WOW 5 years Senorita AweSUMO has been an entity. All of the loves to those who continue to support me and those new to the idea of zerowaste who are just starting their journey. The past 10 months have been a joy to be full time study, work and non profit projects, It has been a big fear to step into owning my future as I do now. I am only limited by my imagination and well, its a pretty interesting place in there!!
I never really understood what success looked like, you know when you go to those bank seminars and they ask you what your idea of success is, I couldn't answer that other than financial freedom, that dream continues, but it was also because I didn't know it was actually a feeling not this unobtainable ideal I couldn't comprehend. It feels nice though, its a good feeling, I like it and will happily sit with it for a bit!!
breathe it in, revel in it, roll around and soak in the earthy dew.
breathe, r e l a x.
ahhhh what a comfortable spot, I think i'll just stay here and grow abundance!!
But I do feel like things are just beginning again, I mean look at this pretty new LOGO!!
With huge thanks to Micheal Smith who created this new logo as a 2nd year project. It was exactly what I asked for clean crisp lines. I love that the O is so ROUND and the S is so OPEN! I like its simplicity and strength.
You can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org if your interested in his work.
As a group project they also had to make an advert for my brand, which was a pretty fun project to work with them on. It was a great experience for model Stella Cooper from Aart Model Management and myself as a designer to learn alongside them during shooting. They did a great job of an ambitious project to show the LOVE of nature and the kaitiakitanga that is carried with each piece of clothing that Senorita AweSUMO creates.
There was also a photo shoot that each student had to develop from different pieces of Senorita AweSUMO, shot at the same location as the video in Leith Valley.
But the purpose here is to celebrate 5 years of continued growth and give you the opportunity to embrace a zerowaste lifestyle too, I want to help you on that journey and what better way than equipping you with some tools to become more zerowaste in your lifestyle.
So I am giving away a plastic free bundle of goodies
x1 zerowaste cutlery tote
x1 set of assorted beeswax wraps
x1 set of produce bags
all in a wonderful tote bag for your zerowaste shopping outings. These are all lovingly hand made by me.
To win you need to like my facebook page, or follow me on instagram plus leave me a comment on this blog to be in the draw. I want to know how you are challenging yourself this year with reducing your plastic consumption? It could be something as simple as refusing plastic bags when shopping or saying "no straw please" when out at a cafe. Which is hard when you're not exactly expecting that straw and 'oh fuck' there it is hand delivered to your table, I usually take the opportunity to educate the wait staff and ask if they've thought about going straw free to save themselves some money. The more we do it as consumers the more business take notice of what we want.
Entries close December 24th at midnight, Winner drawn and notified via Facebook and Instagram by December 28th.
Open to NZ and Australia residents only(sorry rest of the world but postage is ridiculous)
Let's get post disposible and live the lifestyle by taking tiny actions in a global collaboration towards a better future for the Papatuanuku!!
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
Love and Light to all!!
is filled with love
it was still
pleasant to experience
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : 28.08.2017 Senorita AweSUMO attends Eco Fashion Week Australia Nov 2017 with #PEAKPLASTIQUE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 28.08.2017
#PEAKPLASTIQUE - Senorita AweSUMO - Eco Fashion Week Australia Nov 23 – 29 2017
Senorita AweSUMO is taking New Zealand to Eco Fashion Week Australia happening in Perth November 23 – 29th 2017.
#peakplastique is a conversation with the global community about product stewardship. We have hit peak plastique on a global scale. Plastic wrapping the earth and suffocating our oceans. Our animals are being trapped in nets and feeding plastic to their young because they cannot differentiate between it and food. Recycling is no longer a solution to the problem. We have to get it off our streets and away from our products. We are at the point where we need to design plastic out of our lives and rethink what's possible! We have the technology and the intelligence to do this! Consuming consciously is a no brainer when you witness the damage we have done to this earth. Our coral reefs are dying, we have over fished our stocks, our marine life eat plastic, its warmer and wilder, our rivers are ruined, covered in farm effluent and chemicals, will we STOP!?!!
