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Fashioning Words, Fashioning Style

  • Sunday, December 03, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


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Fashioning Words, Fashioning Style ($39/$49)

Is it the content or rather the wrapping of a message that counts? Linguistic theories speak of different levels and aspects of communication; one cannot look at a subject matter, without considering the appearance of it. In this workshop we will take a linguistic look at some elements in written communication, to then complete this look with a poetical exploration of clothing and fashion. We will look at research done by Robin Lakoff (US), Paul Watzlawick (AUST/US) and Janet Beavin Bavelas (CA) a.o.; for the poetic-fashion part  we will discuss the words and some signature looks of women writers like Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde and Virginia Woolf.  Ms. Woolf would often sign off invitations with “Bring no clothes”. My invite says to do bring some, for we will not only write along the discussed ideas… we will find out what memories and feelings your own favorite garments stitch down into words!

Kate Copeland is a linguist and a poet, interested in dictionaries and associative thinking, interested in the hemispheres of the brain and the world. She has worked as a teacher and linguist @ the Netherlands, Spain and Argentina, she now works as a teacher and translator @ the worldwide web.. Sometimes she is lucky and finds a volunteer spot at art and literary festivals or a cinema.Please find Kate’s poetry@ The Ekphrastic Review, First Lit.Review-East, Wildfire Words, Poets Choice, The Metaworker, The Weekly/Five South a.o. Her recent Insta reads: 
Kate was born @ a harbour city and adores housesitting @ the world.

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