perfectly white

perfectly white
alabama chanin


perfectly white

I admit to loving those perfectly white, really rather cold, Greek sculptures of gods, goddesses, and regular people who just hung out at the Forum. So wasn’t I surprised to learn that those sculptures were not always that “pure white.”

Archeologists have found sculptures with tiny remnants of color on them and this wasn’t just last week. And apparently this is more like what those statues looked like! 

Reconstructors have “painted” some statues with even more “garish” colors than these. And get this, not all statues had the same colored complexion! To read more, get the October 29 New Yorker. 

alabama chanin

“Thoughtful design. Responsible production.
Good business. Quality that lasts.”

Alabama Chanin

After talking about mending and Visible Mending in a post last week, a reader reminded me about Natalie “Alabama” Chanin, the zero-waste fashion designer from, you guessed it, Alabama.

Zero-waste is exactly what it sounds like, making things with no waste left over and recycling everything through processes that mimic the way nature works.

“Zero Waste: The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of all products, packaging, and materials, without burning them, and without discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.” —Wikipedia

When I think about the number of plastic bags that still leave my local grocery stores and bodegas, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the depth of this topic. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Zero-waste is a tall order, one that demands real discipline from the designer and maker, but it’s nothing new.

If you’ve ever been on a farm or in a poor country, you know that in those places nothing goes to waste, waste just isn’t efficient, economic, or sustainable.

These days all of us can and do participate in some attempts to at least curb how much waste we produce. Recycling and composting is no longer an unusual thing even in the heart of the city.

People like Alabama Chanin take it one step further for all of us. Not only is she a gifted designer, but she’s a true environmentalist as well. And while that might sound jarring, “designer/environmentalist,” it is the future of both production and consumption.

So if you think about what’s going to happen with whatever it is you last purchased, after you’re done with it, congratulations, you’re part of the future. 

Through Chanin’s “School of Making,” you can purchase DIY kits and supplies to make garments like this skirt. I love to think about the amount of satisfaction one would get from accomplishing something like this.


Makeup by Mary Phillips

Yes, this is Kendall Jenner and the only reason I’m posting this, from today’s inbox, is because I like those little dashes of color, her “eyeliner.” But the funny thing is, that Vogue called it:

Radical New Take on Red Carpet Eyeliner

And I find that funny for lots of reasons, and I find that I really like the look. You?


“It’s difficult to summarize wabi-sabi but, in short, it’ about embracing the beauty of imperfection, the natural process of aging and decay, and the opportunity to view maturation as a natural and inevitable progression that imparts depth, wisdom, character, and earned beauty that could not otherwise be attained. It also embraces the elements and the ways in which nature alters an object—aged patina, weathered wood, and tarnished metals. Through that alteration there is a new beauty or even a revelation.”

—Katrina Rodabaugh



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