The New Handworker Economy


Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone, somewhere is paying for it. Lucy Siegle

I took a sabbatical from social media for about two years. I had been struggling with the overwhelming ego that perforates this form of connection and I far too often find myself feeling growingly more aware of the masked individual insecurities social media seems to promote.
Self proclamation is easy, human in fact. But what I have recently recognized is that social media can also be, in today’s world, the genesis of thought.

I was recently at the United Nations in NYC for a worldly discussion about fashion that changed my own thinking about my life course and the role that social media plays. Sifting through the unwavering ego and individualistic proclamation, there is that connection. Pure and simple connection, that is grotesquely powerful and has been used to shift contemporary ways of thinking.
As such, this experience has misplaced my own thoughts. What if instead of obsessing about the brands that I wear, or the image that I project, or this imaginary persona that I have created to make myself feel important to the world – I now obligate my focus to something that resonates with my person and really with the world’s person.
A new self proclamation, of committing my privilege to a substrate of society who are not as fortunate. This privilege – to post and speak and interact with the world, as I wish, however I wish – should I not use it to convey these untold stories of humanity that I am just starting to catch a glimpse of? To be a voice of those unheard?
As the emphatically engrossing Verna Eggleston said at this week’s UN convention…the opportunity before us is to ‘invest in women’s economic and political independence.’ And so, I give you a platform for which I plan to explore this invisible person who exists behind the clothes that we all wear. The woman who sews, weaves, carves, stitches, and dyes. Who suffers and strives only to give back her gains to her tribe, to her children, to you.
This is the story of the global artisan. This is the story of the new hand worker economy.

Xx Katherine


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