Hardly anyone stops to think about laundry and clotheslines – and before DRYING FOR FREEDOM neither did we.
As a team our personal laundry habits and perceptions have changed since becoming part of of the film. We have collected our stories to share with you – here’s the first installment.
My first memory of a clotheline is my grandmother walking her wicker basket piled with laundry into the garden and hanging up each item one by one. The clothes, sheets and linen made an excellent obstacle to navigate during a high-speed game of catch.
My grandmother grew up in a small village in Southern Germany and was one of those who experienced childhood in the meagre postwar years that followed her birth. In my mind, her clothesline and wooden pegs were merely a residue of those times – the world had since, I believed, been blessed with abundant electricity and numerous gadgets with which to consume it.
Up until DRYING FOR FREEDOM, my personal laundry habits had been a thoughtless product of what I have had available to me. While I have never been a big consumer of electricity or the dryer, I had never made a conscious choice about it either. My clothes have been through the laundromats of my student years, clothes rack in flat rentals and most recently have only avoided the dryer because once I finally had one available to me the cost of running it outweighed the convenience.
I have always considered myself an environmentally friendly person but only when I became involved with DRYING FOR FREEDOM did I stop and think about laundry in any other context than a humdrum task. While I have now contemplated laundry more than I ever imagined I would, for me it came down to bringing consciousness to an undertaking I have always gone through without thought and to live a life a little better examined, perhaps.