deborah joy barnes
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  • Seattle, WA
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Profession / role:
artist, designer, writer , teacher. speaker
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My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Designer, Model, Photographer, Press, Student, Consultant, Other
I am looking to discover or buy
sponsors and places to show the fashionRIP Project, places to speak and information to spread about sustainable fashion and textiles
About me / About business or organisation:
I am a designer and entrepreneur, a writer and a video editor, a researcher and a dedicated follower of fashion.
I have worked in the private and non profit sectors.
Then I got into fashion redesign as a thing unto itself. I was appalled at waste, lousy textiles, fast fashion and shallow vision. I started doing my homework as well as my school work. I started the fashion ethos blog to support my classes in recycouture. The fashionRIP blog was started for a class at NSCC and the vision grew with feedback and support from other students and now it is a full blown production with a sustainable plan for its future. Amorphic and non linear, collaborative and relevant for its time; it is an experiment in change.
I have several degrees as I saw the connections and hated to stop at the planned boundaries because I didn’t want to miss something!
Communications, Business and Media Certificate –NSCC 2007
AAS Visual Communication Tech/Digital Interactive Media Option &
AAS Visual Communication Tech/Marketing Option -Shoreline CC 2005
AAS Apparel Design and Services –SCCC 1986
Career history / Company history:
I started the Art Guild of Sustainable Ballard, was the sole proprietor of Zootsuit Custom Apparel for 10 years, was the head of alterations at Nelson’s Sewing Machine Co. (1986 until 1993 or so)
In St Louis I worked in sales at Nieman Marcus and did a little modeling.
I teach recycouture, basic sewing and 1day workshops on altered cards, childrens art etc.
I write for various web sites about sustainable fashion and am starting to add lectures to the mix. The first one will be this October at Seattle Central Comm. College
At this time i am finishing up the "Species on the Verge of Extinction" chapter of the 7 chapter (planned!) art installation "fashionRIP project"

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recycouture on youtube

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 18:54 3 Comments

Hi, i just sent this to youtube. This is the Species on the Verge video part of chapter one of the fashionRIP Project an installation piece that combines fashion/art and issues of sustainability.

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At 9:29 on May 8, 2010, Praveen Varshnei said…
Dear Deborah

Let us introduce ourselves as an Indian company specializing in 100% Eco friendly handmade Green line Buttons,Toggals,Novelty Items,Handicrafts ,Bags Handles and costume jewelery.Our inspectors check every lot of buttons,handicrafts,gifts and costume jewelery ,buttons are made confirming to social accountability norms.
We do not use child labor.We maintain the quality in buttons, the quality in shipping,and the quality in communication and in all other aspects. Rest assured - you get THE BEST of the finest handmade buttons from India.Buffalo horn,bone,wooden,coconut shell,bamboo etc
Buttons are meant for mens and womens wear. We have catered almost all segments of garment right from just born babies to hi-fashion mens and womens garments ,we have all the infrastructure to cater your needs, we have dedicated staffs with in-depth knowledge of the Buttons business involving themselves right from raw material collection, making ,polishing and shipping.
Product:Clothing Buttons , costume jewelery
Specification: Handmade by Artisans and all are green eco-friendly organic products
Material:Buffalo Horn,Cow Horn,Bone,Wood,coconut shell,Bamboo,Resin,Recycled Plastic etc
Size: 12mm on wards
Production:50000 pieces per month
MOQ:200 pieces
Lead-time: 15 Days
Delivery: Fob N.Delhi
Payment:Advance through Bank Wire ,Western Union
Samples: Available
We offer buttons from US $ 00.08 per piece as opening price point. and the price are much more competitive anywhere else.
Each piece is unique and may vary in shape and look due to natural variations in the horn.
Besides updating our designs regularly, we also have the complete capability of making items in special designs as per your requirements.
Hope to have an opportunity to work with you.
Thanking you in the mean time.
Praveen Varshnei
Skype: buttonsnatural
At 13:35 on July 8, 2009, Joey Instone said…
Dear Deborah

I hope you are enjoying your membership with the ethical fashion forum network, and have found it a great way to keep in contact with like-minded individuals from around the world!

Through my work for the Ethical Fashion Forum I have created a group dedicated to ethical fashion in the US. I thought you might like to join, follow the link below to see other members, join in any discussions or leave a comment.

Warm regards

At 13:51 on June 8, 2009, David McGill said…
Wonderful Deborah! Someone who actually knows what 'sustainablity' is intended to mean.
I go one step further by providing countries with a 'national symbol ' to help them create awareness ( I dont like the word 'branding' but thats what it is) and in so doing reduce the 6 degrees of separation to just 1. And I even produce the cloth design in gift wrapping paper and soon carrier bags overprinted with with their tourist slogan. Wait till you see the 'Seahawks' tartan and how its going to help Africa. Lots more to tell you.
You can get me at if you have time
At 10:37 on June 8, 2009, David McGill said…
Hi Deborah, ABC Channel 7 are organising a unique international fashion show in San Francisco in February 2010 featuring outfits and accessories by fashion designers using my textiles. It is based around an entirely new concept in design, linking ethical and sustainable fashion with 'fair trade' . Filming begins in South Africa later this month.

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