The true cost of fashion

The true cost of fashion

The true cost of cheap clothing and and its effect on the life of the garment workers (as well as the environment) are more & more widely discussed in the fashion industry and mainstream media, especially when disasters like the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh 2013 strike. But how much has really changed in those 2 years and why is it such a slow progress? When I look at the masses of people carrying huge bags of Primark stuff everyday up and down Oxford Street, I can’t help but think that lack of knowledge or ignorance is… more

Food for thought : Invisibles

Food for thought : Invisibles

I came across this column by Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian on the weekend. I enjoyed reading it so much, that I wanted to share it with you. Although the author would probably consider me a member of “this cacophony of self-importance, of personalised electronic vuvuzelas” too. That’s what freelancing in the creative industries across fashion and film and taking acting lessons does to you. Enjoy…   This column will change your life: invisibles If invisibles work in jobs that are unseen when done perfectly, how do they survive in a culture that seeks endless pats on the back? Question: what… more

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Something to keep in mind while we are celebrating our mothers, sisters & female friends. Many of you will have seen ‘Oppressed Majority’, the short film by Eléonore Pourriat already (more info in this article on The Guardian). And yes, it is a bit exaggerated (I don’t mind topless joggers & I don’t mind staying clothed while jogging – alone for reasons of comfort and practicality. Some women chose to be predominantly a mother – and rightly so. Whatever fullfills you. ETC), but it still highlights some major issues & worries. And bear in mind this is in… more

Natural Tripping

Natural Tripping

No, this is of course not a post about magic mushrooms & co. I think it is safe to say that I am the least knowledgable person about that. I may not have much more scientific knowledge about the phenomenon I am writing here about, but the title is dedicated to ‘murmuration’: flocks of starlings flying together, performing some sort of air ballet. The result is absolutely stunning & somewhat trippy. While watching the incredibly good tv show ‘True Detective‘, a scene that shows Rust’s blurring lines between hallucination & real life reminded me of the video below…. more

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

For a New Beginning In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness grow inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave what you had outgrown. It watched you play with the seduction of safety And the grey promises that sameness whispered, Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, Wondered would you always live like this. Then the delight, when your courage kindled, And… more