A Featherweight Singer Sewing Machine!
It’s well proportioned, the color is is basic, the texture is smooth…it reflects light, has accessories, i.e the emblem on the front, and it’s Vintage. Made in 1947, this newly acquired machine is a work of art! Not only does it have form, but it functions like it ws made yesterday!
Much of my architectural work requires spacial thinking. Working with planning of a home, heights, materials and virtually moving about the home. Many times, I’m managing decisions, assisting in selecting materials, and advising clients. Most recently I have been working spreadsheets for budgetary purposes. And as always the end result is a piece of Architecture…many months later.
In the case of sewing, there are the similar aspects of proportion, measurements, texture of materials, selection of materials, selection of project, and then just drilling into it and creating something!
So last week, between my normal Architectural activities I was busy running down to the Garment district and creating a couple of tablecloths, placemats and napkins.
One of the amazing areas in NYC is the garment district! Dirty and disgusting on the outside, each store is a dream of feathers, buttons, zippers and fabrics that just doesn’t stop. I walked into a zipper store, only to be in a fabric area, that turned into a vinyl area, that ended with every accessory you van imagine. Similar to the food markets in Chinatown, where you enter foe book ahoy and end up in the nuts and basket area!
With all of the choices, whether it be fabric, accessories or thread….the process is actually so similar to creating good architecture.
You have to stay focused
You have to stick to a palette and make it intentional.
That could be the material, the lines of the design, the ambiance….of all the different parts of Architecture, as in Sewing…there has to be a thought that runs all thew ay through the process…and it’s actually difficult with all of the choices out there!
So patience! Or find “your” design guru to help you through the process!