Archive for July, 2009

From the field: Germany: Mended Trousers

2009/07/19

I met Bure (Stockhlom, sweden) at the Hababusch Hostel, in Weimar.  
Bure, is a street performer, taxi driver, who lived in a tent outside stockholm for three years, because he was tired of working stupid jobs.  He wore these pants out one night, and of coarse I had share them with you.  He purchased them second hand, at that time they were tan, without mends. 

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Bure, uses what he has on hand for thread – in one case dental floss worked great.

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the trousers have also become a canvas for political action, and commentary about the happenings in Sweden.  These trousers are a wonderful example of Thoreau’s comment’s about mending, and garments people one with our bodies the longer they are worn.

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Swapping is better than shopping.

2009/07/14

During my return to Weimar, I swapped a favorite shirt purchased in Helsinki three years ago, with an embroidered patch, made while working in Weimar.

It was a cool day, and I hadn’t brought a sweater with me, and the one hanging on the line looked very similar to the shirt I was wearing, it seemed like a perfect match.

Free change – exchange – extends the life of a garments, honoring the labor of it’s production.

By the end of the day, the shirt found a new home.  The life of the shirt is extended.

Create opportunities to swap rather than shop!    Host a party, friend to friend, or bring items u haven’t looked at in years to the Sewing Rebellion!

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original shirt

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Public offender patch, made in Weimar in 2006.

 

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the swap!  

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gift transaction complete.

 

July Sewing Rebellion Production:

 

Central Iowa Chapter-

Sunday 26, 12- 4 pm, Ames Progressive,

     118 Hayward Ave, Suite #3, Ames Iowa

     http://ciasewingrebellion.wordpress.com

 

Lancaster PA Chapter –
     TBA, Location to be determined       http://lancastersewingrebellion.blogspot.com/

 

Chicago Chapter-

     Sunday July 19, 9, 12 – 4 PM, Mess Hall,

     6932 North Glenwood Ave, Chicago IL

http://plus.calendars.net/messhall/d01/04/2009?display=M&style=B&positioning=A

 

 

Los Angeles Chapter –

     Sunday July 19, 3-7 PM, Hands-on 3rd,

     8377 W. Third St., LA CA, 90048, 323.655.0515

     https://sewingrebellionla.wordpress.com/

      http://www.handson3rd.com/