Fun story from Friday at Lower Haters. I have this dress I picked up at Urbanity, my favorite consignment boutique. I bought it cause the cut-out back was really cool, and it was clearly hand-sewn so I was all about that. It wasn’t until much later that I realized there were two sort of applique graphics of pigeons smoking cigarettes sewn onto the dress. I’m not into smoking and I don’t have any sort of strong feelings about pigeons, but I liked the dress so I kept it.
In helping Martin publicize his show at Lower Haters, I spent a lot of time getting to know the gallery’s feel by clicking around online and learning about their story. Something popped up in every link I saw: a smoking pigeon. And not just any smoking pigeon, the exact smoking pigeon that was sewn onto my random find from Urbanity.
Naturally I had to wear this dress to Martin’s opening and hopefully find out what it all meant. I was walking around the gallery and had just gotten lost in my own thoughts when the guy behind Lower Hater’s counter came up to me and said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry I was looking at your butt,…” Reactions of “EXCUSE YOU?” flashed through my mind, but as he continued I realized his approach was totally sane. “…But I have to ask where you got that dress.”
I ended up meeting Janice, the owner of Lower Haters and told them all the story of how this pigeon dress came into my life and how I knew I had to wear it that night. Janice recognized that the creator had skillfully chopped up two contrasting Lower Hater T-shirts and applied a well-blocked pattern. It reminds me of SuperLuckyCat. Repurposed material that’s just so well done, the original couldn’t possibly be as good.
With any luck, we might be able to get that designer’s work into Lower Hater’s racks, and not just on my smoking pigeon butt.