Don't wait for anyone to deputize you or authorize you or empower you. You have to just start out with yourself...and put one foot in front of the other. - Hazel Henderson

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Hey everyone,

[ This was written a week ago- I'm coming to you via library computers..whoo foreign virtual territory. I just finished my last art history exam of my undergrad degree, and I'm totally pooped. Must not sleep. Must not sleep. Anyway, I decided to be productive and write a post; also, it helps keep me awake. First off, I've gotten some really exciting e-mails about projects incorporating charity and sustainability, which you know I'm all for! Especially the charity part. I don't recall every mentioning it, but I donate every month to CBM - they help children in third world countries receive surgery for cataracts and cleft palates, amongst other things. Their facts sheet is pretty remarkable.]

Below is an eye-gasmic video for the IOU Project. I'm looking forward to their launch because I would like to purchase a piece (shirt, shorts, anything) to help contribute to their final goal! They're hoping to launch May 3rd, and you can follow them on their twitter. I just snooped their facebook account, and found out they photograph EACH PIECE because every garment is different. Hard work...but originality ftw.

Followed swiftly by the Fresh Air Fund. Sara contacted me to help spread the word, and I'm pretty bewildered by the vast amount of projects and organizations out there. This one also receives 5 stars for originality. "Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has been giving inner-city children the joy of a summer vacation with volunteer host families and at Fund camps, creating unforgettable memories and fresh possibilities." Now, the Fresh Air Fund is in need of host families for this summer. Here's a snippet of Sara's message: "Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. If you could help to get the word out, it would help us place these wonderful children into a loving host family for an unforgettable experience." So if any of you can help out, that would be brilliant. I don't qualify because I live in a big city, but those of you who are out in the suburbs and countryside... give in, please. The kids on their site look like they're having a great time, and many of these tykes are from tough areas in NYC. They'd never have the opportunity to enjoy a real summer vacation, while learning about the planet, if it weren't for programs like this.

And lastly, the EVER Manifesto, which promotes sustainable activities and green production methods within the fashion industry, while revealing the wasteful practices that continue in today's garment factories. I just stumbled upon it while wiki-ing Charlotte Casiraghi, equestrian and 4th in line to the throne of Monaco, who headed this initiative after meeting the likes of Stella McCartney for her 'editor-at-large' position at Above magazine (which she subsequently quit to undertake this project). Here's a great article  (written by Derek Blasberg) about the power of fashion in the economy; it makes a good introductory piece for the manifesto. I'm in the midst of reading the rest, so comment/tweet/e-mail me what you think. I'm really intrigued.

"The future of design has to move beyond the traditional characteristics of luxury – beauty, desire and exclusivity. Luxury, in essence, has to respect a wider sphere of impact that includes the environment and the people involved through the journey of its creation. Advances in cutting-edge design, science and material research and development are all key to generating new methods and processes to assist in defining the future of craft and manufacturing. Only this kind of innovation can help ensure that the luxury industry takes into account ecological concerns and climate change." 
- Burak Cakmak [his article can be found here]
That is all! Cheers, and have a great Easter weekend. I will be studying for my final exam, and soaking in the sun... oh, and dancing again!