It’s 2014 now and this year I have a feeling quite a bit is going to happen… for one thing, I’m going to be pretty busy working with community members and The Social Outfit group to set up our new social enterprise in Sydney.
For almost two years – from February 2012 to December 2013 – I shared with you on this blog the weekly work I was undertaking to make The Social Outfit an ongoing reality in Sydney. We ended 2013 with enough funding secured to now set up The Social Outfit for real. Exciting! I really like that I got to share with you a bit about the work that is required each and every day to set up a project I believe in. I also love that it took a community of supporters to get us this far, and that we’re going to keep at it.
At ‘ShowTellShare’ I also showed you what I was wearing while doing my work. That’s because I love fashion creativity, recycled clothing, The Social Studio, Ken Done, 1980s Australian fashion, Fluevog shoes, Tatty Devine and much more! …
And more than just sharing a love of fashion, I love blogging my outfits because I feel like the clothes I wear, and the way I relish combining colours and patterns in clothing is a relatively easy way for me to keep being creative, and keep exploring art. My passions are to make art and work with people on social projects. If I can combine those things, have some fun, and learn with other folk, then all the better.
So I’m starting this year off with a fresh approach, yet with the same values. Given that I need to focus on work, there’s likely to be more fashion visuals, and probably fewer words. You can always look over at The Social Outfit website as well to see what we’re doing. I’ll also be using my Twitter @JGRuddock and Facebook for updates.
I really hope you enjoy what you see and read here…
More about me, and how my blogging started…
At the beginning of 2010 I thought that I’d like to share my love of Ken Done – because he was turning 70 that year and 1980s Australian fashion is *ace* – and in the process also raise awareness and hopefully some money for The Social Studio fashion social enterprise.
(And actually, I’d already started being interested in daily fashion before this. In 2008 I took a photo every day of the outfit I was wearing. I didn’t share the photos publicly; I just kept them as a record.)
‘What Ken Be Done‘ started on 29 June 2010, and each day for a whole year I wore a different piece of Ken Done clothing and shared my photos and outfits online. By the end of the project on 29 July 2011, we’d had an absolute ball, and with the support of many people we’d raised over $25,000 for The Social Studio in Melbourne. This project worked because so many people supported the idea and came along for the 1980s-Ken-Done-fashion ride. It was a *hoot*!
In the process of ‘What Ken Be Done‘ I also learnt more and more about what The Social Studio did in terms of education and employment, and I loved their use of creativity and community building.
I was living in Sydney, and The Social Studio was in Melbourne. What would happen if we replicated their creative work with people from new migrant and refugee communities here?
The goal of setting up The Social Outfit began in earnest in December 2011. I started the ‘ShowTellShare’ blog in February 2012. As you can see, like many ideas, it started slowly, and it took a lot of effort, and a lot of people to actually get the idea off the ground. And that is what this year is about now: opening the actual doors…
(If you want to see my professional biography go here: The Social Outfit, under ‘Jackie Ruddock’.)