Creating a regenerative system is an apparent NEED for us to survive, to leave something better for future generations, it's hard to imagine what that might actually look like as we live in the NOW, but it is the NOW that matters the most, a critical point where we have used more than we have available. Earth overshoot day was August 2nd 2017 and is getting earlier every year.
As a human I feel a huge responsibility to the earth and the (sea creatures) that cant defend themselves against our pollution. We have a moral objective to make better choices for the planet not as consumers but producers, they are the ones peddling the product so the ownership lies solely with them as the creator. Product Stewardship and end of life responsibility can be taken care of with a cradle to cradle method. It is proven to work and available as technology now, we just need to invest in it. I want the feelings of guilt and shame as a consumer to be feelings of love and happiness as I work to revolutionise the way we utilise our resources.
As I am indigenous to New Zealand I also hold with me a great taonga of responsibility to Papatuanuku. I travel my city and collect its wasted resource, cleaning up the streets and encouraging others to do the same. I don't even take a collection bag with me as I will find one on my travels, assimilating to its new habitat. It is truelly unacceptable behaviour how we misinterpret the concept of away, there is no away! Away is filling our land with chemically laden toxic materials to create a stronger brew and people are profiting off this idea. This is unacceptable!
This is what Senorita AweSUMO brings to Eco Fashion Week Australia straight from the streets of Otepoti, Aotearoa. A tactile look into what we throw away and how we value our resources. A disruption of what's normal and a commitment to all humans that kaitiakitanga is the most important mahi we must undertake NOW!!
Senorita AweSUMO is the sole representative from Aotearoa to attend EFWA and identifies as Ngai Tahu, Pakeha and Clan Gordon. Senorita AweSUMO holds the privilege of taking her ancestor Motoitoi with her on the journey.
Senorita AweSUMO has collaborated with the Otago Museum on this project as follows.
Otago Museum waste to grace Perth catwalk
The Otago Museum has joined forces with Dunedin-based Zerowaste Textile Practitioner Fiona Clements on her latest collection for ethical fashion brand Senorita AweSUMO destined for Perth Eco Fashion Week in November.
With designs aiming to mitigate environmental harm from modern fashion production, the Senorita AweSUMO collection encourages conscious consumption by spreading awareness and offering an environmentally-friendly fashion choice.
The Museum has supplied exhibition materials used in the Who Cared? Otago Nurses in WWI exhibition, developed and delivered in collaboration with the Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Design (Communication) students, which closed earlier this year.
This fashion-forward partnership was the fruit of creative discussions between the Museum’s Head of Design Craig Scott and Clements, who have both completed a Bachelor of Design at Otago Polytechnic and met at the 2016 Un-School of Disruptive Design Fellowship in Melbourne.
“The materials showcased in the Who Cared? Otago Nurses in WWI exhibition didn’t have a use within the Museum after it closed, so it was a no-brainer that these were donated to Fiona to incorporate into her upcoming collection rather than see them go to waste,” says Scott.
“The Museum takes pride in our commitment to environmental sustainability, having been recognised again this year for the work we are doing through receiving Qualmark Enviro Award – Gold status. We also saw this as a unique way of teaming up with local talent to make a positive and socially responsible impact within our community.”
Clements is equally pleased to partner with a Dunedin institution to deliver her ethical garment concepts on an international stage. “I am really excited to be working closely with Craig and the Museum on my latest collection,” says Clements.
“Utilising textile resources that would have otherwise been discarded is a way for designers like me to serve our community in response to waste problems; I see working with local organisations like the Museum as another opportunity to highlight these issues, as well as providing a creative solution.”
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Yeah I got there!!! it was inevitable really.
An open letter to the Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council and Otago Daily Times sent 19.04.2017
In regards to the article in Saturday 8 April 2017 ODT entitled “What's best for City's rubbish?”
As a Dunedin resident I am concerned on numerous levels, of the current waste management being undertaken by the Dunedin City Council. I am quite perturbed about the proposed solutions in this article which do not solve the overall waste issue.
