Suffragette Scavenger Style

“And Mother, I love her dearly, but she flies into a panic whenever I mention women’s rights. As she sees it, it will be so much more difficult to marry me off if I am not only of a weak constitution but of a progressive mind as well.”
Gwenn Wright, Katherine’s Journal


“Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.”

Oscar Wilde

Last weekend I read about this new movie starring Helena Bonham Carter titled Suffragette.  RUDE Girl is  on-trend again without even REalising it! 

imagesPITCH PERFECT  Above :  Helena Bonham Carter starring in Suffragette

I have dressed for two weddings and a REunion in a kind-of 1920s style outfit.  At a gathering for marching girls I accessorised my frock with my green sash [won in 1973 for best Australian junior marching girl leader], and all of a sudden I was transformed into a suffragette.

My outfit below consisted of a sleeveless dress from a charity shop for $7.  It’s a Basque brand.  A nude coloured chiffon type fabric top from landfill.  It’s a Bardot brand.  A hat and Italian shoes from landfill.

Victorian Marching Hat Day Group Shot 29 Nov 2014Photo Above :  RUDE Girl 4th from left at a Marching Girls’ gathering


And in the video below this is how I wore the outfit to our daughter’s wedding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oRPKRvfcudk


I love this style of dress because it suits my no-nonsense nature.  My lean stature is enhanced.  I do not like to hide the shape of my body.  I am proud of it.  I would have made a splendid suffragette!

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Photo Above:  Our niece’s wedding at Portsea.  RUDE Boy, Danny wears pure wool trousers and matching vest $2 from a charity shop on Phillip Island, a pale pink shirt from landfill.  Brown vintage shoes $1 from a charity shop.

And back to the movie Suffragette, Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst.

“Be militant in your own way! Those of you who can break windows, break them. Those of you who can still further attack the secret idol of property…do so. And my last word is to the Government: I incite this meeting to rebellion. Take me if you dare! (Emmeline Pankhurst, 1912)”
Fran Abrams, Freedom’s Cause: The Lives of the Suffragettes


Beat The Man and become a Suffragette!  

Scavenger Serendipity

I opt for clothes that complement my body type. I am not someone who will go for something just because it is trendy and not look good on me. I would choose clothes which are comfortable and accentuate my body type.

Nimrat Kaur

SAMSUNGPhoto Above:  This fedora was found at landfill.  It is a wool felt hat designed in Australia and made in China. 

I fell over this hat and could hardly breathe when I realised that it was a style that is currently on-trend.  I love to read about what’s trending in fashion, so that I know what to avoid wearing.  It’s true.

However, I also know that if something is on-trend, and suits my body type, then it’s a win win situation.  More of a winning situation when it costs next to nothing to play the game.

The week before finding this fedora, I had also read Maggie Alderson’s article For Hats, Felt is Fine and this article too, which basically informed me, that it was an on-trend hat style, and could be worn in any weather.

Photo below:  Wine Spade Fedora $60.00 AUD

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Photo below left:  Karl Langerfield chain and cross grain-trimmed wool-felt fedora $238.00 AUD

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Well then, this fedora would be great for summer.  However, it was a bit dirty on the brim’s underside.  But no matter, I would think of a way of making it look new again.  And pretty quickly, the remedy to remove the grime, well, it just came to me.  Shannon Lush is the doyenne of Aussie cleaning and homemaking.  I had read in one of her books about cleaning lampshades with processed bran.  I did not have bran but I used oats, and voila the grey marks disappeared right before my very eyes.

And now I am laughing because I own such a fabulous felt hat from the Tip.  I tip my hat to that notion!

And finally this quote below sums up RUDE Girl’s feeling about hats.

There is no attitude required. The hat brings the attitude. And when people try on a hat they like, it is a bit of fun. It makes them laugh. You don’t laugh when you put on a pair of shoes, but you do with a hat.

Philip Treacy

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Skimp on Stuff, Yes, Teeth No!

Tooth graphicI told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie. ~ Rodney Dangerfield

RUDE Girl can relate to the above quote.  I too told my dentist my teeth were yellowing.  He told me that the whites of my eyes should near enough match the colour of my teeth – and they do, so it’s okay [I am now wondering if I have jaundice!]. 

Seriously, what I [Karen] appreciates about my dentist, is the fact that he could have made an easy $400 AUD but he didn’t push the bleach treatment.  He also mentioned something about how I would probably not want to look like a celebrity.  He was right there.

