Monday, October 15, 2012

Be part of the Solution - Become a Member of Fashion Moves


Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs membership invitation

visit our primary website at  www.fashionmoves.org  

This past summer we were all able to watch some of the World’s best disabled athletes competing in the Paralympic Games in London. What a great show of Skill and Ability!
As you followed these events, did you ever stop to wonder what each of these World Class Athletes do when they are at home? Are they teenagers still living at home and attending School or University? Are they Mothers and Fathers, living with their partner and children? Are they Doctors, Lawyers, NeuroScientists, Clerks or office workers?

All of this leads us to the main question – What are their clothing needs and where do they find quality, stylish, professionally made AND functional clothing???? Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs members will fill this need.

We invite everyone who has an interest in creating quality clothing and Fashion service for Individuals with disabilities, to join us in this work.

Some of the benefits of joining Fashion Moves include (but are not limited to) :
A directory of like minded individuals and companies to share ideas with
Fashion Moves will organize and provide mini educational courses on new textiles, sewing needle choices and other technical issues, design, marketing, disability related garment design needs, etc.
Discounts with core suppliers
Fashion Moves will work to gain a voice to the overall Fashion/Garment Industry ; the NIH and other Health Care players and individuals in the disability community. With this voice, we will speak in support of the benefits of Adaptive Clothing and the need for a strong, Global Adaptive clothing community

Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs organization will support
Individuals with disabilities
Adaptive Clothing Designers
Adaptive Clothing companies
Models with disabilities
Individuals who care for and support Individuals with disabilities
Related disability support organizations

Your Membership and support of Fashion Moves Inclusive Design will help to show the World our dedication to support Individuals with disabilities and support their lives. Join today. Become part of the next major niche in the garment industry.

Please review the Membership opportunities on our website, www.fashionmoves.org I look forward to your contributions to this overall work. Feel free to share this with others you feel will be interested.

Join today.

Chat soon.

Ruth J Clark
Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs

www.fashionmoves.org
rjclark@fashionmoves.org or fashionmoves@earthlink.net
250-314-1849 (Western Canada)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Where has the time gone?  Here we are at the end of August but is feels as though New Year was just a few weeks back.

I would like to thank everyone who took an interest in our Competition and particularly those who registered to take part.  This has been a busy period for everyone and none of the Competitors completed their submissions.

All is not lost though.  More people are now aware of the issue and the need for quality, professional, stylish AND functional adaptive clothing.  We are gaining ground.

New plans are under way.  This will include a Design/Sewing related Conference to be held during the Spring of 2013.  We will have Speakers talking about Design issues and also about wearability of clothing.  There is so much starting to happen in this area now, maybe the World has finally caught up with US!!!

I will put more information onto the site in a short while.  This work has not been abandoned.

In the mean time, please visit our sister site, Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs and read about the Health Care Conference we are busy organizing for October 9/10, 2012.  In addition to a number of Presenters speaking on Health Care issues, I will also introduce the group to the concept of Adaptive Clothing, as I entertain them with my Presentation as well.

Providing Prestige Health Care Conference will be held each Fall and the Fashion Moves Design Conference will be held each Spring.  Plans are rolling out!

Information on the Providing Prestige Health Care Conference can be read at Fashion Moves (www.fashionmoves.org ).  Please stop by there and let me know your thoughts.  Feel free to share the information about this Conference to anyone you feel might also be interested.  Registration is now open and there is still plenty of room in the Exhibit Hall.  If there is a particular product or service that you use, and you feel people attending the Conference should know about it, contact me directly and provide me with information on the product and, where possible, contact points.

Thanks for staying with us during these growing pains and join us for bigger and better things over the next few months.

