Friday, April 23, 2010

Seek and Ye Shall Find (Green Resources Around DC)



The DC governement just released a Google map of all kinds of environment resources in the District.

Interested in Environmental Art? Or finding the nearest community garden? Maybe you want to check out some solar panels in action? It's all here. Just check the items you want on the right hand column and off you go!!

Find the map here.

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).

Big.

Effing.

Deal.

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.

When:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
4-6:30pm
- Drop in Make Something Awesome crafting social (powered by Hello Craft)
6:30-8pm
- panel discussion, The Meaning of Making
Where:
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 craftivism.com

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 corcoran.materialworld@gmail.com). 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 (ProjectBeltway.com) delves into green textiles through a cross-industry round-table."


Thursday, April 15, 2010

More Press for Local Vintage

Rachel Cothran from Project Beltway, hosted a short segment on spring fashion trends on Fox 5 yesterday and featured a few of the pieces that were worn down the runway the other night from Treasury boutique on 14th Street.

I love how Rachel emphasizes shopping your closet and buying vintage. There is no need to march out to the department store every Spring for new items. I'll post some tips later on updating your wardrobe for Spring without hitting the stores, but for now, check out the clip.



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fashion Under the Stars!!

Last week I went out to a great party hosted by ReadySetDC called fashion:district.


Okay, so “great party” is probably an understatement. They threw a phenomenal bash with fashion, models, fashion models in towels, art installations, photographers, a new DC fashion magazine, vintage clothing pop-up shops, a new men's accessories line, local boutiques, cocktails (including endless bottles of Firefly vodka/bourbon and whisky tea . . . man that stuff is strong . . . but yummy), local bloggers and fashion writers, good DJs and many examples DC’s emerging style.

The stage for the festivities was the roof deck of View 14. Since the building is only partially sold, several condos were commandeered for the event's pop-up shops, photography and art displays, model changing rooms, and various socializing spaces. Each condo had a small external deck with a great view of DC – joined together, the space provided a striking runway for the fashion show (imagine the sun setting on the DC skyline . . .)

It was all quite fun and fresh, but I was especially impressed by the new fashion magazine launched by local photographers Joshua Yospyn and Nicole Aguirre. It is called “Worn” and there is a great interview with Nicole on ReadySetDC where she answers why they chose that name. She says: “The name worn has to do with the difference between fashion and style. You can wear something you’ve worn a thousand times before, you can buy something from a vintage store that’s been worn by other people or something new. It’s not about what a trend is, it’s about what feels good for you . . .”

I just love that attitude – it really is the foundation of making sustainable choices in terms of fashion. Style is about your personal expression, about what feels right for you, like Nicole says, not being trapped in what the fashion magazines want you to buy. That does not mean that you can’t enjoy trends and incorporate them into your wardrobe, but it does mean that you should select garments that have lasting power – that you will not discard after one season.

Speaking of which, I was excited to find out that night that Kristen Swenson, Treasury Boutique's in-house seamstress, who I interviewed a few months ago, just launched her own company: ReVamp Design and Tailoring (become a fan on Facebook). “ReVamp is about creative, sustainable, green design, working with items you already own, and cutting down on the environmental impact that the fashion industry often has. ReVamp can provide basic and complex alterations, and can work with an abundance of repairs. We can also work with those items that are hard to let go, but need an update, whether we recut or completely reimagine the garment.” I love it!!

I loved seeing pieces from one of my favorite boutiques, Treasury, in the runway show. It is not often that vintage takes center stage on a fashion runway (well, except for the Goodwill DC fundraiser every year) - it meant a lot to see them included.

Overall, it was a great night in our new DC. As many of you know, I’ve lived within the District for almost 20 years and, trust me, it is totally different now. Being able to spend time with friends at art and fashion events, pleasantly chat with people from a variety of backgrounds, who have interesting and creative professional aspirations . . . it’s definitely new.

Thanks to ReadySetDC for inviting me. You are fast becoming one of the first destinations on my daily DC blog excursions.

Here are some pics from the runway:



More pictures from The President Wears Prada here.

And a cool video about the event from ReadySetDC here.

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