Marsya Wornette

I am an Eternal Intern Extraordinaire. My volunteer career began in tenth grade, one Fall/Winter season in a Toronto Fashion Week, and it is still going strong. I am the Curator/Director of Freedom Clothing Collective, (a non-profit cooperative run by volunteers to support local emerging artists, designers, and musicians) and an assistant in research and archival work at the Textiles and Costumes division of the Royal Ontario Museum.

How do I survive in life (read: afford awesome clothes)? Well, that’s where my marketable Masters of Creative Problem Solving shows its worth – I’ve got Mom and Dad’s old clothes (Mom being the ultimate fashion icon and dad being the skinny, geeky artist type), my grandmother’s old jewelry (she made a career out of diamonds), my boyfriend’s closet (being his stylist is part of my vocation to volunteer), thrift hunts, garage sale finds, and various upcycled garments.

The history of clothing and the possibility of memories woven into garments never fail to amuse me. When you wear clothes, you tell people stories. I’m interested in sharing the tales, myths and legends behind clothes.

Current Inspirations

Fashion Is My Muse
This is a great fashion blog that has a historical perspective. A fresh alternative to random musings of tween fashionistas, that’s for sure! The blogger, Ingrid Mida, is always involved with the projects of Friends of Textiles and Costumes at the Royal Ontario Museum. She also has a new blog that very much appeals to my interest in the memories in garments.

Stil in Berlin
Even though I was sick and constantly cold when I was visiting Berlin, I loved it because everyone’s style was elaborately stylish and structurally genius. I got the same feeling from this blog. They also have a section called “At Home” where they feature inspiring individuals in their respective homes. For those who also love the architecture in Berlin, there is Stillos in Berlin.

Acne Paper
Well, obviously the actual magazine itself is better, but they have provided some beautiful pages here too. And here.

UbuWeb
A resource on poetry and art by established and emerging artists! This chapter is dedicated to avant-garde films – all available for streaming. It’s for those days when a season at Cinematheque Ontario has just ended and we feel just too cool for surfthechannel.

Old Jews Telling Jokes
This really is an inspiration! It induces the kind of uncontrollable laughter that releases that stress in your brain so that you may resume creating fantastic things.

9 thoughts on “Marsya Wornette

  1. Um, amazing profile. Cannot wait to give your links the attention they deserve. I was cold and sick in Berlin as well, but still kind of loved it. Your pictures of a very Maria-from-West-Side-Story vibe.

  2. i love your pictures too! i definitely see the west side story – i think the fire escape is the catalyst for that one. and acne paper is awesome.

  3. your resume is making me look bad in comparison, i hope you know. glad you are working with us.

    that Ubu website is GLORIOUS. Oh my gosh, I see me wasting so many hours there.

  4. I just stumbled across your post which happens to link to my blog. Sorry it took me so long to find you. If only you had emailed me to let me know, I’d have commented sooner.
    My “new” blog Memories of Dress was folded into Fashion is my Muse. I am still working on that project but not as a separate entity. Like you, I am fascinated by the embodiment of memories in clothing. There are stories in every dress, just waiting to be told.
    At the present, I too am doing research at the ROM and am also slated to be the keynote speaker at the American Costume Society mid-west conference in the fall where I will speak about art and fashion.
    Please do drop by and leave me a comment so I can find you again. And thanks again for the plug.

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