The inside of one of my favorite bowls. I love that the bottom is so thin, the light comes through. There is a lot to be said for transparency....
Inside was my direction of the month (direction being my word for the year). This is a word I could explore for a year all by itself. I suspect all my directions are going to be that way.
There is one more place to look inside of before I move on to my next direction, inside my wardrobe. I'm rather glad that I waited because there are some very good points made about this topic here (Mendofleur).
One of the debates that I've had with myself as I've worked on making my life more sustainable is whether it is better to make my own clothes from sustainable fabrics or whether it is better to buy second hand clothing. Buying clothes or making clothes made of materials such as organic cotton helps encourage that market to grow. Buying second hand helps keep things from becoming waste. I've settled on a mixture of both.
This weekend I continued to work on my pieced cord jacket. It still looks pretty rough (the edges need to be finished, binding made, the sides sewn together, some embellishment here and there), but I really like the way it is turning out. I did need to find one more piece of corduroy in my stash. It ended up being a shirt that I bought several years ago. That means that I've used one skirt, two pairs of pants and part of a shirt for this jacket. The skirt and one pair of pants were bought new. The other two items were bought second hand. The flannel on the inside is some of the last yardage I bought just to have. At this point my goal is to collect used fabrics (reclaimed clothing, family textiles, pieces passed on from friends because they think I may be able to use it) or purchase sustainable fabrics. It seems like a good direction to go.
I've debated throughout the month how much to tie each post to the direction that I'm exploring. I still haven't really decided how obvious I want to be about direction with each post, but I have decided that I want to be more clear about my goals for sustainability.
Just where is the intersection of creativity and sustainability? For this project, it's being thoughtful about materials used.