I had the pleasure of e-meeting Elena Cresci when she participated in with one of the early Me-Made/Self-Stitched challenges to wear a self-created garment every day for a month. Aside from an interest in sewing and thifting, at that time we also shared the experience of being ex-pats as she was living in Germany and when I was in Spain. Well, now we are both firmly back on UK soil. Whilst currently studying for a postgraduate diploma in journalism in Cardiff, Elena is re-establishing her connection with her handmade and ethical life whilst making an interesting and significant contribution to those twin causes and communities.
''I want to explore the avenues outside of mass made clothing, whether that’s through sewing, knitting, trawling through charity shops, gawking at vintage wares or using good old eBay.''
Through her shiny-new and visually pleasing blog 'Seamless', Elena has created the Seamless Pledge to encourage others to join her in eschewing fast fashion in favour of handmade and thrifted clothing. The pledge-e is free to determine the length of time they wish to commit to the pledge and how they wish to clothe themselves for that period (self-stitched/knitted/up-cycled/thrifted/vintage/etc.). She has created a fantastically simple template for people to try and apply their convictions and interests over a period of time, the type of which has been missing from the online creative community since the Wardrobe Refashion pledge (RIP).
But before I over-complicate the situation with my explanation, let's just hear about it from the horse's mouth:
Speaking of horse's mouth, Elena interviewed me the other week for a blog post about my thoughts on sewing and sustainability, and the 'journey' to my current relationship with comsumerism and consumption. At the time I didn't realise that our telephone conversation would result in audio clips embedded into the resultant blog post, and although I have a near-pathological hatred of listening to recordings of my own voice, I have to say used in this context it's an effective device for getting points across. So head on over if you want to hear some of the content of that interview. And if you are signing up to the Seamless Pledge, good luck and enjoy!!!