Anyways, this post is to clarify to any followers who think we just might be destitute and penniless is that we are not.  We are wealthy westerners who enjoy a privileged lifestyle albeit frugal out of choice.  A privileged lifestyle for us is not about overseas travel, fine dining restaurant experiences, expensive foreign cars, designer brand clothes and accessories et cetera.

For RUDE a privileged lifestyle means living in a democracy in Melbourne, Australia and having choices.  We choose to have private health insurance, which includes dental coverage.  We prefer to have this choice and pay for it, as opposed to spending up big on new stuff and/or experiences aimed at keeping up with The Joneses. 

The stuff we skimp on, is the materialistic and instant gratification stuff, that the mainstream want and have to have.  Many have not had the rude awakening afforded us.  We are grateful that we can go to the dentist and dental hygienist every 6 months.

We wear clothes scavenged from landfill.  This is part of our Beat The Man game where cost saved on buying brand new clothing goes towards funding many practical things, including our dental care.

As for white teeth this Christmas, Santa says it’s a want not a need.  So just grin and be happy!!

Video below:  Scavenger Style can be worn to your dental appointment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aqRC9G6Tqao

Suspended on a Line

At times the concrete is emphasized, sometimes the water, sometimes the sky or the rag with its more or less lightness and gayety [gaiety], and its color that transforms all other colors ~ From the book Suspended on a Line

SAMSUNGAbove:  Vintage cotton and threadbare blanket from the dog rug basket in a charity shop.  RUDE was inspired by the book Suspended on a Line to REscue this piece of textile, wash, soak and line dry it, on the Hills hoist clothesline outside in the Australian sun.

RUDE was at a landfill out of town a couple of days ago.  This landfill site has a large shed shop where stuff is REclaimed from going to landfill and then on-sold.

I, [Karen] hardly ever find anything at this shop worth blogging about.  But this time around I stumbled upon a coffee table book, just waiting for a textiles’ scavenger, me, to pick it up.  I realised immediately the beauty and inspiration awaiting for me within its pages.

At my regular landfill, I usually only pay 50 cents for a book or a couple of dollars for a bag of books.  For this book I paid $1.50.  I would have paid $5 as it’s glorious.  It’s the type of book I would have requested new as a Christmas gift.

Below:  The book is Suspended on a Line by Walter Battistessa

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Amazon has the book for sale with a mediocre review here.  I do not agree that the book lacks variety in the clothing and settings presented.  As Furio Colombo highlights in the forward, Battistessa beautifully documents textiles in all their variations from across the globe.

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When you move through the pages of this book you get a sense that the clothes and fabric coverings are treated with respect.   It beautifully portrays people maintaining and caring for their clothes and manchester.  There is air, sun, surf and wind that touches the fabrics.  The book breathes humanity, life and hope.

 

SAMSUNGAbove:  A pile of clothes REscued from landfill by RUDE, including ‘as new’ designer brands.  All garments are in good to excellent condition and half are made of natural fibres.  RUDE knows the special feeling she experiences from washing, soaking and suspending fabrics and garments on a line to dry or air out.

Below:  Handmade buntings from REcycled fabrics tied to the Hills hoist clothesline in RUDE’S backyard in Melbourne, Australia.

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Signature Folly

SAMSUNGAbove:  From Jonathan Adler’s 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life - Adopt a signature folly and think of it as branding for the self.  It can be satorical, lifestyle or anything else that sets you apart from the hoi polloi.

DSC04598Above:  Scavenger Style photo comes alive in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ip-No-9ytcc

RUDE’S signature folly is it’s very own creation and we have branded it Scavenger Style.  And no it’s not grunge style and no it’s not punk style .  These two styles may have some of the same elements but Scavenger Style stands out because there is no Scavenger fashion movement promoted by celeb fashion designers that RUDE is aware of.

And by that we mean NO trendy designers, physically REscuing and cleaning, wearing [sometimes REfashioning] and showcasing mostly fast fashion and textiles saved from a dirt hole in the ground.

Scavenger Style makes not only a fashion design and style statement but also an economical and political statement.  RUDE has created a way to wear worn, comfortable and stylish clothes and also contribute to saving the planet and our pennies.

We have worn Scavenger Style from landfill for the past 6 years 24/7!  Like Anna Wintour’s bob and Alex Perry’s sunglasses it sets us apart from the hoi polloi [mass majority] for sure.

