Friday, December 16, 2011

Vivian Westwood: Ethical Fashion Africa

Vivienne Westwood in Nairobi by Juergen Teller

Being a thrift store junky even as a fiercely independent kid of the fashion gone crazy 80's I never really got into big labels or logo bags. Perhaps its that rebel sensibility that makes me LOVE Vivienne Westwood. A woman who introduced punk rock to fashion, has been holding protests at her fashion shows for nearing a decade and has a manifesto. Le Sigh. 
Vivienne Westwood has launched the Ethical Fashion Africa Collection.  Her collection includes handbags and totes upcycled from road side finds from flip flops to old tent fabric. All bags in the collection are handmade in Nairobi, Kenya by a women’s work co-operative for a livable wage.

Westwood’s Africa collection is part of the Ethical Fashion Programme which is part of the International Trade Centre, the joint body of the United Nations (UN) and World Trade Organisation (WTO). 
The Ethical Fashion Programme supports the work of over 7,000 women. They promote work for marginalized communities of women such as single mothers, widows, HIV/AIDS victims and those living in extreme poverty. Their slogan is ‘This is not charity, this is work.’



In need of a big label bag? Shop the collection online.
For more information on the Ethical Fashion Programme please visit Here.


Art for Everyone.

260 Baby Doll Hands by Lisa Congdon

Recently I discovered a website that kind of blew my mind. The website is 20 X 200 was started by Jen Bekman, a small gallery owner on the Lower East Side of NYC in 2007. She endeavored to make her mission of supporting emerging artists and collectors accessible to all!

Let's Party by Jessica Craig-Martin
20 X 200 makes limited edition prints of artists work starting at $20.  Each print is  made to order, delivered with a numbered certificate of authenticity that is signed by the artist, the artist's bio and statement, and instructions for caring for your print.  

We Are Who We Are by Robert Garcia
They introduce at least two new editions a week: one photo and one work on paper. Most are available in three or four sizes. They also offer 11"x14" editions of 500 for $50, 16"x20" editions of 20 for $200, 20"x24" editions of 50 for $500, 24"x30" editions of 10 for $1,000 and 30"x40" editions of 2 for $2,000. 

Modern Art by Craig Damrauer
All images in this post are original artworks from the 20 X 200 website and are copyrighted to the artist. Frames in the images are at an additional cost. If you like any of the items I have featured here hurry to the site before they are gone! 

Atari by Hollis Brown Thornton
If you are an artist which I know so many of you are, sadly, submissions to 20 X 200 are closed. However Jen Beckman runs an annual photography competition called Hey, Hot Shot. One of the benefits of submitting is consideration of your work to be on 20 X 200. 

Bird Power by Carrie Marill
It took no time to find some artists that I loved and I see my burgeoning art collection in the near future. I am in love with 20 X 200. Art curating for all.