How Much Power Can a T-Shirt Have?

From the 9th of February to the 6th of May an exhibition of Vivienne Westwood inspirational t-shirts from early private collection “Let It Rock” “Sex” and “Seditionaries” through recent collections, “Active Resistance’ “Propaganda” and “Climate Revolution” will be displayed in the Fashion and Textile museum located in Bermondsey.

The shirts are a way of sending messages involving politics feminism and peace and in its simplest form, a shirt is still a relevant form of democratic self expression, it is the easiest way to express who you are and what you believe in. It is a really powerful platform to send out a message in the world and make people think more about their everyday decisions and inspire; a way of rebellion against society.

This is what anti-war eco designers Vivienne Westwood and Katherine Hamnett done in 1964 and still continue to do.

Other designers such as Maria Grazia Chiuri also decided to use a simple shirt to send a message about feminism, during a Dior show in Paris. The shirt read “We Should All Be Feminists” which provokes the viewer to think about feminism instead of dismissing it.

The shirt has been famously worn by Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of Harpers Bazaar which is important in todays society as sexism is rising again due to the current political positions.

Overall, a simple shirt could hold a powerful message. Chose wisely how you want to be viewed by others and express this through your fashion. You can change the world!

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We are always hearing more and more talking about mindfulness and its secret of happiness, but what is really it and how can improve our life? What is that really matter in being mindful?

We of GEM are approaching this state of mind collaborating with great organisations like The Macrobiotic Association and The Feng Shui Society. The philosophy on their both are based has its roots from the thousand-year old asiatic tradition, bringing us to knowledge a different perspective of living our life in connection with a deeper universal order.

Mindfulness is a natural human quality and we all have a natural capacity for awareness. With practice, mindful awareness can be developed more helpfully in everyday life, allowing us to live more fully and clearly in the present moment where life is really available, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.

This is the way to get more in touch with what is going on in our thoughts, emotions, physical and sensory experiences. Through Mindfulness we can recognise the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives and improve our well-being.

Then we can experience the richness and joy of life, but also strengthens our ability to respond to difficulties more skilfully. It helps us to develop greater patience, curiosity, kindness and perspective.

“Walking with me” is a beautiful and touching movie we want to suggest to discover and become more interested in what we are talking. Take a look www.walkwithmefilm.com

Way for Mindfulness

We are always hearing more and more talking about mindfulness and its secret of happiness, but what is really it and how can improve our life? What is that really matter in being mindful?

We of GEM are approaching this state of mind collaborating with great organisations like The Macrobiotic Association and The Feng Shui Society. The philosophy on their both are based has its roots from the thousand-year old asiatic tradition, bringing us to knowledge a different perspective of living our life in connection with a deeper universal order.

Mindfulness is a natural human quality and we all have a natural capacity for awareness. With practice, mindful awareness can be developed more helpfully in everyday life, allowing us to live more fully and clearly in the present moment where life is really available, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.

This is the way to get more in touch with what is going on in our thoughts, emotions, physical and sensory experiences. Through Mindfulness we can recognise the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives and improve our well-being.

Then we can experience the richness and joy of life, but also strengthens our ability to respond to difficulties more skilfully. It helps us to develop greater patience, curiosity, kindness and perspective.

“Walking with me” is a beautiful and touching movie we want to suggest to discover and become more interested in what we are talking. Take a look www.walkwithmefilm.com

We are always hearing more and more talking about mindfulness and its secret of happiness, but what is really it and how can improve our life? What is that really matter in being mindful?

We of GEM are approaching this state of mind collaborating with great organisations like The Macrobiotic Association and The Feng Shui Society. The philosophy on their both are based has its roots from the thousand-year old asiatic tradition, bringing us to knowledge a different perspective of living our life in connection with a deeper universal order.

Mindfulness is a natural human quality and we all have a natural capacity for awareness. With practice, mindful awareness can be developed more helpfully in everyday life, allowing us to live more fully and clearly in the present moment where life is really available, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.

This is the way to get more in touch with what is going on in our thoughts, emotions, physical and sensory experiences. Through Mindfulness we can recognise the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives and improve our well-being.

Then we can experience the richness and joy of life, but also strengthens our ability to respond to difficulties more skilfully. It helps us to develop greater patience, curiosity, kindness and perspective.

“Walking with me” is a beautiful and touching movie we want to suggest to discover and become more interested in what we are talking. Take a look www.walkwithmefilm.com

My Mentor & Me

One of the most inspiring people for GEM was Giulio’s university lecturer Oliviero Toscani. Since Toscani’s work for the fashion brand Benetton, the world of advertising communication hasn’t been the same. Toscani has recently been on a photography reality show, Master of Photography http://masterofphotography.tv/

One of the most inspiring people for GEM was Giulio’s university lecturer Oliviero Toscani. Since Toscani’s work for the fashion brand Benetton, the world of advertising communication hasn’t been the same. Toscani has recently been on a photography reality show, Master of Photography http://masterofphotography.tv/

Fear Frontiers

How many times we feel paralysed by taking a bold work decision, applying for a new job, planning a new holiday, trying a new dish? And we often fall under the same old scheme of decisions, creating the same work or life patterns.

But if we look at our everyday life, we are surrounded by products and services who were created by people who risked everything for what they believed it would have worked.

Smart phones, cars, dresses, computers were all very risky products when first invented.

And what about advertising: see Toscani’s images (post above).

If we think that today would be our last day what would we do? Would we make braver decisions? Probably. A brand that risked a lot but succeeded is Marmite. Everybody loves most of their really funny – yet sometimes disgusting! adverts. Here’s our favourite:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoRcU0Ul7tU

How many times we feel paralysed by taking a bold work decision, applying for a new job, planning a new holiday, trying a new dish? And we often fall under the same old scheme of decisions, creating the same work or life patterns.

