Sarah Said.'s most recent blog is about consumption. So interesting that this was posted during the time I was working on this painting about my uniforms--the only two outfits I wear during the spring and summer. We must be on the same wavelength. Sarah writes about the toll shopping takes on our resources, and yes, while that is true, I've really found that I enjoy looking at lovely clothes more than buying them. I usually end up at the mall at least twice a month. It's one of my favorite places. Staking out a good seat and opening my sketchbook there seems to produce interesting results, if not good ones. I like the streamlined formations of people, I like the glaze, I like the bright popping colors.
For the time I spend at the mall though, I end up buying my clothes mostly at thrift stores. This is where I ended up purchasing my latest uniforms. Every summer, it seems, I get one dress, one pair of shorts, and one shirt that I pretty much never take off. The dress this year is from Goodwill on Shaw. It is made of linen and skims past my knees. I can't think of an occassion it wouldn't be appropriate for. The shorts are from a different Goodwill, on Blackstone. And the shirt is from Adam's floor. I put it on and decided it was mine. Thank you, Adam. The consistancy and mindlessness of a uniform really appeals to me, even on a purely asthetic level.
Laura did a project where she went into Target and attempted to sketch everything she wanted. She said it didn't work out well because she felt like it was more of a performance--people watching her, her arms hurting from the sketchbook. By the end, she couldn't understand why she was intrigued by those things in the first place. I'd consider that project a success more than anything else.
And picking up where Laura left off, Wardrobe Refashion is a blog about challeging people not to buy clothes for a certain amount of time. People get very inventive making their own clothes. They talk about their slip ups and their discoveries. It seems like such a great motivator with a positive incentive, that I'll likely take part myself.