MAKESHIFT began three years ago as a conversation about the intersection of the disciplines of design, craft, art, fashion, and DIY—and, on a bigger level, using this intersection as an agent of change in the world. Since then, we’ve explored making as individuals, and how making as a group can open conversations and build communities.

For MAKESHIFT 2014, we have once again partnered with Standard Talks in New York to host the conversation, and will cover a range of topics, including raw materials, craft, fashion, global communities, food, and the act of making. 2014 James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen will also participate in the discussion, helping answer the question: What can design learn from food?


If you are in New York this month, stop by lf8 for A Makeshift Pop-up Shop featuring works from the newest book by photographer Mary Ellen Mark, the Alabama Chanin collection, one-of-a kind, indigo-dyed garments, and accessories alongside the lf8 collection. Friend Allison Moorer participated in a special performance piece in the shop this week and documented her experience. Read more about the shop and Allison’s performance here.


Alabama Chanin and lf8’s Lisa Fox are also hosting an intimate sewing workshop and fund-raiser at The Lower East Side Girls Club Center for Community. We selected this location because it is a source of empowerment for the community’s girls and women. Gael Towey’s film “Portraits in Creativity: Alabama Chanin” will be screened, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

View the film below:

We are taking topics and conversations from this year and expanding them as we prepare for an even bigger MAKESHIFT 2015. We look forward to more collaboration and conversation.


Thanks to our friends, partners, and collaborators at The Standard East Village, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, Lisa Fox and lf8, Ashley Christensen, Gael Towey, Mary Ellen Mark, and Allison Moorer.

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  1. Pat

    Tears came to my eyes on the beauty of the film, clothing and sewing style. I wish I could pack up my car and come to Florence and just stitch. Thank you for being such an inspiration.