Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #Fashionsense – More of Who Will I Be Today (2018) by Anne Copeland

This is the second post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist.

I chose this post as I recently noted that I was getting into a rut as far as my clothes were concerned.. and black and comfortable seemed to be the order of the day. I have bright clothes in the wardrobe, but where they seemed appropriate in the sunshine of Spain, they look garish now. Perhaps I need to get passed myself. Hence this post of Anne’s that I have selected.

lady in funky clothes like Anne

Fashionsense – More of Who Will I Be Today (2018) by Anne Copeland

I am not a fashion maven. I do not care for new clothes. New clothes are tabula raza; they have no life story, and for me, that is the most important thing I look for in life. Everything has a story, and if it doesn’t I will make one, but how can you make a story from something that is brand new and has not lived anywhere except on a clothes rack.

I have always loved thrift stores, garage sales, and swap meets of all kinds. There is such a sense of adventure, and what I like especially is that when you go to these types of places, all racial, all political, religious or spiritual or cultural differences seem to disappear. Everyone seems to blend into a wonderful mixture that looks like the clothes in this photo; there is a little of everything. And people sit down at the tables to eat their preferred foods – sometimes things from their own cultures, and sometimes people are just plain adventuresome with what they eat. But the key thing is that they all sit together at the tables, talking often in their native languages, and people doing their best to communicate with others who don’t speak the languages, everyone laughing at the antics of children, or pointing excitedly to a booth that might have extra good items.

And there we all are. One could not paint a more beautiful and sacred photo I believe. there is such a great feeling at the end of our time at these magical events. People are quick to show you their “treasures,” be they the find of heirloom tomatoes, or perhaps a new variety of plant, or a huge watermelon that is going to bring a treat to a big family and friends.

I often use my background in archaeology/anthropology to do a study of a thrift store if I go into a new area, and I can tell so much about the people who live in the area by their “living” artifacts with the stories I mentioned. I can tell if they are primarily seniors who live in the area, business people, or if they are a poor area or an ultra-wealthy one, and I can tell about the children too by the clothes, as well as the cultures represented. And the books and other living artifacts are great clues too. This is such a fun way to spend time discovering history’s mysteries!

I will never be “old” as long as I can find things to have fun with such as these things. I will always be a hippy sort of person in the way I love to think of other people and our society as a whole. The way I choose to dress is sort of a statement about all of that, and I am glad to be who I am because, as the photo says, I have never been this age before, and in one second, I will never be this age again.

©Anne Copeland 2018

Perhaps you might share what you consider to be your fashion signature statement in the comments.. I think I need to move mine from Italian Grandmother to hip and eccentric great aunt..

About the book

This book contains a collection of beautiful art, plus the personal stories of the 23 multi-talented contributors. The common thread through their lives is that each woman has overcome physical and other challenges to become a successful artist in the textile medium.

Many of these women have websites and sell their work through the Internet sites, while others sell in galleries, exhibits, or through their teaching. Some create to speak to political and other social issues, while others use their quilts to educate the public about their physical challenges. If you have dreamed of expressing your own creativity, this book will provide the inspiration you need

One of the reviews for the book

Leonore H. Dvorkin 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, moving, and inspiring September 13, 2017

This is a beautiful, moving, and very inspiring book. Prior to reading it, I had little knowledge of this branch of art. Thus it was quite interesting to read about the methods the artists use, as well as to see some lovely examples of their art. Most meaningful to me, though, were the artists’ extremely moving and inspiring stories of all the (mainly) physical difficulties they have faced and still have to cope with. It certainly puts more minor physical difficulties and frustrations into perspective! I hope the book will reach the wide audience that it deserves. It would surely make a fine gift for anyone in your life with an interest in arts and crafts of any kind.

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About Anne Copeland

Anne Copeland was born in Fort Jay, New York, in 1941. She has lived with her significant other in Yucaipa, California since 2014. She holds two degrees, one in archeology and one in criminal justice. She is a professional writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist.

I am an artist, and I don’t just like to create mixed media and fiber arts and interactive art; I love to read and write about it, and this is what I have pretty much done. Life should never be a bunch of apologies for what we wish we could have, would have, should have done. I am feeling very happy that I have done so many things in my lifetime and my writing has been the base for most all of it.

I am the Editor of a book filled with the writings of the lives of 23 physically challenged fiber artists: Artful Alchemy: Physically Challenged Fiber Artists Creating, and another called Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Folklore, History, Planting Care, and Good Eating

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My thanks to Anne for allowing me to share posts from her archives and I hope you will head over to her blog to explore more recent posts. thanks Sally.



17 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #Fashionsense – More of Who Will I Be Today (2018) by Anne Copeland

  1. Such a charming piece with lots of food for thought, Anne. I especially liked reading about finding an activity that knows no racial, political, religious, or cultural boundaries. I occasionally attend a garage sale or other such event, and I hadn’t made this observation until you pointed it out.

    I have said the same thing about attending some sporting event. For three hours it doesn’t matter where you came from or what you look like. Seems like we should always be trying to embody this type of philosophy.

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    • Thank you most kindly, Pete. I do love sports events too, but the nonprofessional ones like the local leagues. It is so incredible watching these people as you noted. No one cares about anything that is on the surface only. The sport gives you something that makes you feel good at the end of the day, watching everyone’s enjoyment and their disappointments if “their team” doesn’t win, but it is all in good and healthy emotions of being a human being, without feeling that we have to go to war or destroy anyone or anything but just to experience our everyday feelings fully and in a very good way. Yes, you are right about trying to embody this philosophy, and even better will be when it just happens naturally.

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      • Hi Liz, it is ok to be the Little Old Lady, and I play that one at times too just naturally. The important thing is for us to be natural whatever and wherever we might find ourselves. If it feels right for us, that is all that matters. I am very conscious of our environment these days, so if i have an opportunity to do something to help it such as recycling or upcycling, I will always choose that. Thank you so kindly for your fun comment. We are free to be whoever we are, and nothing wrong with Little Old Ladies either.

        I remember when the oncologist was trying to tell me if I didn’t submit to 5 days a week for 6 weeks of radiation and 5 years of anti-hormonal medicine, I would get cancer again, telling him “That’s OK, Doc. If I get it back again, you can just take both of them off. They have served me well through my many years, and so I don’t mind giving them up. And if it still goes further, well, we all have a given amount of time here on this plane, and I will go when my time is up. I have enjoyed every moment of my life, even when it had bad times, and I guess that is all any of us can ask.” I guess most women just accept what the oncologist says as their truth too, and for some stages, and if a person has felt they have not lived their life fully, that is ok. It is a choice we all make, whether we are talking what we choose to wear, or what we choose to go with our body that involves our inner being. It is all good.

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  2. A fun post from Anne. I love clothes and finding unique things. I love bold and I also love Bohemian. And Sal, you don’t need the sun to shine to wear bright colors, wear them on the rainy days too. ❤ xox

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