Bye for now.
Ruth J Clark
Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs
www.fashionmoves.org
250-314-1849 (Western Canada)

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best Wishes to all For an improved 2011 and thank you for your help in 2011

Together we have been able to make some significant steps forward in 2011.  During this 1st year of the Fashion Moves Design Competition, we had interest from every Continent of the World and over 12 countries.  My trip to take part in the 3rd Annual Moda Inclusiva (Inclusive Fashion) Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil was a major highlight of the year and many good friends were made during that trip.  I am already planning to take part in an International Disability related conference in Vancouver, B.C. in May and also, hopefully, to attend “Bezgraniz Couture™ INTERNATIONAL FASHION AND ACCESSOIRE AWARD 2012”  in Moscow as well.  Carrying the news of Fashion Moves forward each time.
I have also been able to spread the word about Inclusive Design for clothing, through FaceBook and LinkedIn and have had many, many encouraging conversations.
Let’s continue to work together in 2012 and make this the year that Fashion Moves really steps forward to become strong and raise our voice more actively in the Fashion/Garment Industry. 

2012 will be the year that we see more Models with disabilities on the Fashion Runway’s of the World, wearing garments that are actually purpose designed for their needs.
Together we can make 2012 a year to remember.  Have a safe and comfortable celebration tonight.  Next week we will renew our efforts to creating a new and strong niche in the Global Fashion industry, to celebrate properly engineered and designed and FASHIONABLE clothing for People with disabilities.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011

Once again we have oberved the United Nations International Day of Persons with disabilities.  This demographic makes up 15% or more of the overall World population.  It is made up of disabled veterans, people with Spinal Cord injury, who have illnesses like Spina Bifida, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis and Post Polio, or traumatic brain injury. 

People who live with these conditions live active lives as world class Paralympic athletes ; business leaders ; politicians ; teachers and involved family members.

Join Fashion Moves in celebration of this day.
- submit garments you have designed
- let us know about events that are taking part in your area of the World that Fashion Moves can be part of
- will you be taking part in or attending a Fashion Show as part of a fund raiser for cancer, Parkinson's, Spinal cord injury, etc.  Contact us and we will provide quality garments designed specifically for the people who will benefit from this fund raiser
- co-author articles with us and get your name and ideas published
- spread the word about this work to product suppliers and clients alike. Show that this is relevant to their lives and ask who they may have in their families and circles, who are ill or have disabilities
- be creative and contact us with suggestions of how you can help us promote this new segment within the Fashion/Garment Industry

Join us and lets rock the Fashion World as we make a difference in the lives of many.
Find us at www.fashionmovescompetition.blogspot.com
Ruth Clark
250-314-1849

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Artist in Residence Program (AiR)


 Join me as I welcome Tiffanee Griffiths, our Inaugural Artist in Residence (AiR) and unveil her work, The DANCER. 

Usually a 1 year mentorship, Tiffanee will hold this position for 3 years and assist in developing this program.

A Mentorship Program for Artists with disabilities, we will work with each Artist in a variety of activities.  Included in this will be an AiR special project that will be started during their time with Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs.

Fashion Moves supports and assists Artists as they express themselves through fabric, paint, pen&ink, clay or music!  Please click on the
Artist in Residence (AiR) tab
above to read about this exciting new program and our 1st AiR, Tiffanee Griffiths!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

You ARE the SuperModel and Brazil

For news about each day in Brazil, please the 'Brazil!' notes read below for updates.

Sunday is the day my journey to Brazil starts.  Be sure to read my posts and updates on Brazil and their Inclusive Fashion event, as they are added through the next 2 weeks.
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You Are the SuperModel is the latest Women's Lifestyle series on TV and the Internet.  Fashion Moves will be part of it.
In this series the producers will show that everyone is a SuperModel.  Fashion Moves is the Liaison for Inclusive/Adaptive Fashion and with our associates we will bring news and interview to your screen.  (http://www.youarethesupermodel.com/ )
Our first major event is the 3rd Annual Moda Inclusiva being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sept. 20.  Watch for reports on this in future broadcasts.
Later this Fall we will bring you segments and live interviews from 'Curves in Couture!' which will be held November 17, in London, England and is sponsored by Models of Diversity. (http://www.modelsofdiversity.org/ )

If you know of other events around the world that are showcasing Inclusive Fashion, let us know so we can bring it to everyone.

