Hi, welcome to String Revolution. I'm Léan, I live in Dublin with my husband and two little boys, and I am a dangerous stringy subversive.
My job is to radiate my creative truth, and to help you radiate yours. I create, without exception, every day. I write here when I have something to say.

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Fashion Statements


I’ve never been much of a one for slogans on my clothes.

That’s an understatement. Actually, I pretty consistently avoid wearing anything with words on it. I don’t object to other people doing so, you understand – although I do have a veritable phobia of designs that feature random, vapid phrases (T-shirts with “essential beauty of living” in fancy script peeping through vaguely floral-architectural collage, sort of thing). It’s just not for me.

I make a few exceptions. I wear my “iMachiavellian – Think Dissident” T-shirt, which Niall got me. It’s amusing, it makes geeks smile, and I like the way it’s cut. But with the best will in the world, I don’t wear it very often.

Much more often, I wear my Neighborhoodie, pictured above. (Turns out it’s hard to take an accurate photo of your own torso with your phone.) Why? Well, firstly, because I am pretty damn sesquipedalian, and I don’t care who knows it.

(Sorry. Obviously, that should read …because a cursory reconnaissance of my linguistic emanations would appear to render substantially ineluctable the application to me of the epithet “sesquipedalian”, a circumstance the contemplation of which leaves me profoundly insouciant. Yes, that’s better.)

Secondly, and more importantly, I wear it, and love it, because that’s my word. I thought of it. I giggled about it. I got a tiny but crucial kick out of the fact that it’s 14 letters long, which is the most you can put on a Neighborhoodie without paying extra.

So I started to wonder, what other messages would I be happy to walk around behind? Relatedly, what messages would I be happy to see on my children?

Because as I said, it’s not that I’m opposed in principle to messages on clothes. (Apart from anything else, clothes themselves embody a complex network of implicit messages, whether I like it or not.) It’s just that most of the words I see on clothes range from unappealing to enraging – so much so that long-ingrained habit causes me to veer away from messages I might in fact be glad to wear.

Which is where the Web comes in. Because now I don’t have to choose between messages that make me yawn or wince (or, indeed, provoke an urge to go on a frenzied spree with a pair of pinking shears) – I can have clothes that say what I decide.


Oh. I think I just shouted a bit. Sorry about that.

My point is this. I haz a shop. It is at Zazzle.co.uk (where I am also called leannich). I have stuff in my shop. Some of it is for anyone to wear or use, and some of it is only for kids. If you go to my shop and like any of the stuff, and if you want to own some of it for yourself, or give it to someone else, you can buy it, and Zazzle’s faithful minions will deliver it to your door, and then you or a person of your acquaintance will be able to wear or use this thing featuring words I chose. That would be so stunningly cool I might explode.

OK. Breathe. Was that what’s known by marketing types as a Call To Action?

(Please tell me this gets easier as I go along.)

So, go and look at my shop, yes?

3 comments to Fashion Statements

  • I have a Zazzle shop but I can’t bring myself to mark up any of the goods to make me a profit. I must learn, because the damn stuff sells. I wonder is it too late to mark it up now?

  • leannich

    As far as I know, you can edit the pricing details. I have to laugh at “the damn stuff sells” 🙂

  • It maketh me to feel a bit stupid. But I thought only me would buy ’em.

    I want to have babies so I can buy the colourcoding shirts for them. Twins. One shirt each. Regardless of actual sex.

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