Friday, June 5, 2015

If You Don't Document It, Did It Happen?

Bandana made with fabric gifted to me and bias tape made from Ikea fabric
This is one of the questions my friend, the performance artist Jess Dobkin, addressed in her recent performance  "How Many Performance Artists Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb (for Martha Wilson)"where she had 100 or so people documenting the performance with various technologies from pen and paper (yours truly and many others), video, film, tweets, etch-a-sketch, and more.  It is also something I grapple with because I really am not very good at documenting my output via social media.

Take, for example, MeMadeMay2015.  I pretty much did what I'd set out to do - wore something I'd made at least three days a week.  Oftentimes it was more frequent; nonetheless, it was hard to remember to take an image and upload it to Instagram.  I often couldn't be bothered.  I was doing other things, which reminds me of Susan Sontag and her collection of essays On Photography.

So, no new promises but just a thought I wanted to share.  Know that I'm always working on something, and sometimes I share it here or on Instagram.  Just because you haven't told everyone about it doesn't mean it hasn't happened.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Me and my mother.

Me and the boy.  Being his mother is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Me Oh My Oh May!

Yes, I thought I'd shed the monster, but then life threw some unexpected variables my way, and I just couldn't blog.  Sometimes there's too much to talk about.

But it's May, and this year I've learned that in many ways, May should be my month.  Firstly, it's Me Made May, a month dedicated to wearing handmade items (and in this case made by the wearer because if you know anything about fashion, all clothing is handmade).  I got a late start on it (saw it on my local fabric store's blog), which may be a good thing since I can't try and commit to wearing something I've made every day.  Instead, my goal is (from yesterday on out) to wear something I've made three days a week.  I'll be posting my outfits on Instagram.  Yesterday I didn't get a chance to take a photo, but here's today's* -

There I am, already cozying up to our central air - hah!  I'm thinking about challenging myself to bring only items I've made (other than exercise clothing and swimwear) to Nova Scotia this summer, but I'm not quite there yet.

May is also National Bike Month (at least in the US). I haven't been biking as much as I should be; today is the last day of the 30-day yoga challenge so I've been spending time with "my other girlfriend" as the ladyfriend has come to call my practice.  All that to say, I'm hopping on the bike whenever I can and not just because it's Bike Month.

And finally, it's Short Story Month.  Say what?!  Like I said, it's my month (except that my birthday's not in it - gotta save something for November).  I'm a little late to that party as well since they have a write-a-short-story-a-day challenge going on.  I think I'll approach it like Me Made May - at least three days a week write a short story.  Huzzah!  In honour of that, here are links to two short stories of mine that have been published online and are still available (The Circles In Which We Travel, published by Joyland Toronto, doesn't seem to be available, and Organic Compositions, published by Night Train, isn't currently archived on their site, but hopefully it'll be so soon):

Consolation, published by Juked
Centerpiece, published by Bluestockings

Clearly this is the month to create.  I have to give a shout-out to my PiC (you may remember the #CLFPP2014 thing...) - she kindly sent me the remnant of a bicycle printed fabric that I'd admired on her Instagram account.  I'm hoping to use it for at least three different things.
Ride on, write on, and rock on!

*I shattered my display on my camera and had been using the ladyfriend's camera.  However, I couldn't find it today and just hoped for the best with mine.  I had no idea what any of the images I took looked like until I uploaded them to my computer.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Combo Feel Me, Read Me, Watch Me, Eat Me/On My Mind Mondays - NYC Edition

Greetings from NYC!  It's spring here, which is so welcome after the couple of days of bitter rain and winds in Hamilton.

Read a great piece in the New York Times this morning.  It reminded me of the time my father and I needed directions while on our bike trip and the only person who was really willing and able to help us was cycling around finding recyclables.  Community counts!

Let's hear it for the Providence College Friars - the NCAA hockey champs! While I didn't stay long enough to graduate from there, I do have a special place for PC.

Finally, there's this great new campaign from the Canadian Fair Trade Network and ReThink Communications called The Label Doesn't Tell the Whole Story.  This series of photos features labels that highlight the dangers inherent in sweatshops and poor working conditions.
And I found out that April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day, which invites people from around the world to turn their clothing inside out to display the label, take a selfie and ask #whomademyclothes via Twitter.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dreaming a Little Dream

I entered the Cycle Chic Polyvore group contest (thanks for the heads-up Bike Pretty) and created this nifty ensemble.  As I titled my board, a girl can dream, can't she?
Dress:  Alexander McQueen
Hat:  Philip Treacy
Shoes:  Unique Vintage
Earrings:  First People First
Bracelet:  Jules Smith Zoe Wrap Bracelet
Lipstick:  Nars Jungle Red
Nail polish:  Nars Night Out Bright True Blue
Bike:  Detroit Bicycle Company Bespoke Jefferson Avenue Bicycle

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Last Day of Classes (for Me)

Hoody:  Brooklyn Industries
Shirt:  Banana Republic
Skirt:  Comme des Garcons
Tights: Wolford
Shoes:  Robert Clergerie