Today, 246 million children age 5-14 work in garment factories across the world. Today, communities adjacent to industrial cotton fields are suffering from neurodegenerative diseases and cancers. Today, 85% of the clothing we discard in the US is sent to landfills and incinerators. Today, a dressmaker in Africa is unemployed because we’ve saturated her village with our thrift store castoffs. Today, fashion is right behind oil as one of the most polluting industries on earth and consumption is rising.
In this daylong festival event, we’ll re-think: The history of big cotton in NC – from the slave ship to the shores of China. The industrial agricultural system. The ills of “fast fashion.” Global industry and the economics of extraction. Conventional fibers and textiles. Social justice. The worldwide effects of garment disposal. Who and what is beautiful? Deep culture versus personal style.
We’ll also dive into current sustainable fiber endeavors – such as hemp. We will engage in rethinking fashion by considering the use of upcycled, recycled and local materials. We’ll also shine a light on vendors and designers doing good work on this front – across our world and right here at home!
East Coast Runway Fashion Show – featuring 6 local designers with up to 5-7 looks. Presenters, speakers, and thought-leaders in the sustainable fashion industry. DIY Workshops – featuring indigo dying, screen printing, and more. Sustainable Vendors – featuring NC Fiber, local & handmade apparel, up-cycled goods, and more. Organizations doing good work in your community and beyond. A History of NC Fiber. Earthskill Demos. Live Music and Art. Local Eats. Sustainable Spirits.
Is there anything else you’d like to see at this event? Email suggestions, inspirations, connections, and recommendations to Hannah@AbundanceNC.org!
Have some wisdom to share? A poem to spit? Wares to sell. Song to sing. Do you know someone who should shed some serious light on fashion, farming, or fiber? We need you!
We’re looking for educators, vendors, volunteers, speakers, entertainers, artists, and all sorts of wisdom bearers to participate in this event! Interested in participating? Take a moment to fill out this form!
Does this event resonate with your organization? Looking to align your business with a local and sustainable initiative? Please consider sponsoring Think Again: Fashion, Farming, and Fiber.
Without the support of local businesses, organizations, and private donors – this event would not be possible.
Interested in sponsoring? Click here to view the Sponsorship Package! To start the process, email Tami@AbundanceNC.org.
Presenting, the inaugural debut of East Coast Runway – a sustainable fashion show initiative by Arlo Estill of Hempsmith.
This East Coast Runway show will showcase 6 local sustainable designers with 5-7 different looks. Designers will be chosen by a small jury of sustainable fashion all-stars.
Interested in participating as a designer? Apply here!
Think Again is a series of salons, gatherings, performances, and conferences held to reconsider our dominant culture in hopes of inspiring better ways of being in this world. As a culture, we’ve found ourselves on auto pilot – not questioning the paradigms we’ve inherited. Have we conjured a world that we can thrive in? Can we re-imagine our place in it? What is serving us? What is not? How might we contribute to making a better day for those who come after us?
The consequences of the way we live our lives are powerful. Our culture is fertile for change. The time is now to Think Again about everything. As an ancestor, may we be remembered as those who planted the trees that give shade to future generations – not the ones who lost the seeds for good. As we think again, may our ideas take root to create a more verdant world.
Lasting change grows from the ground up. In local communities, we can rethink old systems that no longer serve us and tend to new ones. With curiosity, trust, and wonder – there can be a clearer path to a meaningful way of living, producing, learning, and being together.