Mending ~ red tape not required

 

People go back to the stuff that doesn’t cost a lot of money and the stuff that you don’t have to hand money to over and over again. Stuff that you get for free, stuff that your older brother gives you, stuff that you can get out of the local library.

Frank Black / Musician

 

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Us RUDE Guys have been participating in our community, giving our time and some of our resources, for free to others, and helping them mend their things.

We had a vision that we would be engaging in a no-strings attached activity.  And for many months we were, and it was awesome!   What could be easier than partnering and collaborating with others and delivering a free mending service .   Helping people in our locale to save money by repairing items they would have had to otherwise buy new.  And saving the planet by keeping their stuff out of landfill.

Sadly, as in the cartoon above, nothing is free in life.  There may be the appearance of no strings attached.  However, it’s rarely possible.  Why?  There is always the looming threat of bureaucracy with its red tape.  And the more free and awesome your activity develops, in mind, in stuff and in service, the more the bureaucrats want to regulate and control it and you.

Us RUDE Guys have been following the demise of Urban Food Street in Buderim,  Queensland which is a community food growing and sharing neighbourhood activity that was destroyed by Sunshine Coast Council.  An example of green crime by local government bureaucrats, fueled by their addictions to power, regulations and red tape.  We would not be surprised if these bureaucrats were acting like spoiled brats at a party, just itching to spoil the fun and joy others were having.

Chatting with RUDE Boy over today’s lunch, we agreed that we still have free will no matter what type of restrictions are imposed on our community participation.  Rather than react in a negative way, it’s best to keep positive and think creatively.  And that’s where the bureaucrats flounder.  And that can be frustrating – not much space for creative and innovative thinking when they are threatened for whatever reasons.

So how do we remain positive whilst dealing with threatened and risk averse bureaucrats?  We know us RUDE Guys have free will, free time, free hugs, free services and free things to share with others.  How we share all these freebies is up to us and not them.  And there really really are lots of creative ways, without red tape, to Beat The Man.

We are really really loving the Really Really Free Market in Preston, and we are really really hoping the local Darebin Council embraces the joyfulness of the freedom it brings for a few hours, to the mostly regulated ‘to every inch of their lives’ people attending.

 

 

 

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IMAGE via The Age ~ Hailie Sommerhalder setting up for the Really Really Free Market. Photo: Simon Schluter

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IMAGE via The Age ~  The Really, Really Free Market gets into the swing of things. Photo: Simon Schluter


“It is a refreshing sanctuary from money … because money is everywhere, and very few things in life are free. So it’s a nice change to see all this honest, open, giving going on without any strings attached.”  Hallie Sommerhalder /Stallholder ~ Really Really Free Market

Below is the link to the article in today’s Sunday Age article titled “Money Doesn’t Work Here’

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/money-no-good-at-prestons-really-really-free-market-20170727-gxjwj2.html

Sashiko Shines Sustainability

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.

Jamais Cascio

RUDE relates to the above quote by Cascio, and is all about the joy of a frugal lifestyle.  Oftentimes we discuss our ability to survive should the great disruption eventuate.  We know it’s about having resilience, and we endeavour to be mindful, and also not rely on consumerism to meet our needs.  We want a slow and thoughtful life that shuns the trends of busy, and shop till you drop.  We embrace a lifestyle that’s based on an ethos of simplicity and sustainability.

Last weekend RUDE Girl participated in Brimbank City Council’s Sustainable Living Expo.  It was great to be invited to return to such a vibrant community event. The setting for this event is also unique, and adds to the atmosphere.  There is a large old white house as a community centre with a huge community garden adjacent.  It’s a magic place.

And even made better by the enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers.  This community centre thrives because it appears staff are happy, and volunteers are respected.  Brimbank City Council you could bottle this sweet nectar and sell it.

SAMSUNGPhoto above:  RUDE Girl at the front gate to the Westvale Community Centre, St Albans, Melbourne, Australia.

Photo below:  The Westvale Community Centre.

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20150221_095911 Photo above:  RUDE’S REthink REfashion Cafe was a display and demonstration to inspire Expo attendees to REpurpose clothing items and/or textiles.

I have been patching RUDE boy’s red tab Levis using cotton twill patches, and sashiko stitching them to the inside knee areas.  At the Expo I took along these jeans to demonstrate rude sashiko stitching.

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Photos x5 above:  The various stages from start to finish of the right jean leg and the inner seams.

Photo below:  A Chinese woman at the Expo was keen to have a go at sashiko!  Here she is commencing the  left jean leg on the same pair of jeans.

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The left jean leg does not have any holes but the denim is wearing very thin.  The darker blue fabric on the underside, together with the sashiko stitching will ensure the knee area is reinforced.


Beat The Man, be resilient and sustainable, and thrive!

Frugal Forgiveness

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Oscar Wilde


Hello to all out loyal followers!

Life is blissful in the RUDE camp but at times it can be a bit hectic, and I forget to do small things – an apology is forthcoming after my excuses.

We have our make do and mend projects going all the time.  And we are on-line all day supporting the make do and mend, and recycling communities on Facebook that we administrate and/or follow.  And this year RUDE Girl is reaching out more into my local community, to share the joy of frugal and the fun of our Beat The Man game.

I will be teaching REfashioning in a youth textiles program, delivering a couple of recycled textiles workshops at a local primary school, undertaking a university course in community development related to emergency ready and resilient communities and workshopping recycled textiles at local community events to name a few.

Please forgive me for posting last Friday’s blog post [6 December] Share The Joy of Creativity, without access to two of RUDE’S YouTube videos.  The links are now open and you can view both videos there or the main video here.

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Photo above:  The beautiful pure wool Veronika Maine top [black grape colour] that I am wearing in the featured video.  This top was ‘as new’ and was REscued from landfill.

Beat The Man but never be too busy doing it to apologise!

Rock n Roll REcital

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures”

~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

In 2007 RUDE had the wonderful experience of performing in a residents’ concert in a gated community. In true RUDE style all costumes were thrifted.

This function is an example of frugal fun and the experience took us back to a time when communities lived, worked and played local. What a joy and such fond memories.