“My name is Janet, I’m from South Africa. I Left in 2001 when I was a grown woman, which was tough, but I had to! Realized we were stuck in our closed-off society, with the apartheid and censorship and sanctions and everything. We had no books, no music, and no art coming in, nothing. Finally I couldn’t do it anymore. Even if it meant leaving my family behind and detaching from them. I travelled, walked the journey of Santiago de Compostela and wrote a book almost as a metaphor of ones life journey. Then I ended up here in Sweden after a few years. I’m now living in Gnesta. You need peace to find your inner self, it is peaceful there.”
“Anne-Lise continues..I have the bag cause I like the characters and the T-shirt from when I was in the Canary Islands way back when it was hip! It’s from a radio program.”
“Monica is my name! I better make some advertising with my bag then!”
And what’s the bag about?
“I teach Swedish to all sorts of people just there at folkuniversitetet behind you. I love what I do! Meeting with people from all over and of all ages!”
“There is nothing like teaching, even if I’m overworked, always working overtime, I just love everything about it and can’t help myself!”
“I’m Annica. Love skiing, swimming. Used to professionally compete you know? So Im passionate about that, and my man!”
Choreographers and fashion designers created fashionable dance performances shown by 65+ models in the Netherlands as part of the Fashionclash Festival in Maastricht.
Check out the deets here: www.nederlandsedansdagen.nl/en/publiek/nieuws/2014_oldfashioned_tijdens_fashionclash
Photos: Peter Stigter
“Birgitta Hallman is my name. I love clothes. A little too much maybe! I never throw anything away. I can find endless combinations of mixing and matching that way! Two girls stopped me by Karlaplan a while ago actually. They thought I was interesting too.”
Check out this article in the Huffington Post: “30 Life Lessons From Two Rockstar Grandmas”
“I’m Marianne, on my way to have a drink at Scandic Hotel here. I try to dress the way that I want, the way that I’m most comfortable with, I like the punkish-style so I try to dress that way.
And agreed that we need to be less ageist in society!
My bluebird pin is actually for supporting children and youth. All ages are important.“
“Vibeke is my name but people call me Vibs. I think it comes from German and means little woman, but I am Danish all the way! I used to work in theatre as an actress.”
Dorothea, tell us a bit about yourself?
“Can’t say.. people are too multifaceted!”
“My name is Agneta, I’m sitting in the shade with all these clothes since I can’t be in the sun. One year ago a kerosene stove exploded on me. I was in hospital for 3 months. I couldn’t walk at first but now I can do that at least! There’s always a bright side! And I love the sound of your project! Important to communicate over age groups!”
I’m Agneta Heuman. The best thing with summer is finally having vacation!
I’m a pensioner actually but I have been giving medicinal yoga classes from my apartment during the past few years. After my accident in 1998 when a car hit me, I was in so much pain. Nothing helped. And so I tried out medicinal yoga and it actually worked! It was the only thing that worked. So I took a training course and became a certified teacher and have been giving classes ever since. It is fantastic. Even if you are not in pain it is a preventive therapy that is good for both the body, mind and soul. I haven’t tried any other yoga forms so I can’t compare it to anything but I think it is great!
“People stop me everyday in the street, amazed that I look so stylish at my age. The insidious ageism in our society says that you become invisible as you get older and that’s what I’m fighting against visually with my clothes.”
“A light heart lives long” William Shakespeare
106-year old Panchita wears a carnival dress everyday.
(Photo by Blue Zone)
“My name is Kia, like the car! Oh Im not sure you want to photograph me, I’m not good on photos. I’m 66 you know? I’ve just been to congratulate my daughter who’s birthday it is today. Went by with some roses. And you know who else has their birthday today? Guess! Donald Duck! (Kalle Anka) I think he turns eighty!”
Kia continues.. “I have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. And my youngest daughter is the same age as my oldest granddaughter! Funny like that. So she’s auntie Molly to her.”
“And the other day I went to see Amadeus Mozart and the funniest thing, the person playing Mozart looked exactly like me! Mint and pink outfit with the curly hair. I think the best thing in life might be music. I fall in a trance, completely in the now, going through an emotional journey. I call it a musical orgasm!”
Thank you Ola for the tip!
Check out this article of a 90-year-old designer happily employed at IDEO:
“My name is Sibylla or Karin. I think Sibylla sounds good. Let’s say it’s Sibylla.
Do you want me to stand in the sun? The sun makes you happy!
People say I make them happy too so maybe that’s enough!”
And, wow I love the sound of The Agist project, my aunt who is 94 would love it too, I’m sure.”
One more of Inger. We actually spotted her socks first, is she into punk we thought.. And then the fact that she was sitting next to a homeless man speaking to him at length intrigued us. What could that say about a person? And then when we finally spoke to her it turned out she had worked with him for many years within psychiatry and addiction.
Lesson learned? Stay open-minded. And make contact!