I've been forgetting to post the workshops. Here is the next one up:
THE POLITICS OF POCKETS (and how to make them happen)
Saturday, February 4th
7pm - 9pm at BOOK SHOW
5503 N. Figueroa, LA, CA 90042
This 2 hour workshop covers women's pockets- why they don't work and how to put them in and on your stuff. For the cost of a single alteration, you'll get a pocket added to a favorite piece and all the information you need to never lack pockets again!
We'll begin with the short sexist history of men's and women's pockets, move on to fast and dirty fixes, and sew some stealth pockets. You don't need any real sewing experience. Bring a piece of clothing or an accessory that needs a pocket and an open mind.
Instructor A. Laura Brody has 30 + years of experience in custom costumes, crafts, and costume design. She's added pockets professionally to stunt clothing, enormous squashes, wedding wear, and opera clowns (among other stuff).
For some background:
Short video on the problem with women's pockets
Vox on The Politics of Pockets
Marketplace on the historical problem with pockets
An 1899 New York Times piece makes the somewhat tongue-in-cheek claim that civilization itself is founded on pockets. "As we become more civilized, we need more pockets," the piece says, "No pocketless people has ever been great since pockets were invented, and the female sex cannot rival us while it is pocketless."
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.