Monday, April 19, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day by Going to Stuff

I am a bit jaded on the whole Earth Day thing. So, people pay attention to the environment one day a year. They go to a concert on the mall. They buy an organic cotton t-shirt (prob. made in China).




But, this year, there are actually some really fun events in DC to celebrate Earth Day. Going Green DC, Natural Capital, We Love DC and the Earth Day Network have full round ups, but here are my picks:

The Meaning of Making
Slow down. Reflect. Make something! This is not specifically an Earth Day event, but I think it should be. Learning to make things ourselves and appreciating the art of the handmade item is an important part of sustainability. Plus, there will be a little handmade pop-up shop.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
- Drop in Make Something Awesome crafting social (powered by Hello Craft)
- panel discussion, The Meaning of Making
Civilian Art Projects, 1019 7th Street NW (across from the convention center)

Panelists: Tom Ashcraft, Artist and Professor of Sculpture at George Mason University; Christine Ernest, founder of Maganda Design; Dana Ayana Greaves, Artist and founder of Artistic Aya clothing and accessories; and Carole Greenwood, chef, artist and musician Moderator: Betsy Greer, author of Knitting for Good and founder of

Washington Project for the Arts, Hello Craft, and Civilian Art Projects are pleased to announce The Meaning of Making. The event is part of a week-long lineup of craft-focused events that are tied into CraftweekDC 2010.

In addition to the craft activity, the Civilian Art Projects' store, The Shop, will be open for business. The Shop is stocked with handmade clothing, accessories, and small works made by local artists and artisans. Most pieces are under $50 and all are 100% handmade.

At 6:30pm there will be a panel discussion, The Meaning of Making, which takes a close look at the lives of four people who make with their hands for a living or hobby. A diverse mix of panelists take on the subject from various viewpoints ranging from visual arts to cooking, crafting, design and woodworking.

Sweetlife Festival
Sweetgreen’s free outdoor music festival (but I don't think you can get tickets anymore), on April 24, from 3–9 PM (behind its Dupont Circle location), will raise money for Farm To School, an organization committed to connecting schools with local farms. Live performances with Hot Chip, U.S. Royalty, The Love Language, Phil Ade, Will Eastman, DJ Grant Shapiro and more.

Check out a festival preview video by Luke Adams:

SweetLife Festival 2010 from Luke Adams on Vimeo.

Material World: Green is the New Black
Saturday, April 24, 1:00 – 3:30 with a reception to follow. (
RSVP to Rachel from Project Beltway will moderate a discussion with textile, interiors and fashion designers. Here is a description: "In the design world, green is the new black! In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, join us for the College’s Graduate Student Design Symposium 'Material World: Green is the New Black' - a symposium exploring the intersection of textile design and sustainability in both fashion and interior design. Textile designer Madeline Weinrib (ABC Carpet & Home) and Caroline Ollivier (Carnegie Fabrics) join fashion designers Samantha Pleet and Dre Rawlings as they share the Green movement’s influence on their work. A panel discussion of several more designers, moderated by local style blogger Rachel Cothran ( delves into green textiles through a cross-industry round-table."


Julia said...

From my point of view this green fashion movement is just a way of stimulating other niches on the market. It addresses to snob people who would pay extra money just to follow the trends.
I don't see the point in wearing organic clothing made by poor and under-paid people in China. Of course that these items will be of very bad quality.

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