1. my new sewing machine.
2. finally – finally – getting to read volumen 1 of the millennium trillogy.
(and how fantastic, by the by, is the french book cover? though slightly…misleading. i do love a nice wednesday adams reference, though…)
art, fashion, politics, criticism and aesthetic theory.
this is my new favourite:
it follows the work of four budding fashion designers from FIT, the fashion institute of technology (state university of new york), as they gear up for/try for a place in the annual (and highly competitive) BFA runway show.
by dani, from fof
i love behind the scenes shots; i never get over watching how other people work, the processes involved in both the conceptual and practical creation of art, the massive methodological variations involved in approaching similar problems. where clothes are involved this last point is particularly engaging for me. i have my own habits and methods of, say, pattern making, and it’s always exciting to see how other people do it, and to experiment with and be inspired by alternate methods.
by dani, from fof
making clothes is such hard work. i don’t mean the physical process, so much – though obviously that can be exhaustingly time-consuming, at the very least – but the construction, imagination, the thought-process… making clothes from scratch (ie, starting by creating the pattern itself) is essentially a different sort of engineering. i doubt the similarities would occur to most people who’ve never done it – and certainly as a ‘feminine’ art (ie, aesthetically driven, ‘un-academic’, and often closer to a ‘craft’ [whatever that means]; certainly not a skillset attributed the same mental acuity people assume in an engineer) the making of clothes is relegated to the realm of hands-on-skill rather than complex thinking. but if you consider it that’s really not an accurate designation, or at least not a complete one. constructing clothing – properly – is just as complex as making a building. it requires precise measurements and extreme attention to detail; sound mathematical skills; an in-depth understanding of structure, materials, and construction techniques; most of all a capacity to translate two-dimensional images not only into three-dimensional garments, but into separate two-dimensional pieces set to become garments, a form of spatial thinking that generally takes a lot of practice to perfect, even in people who’ve a natural ‘knack’ (spatial thinking, as a little trivia on the side, is also a mental function generally believed to be less present in females than males. it’s one of the excuses people commonly give for girls getting lower marks in maths).
anyway. my point is that i am really enjoying this blog. and anybody interested in such things should really check it out. it’s worth keeping track of.