Hello all, HUGE thanks to all those who have pledged so far, I am almost quarter of the way there. I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some images of my rewards so you know what it is you are getting.
Here's the Link to get your AweSUMO rewards and to share it with your friends!
Let's start small with the beeswax food wraps for $45. Made from this gorgeous vintage cotton fabric and beeswax from Otago bees, you can't get any more local than that!
Beeswax food wraps are so much nicer than glad wrap and totally reusable. Just wipe them down with a cloth and hang to dry.
Next are one of my favourite things to make Not a BLUE shirt shirts. A mix and match affair of vintage fabrics, I love putting these together. Much FUN!
I got really sick of boring blue or white work shirts and decided to have a little fun and use up some smaller pieces of fabric that aren't enough to make one whole shirt! The result is something AweSUMO!
Custom made Not a BLUE/WHITE shirt can have subtle accents or be loud and proud mixes. Whatever you prefer.
Shirts, shirts, shirts. This is whats currently on the cutting block piles of fabric mixed and matched, These are MEDIUM Not a BLUE shirts!
ARGH next something I am super excited to make, DINOSAUR embroideries, OMG so choice!
So much excite! Thanks for the drawing book for my bearthday too, Dr R HELL. Can't wait to see your FACE!!!
These are mostly large scale embroideries. The T-Rex skeleton is 85 cm high, The Protoceratops are the smallest and could be used as a patch on clothing or a wall hanging!
So I hope you've found something useful or interesting here to reward yourself or someone else aweSUMO in your life.
here's the LINK AGAIN.
I am super grateful for the time and energy you spent in looking at this and if I could ask you to share this with your friends I would be very thankful.
BEARTHDAY HAPPIES TO YOU ALL, HAVE A GREAT 29TH OF DECEMBER, AROHANUI!
Kia ora te whanau,
I am attending the UNSCHOOL of Disruptive Design in Melbourne 23 - 29th January 2016 but I need a little help to get me there. I have a partial scholorship for my fees, which cover transport and food costs whilst on the course. I have flights and accommodation sussed thanks to my amazing family! and super lucky my sister lives in Melbourne.
So I have setup a pledge me page at the following link with some super sweet rewards.
I will be posting images of the rewards over the next month here on my blog and on my facebook page Senorita AweSUMO.
The UNSCHOOL of Disruptive Design is an experimental knowledge lab in New York City. Where they curate brain-activating events, classes, fellowship programs and knowledge transfer experiences that pop up around the world. The lab encourages people from diverse professional backgrounds to reorient the way they perceive and act in the world, learning how to maximize their capacity to influence and affect positive social and environmental change.
This is the perfect way for me to start off 2016 with a BANG! Get my brain into the sphere of social change and how I can activate my community to work alongside me in creating awareness and change in regards to our consumption rates and our textile waste.
The Un-School is a value and agenda driven organization that seeks to inspire, engage and evoke positive change in others through creative interventions and unique educative experiences. Their mission is to activate creative leadership for social and environmental change.
The unique Disruptive Design curriculum is designed to offer fresh approaches to skill development and knowledge transfer. They build classes that don't exist anywhere else and create programs that challenge the status quo.
The Un-School methodology and learning model was developed by the founder Leyla Acaroglu, and incorporates systems thinking, sustainability sciences and sociology along with design approaches to address complex problems. They develop and employ experience based knowledge transfer methods to evoke transformative change. They seek to overcome linear, reductionist thinking by developing new approaches to creative problem solving that can be applied to business, government and individual practices.
At the Un-School they work to create opportunities that empower our growing community of creative rebels, change agents, risk takers, mavericks and misfits, to develop opportunities for enhancing their capacity to create positive change.
Sounds like i'll be hanging out with some like minded individuals and growing my capacity for change.
I'd love it if you could help me get there and for this not to be a massive financial drain on me to do it, asking for help can sometimes be one of the hardest things to do especially when it comes to money. It's not always an abundant thing for some and as I grow my zerowaste textile business into a self sustaining one I need all the help I can get.
here's some easy links for you to find it.
Pledge me link
Senorita AweSUMO Facebook
I hope your holiday season is joyful and adventurous.
Its really hard work living in this body, daily. Sometimes I struggle and I know we all have our own daily battles but I feel its time I shared mine with you. I need you to understand why I can only give you so much of my day, and that if I don't live my life the way I need to I will not last, I will not last for you to keep supporting, I will not last long enough to achieve the amazing things I know I can and want to.
My body is ridiculously sensitive due to a rare nerve condition called Hereditary Neuropathy with susceptibility to pressure palsies, a pretty little mouthful of WTF does that even mean?
