Stuff We Forgot 20/12/12 – Fuzzy Felt!

Yes, this is meant to be primarily a style blog but, fuck it… I like toys. So my first ‘Stuff We Forgot’ post focuses on one of my most treasured childhood possessions.. FUZZY FELT!!

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I don’t wanna alienate anyone younger than me, but I definitely think my generation may have been one of the last to play with Fuzzy Felt. Sure, they still make it now, but it’s just not the same! Things have faces on the modern stuff, there’s no room for pure imagination to run wild!

When I was a child, I was given Fuzzy Felt to play with and my creativity took over, I still remember the crinkly blue plastic segments that held all of my precious shapes, and the thin cardboard ‘background’ which would be my canvas. I truly feel that Fuzzy Felt made me realise from quite a young age that ‘art’ didn’t have to be a drawing or a painting. And it didn’t have to last forever.

Fuzzy Felt was originally born in 1950, so the staying power of this fantastically simple toy is testament to it’s appeal. Maybe if todays kids weren’t so distracted by telly we would still see a hell of a lot more Fuzzy Felt magic!

It’s not particularly valuable if you have a vintage box today, but the satisfaction you will get from making a rude collage or dream home scene is beyond monetary value.

Finally, in combining style with toys.. imagine what Fuzzy Felt brooches could bring to an outfit! I love anything that reminds me of my childhood, I love anything childish in general. Felt brooches are all over Etsy right now, why not create a nostalgia laden Fuzzy Felt alternative.

On that note.. I’m getting myself on eBay… this is my new ‘thing’.

Sometimes I Think Things: The ‘P’ Word

Occasionally, I like to write serious things.. that are maybe a little bit challenging, funny, thought provoking etc (or maybe I THINK they are!) 

I thought I would share this article I wrote a while back as it is about being yourself, both in personality and style. It’s just a short one, it’s not fancy!

I originally wrote this piece for the zine I co-edit with my good friend Charli of Ruby Valentine. Our zine is called ‘Slimeball’ and is totally free. We explore monthly themes through creativity and regularly accept submissions from others. We love seeing how everyone else interprets the themes! 

If you would like any current/ back issues of Slimeball or if you would like to submit work please get in touch with us via our facebook page!

Here’s my article: The ‘P’ Word

The dreaded four words of my teenage years, the sentence which often solidified feelings of being misunderstood.

IT’S JUST A ‘PHASE’.

It’s the kind of comment that’s made by a parent in front of family friends at some kind of awkwardly enforced get-together, a comment which serves more to make the parent feel better than to actually explain anything. During my teens this little gem was whipped out to laugh away various risky subjects such as whichever bright colour I had chosen to dye my hair that week, why I insisted on wearing neon trousers or why I was being a complete bitch to my little brother.

I always felt like the ‘phase’ bomb was a way of making excuses for what I now know just to be teenage curiosity. Parents eager to tell the world I wouldn’t be like this forever.. it’s a temporary thing, i’m not a delinquent just yet.

Whenever ‘It’s Just A Phase’ was used, It would only serve to make me more determined to be that way forever, just to show them. Often I would verbally respond ‘We’ll see about that’ and argue that it would last. I wanted to be forever the rebel girl, with my ripped fishnets, terrible punk band, green hair and sulky face.

When I hit my twenties, I realised somewhere along the lines my aesthetic didn’t fit. I had morphed for years, moving organically from the 70’s tribute punk, to a less high maintenance punk look, to a jeans and t-shirt student, then a faux rockabilly style influenced only by a desire to be ‘cool’ before finally settling into this very eclectic mix of 1960’s vintage and ridiculous Harajuku inspired fashion, which is totally cool with me.

In that moment of realisation I also felt a swell of pride. Sure, the way I look might have changed, but my pride came from knowing that really… none of it was a ‘phase’. It was all me, It IS all me,and I still FEEL the same, I’d still describe myself as a rebellious individual, someone who challenges life, expectations and confines. I am still determined to ‘show them’, whoever ‘they’ present themselves to be.