But RUDE finds it ironic that worn wear aka Scavenger Style would normally be associated with the ‘great unwashed’,  In our rude little world this is definitely not the case.  We are wealthy washed westerners and Scavenger Style is simply our signature folly.

Beat the Man and be ridiculous riff raff!

Smitten Scavengers

B07xIjGCQAEuVx-‘Creative collaboration is awesome’ ~ Alicia Silverstone

Rude was over the moon recently when it was invited to feature on Confessions of a Refashionista’s blog.  Sheri Pavlovic the creator and designer approached RUDE to work in collaboration.  Sheri is the quirky brains behind the following fun and colourful collaborative Youtube video.

RUDE presented some ‘rude’ material and Sheri REcreated it into an artistic video masterpiece here.  She did all of this whilst moving to and decorating her new home.  I [Karen] just had to find out if Sheri is a Virgo.  Why?  Because Virgos are very organised with incredible attention to detail.  Our star signs combined make for a perfect partnership.

I loved working with Sheri as I am a Capricorn.  I am organised too, but in a very practical sense.  Together there was no procrastination.  Our collaborative creative project was a pleasurable task, that just had to be executed.  And execute it we did –  all as agreed and to a deadline.


Below:  Confessions of a Refashionista presents Smitten with Rude Record feature, including  RUDE’S tips for scavenging
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http://awesomesauceasshattery.com/2014/10/27/totally-smitten-with-rude-record/

Beat the Man and collaborate with Virgos!

SAMSUNGAbove:  RUDE boy Danny made this jewellery hanger for me yesterday.  It’s made from little wooden bowling pins REscued from landfill.  It is attached to a shelf in my studio.  It’s used for scavenger necklaces also sourced from landfill.

Something Subversive

What I love is the f-you about him [Jean Paul Gaultier]; f-you to rules, f-you to tradition, f-you to doing things in a particular way.  Toni Maticevski ~ Australian Fashion Designer

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia until February 8, 2015

 

 

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Above:  ASSIN brand viscose garment REscued from landfill.  It reminded me of the black and white stripes Gaultier is REnowned for.

Read about the interesting true history of stripes in fashion here

Gosh it’s amazing what can be saved direct from landfill.  I liked this ASSIN garment a lot when I spotted it amongst the piles of fast fashion.  I was attracted to its unusual cotton fabric label, unique raw edging, and the soft as silk fabric. I had no idea that ASSIN garments are expensive to buy, even on sale!

 

I [Karen] studied 5 years of French.  I have been told that my maternal great-grandfather went to Jesuit boarding school in France.  I have also been told by a distant relative that he had an attitude of f-you.  I would not be surprised if my Gaultier gauche, rude, cheeky and Beat the Man approach to a frugal lifestyle is partly genetic.

 

Like fellow western suburbs’ designer Toni Maticevski, RUDE can relate to that f-you attitude that Gaultier oozes.  You certainly have to have it to survive the stereotyping that comes with living in the west of Melbourne. 

 

People who live inner west will not have the same level of stigma that comes with living in the outer west.  Toni Maticevski grew up in the inner west and has a studio there today.  RUDE lives in the outer west and has a studio at home. The differences are that RUDE is a fringe dweller and not a well know couture fashion designer.

 

Gaultier was REcycling and REusing in the 1980s with his punk creations. As a child, he listened to his grandmother tell stories about life during the war. Women were already recycling then, to cope with the prevailing shortages: men’s suits were altered for women; pants became skirts. By enriching recycled objects, Jean Paul Gaultier made them magnificent. Sumptuous linings turned military garments into formal attire, while evening gowns sprang from camouflage-print fabrics.

 

Like Gaultier, RUDE’s approach to a creative life is not mainstream and was formed in childhood, watching a sewist mother deconstructing garments for fabric and removing buttons and zips for REuse.  RUDE’s Scavenger Style defies a lot of social norms around hygiene, consumption, consumerism, safety and acceptability to name a few.

 

Community Recycling Network Australia summed up well RUDE’s ‘cheeky’ approach to REcycling in the link below.  RUDE is loving that we are REcognised for our contribution to keeping stuff out of landfill.

http://communityrecycling.com.au/uploadedFiles/1413287501761-4847.pdf


Beat the Man and do something subversive!