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The ‘One Year One Outfit’ slow fashion challenge culminates with clothing on display in Cleveland – ideastream

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An art exhibit’s opening night is usually high-energy. But at this one, at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts District on a recent Friday night, the mood was especially buoyant.

That’s because of what the exhibit of dresses, tunics, skirts, hats, mittens and vests represents. The sixteen pieces on display were made by people who took part in a year-long challenge to make an outfit out of natural fibers and dyes, sourced within a 250-mile radius of Cleveland.

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An art exhibit’s opening night is usually high-energy. But at this one, at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts District on a recent Friday night, the mood was especially buoyant.

That’s because of what the exhibit of dresses, tunics, skirts, hats, mittens and vests represents. The sixteen pieces on display were made by people who took part in a year-long challenge to make an outfit out of natural fibers and dyes, sourced within a 250-mile radius of Cleveland.

 “So, what you’re seeing is the culmination of over a year of a lot of blood, sweat and tears. A lot of pivots. A lot of curiosity. A lot of teamwork. A lot of just exploring the world of slow fashion through local fiber and color,” said Sarah Pottle, over the loud hum of a large crowd inside the workshop’s gallery.

Pottle is co-founder of Rust Belt Fibershed, which organized the “One Year One Outfit” challenge. It started last year, in October, as COVID-19 cases were beginning their holiday surge. Fifty people signed up for the challenge. Twenty-four completed it. Most were from Northeast Ohio, but some were from Pittsburgh and Columbus. Pottle said the in-person gallery event was an emotional high point for the group.

 “We could have done it where you just follow along for a year and maybe at the end you make a final Zoom call and then you hold it up and that would have been cool. You know, it would have been a project,” said Pottle. “But to have a physical space for everybody to, first of all just to see them interact, when we really haven’t gotten to do that, because of the pandemic. And then the other part is putting it on display for the public to see.”

Participant Alexa Vicario of South Euclid stood near a mannequin that was wearing her outfit: a woolen knitted sweater, skirt and pair of mittens in shades of brown from cappuccino to dark chocolate.

Alexa Vicario created this outfit from wool. She scoured, or cleaned, carded and spun the wool by hand. The outfit is part of the “One Year One Outfit” garment exhibition at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland. [Em Good / Praxis Fiber Workshop]

“I just wanted it to be neutral and just, something that you would wear in, like, a cozy, Nordic setting,” she said.

Some “One Year One Outfit” participants worked in teams of two or three. Vicario worked alone. She bought raw sheep fleeces from local farmers and watched YouTube videos to figure out how to clean the wool, card it and spin it into yarn.

A knitted and felted gardening smock was made with wool and alpaca fiber and dyes from madder root, black walnut, indigo and other natural dyes. The garment was created by Celeste Malvar-Stewart and Janette Knowles of Columbus. [Amy Eddings / Ideastream Public …….

Source: https://www.ideastream.org/news/the-one-year-one-outfit-slow-fashion-challenge-culminates-with-clothing-on-display-in-cleveland