Artist and environmental activist Jenny Kendler is not only concerned with looking fabulous, which she does, but with how ethically her garments were produced. She mostly buys second-hand from eBay , handmade from Etsy, or from local shops featuring responsibly made goods. It might seem hard, but she promises it’s a breeze, and ends up scoring unique pieces with a history, like the pair of earrings made by a tribe in Afghanistan and a “Blade Runner”-inspired faux-fur cape. Being the new artist-in-residence at the Natural Resources Defense Council, she is not just talking. Her work covers the delicate relationship between humans and nature and is currently showing at the Salon Series Projects, 1319 West Wilson.
Best of Chicago 2013