I whipped this up between last night and this evening. My fauvism is getting bolder, I think.
You may recall my saying I've lost interest in figure flattery. Largely this is because it's too difficult to achieve and I can't bring myself to care enough to make all that effort. I happily wear dresses like this for a day of staying home, but the bracelets will probably come off soon as they get in the way of my activities. To many of my friends this looks like a fancy outfit for a day of nothing special but since the whole thing is cost very little and even required a patch job, I don't think of these as fancy clothes. The temperature has dropped a little, though temporarily, so I gravitate to layers again. Only when it's above 25 degrees do I abandon layers and wear as little as possible.
Thrift shop layers: flouncy white underskirt, plummy dress, crocheted cardi and shell bracelets
Some Thoughts: You May Wish to Skip This Part
We don't really own much if anything except perhaps our own bodies. Even than, owning our body does not give us complete control over it. Most things we believe that we own are just artificial constructs, created by our culture and sometimes protected by laws because we value that sense of ownership. In fact, I would even argue that we don't own our culture and in a time when the politically correct thing to do is call out cultural appropriation, that will perhaps not be a very popular opinion.
Culture is just something we create, we borrow from others all the time, influences come to us or we come to them. We borrow from nature and animals as well as other human beings. There are certain concepts that all human beings are capable of creating. If we want to be one with each other, to recognise only one race-the human race-then we have to let go of this idea that we own any particular culture. Culture is fluid and changing and it is meant to be shared.
That doesn't mean I don't think the young celebrities attending Coachella wearing feathered headdresses don't look a bit silly but isn't that rather obvious? And if that is cultural appropriation isn't wearing western clothing if you are not descended from that culture, also appropriation? I think appropriation is the wrong word. We are past that and in striving to be equal, we have to stop separating ourselves into us and them. Yes we need to notice and change injustices, inequality, we need to question divisive attitudes. I am questioning the notion of cultural appropriation because I think it is divisive.
We don't own our culture though we may strongly identify with it. This concept of ownership is popular right now and the term pops up in other contexts. We say we will own our behaviour or own our body size, I have even said such things myself. Popular jargon tends to be contagious. The term is used to mean take responsibility for or take pride in. In those ways we can own our culture, our cultural symbols and behaviours, but that's it. Beyond that we need to let go and move towards creating the culture of the human race, with infinite variety, love, acceptance and humility.