What outwardly may be seen as others as a ‘phase’, I believe was integral to shaping me as a person. I look back and think, ‘But it was only my appearance’. I become genuinely baffled by the ‘phase’ excuse and why it even needed to be said. If a young person doesn’t experiment, or experience, or express then what kind of person will they grown into? And why are some appearances seen as ‘the norm’ while others have to be explained away with the P-word? Would it not be healthier to encourage transitions between styles, subcultures and interests instead of pigeon-holing everything into a ‘phase’ just for five minutes of a vague, self indulgent but totally imaginary, ‘grown up’ feeling?

Because finally, and this is another epiphany I have had in my twenties, let’s face it. Nobody ‘grows up’. We just get taller, sometimes fatter, and maybe a little better informed. Inside we are the same being as that teenager who was eternally jumping from one thing to another. That continuity of our personality and self is why really, there were never any ‘phases’.

© Kate Rosanne Johnson 2012

 

Kate xx

What I’m Going To Blog About..

Here is a non-exhaustive list of things I’d like to blog about. Please tell me if any ideas grab your attention or if some are steaming piles of pap..

 

Etsy Picks – I’ll show you my favourite things for sale on Etsy. 

Japan Facts – Stuff i’ve learnt about japan. Weird stuff, interesting stuff, everyday stuff. 

My Harajuku Shopping Guide – my guide to the best shops in the best shopping district in the world!

Stuff We Forgot – Terrible and awesome things from the past/ my childhood that most people forgot about  but are well worth writing at least a paragraph of garbage about now. 

If I Owned This.. – Examples of how I would wear something im lusting after using the glory of polyvore collages

Geek Out – Something I am geeking out on. Let me clarify… I become momentarily obsessed with things on a regular basis. These obsessions usually last a week at best. I will blog about them in the vain attempt to make them more valid.

Outfit posts – go on then, if I have to!

This Lives In My House – I will choose a thing in my house, and tell you a story of where its from, what it does, how I came to own it.

Someone Got Paid To Design That – A suggestion from an Instagram follower… Photos of truly horrific clothes, objects and more that people actually got paid to design.

Terrific Textiles – Another Instagram suggestion.. photos of beautiful textiles, modern and vintage.

 

Please, Please, PLEASE do tell me if you have an idea for anything you want to see! 

katykamikaze@gmail.com

I’m on instagram and twitter as katykamikaze

Get On With It!

I’m Kate, Some call me Katy.

I started a Tumblr blog about 2 years ago, where I posted pictures of the outfits I cobbled together, I called it ‘igetdressedinthemorning’ and whilst I loved the simplicity, I found I couldn’t post long rambling rants about other aspects of my life or the sweets I had shovelled in my face that day. Tumblr is for pictures kids, not much else.

So here I am, on WordPress, starting again. There will be more than just outfit posts on here.. In fact, there will probably be less outfit posts. Here you will find style posts, travel diaries, handpicked items from internet land, tutorials, silly videos and more snippets of my life.

But who ARE you?

I am a 25 year old woman (girl? probably a girl)

I like to dress however the hell I want. Some people have a problem with this. They are idiots.

I love tattoos.. I’m something of a tattoo geek.

I appreciate awesome handmade stuff. I also like to make things myself.

Travelling to different towns, cities and countries excites me. I am OBSESSED with Japan and Japanese culture, I have been to Japan three times and will share various anecdotes at any possible opportunity. Just a warning!

Most of my evenings are spent watching Star Trek and reading Rookiemag.com

The rest of my evenings are spent reading Haruki Murakami novels and rearranging all the junk and toys I collect.

In the next few days I will be figuring out what kind of stuff I will be posting on my all new blog. If there is anything you want to see or any questions you have you can bug me by emailing katykamikaze@gmail.com

Now SCRAM!

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