Weekly Culture Roundup: cool threads, capsule clothing, and a tiny desk concert

Weekly Culture Roundup: cool threads, capsule clothing, and a tiny desk concert

So, the eclipse was a bit of a letdown in these parts (too cloudy), but I enjoyed every bit of the buildup.  Check out a few TOTAL-ITY awesome things that happened on EARTH this week.  

ART: Do you believe this embroidery from Game of Thrones costumes?!  

 From the website of Michele Carragher, "principal embroider for Game of Thrones.  I mean... this is real, people!"

From the website of Michele Carragher, "principal embroider for Game of Thrones.  I mean... this is real, people!"

The New Yorker ran a fascinating piece on fiber artist Michele Carragher.  It has some bits on the history of embroidery and fiber art as "female."

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Textiles have always been a largely female art form, and fabric degrades quickly; as a result, much or even most of the art that women have ever produced has been lost. Today, we can talk about Giotto’s early style and Palladio’s later villas, but we know almost nothing about the banner created by Mabel of Bury St. Edmonds, a thirteenth-century English embroiderer whom King Henry honored with the gift of a fur robe.
— Embroidering Game of Thrones, New Yorker, Jessamyn Conrad
 I had no idea!  I gotta stop watching on my computer!  

I had no idea!  I gotta stop watching on my computer!  

Textiles are having a real heyday right now, what with yarn-bombing, stich n' bitching, and DIY wall weavings all over the darn place.  My students love fiber art lessons like sewing, weaving, and knitting.  I love teaching fiber artists, like Faith Ringgold and Darrel Morris, alongside the giants of Western art.  

 Cuties learning sewing basics and studying the Quilts of Gee's Bend.

Cuties learning sewing basics and studying the Quilts of Gee's Bend.

FASHION: Everlane relaunched their street shoe in new fall colors.  And I'm the biggest sucker for everything they make.  

So, I went ahead an bought myself these, 

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Had to have 'em, but they're a tad pricey, so that's IT!  No more back-to school spending!

After that purchase and this post on a 6-piece work uniform, I was inspired to think about a work capsule with what I already own.  I have the messiest job around, but an art teacher wants to mold young minds in style!  

 I own items like these but here are the links for items similar to the ones pictured:   Gray tee ,  Black ribbed tee ,  Striped tee ,  Black jeans ,  Denim skirt ,  Wedgie Jeans  (my favorite!),  Backpack ,  Street shoe ,  scarf

I own items like these but here are the links for items similar to the ones pictured:

Gray tee, Black ribbed tee, Striped tee, Black jeans, Denim skirt, Wedgie Jeans (my favorite!), Backpack, Street shoe, scarf

Are you working on your work wardrobe for fall?  Let me know how it's going!

LIT:  Everybody's talking about Jesmyn Ward's (Salvage the Bones, one of my late summer picks) new novel, that's set for a Sept. 5th release.  It's supposed to be epic (like, literally, an Odyssey-style epic, and, also, really great).  

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“The connection between the injustices of the past and the desperation of present are clearly drawn in Sing, Unburied, Sing, a book that charts the lines between the living and the dead, the loving and the broken. I am a huge fan of Jesmyn Ward’s work, and this book proves that she is one of the most important writers in America today.”
— Ann Patchett, Author of Commonwealth

Get a glimpse of the landscape that inspired the work and hear Ward describe it in this short video:

MUSIC:  You gotta love the NPR Tiny Desk concerts (especially this Chance one).  Maggie Rogers just did one last week (she's got a big hit, Alaska, ya heard?).  

Little side note:  Her style is supercool.  Check it out in this video.  Got me thinking all about red eyeshadow and fringe-y studded jumpsuits.   

 Maggie Rogers looking too cool in  On & Off

Maggie Rogers looking too cool in On & Off

Finally, I'll leave you with this lovely poetic thought:  

Think of Monday’s event as a celestially imposed national moment of silence, a two-minute reprieve for reflection and grace. It will be unsettling, its beauty fleeting and unworldly, but in it we will see the outlines of democracy: for a few moments, a small satellite will overshadow a raging star a thousand times its size.
— Alan Burdick, The New Yorker

I hope your week is peaceful, magical, and full of tiny victories.  

Stay cool.

 

COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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Back to School Uniform: How to create a 6-piece capsule work wardrobe

Back to School Uniform: How to create a 6-piece capsule work wardrobe