A Conversation with Linda Lundstrom

Recently Bonnie Glass and Linda Lundström – two of the artists participating in the 2013 edition of The Wearable Art Show – had a chance to share a glass of wine and their thoughts about fashion and design.

Linda Lundstrom croppedLinda and Bonnie reflected on the kind of work that artists featured at The Wearable Art Show produce – unique, hand-made garments, accessories, and jewellery. What’s the relevance of such work? How does it fit into the scheme of things?  Much of it is “Slow Fashion,” they decided.

“Slow Fashion” is a movement that puts quality over quantity, and considers the impact of production methods on the environment. While some people love the spin of fast fashion, Bonnie confessed that it makes her feel “dizzy and spent.” “Slow Fashion” suits her sensibilities much better, both as a person and a designer.

Linda commented that we’re presently living in an era that’s “high tech, high touch.” That perception resonated with Bonnie, who responded that she felt both wonder and alarm at the technological times in which she lives.  “Digital voices are talking to you,” she remarked, “and tweets are coming at you.” Every young person you see seems to be wired up somehow.  “They want to be connected,” exclaimed Bonnie. “And therein rests our humanness. Connections.” Yet, a balance is needed between the digital world and the real world.

They concluded that artwear designers are people who help to bring about that balance. “We are the makers of garments that can be touched with our hands as well as our eyes,” noted Bonnie. “Treasures sold at this show may be divinely exquisite or fun and funky – but nothing is instant. And the experience of shopping from the actual artists is one of human connection.” People who acquire wearable enjoy wearing it evenBonnie Glass1 cropped more because they know who created it. It’s a highly personal purchase.

Linda will be featuring her “L” line at the show — versatile leather and fur accessories in a range of styles. Bonnie specializes in coats and jackets, many with spectacular collage.

To see more work by Linda and Bonnie, visit their websites —  www.lindalundstromworks.com  and www.bonnieglass.com – and, of course, come meet them at the show on Oct. 25 & 26: www.thewearableartshow.com






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