The current proposed solutions don’t look at actually reducing waste which would be a more cost effective and environmentally healthy solution. I believe we should be focused more on reducing the waste and minimising what goes to landfill. The waste generated in Dunedin is increasing every year and this needs serious attention. Educating and encouraging the community to be apart of the solution would be a valuable process to engage in.
Having a company that profits by landfilling as a long term solution to waste management is no longer a viable option. If you are actually trying to ask what is best for Dunedin city’s rubbish then we need to look at a long term solution. Trucking waste to landfill is not the answer anymore especially since we are running out of room to bury the waste. Trucking it out of Dunedin to other communities that are struggling to deal with their own waste is not a viable solution. All of these are like plugging a drain with a sieve.
I believe we now need to look past these proposed decisions to a long term plan of not just sustaining what we already have but regenerating our land back to its former glory. We have a forgotten status here in Dunedin and that is one of a Zero waste city, which we have been since 1999 with a goal of being zero waste by 2015, we are so far away from this goal it is laughable. But I ask you what if we honored the zero waste city status that we currently have and work towards not needing that landfill?
What if we decided to get innovative and create a better system that will encourage people to be more mindful of resources. Actually participating in recycling, reusing and product stewardship, whilst encouraging people to participate and lessen waste to landfill. There are so many benefits even the council can profit by creating a system that gives back, with jobs and new business opportunities to strengthen our local economy. There is already multiple evidence of possibilities in our New Zealand community ie: Wanaka Waste Busters, Love Food Hate Waste, We Compost, Pare Kore, Kaibosh and Foodshare, Waiheke Resources Trust and Xtreme Zero Waste in Raglan to name a few.
Lets be part of the bigger answer to a nationwide issue and global problem. We need to extend our vision further than that. As Cr Kate Wilson says, “maybe we need to look at what's best for Dunedin, rather than just the financials”. Our own Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2013) says that “Education for sustainability programmes would benefit from a more holistic DCC approach and Otago Regional Council engagement.” This conversation goes beyond money into what’s best for our future as a whole. We take, make, waste at present but lets create, collaborate and communicate instead. This has been a personal drive for me for a very long time and I would be more than happy to help facilitate this conversation into the future. To collaborate with other active NZ zero waste communities out there such as the Waiheke Resource Trust and Xtreme Zero Waste.
We need to start looking at it as resource not waste, a change of mindset on what it contains as the Waiheke Resources Trust purpose states “We work to celebrate and protect all the resources we have already, and build capacity and knowledge in the community toward the creation of a resource-full future for all.”
“Xtreme Zero Waste is a community enterprise, using business as a tool to meet the needs of our community. Xtreme Zero Waste is contracted by Waikato District Council to operate weekly kerbside collections and the Raglan Resource Recovery Centre. At approximately 75% diversion from landfill, we are turning Raglan’s waste into resources and moving forward to zero waste.”
Moving towards these goals as a whole city community and council engaging and inspiring innovation towards a more circular economy with design led solutions. Those actively involved in looking at the long term solution of actual waste management are already paving a way forward using transformative system change - “Working with communities to empower them rather than to change them” Rob Comber - University of Newcastle -
“The current economic system is linear and ends in a landfill. In a circular economy you design your way out of a need to dump” Daniel Kristensen
There are many examples of what's possible both in New Zealand and overseas. For instance in Japan: The residents of Kamikatsu, a town of 1,700, sort their trash into 34 different categories, 80% gets recycled but by 2020 their goal is to be completely zerowaste. Cutting the cost by ⅓ to when they were incinerating. “If you get used to it, it becomes normal,” a Kamikatsu resident says in the video. “Now I don’t think about it. It’s become natural to separate the trash correctly.”
At the moment the waste management system is Conventional. The system becomes Green when the recyclables are separated out. It becomes Sustainable when we get all the waste being composted and the recyclables separated out. We become Restorative when we actually use the waste to create value with business and employment opportunities. Regeneration happens when we give back to the environment. Having a landfill situated in an estuary is an ecological disaster waiting to happen in itself and goes against all of the systemic requirements.
