Style Journey: Gigi
When I first met with Gigi, I was struck not only by the beauty and quality of her wardrobe, but by the care with which she tended her things. Whether she was researching proper laundering techniques or mending worn pieces, her attention to stewardship would underly our journey together. This value paved the way for creating a manifesto to guide her practices around material possessions and interactions.
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We started the journey by deciding which activities Gigi wanted to prioritize in her life. The choices from there became about supporting those engagements in material ways. This included clothing choices, but also decisions around necessity. We considered choices from the perspective of scarcity and from abundance. Together we explored questions of the labor expended in the purchase and maintenance of her possessions. This allowed Gigi to examine the use of her material and energetic resources in best alignment with her values.
Artist Andrea Zittel created An Institute of Investigative Living. “The A-Z enterprise encompasses all aspects of day to day living. home furniture, clothing, food all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.”
J. Morgan Puett is a trans-disciplinary creative producer. Her early work forged new territory by intervening into the fashion system with a series of storefront installations and clothing/dwelling/event projects in Manhattan in the eighties and nineties, then produced a long series of research installations on the histories of the needle trade systems in museums around the world. These past and present works are innovations in the realm of new social engagement. Puett is the architect of The Mildred’s Lane Project, which continues to forge new ground citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice.
The Rational Dress Society has created Jumpsuit. Jumpsuit is an ungendered, multi-use monogarment to replace all clothes in perpetuity. It is disseminated in two forms: as a pre-made garment for purchase, and as an open-source pattern, available to download free of charge. The Rational Dress Society has developed a comprehensive new sizing system that can accommodate up to 248 different body types using gender-neutral terminology.
The Goose is CARE.
She is in a yard, on a farm with other animals and this signifies her work in a specific ecosystem, within a specific community and extended chosen-family. The Goose signifies the protection of what is dear to you, but more importantly the discernment to know what you should protect.
She brings the power of INTUITION. These birds are gifted navigators. The Goose brings you the wisdom of direction to keep you in alignment with your life’s true purpose.
The Goose is a bird of valor, DEVOTION, and loyalty. During migration season, if one goose becomes injured or ill, another will stay with it until it recovers before rejoining the flock. She also calls for gratitude to those who have helped you since the beginning. Your circle of friends will narrow down to a few trusted and loyal people who will always be there. They can see you at your worst and never hold any judgments. It is important that you communicate your thoughts and feelings; this is essential for change and growth.
The Goose symbolizes the attainment of spiritual enlightenment. This brings the power of perspective, which enables you to make decisions in alignment with your true path. This power allows that you will face events with EQUANIMITY - things that used to upset you will no longer seem important. Things from the past you may have been neglecting will come to light, ensuring you remember your true source in God, and offering the opportunity to break old patterns.
The Goose brings the power to create BEAUTY in all aspects of daily life.
Our sessions closed with a beautiful divination from the Portal to the Sacred Trees deck created by Shamanic Practitioner Jane Burns and artist Judith Bird. The Silver Fir message of hope, inspiration, and wide perspective gave shape to the final Manifesto.
Silver Fir Manifesto
1. I assess the idea of need on a regular basis.
2. I determine the criteria for need based on my own unique rhythms.
3. Stewardship is the practice of gratitude in everyday life.
4. Gratitude is the antidote to a scarcity mindset.
5. I cultivate awareness of the objects in my life. I know their stories and their roles in contributing to my highest purpose. These objects are material intentions which directly support my commitments.
6. Living in abundance is the the opportunity to care for myself and my material intentions. Abundance consists in the actions of care. Caring and careful.
7. I use the materials that form the functional landscape of my life in creative ways. This keeps me in touch with my imagination, with playfulness, and with beauty. In these ways, they are part of an intuitive practice which strengthens my communication with God.
8. I use quality things in my daily life. They are well made from sustainable practices and from sustainable materials. This is a practice of gratitude and of care.
9. I use things creatively because it celebrates everyday life.
10. I live in abundance through my commitments and my imagination. This abundance does not require material possessions.