Sunday, May 29, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
The mission of Peace of Thread is to employ refugee women in vulnerable populations by producing high quality, one of a kind purses, bags, and accessories using repurposed or upcycled materials, and to engage in activities which are necessary while promoting peace.
As it welcomes refugees from the world's bitter conflicts, the small town of Clarkston, Georgia has become home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in America. Such an unique status crops up in many ways and places. At Pecha Kucha Volume 28, I shared a stage with Kitti Murray, who spoke of her Refuge Coffee Company, a non-profit business that serves the needs of that global village. A good friend of this blog welcomes the newly arrived, as other Americans once did her father. My exploration of Clarkston led me to Peace of Thread, where glorious fabrics from ADAC: Scalamandre, Schumacher, Oscar de la Renta, Grey Watkins, to name but a few, become those lovely bags. Each bears a card signed by its maker, and a dove of peace lives by a thoughtfully placed inner pocket. "The bags should be just as pretty inside as they are outside," believes Founder & CEO Denise Smith. Much of the work takes place at home, so families remain together. Please look for Peace of Thread in Booth 148 on Clairmont Avenue at this weekend's Decatur Arts Festival.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
How should I sing the praises of Ashley Alderman? Professionalism was apparent in the tone of her first communication with me. A rising senior at Sequoyah High School, she was in need of a mentor for her summer project to build portfolio of street fashion images. This blog had turned up in her research. Would I help? Of course. In person she was just as delightful, and I was happy to share with her the ways of street fashion blogging. Greeting strangers in public, and asking them to pose, requires a generous measure of diplomacy. Add flexibility, and tenacity in the pursuit of our goals, and working together became second nature for both of us. Never did I sense that she was merely 'going through the motions'. Her approach to photography even gave me pause to reconsider my own. Ashley Alderman would be a credit to any organization fortunate to employ her.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
The sleek environs of downtown's W Hotel welcomed journalist Tyson Wheatly, #weloveatl, and an intrepid group of Instagrammers. Our Sunday morning lessons covered many aspects of the popular photo sharing app that has become an important communication tool. After lunch in a crowded pizzaria where everyone seemed distracted, we hit the streets in search of our own bliss. Back at the W, the editing began. Watch this space for yet another installment.