What is “rewilding” to you?

Saturday I was listening to NPRs TED RADIO Hour in my studio. Here’s the link.

http://www.npr.org/player/embed/225426662/225429850.

George Monbiat used two terms I found utterly fascinating and relevant: rewilding & ecologically bored.  This is a fascinating TED TALK about bringing the wolves back to Yellowstone Park, however it’s the story within that story that resonated with me.

Wikipedia: “Rewilding is large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species. Rewilding projects may require ecological restoration or wilderness engineering, particularly to restore connectivity between fragmented protected areas, and reintroduction of predators where extirpated.”

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Ellis and Adam jumping off the East Sandwich, Mass bridge.

We live in an era where so much information is at our fingertips all the time and because of it a lot of time is spent hunched over a computer all day.  We need to “rewild” for the sanity of our modern day lives.  Now, “rewilding” can obviously go to extremes and it would be very different for everyone.  It could be as grand as giving up every trapping of modern life and taking off with your belongings on your back OR it could mean that you are going to take a walk at lunch instead of sitting in front of your computer all day long.

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My husband, Jeff and I parasailing.

However, it’s the second term I found so interesting…ECOLOGICALLY BORED.  After spending a summer learning to navigate Cape Cod Bay and area harbors in a kayak.  IMG_5448

I now know that I was indeed “ecologically bored”.  I really needed to get in touch with that innate part of myself that uses intuition, muscle memory, wonder and strength.  I now realize that it had been way too dormant in me lately. Sometimes we don’t know what’s missing in our lives.

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A beach fire on Town Neck.

So, however you “rewild” or satisfy your “ecological boredom”…

I wish you the best. You won’t regret it.

I can see my whole collection now.

I love when the creative process starts to “click”…when it goes from conceptual to…HERE WE GO.  My inspiration is silent film stars meet bohemian modern and this image of Gloria Swanson is my muse.

After months of hunting for fabric, trim and pieces to alter—constant sketching and research—it’s time to look closely at the details of the collection that will make it “walk” really well down the runway.  Here are a few of the inspirations.  I tried to alter my palette to include more grey.  But, I keep coming back to these warmer tones.  I guess I shouldn’t fight it.

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It was great to be in my studio today…

and I didn’t even turn NPR or music on all day.  I was so happy to be alone with my thoughts, a giant iced tea (thanks to my son) and all of my leathers, fabrics, trims, sewing machines and tools.  I wanted to start working on my accessories for the fashion show (STRUT) on September 12th, in Burlington, Vermont. I’m afraid this bag may be a little dark for the runway.  However, with the right styling it might just work.

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The Provincetown Carnival

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I went to Carnival in Provincetown, Massachusetts for the first time this year.  The trip was the brain child of my mother-in-law, Mary.  Thanks, Mary.  It was fun.  We got on the bus in the morning, had a cocktail and a lovely lunch (The Waterford Inn-East End) and walked around Provincetown.  I want to go back a day to walk side streets and see all of the gardens. They are remarkable. The trip was great, but there was a real tragedy.

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I dropped my Ray Ban sunglasses (that were a gift from my kids) into the toilet on the bus.  Now, my girls said, “Why didn’t you just reach in and grab them?” and I did briefly consider this.  However, this was a porto potty.  It didn’t flush and the only way to wash my hands was with handiwipes.  I was able to quickly replace the glasses in the same style. My mother-in-law said that she didn’t think she could’ve looked at me with the gross glasses on no matter how well I had cleaned them up.  So, I guess the adage that “What Happens in PTown stays in PTown” just isn’t true with me. I had to tell my family what happened.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I am glad I can say I’ve seen the parade in Provincetown.

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Thank you Vogue & Jim Jarmusch.

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I found these at a flea market in Brewster, Mass. The woman selling had stacks of them because her father worked at Vogue in the 1960s.  I’m now working on a collection for a fashion show (STRUT-Burlington, VT September 12th) and these illustrations are my muse.  It isn’t the shapes I’m interested in, but the attempt at innovation.

It’s really hard to be truly original. 

I love this quote by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch:

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

Steal away AND give the object of your theft credit for inspiring you. Karma is a bitch and not worth the risk.

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When worlds collide in Detroit.

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I visited Detroit’s Packard Automotive Plant in April and it’s haunted me ever since. It felt like being in ancient ruins.  It was heartbreaking and yet still beautiful in a very unusual fashion.  I wanted to play around with a few of my photos and see what parallel universes I could create.

This Detroit Free Press article is hopeful.  A portion of the plant is now being used by The Display Group, an event props and design company.  This is how creatives solve problems. Nice work.

http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2015/04/23/packard-plant-display-group-duggan/26259437/