on slowing the frock up…

trouble magazine - australian-based street mag dedicated to the artsFor those of you who haven’t yet stumbled across it, Trouble magazine is an Australian-based street press magazine, dedicated to the arts. In their monthly editions, you can find exhibition and gallery listings, alongside discourse on the arts, politics, permaculture and lots more.

In this month’s edition, the ‘lots more’ includes an article submitted by me, talking about some of the inspiring people around town who are also ‘slowing the frock up’.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

By now, you’ve probably all heard the fashion adage that ‘green is the new black’ and have perhaps joined the growing movement of folks taking ethical clothing pledges, buying second hand frocks and going to clothes swaps. Yet fast-fashion consumerism remains rampant with clothing comprising approximately 50% of goods dumped in charity bins – 35% of which are not deemed wearable and subsequently sent to landfill.

Adding to all this unnecessary rubbish, every few weeks a new fashion mag comes out, telling us what we simply must wear, showing how many celebrities have a similar sartorial style, and giving quick-fix, cheap alternatives on how to get the look ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong – I love playing dress-ups. I love the thrill that a few well-layered pieces of cloth can give and revel in the visual exploration of identity, body image and self. Clothing offers protection and persona, providing the first layer of silent conversation upon which many a character’s fibre is scrutinised. Clothing can be fun, cathartic, practical and therapeutic. We can jump social ladders in a good frock and a well-turned heel, just as we can morph into the background and choose to not be seen. Nevertheless, a few years ago I turned off the fast-fashion lane, and made my way onto the slow-style roundabout. In case you haven’t done so yet, allow me to take you for a ride.

You can read the complete online version here, or look for it in print at your closest arts-friendly cafe/cinema/bookstore.