Tuesday, 9 April 2013

What I learnt from Yesterday. Looking at Vintage Clothing.

It's about a return to Individualism. Making something that will last and is passed down through generations. Good bye to the throw away! The piece that I found in Ludlow which is the basis for my inspiration for my made to order page boy and special occasion suiting,  dates from the end of the 19th century. A three piece royal blue velvet suit with beautiful lining and exquisite silver buttons and panelling.
As a suit for special occasions it is exceptional. But the trousers can be worn everyday with simple layered shirting and braces. I like the idea that you wear part of your best more often than not. That it is not packed away in a cupboard to be dusted off each year but is worn. So that the wearing gives it life.

Monday, 8 April 2013

The first day of the rest of my life.

I feel I have been awoken from a sleep. Yesterday I was introduced to Foraging by Robin Harford. It was a day's course through the wonderful Idler Academy (www.idler.co.uk/academy)

As Robin said Foraging is a metaphor. A metaphor for life. It is about being connected and totally aware of ourselves and what is around us. It is about respect. It is crucial and vital. It is about waking up our senses and through that one feels totally alive.
It is about history. Connecting ourselves to what has been lost. Traditions and cultural ways. It is about other cultures too, it is about today. So much can be learnt. You can learn from everything and it seems that Foraging is everything. The most wonderful philosophy.

It is about destiny, chance, magic and alchemy. It is about believing and knowing. Knowing that everything is interconnected and believing in that. It is about knowledge but it is also about trusting ourselves that we too have instinct and knowing. But you have to really connect to yourself, to one's senses. To wake those senses up.

It teaches you that things will happen when they are meant to. Plants grow where they are meant to, when they are meant to. Nature provides what we need, at the time we need it. You just have to be aware and open to it.

As much as I feel I want to travel right now. Yearning for Mexico or Spain. I also realise that to travel now is to fling open my side hatch of my boat and step out and find. It is right here. A new world for me. Everything I need. Just by opening my eyes and trusting myself.