Slow Fashion

I was contacted via email by a researcher at the University of Helsinki about this short film on the Slow Fashion movement in Finland. The film is the result of academic research. It can be viewed in its entirely for free on Vimeo. Help spread the good word. #slowfashion

This research-based film explores how clothing designers and seamstresses in the Kallio neighborhood of Helsinki understand and practice sustainable fashion. It discusses contradictions of the concept of sustainability and emphasizes that sustainability should include responsibility towards nature and also towards people, including the designers and seamstresses themselves, who experience precarity because of tension between sustainability and profitability of their micro-enterprises.

Drawing Paper Mobile

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via Modern European Lighting

You know when you see something and you instantly love it?  That’s how I felt when I first saw the Ingo Maurer Zettel’s 5 Chandelier. I saw it in a DWR catalog about a decade ago. It’s so playful and unique. Simply beautiful.

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via Design Milk

It inspired me to purchase a Kikkerland Hanging Photo Mobile Clip and hang it over my dining room table. I got mine at Macro Polo in downtown Portsmouth, N.H.
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My son had friends over for dinner the other night. I tore up paper into little squares and left them on the dining table with fine markers. Hilarity ensued.
close-up-of-drawingsI’ve noticed that people seem to have a more relaxed time talking to each other when there is an activity like art-making involved. Perhaps you should set up a photo clip mobile over your dining room table for your next dinner party. You will be left with a mobile that reminds you of your fun night and your good friends.🙂
xo jam

Tapestry Coat

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via Pinterest

I saw this Stockholm street style photo on Pinterest. Great, right. It got me thinking — Many times, when you go out for an event in the winter (like an art opening or whatever) you often don’t even take off your coat. For this reason, it makes total sense to wear a fabulous statement tapestry coat (a.k.a. carpet coat) to show off your sense of style. You could even get away with wearing something soft and comfy underneath. After I had this thought I immediately clicked over to Etsy to see what they had for tapestry coats. Scroll down to see what I found.

↓ The pattern and colors on this coat are awesome. I don’t love the collar tho.

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via Heirloomen on Etsy

↓ This one is pretty great.  I like the blues and greens in this pattern.

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via The Wilds Vintage Shop on Etsy

 

↓ LOVE the colors and pattern on this coat. I wish it was longer tho.

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via Griffen Garb on Etsy

↓ This one has a great shape. Love the lapel. The price is appropriate but steep for me. $275

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via StyleandSalvage on Etsy

↓ Ok so, this isn’t a floral tapestry coat but it is a carpet coat and this color is killer. Love the cape style and it’s only $40.00. I mean, right? It’s so … art opening.

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via Wear it Well Vintage on Etsy

To browse through more tapestry coat options on Etsy click here.