Care Instructions, 2011
woven clothes tags, scissors, thread and needle, Dimensions Variable, Duration Variable
This tag is an object for intervention - a way to introduce and cultivate the imagination and awareness that are prerequisites to ecologically and socially conscious shopping habits. I designed them and had them woven here in the United States. There are about 1,000 of them in circulation. I want to honor the best of what clothing can be: something that connects us to the earth and each other in positive, beautiful ways. I believe that our failure to create a production system for clothing that treats the earth and people well is really a failure of the imagination. Perhaps China is too far to go to find out for ourselves, but if we can tell (and re-tell) stories - true stories - about the peoples and places wrapped up in the production of clothing, I believe our clothing will begin to speak to us in new ways, leading to the creation of careful relationships and healthy methods of making.
Here's how it works: You send me one (or more) of your clothes tags and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and I send you one (or more) of these tags in exchange. Then you sew this tag into your garment, as a reminder and statement in support of healthier clothes. As your garment gets passed on to friends, little sisters, or thrift stores, the tag takes on a life of its own and becomes a surprise snippet for future wearers. If you're about to give away a load of clothes, consider sewing these tags into the collar first. The tags can also be sewn onto a sleeve (or anywhere else) like a patch. As I receive tags in exchange for mine, I am making a shirt by stitching them together.
Note: There is a suggested donation of $1.00 per tag requested to cover project costs. You can include your donation in your envelope. If you can't donate but still want to participate, please limit your tag request to five (5) tags. Thanks!
Send your tags to be exchanged and a SASE to:
PO Box 5358
Berkeley, CA 94705