Earth Day Blog Post

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Here is an Earth Day blog post I created for Tattered, the resale clothing boutique I work for! Click on any of the photos to view the brand websites – I do actually love them and want to spread the word about them!

Celebrate Earth Day with Eco Friendly Brands!

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Happy Earth Day!

If you’re reading our blog & love shopping at Tattered, you most likely already value saving the environment, saving money, and finding items that make you look & feel amazing! Shopping through resale is a great way to green up your wardrobe, but where can you look when you want something new, or when you can’t physically come in to shop?

We’ve found quite a few awesome Eco friendly brands over the years, and we’re excited to share some of our favorites with you! Here’s to expanding your horizons with your wardrobe, and to supporting brands who support the planet! Check em out:

GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

Girlfriend Collective is a great brand for sustainable active wear! They use recycled plastics to make their polyester, sustainable dyeing practices, disposal techniques in their production, and support fair labor practices. They have easy, effortless styles in many gorgeous colors so you can add their pieces to your wardrobe and look great doing it!

 

EVERLANE

Everlane is another fantastic brand that focuses on ethical production, radical transparency, and high quality in all their products. They recently added a denim collection made at the “world’s most sustainable denim factory”, and just launched a new underwear line last month! With these expansion you can support ethically made clothing with all you wear, and with so many great styles available for both women and men, we think you’ll love Everlane just like we do!

VEJA

Veja has been called the most sustainable sneaker company, and for good reason! They only use sustainably sourced materials (organic cotton, vegetable dyes, amazonian wild rubber that supports local rubber tappers and reduces deforestation, and more!), they only use factories with fair labor practices, and they operate with transparency throughout their company. They don’t advertise, and the money they save from marketing goes straight back into making the company even greener, which we love! Plus, their sneakers are stylish and great quality, making them a great addition to any wardrobe. Veja offers mens, womens, and kids styles, so the whole family can love & rock em’!

PATAGONIA

Patagonia is an oldie but remains a goody. They stay true to their mission, to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, &…to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis”. They’ve pushed sustainable practices in the apparel industry for decades by encouraging customers to make fewer and more thoughtful purchases, implementing a mending program to fix old Patagonia items, offering products made with sustainable, organic, and even recycled materials, supporting environmental and social activism, and much more! They’re well known for their durable outerwear, surf, and camping gear, but they also carry everyday casual clothing. So even if you hate the idea of a hike you can still show some green support & look great doing it!

PARKS PROJECT

Parks Project is a great brand to show your love of national parks and all the outdoors! They have awesome tees, bags, and even mugs with logos from parks around the country. And they directly support park conservation both by donating part of their proceeds back to the parks and organizing volunteer days on site! You can get involved with park restoration too, or simply support your favorite park and get a great tee in the process!

ADAY

Aday focuses on making versatile, long lasting pieces so you can make your wardrobe go further with fewer pieces and last season after season. They’re dedicated to making technical advances so one garment can take the place of many and be worn year round. They use sustainable fabrics and even recycled materials in their production. They combine polished career style with comfortable atheleisure, and are a perfect fit for those who love capsule wardrobes, so you can keep your style and reduce your consumption all in one!

TEEKI

Teeki uses recycled water bottles to make comfy and adorable activewear! Their products are all made in the U.S., reducing their carbon footprint and ensuring great working conditions in their factories. Plus, they have a large array of fun prints and styles so you can easily add in their clothing to your workout, or simply your everyday style!

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PACT

Pact is a great go-to for sustainably made basics – even socks & underwear! They make incredibly comfy garments and only use Fair Trade Certified factories for their production. They refuse to allow toxic dyes and pesticides into their manufacturing process, and even use recycled materials for some of their items! So you can support sustainably made clothing even down to the smallest parts of your wardrobe!


We hope you guys loved this small look into environmentally friendly fashion, and that you take some inspiration to green up your wardrobe in whatever ways you can!

Happy Earth Day, and here’s to making every day just a bit greener!

Love, Tattered

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Mother Magazine

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Check out the eco-friendly magazine I created for my Environmental Science Class this semester! I wanted to encourage fashion customers to care about the planet their clothing comes from, and to show them ways they can reduce their impact while still enjoying the fashion and life they love

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Distressed Denim

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The past two weeks have been quite busy. I’ve been almost ridiculously productive with final projects and job applications, sadly leaving this poor blog in a state of neglect. So for the next few days, please bear with me as I randomly post many (most likely somewhat irrelevant) things to catch back up.

To start, my latest project has once more involved denim distressing, though to a slightly higher degree. Our final Intro Textiles assignment was to perform two finishing techniques to denim. Based on a few current trends for summer, I decided to try my hand at creating a pair of distressed white denim shorts.

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Week 13 Activity: More With Algorithmic Art

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This week I got the chance to try other classmate’s algorithmic art projects. I surprisingly found two people who’d shown how to distress denim, and decided to try it for myself.

Taking instructions from Daniela Hernandez and Marisol Christy, I bought a baggy pair of denim shorts from the thrift store and turned them into a more trendy, distressed pair.

