When times were tough, what made you keep on walking?
Gab: Megan was a huge support, she kept me going. Also, we are both incredibly stubborn, so some days we got through pain and exhaustion just by sheer determination. Podcasts were a great way to occupy time and to keep us both entertained, they made the walk quicker some days. The people we met along the way and the stories we heard, this was all for them. There are so many people in the fashion industry in crappy situations who don’t have a voice. This walk was for them. It was to say “Hey I’m not ignoring you, I see you, I care and I want others to care too”. It’s pretty easy to walk when you are doing it for someone else.
Most surprising lessons you learnt in the past year?
Gab: Just how much work goes into making clothes and the many different ways that clothes can be made. Spending time with ethnic minority groups and watching them harvest hemp from raw plant fibers to striping it, and twisting and beating it into thread, then dying it with indigo and weaving the material into usable fabric is just crazy. It’s seriously incredible. Weaving is a complex skill, that results in wearable art. Weaving looms are like the original computers, they have horizontal threads and vertical threads intertwining, over and under. It’s like binary. And the weavers are professional coders, writing exact cipher for a handmade piece. I think the whole process was so surprising because I just assumed that all textiles are made from machines now.
What does a successful day look like for you?
Gab: That depends on how you measure success I guess. For me it would be getting outdoors, having some exercise and spending time with people I love. If I can do any of those things, then I think that’s pretty successful. I’m a very fortunate human.
What words do you want engraved on your gravestone? – how do you want to be remembered?
Megan: I’m actually planning on being cryogenically frozen and then living forever once they solve the death conundrum. Jokes. I don’t think I need to be remembered. I’ll be dead. I just want to fill my life up with as many meaningful experiences as I can and hope that somewhere along the way some of these experiences have meaning and value for other people.
Read more about the Walk Sew Good story and Megan and Gab’s inspiring (and hilarious) adventures here.