Your clothes are weapons.

“Peace, is an action word.”

Fashion As Protest

I’ve always worn solidarity buttons, and patches of protest; I’ve never worn the swoosh, and have always shuddered at the thought of free corporate advertising on my body. Exploring the profound idea that our clothes are weapons I was overwhelmed with the necessity of that being ground in the world we live in.

Clothes as resistance.

Inspiration: Self-Passage

“A critical perspective within fashion design exposes several cul-de-sacs or dead ends, as there seems to be inescapable paradoxes within fashion as a phenomenon; it is elitist while democratic, rebellious while uniform, shallow while political, artistic while totally commercial.”

“Problematic issues around power, gender, consumerism, post-colonialism, sustainability and health often seem unmanageable and without any real room for action. To preserve agency, critical design practice needs tactics to circumvent the anti-position, escape reactionary postures and move to higher ground for new perspectives. Fashion needs a proactionary discourse to expose new lines of flight.”

“What is fashion for community building, for skill enhancement, for liberation, for political awareness, for real social change?” (http://www.kulturservern.se/wronsov/selfpassage/proAc/PA.htm)

Politics of Fashion

To simply get dressed in the morning, as I would have yesterday, is not an option today. Yesterday’s clothes are a-political. They are passive pieces. I want direct action.

KEY CONCEPTS

Active Protest

“What we seek is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world, with clean water, air, soil and power, that is economically, equitably, ecologically, and elegantly enjoyed.” – Cradle to Cradle

Food is Political.

How do we get food – There is enough food in the world to feed everyone adequately; the problem is distribution, and post-industrial ideas about consumption and waste. Vegan Lifestyles are becoming more and more popular in mainstream societies because of corrupt modes of mass production of meat, and the growing concerns around health, and the unethical treatment of animals.

Food Security: Is the elimination of social barriers that prevent people from accessing food, and the assurance that there are a nutritious variety of foods available to everyone.  Idea is also to avoid GMO (genetically modified food) and suicide seeds, and still have enough food to meet need. “The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences.”

Food Security is built on three pillars: Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis; Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet; Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.

Food Sovereignty

Food Sovereignty is a concept used increasingly by the global movement for justice and sustainability in the food system. It’s a term coined by members of Via Campesina in 1996, and differs from food security in that it has self-determination in food production for the community. Based on 7 principles seeking justice surrounding food issues- know where you food comes from and support local networks.

Seven Principles of Food Sovereignty

Read more at: http://danedocs.countyofdane.com/webdocs/PDF/foodCouncil/foodSovereigntyPrinciples.pdf

1. Food: A Basic Human Right,

2. Agrarian Reform,

3. Protecting Natural Resources,

4. Reorganizing Food Trade,

5. Ending the Globalization of Hunger,

6. Social Peace,

7. Democratic Control

Sustainable living beyond capitalism!

Survival

Not just food security today, but how could we feed the children of all species of all time? Cradle to Cradle thinking works for food in urban centers too. Grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes all throw good food in the garbage nightly.

Freeganism

Means looking for alternative low impact food sources, including urban gathering and dumpster diving.  Urban gathering involves seeking out sprouts and roots that can be found in cities that are safe and edible. Dumpster Diving is the act of sorting through urban refuse to find anything useful, such as clothes, food, and furniture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfqklLcRmNA

When dumpstering for food avoid meat and dairy, look for closed packaging, and items in plastic bags.

Waste = Food

Is the idea that you minimize waste? Or is it to be fed for free?

Consider ideas around activism versus free food sources for those in need. Many people may depend on that food source to survive.

Dumpster Diving – News report http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VlFJsuBjA0

Campus Dumpstering- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO5wMxS1LJk&NR=1&feature=fvwp

DIY Revolution

Why pay when you can Do It Yourself?…  There is a secret world concealed within this one.

DIY Solar Oven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt1DgZp0n2g&feature=related

Cardboard Solar Oven Part 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf26YBmY8Q8&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Part 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-NxqyhGbag&feature=related

Guerilla Gardening

Have a direct impact on food security in our communities. Why not plans some fresh herbs in a local spot, or some edible sprouts in some forgotten corner? What about beans? Or garlic? Ever heard of seed bombs? Plant a vegetable garden and surround it in protected plants, such as Trilliums in Ontario, then the garden cannot be destroyed and there is a new food source in the community.

The Food Security Suit

Has it already been done before?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnaRp0x_kQM

PROCESS

Step 1: Deconstructed Army Shirt to Understand Current Combat Gear

Rough Layout 1 using newspaper, and an old black jacket


Combat Gear - Pocket Study

Pocket Concept using purses and bags

Self Sustainability! Concept Drawing

Bag Concept 1

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