Jeannie Sanke of Evanston, Illinois, knits with one of the world’s most unusual materials: wool from dog hair. A proud mom to multiple dogs, Jeannie realized one day that their endless supply of hair didn’t have to go to waste — then picked up her drop spindle and started to knit. Now she sells these completely cruelty-free clothes in her Etsy shop, Knit Your Dog, where people pay her as much as $800 for a dog hair sweater.
Rei Kawakubo started the fashion label Comme des Garçons. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the spring 2017 exhibition is exclusively dedicated to her work. So does she make art? Or does she make clothes?
Tap dancing originated in America. It’s a mix of several dance styles—Irish jigging, British clogging, and the percussive steps from African dance. Tap dancing can be traced back to Five Points, now known as Chinatown in New York city. Tap dance also has its roots in minstrel shows, where it was viewed as American comedy. In the 70s, tap dancing legends, Jane Goldberg and Brenda Bufalino took tap from the bright show tune lights of Broadway back to a place of self expression.
Fidget spinners are everywhere these days. You can buy them on any street corner for a few dollars, and both kids and adults are obsessed with them. The companies that make these hot new gadgets claim they help relieve stress and anxiety and can help kids with ADHD focus. David Anderson, PhD, a clinical psychologist from the Child Mind Institute, shares his thoughts on spinners.
What do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with ancient barbarians? Not much … so why are both known as “goths”? Is it a weird coincidence – or is there a deeper connection stretching across the centuries? Dan Adams investigates.