this past sunday i had the greatgood fortune to be part of a phenomenal event called "swap-o-rama-rama". it was conceived by my friend wendy tremaine who had been holding less-formal clothing swaps among friends in her apartment for many years. this one was enormous...there were sewing workshops and demostrations (i gave one myself...all about the sonic fabric). it was held on the lower east side of manhattan at a community center/theater. literally hundreds of people came with bags of clothes to swap, and each went home thrilled with the treasures they'd found. it was more than a successful community event...it was a cultural movement, a undermining of the capitalist consumer machine, where all of us new yorkers got to create an entire aesthetic around the notion of sharing, up close and in person.
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