I am very involved with fashion still; I work at the Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Christmas 2020 shirt besides I will buy this Parsons School of Design promoting old wool. I have students who do a residency at my farm to work with my animals, to work with feathers, to work with wool. A wonderful company called Fanny Karst did this fantastic costume for Link Link Circus, and Brigitte Lacombe, the great photographer, took this photo, and we never used it. I thought that maybe it should be the poster for Link Link Circus, but Link Link Circus was really about animal cognition, and that extraordinary, strong image was really talking more about sex. So I always kept that photo, saying, “one day…one day” I could use it. And then, when I wrote Sex and Consequences, I called Brigitte and I said, “Can it be the poster?” And she allowed me to use it. So I’m very happy to use that photo, because I find it arresting and totally comical.
About a year ago I discussed with Parsons the Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Christmas 2020 shirt besides I will buy this possibility of an association with my farm here in Long Island, which is called Mama Farm. Farm-to-table cuisine, CSAs [Community Supported Agriculture], the farmers market—they had all become very popular. But there isn’t the same for fashion. So we started a program where students, especially the ones that are interested in wool, could come and meet the sheep. We shear them and they learn the process of what to do with the wool. What I wanted to give them, what I had when I went back to university, was the ABCs—you know, you always see wool already spun, and you just think, well, what color do I like? But where does it come from? How is it done? All these things get lost. And so I wanted to give the students the possibility to come only 60 miles from New York, to talk to the sheep, and to see that some fibers on the animal are rougher, those are good for carpets, and some are very soft, those are good for sweaters. It was just to discover a world that may not seem as connected, because we always connect at the end of the process.