I have been a resident of Dunedin for 36 years and my family has been here for 3 generations, I also Whakapapa to Moitoitoi 1212. I believe it is possible to achieve the zero waste intent we have set in Dunedin’s Waste Minimisation and Management Plan, by utilising the central government's Waste Minimisation Fund to achieve it. If this is the future of Dunedin I would be very excited to get involved in the new outlook and I believe it will benefit Dunedin, Otago, its residents and environs immensely.
88 Vogel St
Love is the answer!!!
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As this year closes I would like to show my gratitudes to those AweSUMO people in my life who keep me going on a local level!!
PLUS if you read till the end you can win this sweet Zerowaste Goddess Tunic in vintage towel fabric with a pleated neckline. OSFM - One SIze Fits Most. HIP 122cm.
WOW, I can't believe its been 4 years since I started Senorita AweSUMO, It's pretty amazing what you can achieve when you set your mind to it, I still have a long way to go to get this business into a fully functioning one that doesn't rely solely on me to make things happen.
That's the next step, the next fear to walk into and overcome! I've been holding myself back for too long as the fear of the unknown takes over and NOW it's time to figure that out! So I've taken a huge step and quit my only financial supportive part time work in child care to focus full time on doing the good things I love doing! YAY! Big step, really scary but everythings entirely possible when you set your mind to it! MUCH EXCITE!!
Right now though I want to celebrate, enjoy and be grateful for how far I and Senorita AweSUMO have come and the people that have helped me to be where I am today. From a place where I thought I had no value nor skills to teaching at Otago Polytech Fashion School on Senorita AweSUMO's official Bearthday August 1st. WOOP! Winning!!!
My parents Paul and Glenys will always be first on that list. I am so very grateful for your continued support, the vegies you grow for me so I can survive, the advice and hugs when I'm feeling down and overwhelmed by it all, the physical acts of installing and giving me your time when I need it. A place to sleep and be warm, I am forever grateful for your energy and commitment to being there for me through all my various challenges.
My sister Anna for helping me believe in myself and my abilities, holding space for me when I need to question myself and figure out what the real problems are within me. Giving me insights into my own spiritual beliefs and helping me understand who I am. I am forever grateful for you in my life siSTAR!
My cousins Lynere and Helene, My aunties Claire and Jenny for supporting me through purchasing items, donating your time and energy to family support.
My friends whom I see rarely, I MISS YOU!!! lets make some time together in the near future please. I have been making an effort to connect with you all again which I am relishing, and to all those new friends I have made, so nice to meet you!!! <3 <3 <3
Fiona Jenkin who this year has taken on a larger role as part of Just Atelier Trust and managed to help us acheive my crazy ideas! without you Just Atelier would not be where it is today, Thank you for your time, patience and will! <3 <3 <3
Antony Deaker I am constantly grateful for your advice and help in getting me and Senorita AweSUMO up and running, for your knowledge, wisdom and energy for artists to create the world they want to live in here in Dunedin. You have helped so many of us and I am priviliged to have been one of those artists, and I know you are still there and willing to have conversations and give sound advice if I ever need it.
And more recent additions to my list are the forever inspiring Grad Dip in Sustainable Practice community, the tribe of crazy ones who think they can change the world or at least effect change in their communities, personally and globally! You have helped me grow and I am forever grateful for your time! and so glad I spent time on some work this week to lift my grade on my research paper to a B. yay win!!
The UNSCHOOL of Disruptive Design community, I <3 you so bad!!! It is amazing to see the great things you all do globally for the common good, FUCKGIVERS UNITE!!! I am super looking forward to doing a workshop with some new fellows in January at the UNSCHOOL in CHCH!
But here's where I give to you this season and time for rest. I would like to know what you are grateful for these holidays! so........
To enter: Comment on this blog*
*You must also like my Facebook page or follow me in INSTAGRAM to WIN this prize. ENTRIES CLOSE JAN 13th 2017, WInner Announced via INSTA/FB Monday 16th Jan 2017.