The whole process was (although time consuming) surprisingly fun and easy. I’ve made my own cut offs out of thrift store jeans before, but have never tried distressing them myself. I passed on the sanding/cheesegrating, but in the future I might try it out for that “perfectly distressed” look. And while some pride themselves on their expensive, destroyed designer denim, I’m more than happy saving money opting for thrift store jeans and creating the look myself.

There were almost countless other awesome projects, but I sadly didn’t have the time to try them this week. From learning to surf to making beautiful photo effects, algorithmic art seems to stretch through nearly every subject. These were a few I thought were really cool, give them a shot if you’d like to make algorithmic art for yourself!

  • Time lapse art by Gibson Reedy: this seemed really cool because not only do you get to see how things change throughout the day, you have a chance to really look at the space around you and pay attention to things you might otherwise ignore
  • Bokeh by Kelsey Nicole: I’ve always loved bokeh, but been too scared of messing with my DSLR (and tutorials are always so overly complicated) I’ve never actually tried it. With Kelsey’s easy to follow instructions, it seems so much more possible and I’m looking forward to trying it
  • DNA lamp by Katie Leyba: If you’ve seen my classmate interview from last week, you’ve already dealt with my excitement for this crazy awesome lamp. And while I’m a bit intimidated by the amount of tech and sauntering, I might find myself a few weeks from now recruiting my dad (and probably freaking out with happiness) to make this incredible, unique lamp
  •  Scratch board by Khoi Nguyen: While I’ve heard of (and probably used when I was little) scratch boards before, I’ve never seen anyone create so much detail as Khoi did in his example. (And I kind of freaked/nerded out when I realized he made TBag from Prison Break his scratchboard subject)

And finally:

  • The art of surfing by Matt Bdo: I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, but been too scared because of my incredible lack of balance/knowledge. I’m excited to try it out over the summer, and even though I can almost guarantee I’ll fall quite a bit, at least I’ll have some idea of what I should be (attempting) to do thanks to this short how-to

Like I said before, there were many other amazing projects, but these were a few I hope to try in the future. It still amazes me so much of our lives consists of these “how to’s” and tutorials, yet algorithmic art is still (at least to me) a fairly new idea. We tend to think of rules as annoying or something to be broken – especially in art – but with such amazing things being made possible through algorithmic art, it seems those rules have found a place to stay unbroken.

Week 13 Classmate Interview : Summer Morgan

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IMG_4266This week I had the pleasure of talking to Summer Morgan, another first year who I’d actually met last semester in math class.
She said she was from Orchid, a small town about 45 minutes north of Long Beach. Surprisingly, she said she sort of hated being in a bigger city, mostly because she didn’t have a car and felt stuck on campus. She said she sometimes takes the bus and used to take the train every weekend to go home, but she’s been staying on campus more lately and just going places nearby with friends.

We talked a bit about our majors for a bit and I found out she was studying Psychology. She said she’d always wanted to be a forensic scientist after watching shows like Law and Order (and we shared quite a bit of crime show binge-watching stories). She said she’d decided against pursuing a career in forensic science because it required starting out as a police officer, which she didn’t want to do. Instead, she’s decided to pursue counselling because she thought it would be a great way to help people and interventions seemed really interesting to her. We also agreed Psychology was a great major choice because it helped with figuring out how people think and applied to so many things.

Overall I had a great time talking to Summer; she was incredibly nice and seemed like the kind of person who could make friends with practically anyone. We even shared some of our favorite shopping places and she was awesome enough to let me know about some great thrift places near school.  Hopefully I’ll see her around the galleries – maybe we’ll even have some more classes together – but even if not, I wish her all the best. And with such a great personality and people skills, there’s no doubt she’ll get far in any job she pursues.

If you would like to talk to Summer or learn more about her, visit her blog at https://summerknightmorgan.wordpress.com

Week 12 Activity : Algorithmic Art

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This week, I wanted to focus on something at least moderately related to my major : sewing. While I may not be a design student, nor a master seamstress, I do own and occasionally use a sewing machine. Many patterns I’ve purchased or otherwise seen seem to be for very outdated, boring (and usually frumpy) garments, so when I came across q2han’s youtube channel with its many contemporary sewing tutorials, I was very excited. I’d been putting off attempting them, but figured I’d give one a try for this week.

Week 12 Artist Interview : Ashley Sharpe

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This week, pop culture made its way into the Merlino gallery – in the form of cats. But beyond the cultural reference, the cat prints had a much deeper meaning for their creator, Ashley Sharpe.

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The bright colors, crazy prints, glitter cans, toy mice, and hanging string truly brought the room (and the cats inside it) to life

Week 11 Artist Interview : Gerardo Pena and Kyle Kruse

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When people think of art, they probably think of museum exhibits and stark white walls lined with oil paintings. But, as times have changed, not only has the content of the art changed, but also its mediums, styles, and presentation. This week, Gerardo Pena and Kyle Kruse’s instillation was one such work which seemed to break through the boundaries of the traditional gallery setting.

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