(Re)learning to Sew

Last quarter, I taught a new course at University of Washington — En Vogue: From Feathers to Leather — about the animal, human and environmental impacts of the fashion industry and garment production (with a focus on leather, wool, feathers, and fur). Going into the course, I really had no idea how students would respond […]

En Vogue: From Feathers to Leather

This quarter, I’m teaching a class at University of Washington called ‘En Vogue: From Feathers to Leather’ about human and nonhuman animals in fashion. So far, we have spent the first four weeks focused on theoretical framing for the course and the human costs of the fashion industry, reading and watching documentaries about sweatshop labor, […]

Maternity Fashion Guest Post at The Kind Life

Happy Friday! I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend. Here in Seattle we’re on a streak of perfect spring weather. It’s been sunny and in the 70s all week. Eric and I have made two trips to the dog park this week, done some yard work and plan to do more […]

Spring Weddings at The Kind Life

Happy Monday, dear readers! I don’t know about your particular part of the world, but here in Seattle, signs of spring are everywhere. The trees are getting tiny buds, the crocuses are blooming, the 50 tulips I planted last fall have sprouted!  Lots of exciting signs of spring, despite the fact that we have had quite a […]

Cri de Coeur Vegan Boot Sale

I know I’ve talked to many of you about the dilemma of what shoes to wear when you’re in the process of becoming vegan. We’ve talked about the sensible method of wearing out those old leather boots and shoes from before you went vegan. But what happens when they wear out and you need a […]

Vegan Shopping 101: Thrift Stores

Thrift shopping is a great way to find unique and gently used clothing and other items. Not only can you get some great finds that you couldn’t find elsewhere, thrift shopping is also a way to reuse clothing and resources that have already been produced. Many of the mainstream retail stores use sweatshop labor to produce their […]