Zerowaste Goddess Tunic
Vintage towel fabric with a pleated neckline from an offcut.
OSFM - One SIze Fits Most. HIP 122cm.
So its Plastic Free July again, we have really got to the point where we need to do this. I have been trying to eliminate plastic from my life for some time, since last Plastic Free July in fact and I am 80% there.
Reusable shopping bags, shopping in the fresh produce section only, picking out things with no stickers and New Zealand produced, realising that I was buying single use trash every time I buy a product from the supermarket, changing of habits, where I buy and how I buy, being more prepared with food for my week of work and knowing what I am comfortable asking for "No plastic, thank you".
I even managed to find an Indian restuarant willing to fill up my own take away containers, thanks India Gate at 102 Princes St, Dunedin. Although the first time I still did get some sauce for my Onion Bahji in a small plastic container, now that gets refilled until it dies than I will ask them to just put it in the container with it. Whats my Favourite curry?... Palak Paneer the medium heat is excellent!!!
Reusable water bottles, beeswax food wraps, jars are all awesome things, Bin Inn at 126 Crawford St, Dunedin has some great fill your own options, just remember to take your own bags, jars and bottles to fill and get them tared first. They do provide plastic bags only on site so Take Your OWN!!!!!
Food wise I am working on making alternatives to bread like the Life changing loaf of bread which I love, but it can be expensive to make as it has a lot of nuts and such in it. I also need to find Psyllium husk plastic free, I haven't been able to source that yet, everything else is easy to find though.
Food processors are amazing things, I love my tiny little Kenwood I found at the Restore Dunedin for $8. Second hand is better, its small but it works. I love making my own nut and seed butter in it, SO YUM! and coconut milk/water/flour, there are some great resources here that I have been using at Wellness Mama the next thing I am going to try is making some coconut kefir milk/yoghurt.
The only place I still need to change a few things is in the bathroom. I only use coconut oil, baking soda and apple cider vinegar on my hair and body apart from my teeth which need some special attention for the rest of my life to keep them well. After years of not really caring about my oral hygiene I now need to to keep a healthy mouth, Ive just had 5 teeth fixed and still need a couple of crowns, I must clean between each tooth everyday with floss and an inter dental brush, time consuming put important for the longevity of being able to eat. And these brushes are not very strong they break after a couple of days when you need to brush between every tooth, I wish someone made them from bamboo and they were bio degradable. I also don't enjoy homemade toothpaste and use Vicco Ayurvedic Toothpaste and some small Sensodyne's my dentist gave me. I also want to change my razor, I still have the same handle I've had since I started shaving moons ago and only buy the heads, but I want to change this to something less plastic. This will find me I am sure.
These are the things I wish I could find non plastic versions of, but being at 80% I'm actually OK with and can't pressure myself to change everything all at once as that would be very hard with all of the OTHER that happens in my life, small steps are OK too, in fact its probably the best way as to not shock the system. As I type on Sunday night there are 2 loaves of life changing bread proofing and nut/seed butter freshly made for my week.
Best of luck with your own Plastic Free Life journey, take it easy and don't pressure yourself it's a great start that your even thinking about challenging yourself to try.
The Plastic Free July website has lots of info to help you out.
Here's also a support group you can join via Plastic Free JULY - Support Group
and Plastic Free New Zealand
Don't forget to take 3 for the sea too, when your out and about, Pick it up and take responsibility for the prettiness of your country New Zealand and the welfare of our oceans and wildlife.
Aroha NUI Kaitiakitanga.
How do you feel about New Zealand right now? Do you think we are in good shape as a country? Do you want to do something to change the way we function? Well artist Tess Sheerin thinks New Zealand's worth loving and has started a mural tour of the country to raise awareness of water pollution and it's damaging effects on marine life. She spent some time in Dunedin in May 2016 creating this mural at 56 Timaru St, Dunedin. Its in the supermarket car park. I hung out with her on the last day and watched her finish the mural and sign it off, which was pretty special! She's pretty awesome, and highlighting a prominent issue facing our environment and consumers at present.
