QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Kestrel Jenkins & Conscious Chatter
This 'Questions & Answers' is a special one: we're honored and excited to introduce you to a woman who's been fighting the good fight as an activist and advocate for sustainability in the fashion industry for many moons now. Kestrel's awesome podcast, Conscious Chatter, delves into meaningful conversations with experts from across the industry, engaging and inspiring her listeners to think harder about how and why what we wear matters.
Through our own conversation[s], an idea arose - What if Good Support partnered up w/ Conscious Chatter? And so... we did.
LOOK OUT - We're about to launch a new quarterly podcast '#BTS w/ Good Support + Conscious Chatter' where discussion circles around each G.S. guide, with the intention of helping us all to activate and engage in more meaningful conversation AND action.
- Where are you from? Trempealeau, Wisconsin
- How old are you? 32
- What do you do for a living? Host and Producer of the Conscious Chatter podcast, Visual and audio storytelling (production / styling for photo + video), AND I work on a sailboat to make extra cash
- What is your favorite color? Yellow
- If you have a hobby, what is it? Playing with plants, yoga and baking healthy desserts
Do you identify with any of the political parties?
Talking/learning about politics turns you off or on?
How has that changed over your adulthood?
It has definitely ebbed and flowed, which I acknowledge is privileged in and of itself. I go through segments of being super engaged and aware, and then [times when I'm] somewhat disconnected. I’ve been working on this balance.
What are your 3 biggest issues when it comes to politics? (i.e. education, health care, race relations, environment, immigration, etc.)
It’s really difficult for me to choose “only x number of issues,” because I see so many overlaps amongst the issues. I care deeply about human rights, education, race relations and the environment.
What is Conscious Chatter AND How did you come up with the idea?
Conscious Chatter is a podcast where what we wear matters. It’s an inclusive audio space that opens up the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. It’s a venue that allows us to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the fashion industry.
Do you have a piece of advice you would give to someone new to what sustainability means in fashion and how they can approach it?
One way to just start exploring this is to look through your closet and read through the labels on your garments. Where were your pieces made? What are they made of? That’s a great way to start thinking about how many stories were made before your clothes even arrived to you and your closet. Also, you can watch The True Cost on Netflix, which is a great visual introduction to this dialogue.
Do you have a piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to think about conscious consumption and politics/civic society?
There are people behind the clothes we wear, and brands often want those humans to remain invisible to us as consumers. The more we can ask questions, and the more we can try to connect with the people behind our clothes and their stories, the more brands will be forced to treat individuals along their supply chains with dignity and respect.
How do you try to give back in your community?
I volunteer with a nonprofit called Outside the Lens, where we get to hang out with rad kids who want to learn more about media arts.
How does it make you feel to get outside of yourself & office/studio?
It’s so important for me to maintain perspective. Every time I get to hang out with the kids at Outside The Lens events, I’m 100% getting more out of it than they are; they are just so full of wisdom and lessons and inspiration.
What would you like to see Good Support do or integrate moving forward?
I’d love to see Good Support continue to find unique ways to share the resources you’re developing--across different mediums--so more people can find learning opportunities that connect with their style.