i use paste a little in my dying to make a resist pattern. a resist is a spot where to dye is prevented from reaching the fabric so it doesnt get dyed.

i used flour and water to make a resist paste to use on skirt design. i also created a stencil which i used to fill in a pattern with the paste.

i let it dry and then did the dying. i would recommend this system to someone who wants to try a resist dye and doesn’t care too much about the exactness of the pattern. it is very easy in terms of steps and cleanups in resist dyes. depending how long it dries and the thickness/spreadibility there will be variation on the strength of the resist.


piecing is usually a quilting term but i use it in my sewing as well.

i love the way you can bring a garment together by sewing pieces of fabric together. there is a certain puzzle to it…it seems always to have an innate function to fit together. (i personally think this is because of the way i sew and getting used to guaging the amount of fabric to use from quilting.)

but piecing has really been useful for me in my garments because of the asthetic feel…as some people really like patchwork in street fashion, i really like the look of different geometrical shapes sew together to form the garments structure. similarities.

radicalization of art

art has the habit of being closeted…not in a gay straight kind of way but closeted at times.

in my periodic bouts with art…quite a few of them…the object art, not the lifestyle art, i have studied a lot of aspects of why and for how long and the effects.

i think this is often what may present itself to the artist or the “student of the muse” the visual product and viewer/experiencer.

whether this art is right or not…creative or exact. and i think the radicalization of art is a perfect way to describe both times when this does or doesnt work.

its a great way of thinking in terms of making decisions for the artist, their lifestyle choices and in phader ewaws case the recipient of the object or creation. what will be the type of decisions or terms i will access through my self or others and will it be radical.

accessorizing attachments and closures

accessorizing attachments and closures for garments is really fun. each item is different and may require a different style of tie, button, or zipper. i think of these items as accessories because they totally change the feeling and style of a garment the way jewelry or other accessories do.

i have the most fun with this by thinking how i can most wisely use the fabric and design to provide the best fit, most subtle yet easy access for dressing, and still keep it couture. (couture often means tailored for a specific fit).

depending on the garment, buttons or ties can be used to secure on a body if a small gap is ok design-wise. in other cases where a total connection is needed (like on some of my shirts) a zipper becomes the choice. i aso ise cloth buttons as an option to sinch up some of my skirts and dress as well as ties to give the option to wear them shorter.

these different closure accessories add a variety to the look where otherwise it may not be so intended. just as jewelry, a belt or a scarf can highlight features of a garment or pick up colors to stand out, closures add a personality and style to help bring out the fit and nature of the garments.

small scale dye batches

dyeing fabric is one of the small scale wonders of the world. fabric is quite easily transformed from a light or white fabric into a bright colored thing.

fabric can be dyed on small scale by heating a dye bath on the stove…or small scale dip dyes with indigo dye or other type of dye. there is even a dye where you spray color and set it in the dryer. usually these small scale items are a couple small pieces of fabric.

its useful because you can add a little bit of contrast and show off your handiwork. hand dyes often imbue fabrics with a touch of rusticity…a bit of the old world. or it can add the future work of the small scale green worker. either way, kind of interesting.

symetry vs asymetry

asymentry vs. symetry is a great topic to discuss when talking about designing. as far as the art and craft of my work a lot of the symetry and asymetry comes in in the actual structure and in the coloring or light and dark materials.

when i work through the garment i think a lot about amount of fabric (trying to make things light in weight quite often). symetry is great because it is a great equalizer and works a lot with the body structure as a symetrical being the same on both sides of a vertical plane. this is great for drawing the eyes to the hips.

asymetry connects a lot with the face from the side for me or the sillouette from the side. this is why i love asymmetry in my horizontal stripes (stripes of varying sizes or in a non repetetive pattern) also in the structure of some of my garments using the rule of thirds to “patch” obscure rectangles for a nice variation on sides.

so overall both symmetry and asymetry contribute to to motion of the eye or the add or highlighting a curve or line of motion within the wearer or garment and i use color and seaming to indicate this

workflow in industry

so i wanted to talk a little about workflow in industry. the main point of the article will be to demonstrate how to task a job for production. it is important to assess each job and create a manageable way to navigate through each step.

i generally plan for myself (ie my abilities and creative genesis or generation of creative juices, energy and actual work). the ability to stay working for the longer time frame is important when planning due to the nature of my planning.

if i plan my design (mentally), physically cut them out and then arrange them, i can actually spend more of my time sewing and can visualize/plan my design while i am “doing other things” i find this gives me greater capacity to work without second guessing and i can sew for many hours.

as a very small scale productionist…thinking about workflow enables me to actually manufacture a product whereas otherwise i would be overcharging for an artistic version of my capacities as an artist. (at least for me my capacities in art would change since the actual creation time would.)

now by inspiration from this workflow art has been added because the cost comes to take effect . and so working i have gained the inspiration to see art value. half of small scale production is finished product and needing things in order is one step as well as neat so plays into the brand as it can evolve. and this in tune to if the inspiration drives it or the actual derivatives of art vs mechanie otherwise known as fashion.