Part two of a three-part series exploring the relationship between fast fashion and different forms of violence. This article discusses the environmental implications of polyester clothing. This article touches on broad concepts such as capitalism, environmentalism and sustainability in the hopes that readers will begin or continue research on these important fields. This article is not encyclopedic, but it is a starting point. Model: Shamiso ChirimuutaPhotography: Catherine Baker Consumption.read more
Part one of a three-part series exploring the relationship between consumerism and different forms of violence. This article seeks to illuminate some of the ways in which fast fashion acts as the unaccountable perpetrator of violence against vulnerable workers. This article explores broad themes such as consumerism and capitalistic exploitation in the hopes that readers will begin or continue researching the ethics of fast fashion. This article is not encyclopedic, but it is a starting point.read more
Emphasised materiality embodied boldly. Yet still unseen.This is the cloak of invisibility. -they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination- -indeed, everything and anything except me- “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” These words are from Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel, Invisible Man. The novel uses the extended metaphor ofread more
Yellow Rose: An historic signifier of friendship. Often connotes joy, good health and optimism. But now I mourn the wilting of the roses… Letting go is difficult. Letting go of someone you call friend is excruciating.
For too long, I overlooked the impact of friendships on my happiness and growth. I neglected my responsibility to ensure a fruitful and encouraging environment for myself. I was complacent towards friendships that took more than they gave. I was forgiving of destructive behavio