Where does it go? when you finish with that wrapper/takeaway cup/bottle and drop it on the street? when we consume so many things that we have 5 Gyres of plastic pooling in our oceans, letting our marine and bird life eat plastic, treating our planet like one huge rubbish dump, well this landfill needs to be mined and returned to resource, I say!
Single Use Plastic - it's everywhere or that's what it feels like to me. We had a lengthy chat about it and she told me about the harbour clean up she had organised the weekend before, I wish I'd been here to help. Thanks to Our Sea's Our Future and Keep Dunedin Beautiful for helping Tess out with that, there is now less plastic in our harbour Dunedin, which I think is great, I am always picking up trash on the streets and I get looked at funny by a lot of you in passing, well actually if you'd stop putting it there we wouldn't have that issue. It was only yesterday I spotted a sign stating that Dunedin has a littering policy and that you will get fined, who's policing that eh? and what are you doing to reduce your consumption today?
The murals will grace walls in Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
You can follow the tour on FACEBOOK!
NZWL co-ordinates and supports clean-up events and public awareness campaigns that concentrate on waterways, lakes and coastal areas around New Zealand.
So far they have teamed up with like-minded initiatives; Our Seas Our Future, Keep Dunedin Beautiful, New Generation Rotary Queenstown and Anti Plastic Population.
I'm looking forward to the future of Tess's work and to see what she gets up to, you never know there might even be a collab in the mix!!
Shaping our future and sharing our skills to help others wake up to the world, that we need to care for our environment and be the kaitiakitanga that we are here to be!
Pollution art its the next big thing!
<3 your work Tess
Arohanui and good luck with the rest of the tour!
<3 Senorita AweSUMO
Everywhere I go I feel like I'm surrounded by trash. From the supermarket to the street and sea, it's everywhere and it feels like a never ending pile of consumption that is going to take humanity to some strange apocalypse.
How can we not have the consideration to pick it up or ask someone if they want a straw as part of our psyche already, to have kaitiakiatanga over our Earth as a first and foremost in our days and our hearts? Do you ever go there and ask yourself how am I sitting with the Earth and myself. I was challenged to think about it recently and I've sat with it everyday since, just contemplating that scenario for a while.
I think I do pretty well with how I sit with the Earth these things are a must in my life...
Reusable shopping bags
My clothing is handmade/secondhand/free and visibly mended, my shoes are generally hard wearing investments like TrashFootwear.
But I still have somethings I need to replace and find alternatives for, being a glutard bread is something I miss and have to replace with other options so I stop taking home plastic. And I need to start making my own coconut milk, which is easy I just need some cheese cloth to make that happen.
My car, well it's at present my one sacrifice because I don't currently have a fixed abode I need that, I need to be mobile enough to work and sleep. This scenario is not going to change for the next year at least and I am comfortable with that to the point I wish I had something mobile to live in now! But house sitting and friends spare rooms will get me there. So if you need a house sitter get in touch, I'm good with animals too!
and how do I sit with myself?
I sit well, there are improvements to be made for sure, like making more of an effort to maintain my daily practices of stretch and movement. So I had a Sunday night dance party last night. So fun!!
To create more quiet space for myself in meditation and Qi Gong time.
To achieve the goals I have set myself in work without hurting myself daily.... the hardest task so far!
To clear the clutter of my past and thrive.
This I promise myself to be present for everyday! And here I am making promises to myself which I know I can keep. Do something today that your future self will thank you for!
All of this is prompted by the amount of trash we have inundating our lives daily, in every purchase you make there is usually some throwaway involved in that, Have you ever measured how much you take home when you shop. Looked at how fast your bin fills up?
Do you know where it goes? If not, then investigate!!!
SO I have changed the way I look at purchasing food as it's my last thing I need to shift to be more zerowaste in my life as well as my art.
I ask myself can I purchase this piece of plastic trash and throw it away? It is single use! Is it glass? Is it recyclable? even that isn't a great solution at the present with how that system works. Am I ok with paying money for trash even if it does have something delicious on the inside? Hard task when I LOVE food and am presently time poor!!