BRAZIL !!

September 28, 2011
Yesterday we travelled from Ihla Bela, an Island off the coast of Brazil, to Socorro. Through high mountian passes and past dairy farms in the valleys. Wonderful 5 hour journey.
Today and tomorrow we will be busy at the Accessable Tourism Conference. More news, and pictures soon.


September 27, 2011
(Business note.  there is so much news and so many things happening, we will keep registration open for a few more weeks.  For those of you who have already Registered, please wait until I get home for more news.  Thanks)

WOW, What a day.  Last night and tonight we are at the Yacht Club on (the Island of) Ihla Bela.  Four gals in one bedroom, girl guide style and Scott Rains had a room to himself.
Up early and a wonderful breakfast on the patio.  Then we went across the street to the beach where we watched some swimming lessons.  The two adult swimmers ride in a 3 wheel beach chair, right into the water.  Then they can float out of the chair and do exerices in the salt water.  Back into the chair to get back on shore.  Shirley Barber had brought some new crutches to show.  These are made on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.  There are a variety of interchangeable feet, one set is made to go across soft sand.  One of the swimmers (who will not use conventional crutches) tested these across the sand and felt very secure and confident.
We had a lengthy meeting with various government officials, all looking for ways to work together and increase access to beach, recreation and society in general.  As well as speaking about this, some of the clothing I brought down was shown and discussed.  All well received.
In the afternoon we went into town for a wonderful lunch and then around the island to see other facilities that have been made more accessible.  We ended the outing at a wonderful waterfall.  Pictures to come soon.
Back to the Yacht Club and an early night.  Tomorrow we pack our things and move onto Socorro and the conference on accessible tourism and travel. 
More news when I can.  Keep reading and share the news with all.
Ruth

September 24, 2011
The adventure is continuing.  The other night I went with my CouchSurfing hosts Raphael and Ana, to a large open air night market.  There were dozens of stalls that sold every type of fruit, vegetable and meat.  Also a few cooked food stands where we ate fresh BBQ beef, sausage and chicken wings, all washed down with Brazilian beer.
Last night we attended a music CD release party.  There were many Fashion Designers from Fila there and I had a good visit with a number of them.  All were very interested in the work of Fashion Moves and our goals.  I hope to see some of them joining us here as well.
Tomorrow I start the second half of my trip as Scott Rains from California and Shirley Barber from British Columbia meet me here.  I am joining them during their travels in Brazil and will be at the Accessible Tourism conference with them.
More later.
Ruth


September 19, 2011
Hello from beautiful Sao Paulo, Brazil.  I just got in today and am excited about being part of the 3rd Annual Moda Inclusiva tomorrow.  Much thanks to Daniela Auler and her office for inviting me down and sponsoring my trip.
Watch for updated of the event, in the next few days, I will also add pictures if I can teach myself how to do this.

While I am here I will also stay with two local members from CouchSurfing.org.  It is great to know that my first host and his girlfriend will join me tomorrow night at the Event.

Thanks to everyone for your encouragement and for following along.  Please remember to spread the word and let others know as well.

Early bed tonight after almost 48 hours of travel, from Kamloops down to SP. 

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September 17, 2011
Early Sunday morning I hop onto a plane and start my journey to Sao Paulo, Brazil! 
The State of Sao Paulo has held an Inclusive Fashion event for 2 years and Fashion Moves has been invited to attend the 3rd Moda Inclusiva on September 20.  ( http://www.sedpcd.sp.gov.br/modainclusiva/inscricao.php  ) What a thrill this will be, to represent Fashion Moves, and all of you, at this event.
6 days later I will attend an International conference on accessible tourism and travel.  This 3 day conference will have people from around the world attending, including my friends Scott Rains and Shirley Barber from Tour Watch.
As often as possible I will provide you with updates on all the 'doings'.
Happy start of Fall to all of you in the Northern Hemispher, I am going to the start of Spring!
Bye for now.
Ruth