But if we look at our everyday life, we are surrounded by products and services who were created by people who risked everything for what they believed it would have worked.

Smart phones, cars, dresses, computers were all very risky products when first invented.

And what about advertising: see Toscani’s images (post above).

If we think that today would be our last day what would we do? Would we make braver decisions? Probably. A brand that risked a lot but succeeded is Marmite. Everybody loves most of their really funny – yet sometimes disgusting! adverts. Here’s our favourite:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoRcU0Ul7tU

Love & Appreciate Life

Being appreciative is one way to help us get through life with greater happiness.

It can be helpful to write out our philosophy of life. What values do we aspire to? What are our highest intentions in life? How do we want to develop ourselves in this lifetime? Once we have our values established we can use them to hold ourselves true to our strongest ethos. Reading such a document back in times of difficulty and challenge can be particularly useful. Our philosophy of life can often help us navigate through the most difficult times.

One value that came highly in George Ohsawa’s writing, and was part of his Seven Levels of Health was appreciation. Appreciation is largely a state of mind and we can train ourselves to appreciate much in life. Appreciation comes through deeply engaging with the things around us. An easy way to do this is to be conscious of our senses and sensitive to the information coming to our minds. This means a focus on sounds, smells, touch sensations, tastes and whatever we see.

One way to practice this would be through a cup of tea. We can listen to the sound of pouring the tea, look at the colour of the tea, feel the warmth and texture of the cup, smell the tea and then taste the tea.

Part of the process is to be in a descriptive mode, where we try to appreciate whatever we experience just as it is. There is no need to judge whatever we are interacting with in terms of being good or bad, right or wrong. This helps us engage with things in life, just as they are, without imposing our own judgements.

As we train ourselves to engage with life in a descriptive mode we can start to appreciate all the little things in life. Where this becomes useful is that the more we practice being appreciative, the more we become an appreciative person. Of course this is easy to do with flowers, tea, trees, sunshine or people we love. The bigger challenge is whether we can still appreciate things we normally dislike. Is it possible that by practicing being appreciative, we are able to appreciate challenges in our life? George Oshawa wrote that ideally we would be able to appreciate the way challenges that help us develop ourselves.

A big part of this is to be able to appreciate ourselves, even when our bodies or mind are not enjoying the health we would hope for. We can boost self esteem by looking at every detail in the mirror and appreciating everything we see, or touching our skin and appreciating the shapes and texture.

The result of this perspective of life is that we find ourselves becoming less stressed and better able to remain positive when we work through challenges. More than that, appreciation helps us cultivate a love of life where we can feel happy about more of what happens in life.

By Simon Brown, The Macrobiotic Association

Being appreciative is one way to help us get through life with greater happiness.

It can be helpful to write out our philosophy of life. What values do we aspire to? What are our highest intentions in life? How do we want to develop ourselves in this lifetime? Once we have our values established we can use them to hold ourselves true to our strongest ethos. Reading such a document back in times of difficulty and challenge can be particularly useful. Our philosophy of life can often help us navigate through the most difficult times.

One value that came highly in George Ohsawa’s writing, and was part of his Seven Levels of Health was appreciation. Appreciation is largely a state of mind and we can train ourselves to appreciate much in life. Appreciation comes through deeply engaging with the things around us. An easy way to do this is to be conscious of our senses and sensitive to the information coming to our minds. This means a focus on sounds, smells, touch sensations, tastes and whatever we see.

One way to practice this would be through a cup of tea. We can listen to the sound of pouring the tea, look at the colour of the tea, feel the warmth and texture of the cup, smell the tea and then taste the tea.

Part of the process is to be in a descriptive mode, where we try to appreciate whatever we experience just as it is. There is no need to judge whatever we are interacting with in terms of being good or bad, right or wrong. This helps us engage with things in life, just as they are, without imposing our own judgements.

As we train ourselves to engage with life in a descriptive mode we can start to appreciate all the little things in life. Where this becomes useful is that the more we practice being appreciative, the more we become an appreciative person. Of course this is easy to do with flowers, tea, trees, sunshine or people we love. The bigger challenge is whether we can still appreciate things we normally dislike. Is it possible that by practicing being appreciative, we are able to appreciate challenges in our life? George Oshawa wrote that ideally we would be able to appreciate the way challenges that help us develop ourselves.

A big part of this is to be able to appreciate ourselves, even when our bodies or mind are not enjoying the health we would hope for. We can boost self esteem by looking at every detail in the mirror and appreciating everything we see, or touching our skin and appreciating the shapes and texture.

The result of this perspective of life is that we find ourselves becoming less stressed and better able to remain positive when we work through challenges. More than that, appreciation helps us cultivate a love of life where we can feel happy about more of what happens in life.

By Simon Brown, The Macrobiotic Association

Be Forever Curious

We love working with young people: we sometimes wish we could think like them.

But with cuts to school budgets from Governments, children aren’t getting the chance to be as creative as they should be. That’s where GEM comes in.

We work with charities and business angels across South London to empower NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people to understand how is to work in the creative industries. We mentor them, and – to the most talented ones – give free equipment or paid internships.

We love working with young people: we sometimes wish we could think like them.

But with cuts to school budgets from Governments, children aren’t getting the chance to be as creative as they should be. That’s where GEM comes in.

We work with charities and business angels across South London to empower NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people to understand how is to work in the creative industries. We mentor them, and – to the most talented ones – give free equipment or paid internships.

Contact

Makerversity,

New Wing, Somerset House

London, WC2R 1LA

+44 (0)20 3239 9053

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