I woke up this morning and checked the site analytics, finding the large number of incoming visitors from the Threads Magazine article. While I am pleasantly surprised that Threads decided to re-release the article with a link to my new brook there site, I am intrigued yet again by the type of comments it has created.
I did not know the article was being re-released until I saw the web traffic this morning. I have skimmed the article comments, finding some of them so harsh I’d prefer not to read in to much detail. Some commenters did note that the article was written in 2003. I haven’t re-read the article, and no doubt would cringe at some of the things my 23 year old self said.
I find most odd the commenters who criticize my then-sewing techniques, since the fact I was approaching sewing differently was the ENTIRE POINT OF THE ARTICLE. In 2003, I was an art student doing a project that related to fashion. I wasn’t running a business. my objective was to make beautiful, sculptural garments that people wanted to look at and touch. Sewing by hand, leaving raw edges and making interiors exterior were part of the overall aesthetic.
Moreover, the only person I had to fit was myself. Fashion would never evolve if the concept of ‘fit’ remained stagnant. a very skinny 23 year old looks chic and good in garments that fit unconventionally.
Learning to sew well is a technical skill; creating beautiful designs is a skill of intuition.
our society economically values the designer higher than the technician in every field (and the entrepreneur is valued higher than the designer.) “economically values” means that the entrepreneur has the potential to earn more money than the designer or technician because the entrepreneur takes the most risks.
Threads is not solely a technical magazine, and to expect that it should only publish technical sewing articles is limiting to the magazine and its potential audience. I read and re-read Threads all through my teen years, enjoying both the technical articles and the designer profiles.