Makeshift was a year long art and research project that I completed in September 2010.

From September 1, 2009 to September 1, 2010, I only wore things that I had made myself for the entire year. Initially this may seem like it was a reasonable task, but it included all of my clothes, socks, shoes, underwear, coats, jackets, hats, bathing suits, accessories and everything else I needed to protect my body from the elements while trying to lead a fulfilling life. It was an investigation into the relationships between 'clothing', 'making' and 'living'.

Beyond being a nail-hammering, speed-sewing, room-pacing, hair-raising, life-enriching personal challenge, I was trying to gain some understanding of the limitations of clothing and how they affect the development of ideology. Ultimately, I wanted to examine the role of clothing as a form of cultural production.

Thank you to everyone who participated by leaving comments on the blog or stopping by the project space for a visit. A very special thank you to Parking Spot for the use of the super duper and tiny space at 8 E. Cordova St in Vancouver's Gastown. It was the perfect place to have a chat with interested folks, show some of my makeshift clothing and hand off Super! Surprises!

Natalie Purschwitz