All of this.
Fat Feminism started way before body positivity did. It was on the haunches of the former that body positivity was created. It was not about being fashionable, it was not about being popular or acquiring a big following. It was about an intersection with feminism, an identity that has been derided.
And for what, for being a size you consider unhealthy? No other size is considered the hallmark of laziness and sloth. No other size is instantly given the stamp of diabetes, heart diseases and an early death. But All sizes have complications, all sizes have hidden addictions and health problems.
I don’t see the need to justify my body for the backlash that is received. That would…
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It is a hell of a lot of work to put together a clothing collection that is affordable and ethical. Many companies (I have to assume) simply don’t do it because it is “too hard”, and they don’t make enough money from doing so. I myself am yet to earn a living wage from what I do, and still I’m told quite often that my prices are too high for some people. I appreciate that my pricing is not for everyone. But I have made it as accessible as I can without literally sewing, collating, and designing clothing for people for free. I would have to humbly suggest that making clothing that is accessible to EVERYONE needs to be taken up by the big chain stores, who have the contacts, the resources, the marketplace access and the budgets to manage something like this. Us small-potatoes designers are simply not in a position influentially or financially to manage this by ourselves.
Wow. In the past 24 hours I have seen some of the most disgusting displays of classism in discussions about plus-size clothing that I think I’ve EVER seen in the fatosphere. Wait until you see the doozy I just screen capped.
As most of you probably already know, Beth Ditto dropped her new plus-size clothing line this week. It’s gorgeous. I would love to own almost every item in the range. But a lot of fat women have quite rightfully raised that they are priced out of the range because it aims at the high end market. This isn’t a criticism of Beth herself, or her new range, but an important message about how one high end fashion range is not a victory for fat women in general, because MOST of us are not able to access the range (let’s acknowledge the cut off of larger sizing too, but that’s…
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Well then, 2016! Here you are, hey?
I love the start of the new year.
Melbourne is so quiet at this time of year. The start of January means an empty city, to me. The streets are operating with a skeleton staff, while everyone is off on their summer holidays.
I love being at home in Melbourne at this time of year. I love how easy it is to get a parking space, and how quick & simple it is to get around the city – no traffic! Of course, there are the downsides, like some of our favourite restaurants being closed for the Christmas break, and the occasional 42°C days (that’s 104°F for my American friends)… but on the whole, I really do love being in Melbourne at this time of year.
I’m spending the start of 2016 putting the final touches on the next collection for my label, Joolz. It is such an exciting time during the creative process, when you can see all your ideas & concepts finally taking shape. I still have a couple of pieces to pick up from the makers (and I still need to photograph those), and I really need to update the website too. Hahaha the joys of small business ownership!
So there is still plenty to do before thinking about a launch party for the new collection! But I have to admit, that party is also on my mind… I do love a good party 🙂 I had a venue in mind, but I’ve been having difficulties getting through to the manager, so I may need to abandon that option and find somewhere else.
So, I hope those of you who are working at this time of year are enjoying what you do, and for those of you on holidays, soak it up!
And if you want a little sneak preview of what’s to come, you can check out what’s going on over at my etsy store 🙂