Thread Heads

Here’s a great idea: fight consumerism by encouraging people to treat recycled clothing as raw materials. It has enviromental implications too. The shirt is ugly, but the dresses are cool. The coffee-stained blue jeans are really great.

It’s hard to figure out all of the players, but these folks turn out to be part of a network of like minded people. NikiShell seems to be at the heart of it, but there is also the Threadbanger site too. Witty and fun and naive and good-hearted in the way punk was funny and good-hearted and naive.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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