about the same issues decades earlier, albeit in a different context. As with the Fashion Doctors lecture at ROMRead more