It means I have to take daily self care of myself, religiously to keep me upright, to stay pain free, with no headaches or sore shoulders or numb parts of my body. It means I can be available to you for a few hours a day and that the rest of the time I need to do the things I NEED to do, and No I probably wont answer the phone before 11am unless I feel its urgent. But also sometimes I can't manage to keep myself pain free or numb and that makes it hard to get through the day, its wears at you, it can be exhausting.
I have the deletion of the PMP22 gene this means....
'Hereditary Neuropathy with liability to Pressure Palsies or HNPP is a slowly progressive, hereditary, neuromuscular disorder which makes an individual very susceptible to nerve injury from pressure, stretch or repetitive use. When injured, the nerves demyelinate or lose their insulating covering. This causes episodes of numbness and weakness in the injured area, which are referred to as the ‘pressure palsies'. These episodes can be mild and more of a nuisance than anything, or so severe almost all movement in the affected limb is impossible. They may last several minutes to months. Because the symptoms can come and go, and most neurologists have not yet heard of or seen a case of HNPP, it can be very difficult and lengthy process to be diagnosed. http://www.hnpp.org/ '
I first found out about this when I was 21, my whole left arm went completely numb and was a useless weight I couldn't move voluntarily. It stayed this way for a few months until eventually coming back to life slowly. My mother and other members of my family also have this condition, it can effect everyone differently and to different extremes.
Now its all about prevention I have to be careful about how I move, sit, stand/walk for lengths of time, cross my legs/arms, hard/cold surfaces, the amount of sleep I get, the softness of my bed, using scissors for long periods of time, how long I sit at the sewing machine, not putting pressure on one or more of my nerves for a time, the way I use a computer. i.e. everyday things that can be taken for granted then become harder to achieve.
Fatigue is a big factor and it can hit you unexpectedly, my bed is my sanctuary, my room is my haven, my space to recuperate, meditate and rest and not speak. I require this. Nourish! I will disappear there for time!!
I get weird pains and numbness in unusual places, headaches for weeks but its not all doom and gloom, I enjoy my life and I do daily things to keep myself in a good place to keep enjoying it, long term. I love running barefoot on the beach, it's the best way to ground myself, I love to be in nature and share its presence. I LOVE! #resetbuttonpushed
I share this all with you not to receive your pity but to create understanding of invisible conditions. We all have a daily battle but we are all doing as great as we can. Do something today your future self will thank you for!
I thank my chiropractor Yewjin, my physio Hugh (Consultancy House, Dunedin) and my masseuse Janie (email@example.com) for keeping me upright, and helping me through my days. What you do for me is amazing and so helpful.
Daily practice is something I try and maintain to keep me grounded here and present, to heal myself daily and give ME a time. I practice Qi Gong and my own version of yoga/slow stretches and exercises to keep me mobile and functioning, movement is key! I have also recently started using hemp oil on my food and have noticed a marked decrease in nerve pain. Food is medicine, I now have learnt to treat myself well when it comes to what I put in and on my body. I had to learn this lesson the hard way though, through work related harm working in an unsafe and not very well regulated toxic industry.
I had a headache for 6 months, after 5 years of naivety working for people who couldn't care less about anyone let alone the environment. I could never prove that it was toxicity that caused it but I know that's what it was, I lived it!
The realm of headachia was excruciating, and I try so hard to never be there again!! I do for myself as much as I can but it happens at times for shorter periods. That was 8 years ago and I'm doing so great now and have been working in childcare since then, I am feeling healthy and strong regardless of all of my daily battles. I am in the process of fixing this body! Its hard work especially when I work so hard and it being the end of the year, I'm pretty exhausted. It's been a big year for me and I have pushed myself past my limits. Getting up in the morning is hard, walking is hard due to my numb sole/pinched nerve situation and has been for the last week, it's improving slowly but its tiring too. Wearing shoes is weird. My shoulder/neck is cramping irregularly and pushing itself into a headache again. Yet I still smile and what bugs me the most is these days we greet each other with 'Hi, how are you?' but we actually don't stop to listen to how people are or do we even care in that scenario. I now just tell people I'm not answering that question today and that changes the situation fairly quickly, it makes them think!
I react this way because I think we need to change our greeting unless we can give time to the answer why ask how are you, just say HI, Hello, Kia Ora and SMILE, a smile is the best alternative in my view. Let your grin out, be happy be present, be good to yourself and those around you. LOVE is the answer!
So I spend time loving myself its not selfish its nourishment and nurture of one being. So do not be offended if I don't answer your phone call, (that's what my answer message is for) change an appointment, need to stand up during a long meeting or am barefoot it's just me getting through my day the only way I can to sustain myself for the long term. To prevent long term damage I must Do for myself and I give myself permission to achieve that.
So I guess i'm asking you if you will walk beside me on my journey?
Fiona Clements. Pakeha, Kai Tahu, Craftivist, Sustainable Fashion and Zerowaste Textile Practitioner. Conscious Consumer advocate.