Betty at Benny’s or Mark at Mona’s

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In search of a local sewer. You know, someone that makes clothes.

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To make a simple slip dress or could that be mechanic shorts

It is all about the process. That is my latest mantra. PROCESS PROCESS PROCESS
I have this beautiful fabric from India. Cotton, made ethically, supporting and empowering women while challenging fast fashion.
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I designed my own fabric and now I want to make some summer clothes.

Whats happened to all the local #patternmakers, #sewers & #makers?

MY JOURNEY:

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So I met women running their own shop and working  at the Trading post in Bixby Knolls Long beach. A great space – group owned market place for whole natural foods and other goods and provisions

Their response –   the tailoring / sewing profession  is non existent in the USA – it is all made overseas. People don’t want to make  clothes it is a lost market.
So I went in search of a local sewer –

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1st stop – North Long Beach. That is where I met Betty from Italy who ran Benny.s alterations – Nope – she only does aterations – great sign though.

She sent me to Mona’s –
Mark ran Mona’s.
They were tailors but could not get me in till October.

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Mark sent me to Liz’s who simply said no.

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So while I was getting a window repaired I was talking to an amazing  women selling doors and it turns out she  randomly made clothes for  free.

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Yup she might see some young poor kid on the street and offer to make her a dress for free. HUMANITY – she gets up every morning around 5am to sew. She loves to start her day that way. Nope she knew no one who would make the dress. Perhaps she could ask here neighbor who makes quinceanera dresses!

hmmm…..

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So next was the local alteration shop, just  around the corner. The shop was manned by a petite, abrasive, yet delightful Asian woman who took her time to serve me. (well I didn’t get a chance to chat cause she was fixing a mans blue jacket)

But she did send me on another journey ?

“I don’t make dresses.  Not here ….  but  ….. try Little Saigon.

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What an idiot I am  – they have many many dress makers – Vietnamese / Cambodians, Laotians ….. there is an industry – women and men  still sewing dresses.

So one Vietnamese strong coffee later and a walk around the plazas, a few pounds of lychees later I found a fabric cloth that makes dresses.

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Side note:
We are selling soft 100% cotton azo free swaddling clothes at www.trulyruly.com 

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That’s Ari with our organic, chemical free swaddling cloth

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Building an idea – sustainably

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The fabric is amazing, soft, 100%cotton, (khadi)  toxic free and they are supporting a sustainable living for women  – this is truly a great product.

Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 7.09.59 AMI bought some beautiful yards of designer fabric to see if local designers and budding makers want to create their own clothes and interior designs.

IMG_1655This means you have to think differently about what it means to create quality products. It is not cheap,  or expensive and it will create jobs for women in rural India who can live in their own communities and in their own way /  culture. I want to be able to sell the fabric so you can create your own designs that are contempoiary, beautiful and fresh.

me101plus1My process is transparent and we need your support. I am taking you on a journey as I set up the business, explore all possibilities and opporunities.

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These fabrics were created in Madrya Pradesh. Womenweave. The town is Maheshwar – one of the best places to find the most exquisite Saris.  A very rural area, smack in the middle of India. Imagine rich cultural heritage, few English speakers and a place where women have little control over their lives. Imagine what you can create, design your own fabric, make your own clothes, curtains, and more.

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There is always something to draw on and someone who is wants to play.
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Theses women draw with chalk on the floors, Locked up and often locked in their minds.

womenCrayonImagine holding a crayon with color for the first time in your life and watching the color fill the shapes.

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Or there is a the added benefit of photobombing.

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My first coloring in book. Locals from Nth Atlantic Ave, Nth Long Beach. They droppped into the 6021 Shop front or I met them on the street. If you want one just send me an email  and I’ll send one.      Donations welcome!!!!
awillcocks88@yahoo.com

 

6021’s final yahoo!!

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 6.51.13 PM6021 final month was full of great performances and events!

UNPLUGGED 7 –  performances on Metro Transit Bus 62 in Nth Long Beach: Many thanks
GRISELDA SEURAZ AND MARCO SCHINDelMANN rocked the audience with poetry and opera on Friday the 8th!
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A bit of Guerrilla Art – is still hanging on Broadway Ave near Termino Ave Nth Long Beach – care of a man in a black sweater and his accomplish.
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With a Mural in Cambodia Town I bought some color – got to love the synchronicity  – it’s on the Metro Transit Hub  cnr Cherry and Anaheim, Long Beach. Think about it Cambodia mural on Long Beach transit and Unplugged on Long Beach transit!

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I am in India but 3 wonderful artists have taken over the 6021 space  Cynthia Lujan
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I hope they carry on the good work!!!

6.2.2017 unplugged 6 performing in local buses

Hello all you Long Beach Locals
join us this Friday for unplugged performances!

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IT’S FREE AND IT’S FOR THE PUBLIC!
Unplugged performers in buses on June 2nd – First Friday!

Connecting Nth Long Beach with Bixby Knolls First Friday.
Meet at the Michelle Obama Library : 5870 Atlantic Ave
& be entertained by Desi Ramone!!-
#Storytellers #musicians #poets #singers #opera
we want you to ride the buses for free with us!
Ride the buses in nth Long beach! #longbeach #lbartist #lbmetro 
#6021atlantic.wordpress.com See you this Friday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Desi Ramone
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First and foremost, Desi Ramone is a performance artist. Yes, he writes and sings his original songs but a far cry from the normal humdrum singer/songwriter act.
Standing at 6ft 2 in classic western wear, Desi mixes up his
45 set like a toss salad. Covers and originals to the beats of Surf, Bo Diddly, Hooker Blues, Folk, Powerpop, Honky Tonk. It’s played all on his Gibson Acoustic through Fender Deluxe amp with one purpose … to get you dancing.

In March 2017 Desi released his single “Red And Yellow Roses” available to buy today on cdbaby

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Jackpot it’s NASH

 

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Local photographer Nash Keanu Jacquez documents urban environments through is photography.   6021 is proud to show his work in our space.

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Nash has spent many hours, days and years riding his bike and photographing North Long Beach and urban landscapes. As a local photographer he has decided to take us to Las Vegas, connecting 2 disparate yet seemingly connected environment  drop by pick up his zine and connect with the community in North Long Beach.

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Join us for a celebration of his work on May 20th at 6021

 

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His work is at www.trail-six.com

4.7.2017 unplugged 5 on public buses

FREE PERFORMANCES, FREE BUS RIDES, FREE CULTURE, FREE COMMUNITY

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ACTIVATING PUBLIC SPACES IN NORTH LONG BEACH

Friday 4-7-2017      5:30pm-7pm
meet at the Michelle Obama Library
MEET THE ARTISTS & PERFORMERS

Join us for our 5th Event  – unplugged performances on local North Long Beach buses
5870 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

WELCOME TO OUR PERFORMERS!!

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Sandy Seufert

Sandy Seufert began her musical life on the cello and has performed with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra the past 20 years. But in 2001, she started an inspired journey on the violin to explore her Swedish heritage and to give life to the beautiful and complex music from that region. Now Sandy performs at monthly local Scandinavian dances and at cultural events around Southern California. This past summer she went on her first visit to Sweden and had the chance to play alongside folk music icons in the midnight sun. Sandy is now composing new tunes in the Swedish tradition and regularly shares her joy for this music and traditions.

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Ron Mendola

3 performers out of 4 events

Unplugged 4 was another great event!
Free and for the public on Long Beach Transit.

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Watch the video on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/207131096
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Many thanks to Shana Tucker, ElectraBe, Daniel
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follow the links and see their great performances!
Why not volunteer for the April Performances:

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