Evan Biddell’s VVbyEB 81lb Challenge

 

“I think that if you do have a voice, and you see something wrong in the world as an artist, you have to point it out. It’s the only way it’s going to change.”

Evan Biddell ~ fashion designer

Check out the short promo in the link below, as Evan rocks the runway.  [longer versions of this video are at the end of this blog post]

https://www.facebook.com/CBCArts/videos/1482984508392079/

Us RUDE Guys point out the wrongs of rampant fast fashion, by wearing our signature folly which is Scavenger Style.

We walk our talk and dress in the discards of others.  We have grown up wearing hand-me-downs and remade clothes.

For over a decade we have worn Scavenger Style 365 days of the year and 24/7.

95% of textiles can be recycled therefore we say NO WAY to landfill when it comes to our clothes and bed linens.

Stop buying it and beat The Man.  It’s the only way it stops!

 

 

 

Check out the 81 pound collection’s images below.

https://myalbum.com/album/ZisBoPybgc3M

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Trashed Textiles

I remember at the age of five travelling on a trolley car with my mother past a group of women on a picket line at a textile plant, seeing them being viciously beaten by security people. So that kind of thing stayed with me.

Noam Chomsky

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RUDE Girl could not agree more with Dorothy Cosonas .  When I go down to the point of landfill to rescue textiles, destined for the garment graveyard, my eyes are seriously focused on the pile of clothes and fabrics in front of me.

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Textiles in a TIP SHOP at point of landfill

I have like a sixth sense for what it is I am seeking, among the mostly fast fashion synthetics.  I scourer for natural fibre fabric, unusual print, different texture, interesting colours, country of origin, brand, quality stitching and unique design.  I will not overlook tired synthetics totally, and have picked up clothes for around the house and garden. 

I am really pleased that most of the textiles I rescue, are not of interest to other pickers.  If they were, then I would definitely not find them to rescue.  These would have been snatched up by other pickers, right?


Photos above:  Place mouse over each photo and click to get details.

I usually do not know at the time what I will be reusing the rescued garments for.  The inspiration comes during the sorting and washing process at home.  Or at a later time when I am in my studio creating.  It’s reassuring to know I have a stash of rescued garments that I can immediately revisit for reuse.

The challenge I find, is keeping this stash of garments under manageable control.  Because I make just for myself,  I find I can only wear so much that I re-create.  Once or twice a year I have an audit and decide what is to be given to to friends or donated to charity.

Beat The ‘fast fashion’ Man by wearing trashed textiles that have been rescued and revamped.

Rags to Britches and Riches

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RUDE Boy loves these very old Wavezone shorts.  I do imagine any other guy wearing them for two summers, and then using the fabric as rags.  Or more than likely, discarding the shorts into the recycling bin because they were no longer ‘on trend’.

RUDE Girl even made a movie of these shorts this year.  It was sent it to Mr Wu CEO Wavezone in China.  The movie did not attract a response.  Never mind, it was not expected that I would get a reply.  I only hope it received a reaction of incredulous disbelief.

You can watch the first video here which was created for Fashion Revolution Day 2015.

RUDE Boy wears these shorts A LOT!!  Since the first video was made, he has worn more holes through the thinning fabric and previous patches.  For RUDE Girl, it has become like a quest to keep these shorts wearable, and out of the rag-bag.  I work at creating layers for durability and strength.  My inspiration comes from sashiko method of patching and stitching.

Here is the second video in the life of RUDE Boys Wavezone raggedy britches.  It explains how I have mended and patched them for the third time.

RUDE Boy, go Beat The Man [Mr Wu from Wavezone] and keep rockin saggy britches a la scavenger style! 

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RUDE Boy loves his raggedy and rude britches

Apocalypse Apparel

Apocolypse Apparell 5 June 2015Photo above:  Runway model showcasing designs at the Southwest Graduates Show, Beijing, China.

Every person should have their escape route planned. I think everyone has an apocalypse fantasy, what would I do in the event of the end of the world, and we just basically – me and Nick – said what would we do, where would we head?

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One thing that annoys me is when you see women in these terrible and incredible situations with perfectly glossed lips. You’re not going to look good in the apocalypse.

Sarah Wayne Callies

RUDE has been known to discuss how we will cope should there be an apocalypse.  Sometimes we joke about zombies after watching a movie featuring them.  And at the moment we have Mad Max:Fury Road and mayhem on the badlands.  Most of the time we try to give some serious, and considered thought, to how we might survive in an economic depression. 

And we also ponder the threat of water wars, should water become scarce or privitised.  After watching The Well last night and reading about how Nestle is selling bottled water from artesian wells on native reservations in the US, it’s a frightening thought. 

Living a very frugal lifestyle will ensure that we are not on the back foot worrying about how we are not going to be able to afford overseas holidays once a year, to wear designer clothes, to drive expensive cars, to dine out at restaurants at least twice a week, and go to the hairdresser every 6 weeks for a $400 cut and colour.

We have planned that we will only be wearing scavenged clothes that will need to be repaired and made to last.  We have collected all the textiles that we require to survive on the wastelands.  I have my hand-cranked sewing machine for repairs as well as my sashiko stitch mending ability.  Have you noticed in movies about the apocalypse the costumes are all raw edged and sashiko stitched?  I have been paying attention and getting inspiration for RUDE’s wasteland wardrobe.  Scavenger Style has been seven years in the perfecting.

https://youtu.be/9RpwBZ3eZ24

Video #1 above:  Free textile and garment finds.

Video #2  below:  A garment from #1 video above has been re-made.

https://youtu.be/OU4zEKY-h_c



Beat The Man and plan for a rainy day!

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 satirical, 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!