Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber, textile worker and activist. Frau Fiber distributes her knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes. source
Rereading the above made me look around the internet to see if other have stopped shopping.
In Norway the journalist and writer Irina Lee has stopped shopping for a year and is quoted saying:
Jeg er et lettere, lykkeligere og rikere menneske i dag, enn jeg var for ett år siden. Alt takket være Stop shop, forklarer Lee. (I am a lighter, happier and more rich today than i was one year ago. This is thanks to “Stop shop”, Lee explains.) source, my translation.
Lee has started a group on Facebook to encourage and help people stopping the shopping. The group had over 800 members in january 2013.
Also Jenny Skavlan, a norwegian fashion blogger, who joined the “Stop shop”-wave reports increasing creativity after joining. Skavlan has written a list with 5 tips (in norwegian) to people who “stop shop”:
- Mend your clothes
- Clean your clothes more gently (and perhaps more seldom)
- Decorate with perls and the like
- Sew with thick garnments that does not fray (leather, and the like)
- Borrow clothes from family and friends
More norwegians blogging about their “stop shop” 2013.