My dear friends,
Welcome back! For those that are new around here please know that the back door is always open, yes you can pick the raspberries, and I hope you'll be staying for dinner.
All jokes aside, I started Nosy Neighbor as a way to document my Senior collection process. Each week I'll share my creative journey with you alongside life updates, and my thoughts on connection and community. If you missed the first letter, you can now read it here.
Summer seems to have slipped through my hands, and I am holding on dearly to these last few weeks before school starts up again for the last time. There's so much to be done in preparation for my collection, as the expectation is to come to class with a fully fleshed-out concept, 3+ designs, color palette, and fabrics selected. It would be naive of me to say that I feel prepared in the least.
However, here we are 4 weeks away; And so I begin. As I mentioned in last week's letter I want my garments to move and play well, so they must be durable. Beyond that, I have no clue what they will look like, so this week I'm setting a goal of filling up my sketchbook with 15+ pages of inspiration. I'll pull from magazines, books, my own photos, and online sources. So mark my word, the next newsletter will be full of inspiring collages and sketchbook pages galore.
The past few weeks, I've been meandering through the NYC fabric scene. I've been to Mood twice now, as well as so many funny little specialty stores: A store dedicated just for zippers, and one for buttons and trims, boxes full of the most specific and useful sewing tools. As beautifully overwhelming as it all is, I think I now have a sense of what they have to offer, and can start to narrow down what I want to bring back with me to Columbus before I leave.
Speaking of fabric, this Friday, I took the R train down to the Brooklyn Army Terminal to volunteer with FabScrap*, an amazing nonprofit with the goal to end fabric waste. They partner with fashion brands in the garment district to recycle or resell discarded fabric scraps. I worked sorting through the donated scraps, and in exchange for my time volunteering, they gave me 5 free lbs of fabric! I lucked out and found a piece of beautiful selvage edge denim, as well as silk charmeuse, lambskin leather, and some quirky buckles and buttons. It was a treasure trove, and especially exciting for me as their ability to combine fashion and community advocacy is so in line with my own personal goals.
*Fab scrap also has an online store and they do flash sales on Wednesdays on Instagram if you wanna support a good cause and get some amazing designer fabric for cheap.
In other news:
LOVING: Doing yoga in the park. Every Thursday morning, at 8:30 AM, Mariah leads 20-30 of us in Washington Square Park.
READING: Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
CELEBRATING: The release of Latif Nassar from Guantanamo Bay (listen to The Other Latif here)
FEELING: Grateful for my Adidas superstars that my dad bought me before I left. My feet do a little happy dance every time I wear them, grateful for the arch support. They are my rain and hiking boots. They remind me of my Dad and his sensibleness. "You're gonna need good walking shoes for New York!". Boy was he right.
THINKING: about what it takes to make clothes worth keeping. Is it something in the garment itself or is it just the way in which we approach them?
I'll be peeping my nose into your inbox again soon, but until then, much love from me to you.
Your Nosy Neighbor,