Mend It = Collaboration = Better

As some of you might know, I am a founder and board member of Alchemy Initiative, in Pittsfield, MA. We, at Alchemy Initiative, are deep in the throes of planning our third annual Earth Day Fashion Show, Dance Party and Clothing Swap scheduled for April 20 and 21. This year I am curating an amazing fashion show of work done by professional designers using used textiles for raw materials. Right as my excitement about this upcoming event was kicking into gear, the cute and informative book called Mend It Better arrived in my mailbox. This book, by Kristin Roach of Craft Leftovers features contributions by 16 (me being one of them) crafty ladies promoting fixing, rather than discarding and replacing all manner of textiles – mostly clothing. My wheels accelerate – Wheeeeee!

Would each contributor, be willing to donate a piece of their wearable art to our Earth Day Fashion Show and Silent Auction? Would Kristin Roach, as author and initiator be onboard? Would Storey Publishing be willing to nurture this collaboration?

I would love to make this an opportunity to promote Mend It Better and Alchemy Initiative as like-minded entities, passionately working toward the same end.  This sort of connecting/tion is what really rocks my world!

After a quick email exchange, it was clear that Alee Marsh, at Storey Publishing and Kristin Roach are both really excited about promoting this collaboration. O-Yay!

Wa HOoooo! It is working!

Our plans for this event are exciting and involve an Ebay auction beginning on April 10, culminating on the evening of April 20.  We envision a set break announcement from the amazing band we have booked for our Gypsy themed evening and onsite stations set up where people can bid online (or they can use their smart phones). We have professional models lined-up to be photographed wearing fashion show donations for our online promotion as well as for the event on April 20.

If you are in this neck of the woods, or can get here for the night of April 20, get it on your calendar.  Bring your discerning fashion eyes and dancin' shoes!

Three cheers for bringing clothing recycling to the mainstream!

Oh and I don’t want to forget, if you add a comment here with a simple idea of how you recycle, fix, or otherwise prolong the life of something you use, and join my facebook page you will be entered in a random drawing for a copy of Mend It Better. Winner must have a US address.