Shift your thinking and wonders will follow!!
Shop plastic free, I dare ya!
Pick up a peice of trash on the street and put it in your nearest bin.
Ask for no straw, or actually even better hospitality, get reusable ones that you can wash.
Take your own keep cup on flights. < always getting funny remarks but they still pour me a cup of tea.
Take action and ask your council what it's doing to improve its systems to acheive zerowaste goals. Because if we don't demand it by showing them we want it, it will take forever to shift.
Conscious consumerism is key. Don't be afraid to voice it!!! You are a powerful human with Earth rights! Hold them precious, feed them with love and beautiful thoughts. Live lightly!
Love Senorita AweSUMO!! <3 <3 <3
Senorita AweSUMO activated a much needed question here in Dunedin during iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2016, to ask consumers and designers attending iD Fashion Week if they really know where their clothes are coming from?
Senorita AweSUMO was pleasantly surprised by the result. We do care but we find it hard to source.
DISCLAIMER: Senorita AweSUMO takes all responsibility for this action at iD Dunedin Fashion Week on behalf of Fashion Revolution.
Wow, what an interesting week I've been having, but before I get into that I'd like to announce that I have been asked to join the Fashion Revolution working committee for Australia and New Zealand. This is a voluntary role which I am super excited about. It feels really great to be able to be part of an international movement of amazing people, I feel like the majority of us are female which is very telling as this is an emotional subject that mostly affects other woman in our human race. Which I find incredibly disturbing and feel that we as the more fortunate have a responsibility to do something about. I do include myself amongst the more fortunate even though a lot of the time I don't feel like I have much myself. I work hard to achieve my goals and I know these many woman work hard to clothe the rest of society, They need help to be heard, We are here to achieve that through positive narrative and actions.
Actions speak louder than words sometimes, and as a craftivist I just can't help it. I use my hands and textiles to make a point and do it in style.
Exhibit A) #whomademyclothes Korowai for Robbie Burns, iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2015, Fashion Revolution Day 2015.
And now we (Just Atelier) bring you UNSTITCHED: Local Fashion Revolution an open invite to the Dunedin community to engage with their clothing again via a positive action. We are creating a central city pop up where you can experience so many things. We are bringing you this space in conjunction with Urban Dream Brokerage Dunedin which is an amazing initiative started in Wellington to utilise empty shop spaces for projects such as ours. But we have already hit a Wall literally, We had a space in Wall Street Mall brokered for us which was an amazing space we were happy with and excited to be near some large name brands. Not because we want to name and shame them but because we felt like they are the ones that need to have this conversation the most.
But the brand of Fashion Revolution has scared them, they have not been able to open their conservative minds and have a conversation. We know this is an incredibly hard one to have especially for brands that couldn't answer the question of who made their clothes? But that proves to me that this action is much needed. Especially now as we awaken to the realities of the fashion supply chain and the consumer voice becomes louder. It is something to be wary of indeed, but not a conversation that should be shied away from as this shows us that brands are not willing to make the necessary changes to sustain themselves into the future, the face of the industry is changing albeit slowly but surely. Its inevitable but to get there we must talk about the problems and spread awareness.
The Wall St Mall tenants cold not see this and asked us to leave, which we happily complied with knowing it wasn't worth an argument. We only wished to hold space for conversation and skill sharing amongst our local community.
I've enjoyed the controversy this has brought as that's what sparks motion, but I certainly don't believe that Dunedin's public are ready and willing to protest outside retail stores. If anyone's got the balls to do that it's Senorita AweSUMO but i'm not planning on it any time soon, i've got enough on my plate organising and staffing our pop up for the week.
So our space is no longer in the Wall St Mall but at 19 George St, just north of the Octagon. We are super happy and it has great street frontage visibility, especially seeing as we are operating for the first week of the school holidays, We envisage a lot of participation and hope that passers by will enjoy spending some time whilst we hold space for learning and sharing.
Below is our daily menu of activities, book into our workshops through Just Atelier
We hope you'll join us to activate your own Fashion Revolution.