Consulting in Toluca

During my undergraduate experience, I consulted with a heritage fashion start-up in Toluca, Mexico. I enrolled in Arizona State University’s Global Impact Entrepreneurship program, which is dedicated to furthering innovations for the developing world. So I had the opportunity for a consulting role. My goal was to brainstorm with designers. They needed better streams of revenue, in order to preserve their work. So I provided the designers with a business plan, as well as a global marketing strategy.

I met some awesome people, who introduced me to historical crafting techniques. They created intricate embroidery. I learned about culture, while focusing on design. I presented marketing strategies to create economic value from their handcrafts. Consulting with the start-up partners was exciting. Each day was intriguing, which motivated me. I believe preserving cultural heritage is crucial. So we created designs that were respectful of their history. During my time in Toluca I gained experience in leadership. I was in charge of managing our prototyping and product development. In addition, I grew in my cross-cultural communication skills. It was a grand experience.

 

Heritage Garments

Technological advancements will help secure our collective culture. In Toluca, I was intrigued by the complex patterns the designers made. Mexican culture greatly inspires me. The designers used bright colors. The colors captivated me. Each family had their own motifs. They employed motifs directly from nature. Some designs were flowers. Others were animals or plants. All designs had historical meaning. They were very detailed. I interviewed several designers, who had been embroidering for decades. It was so exciting to learn about them.

It is difficult to preserve handcrafts, due to lack of economic scalability. Often times, the youth do not wish to learn traditional crafts. Traditional garments take a long time to create, because they are always handmade. Most have been preserved by word of mouth. In the future, I believe technology can be used to help preserve them. In essence, we must employ technological advances to preserve our collective past. Being part of ASU Skysong provided me with international business experience. Culture and fashion have always blended in Allisonland. This project thrilled me, because it combined my favorite research topics. If you want to learn more about the project, click here.

Below, I model traditional festival garments.

 

 

 

 

Naturopathy

Origins of the Naturopathy Lifestyle

Drawing of Hippocrates

Naturopathy research began 2400 years ago. It can be traced to Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, who was an ancient Greek physician. Hippocrates believed in the healing power of nature. Around the globe, naturopathy still remains at the heart of modern medicine. Although our technology has improved, our species still relies on nature. Although many think of health or science when they hear about naturopathy, it can be a lifestyle as well.

 

Laws of Naturopathy

  1. Humans are a composite of spirit, mind and body.
  2. The spirit of a human is senior to their mind, which is senior to their body.
  3. The spirit alone may heal the mind and body.
    1. The mind by itself cannot heal itself, and requires effort on the part of the spirit.
  4. All disease (spiritual, mental or physical) is stoppage, which is brought on by stress.
  5. All disease is curable.
    1. Although all disease is curable, some people are not. In humans, there exists negative and positive energy.
    2. Many people wish to survive.
    3. Some people wish to succumb.
    4. Those who wish to survive feel they must support those who wish to succumb, which can negatively impact them.
    5. Those who wish to succumb benefit from those who wish to survive. They do not return any benefits.
  6. A state of optimum health is positive, as well as the natural order of existence.
    1. A diseased condition is the responsibility of, and created by, the individual self. This is negative.
  7. Achieve optimum health and balance:
    1. Ethical conduct.
    2. Education, with the idea of improving one’s existence and the survival of others as well.
    3. Managing one’s self with high-quality nutrition.
    4. Consistently exercising the body, including the connection of the mind.
    5. A sufficient rest schedule.
  8. Ethics means “surviving optimally for the good of all”. An ethical person not only survives, but also actively contributes to the optimum survival of all of mankind. They must take responsibility for all humans.
  9. An ethical person concerns themselves with the ecological welfare of the planet.

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“Everything in excess is opposed to nature.” (Hippocrates)

Gardens in New York

Gardens

I’m always inspired by nature around the world. A great garden is the best example of our appreciation for nature’s designs. I love to travel and I am always finding new flowers. Gardens are for adventure, while learning something new. Recently, on a trip to New York I came across quite a few flower friends. Most were Spring flowers, most pleasant to me during my birthday month of May.

Pansy

Pansies in New York City

Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding Hearts in Niskyuna, NY.
Daffodil
Daffodil in Niskyuna, New York #NoFilter

 

Eco-Fashion Blogs

Top 5 Best Eco-Fashion Blogs of 2017

Recently, I read a post by Charlie Ross of the Offset Warehouse, focusing on eco-fashion and ethical fashion blogs. I noticed a few of my favorite fashion blogs in the list they had. Check out the following links to find ethical and sustainable fashion vibes!

  1. Ecouterre: As the world’s first ethical and sustainable fashion blog, my list couldn’t be complete without them. If you’re new to the game, and trying to learn how to embrace a slow fashion lifestyle, here’s a good place to start. Ecouterre is chic, while it covers all the bases of conscious style.

  2. Eco Warrior Princess: This neat a tidy blog is perfectly curated. It’s aimed at readers want to make conscious purchases when they can, and who believe in choosing eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyles. Eco Warrior Princess provides resources for new ethical bloggers as well.

  3. The Conscience Collective: This blog looks for the ethics in brands, as well as showcasing their uniqueness. They focus on innovative designers, and always publish new hacks for a conscious lifestyle.

  4. The Fashion Hedge: If you’re looking for strategy and brand development inspiration, this is your blog. Check out the Fashion Hedge to begin embracing an ethical lifestyle. As you change over your closet, kitchen, cleaning products, and everything else you realize can be more sustainable, this blog can serve as a guide.

  5. Green Issues by Agy: I may have saved the best for last. If you’re looking for a new project, and ready to get your hands dirty, this blog will inspire you to no end. Agy, a passionate textile artist, reminds us to come back down to Earth. Check out this blog for constant updates on upcycles. Making something new is so much better than buying something new!