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 was 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 can imagine. Similar to the food markets in Chinatown, where you enter for bok choy 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.
Here’s the steps:
You have to stay focused
2. You have to stick to a palette and make it intentional.
That could be the material, the lines of the design, the texture, the color, the cut, it goes on and on….….of all the different parts of Architecture, as in Sewing…there has to be a focused thought that runs through the design process………very difficult with all of the choices out there!
So patience! Give it a try, and another try……….Or find “your” design guru to help you through the process! (that can also be an answer)!
Cheers, till next time!