A toile is a most admirable thing to me – a result of ideas, tailoring technique, process planning and 3D experience evaluation mixed together, where all the ingredients has to be in balance with each other. A quality garment mock-up. A test garment, if you like. A century-old technique loved by many, but also often frown upon by people in a hurry.
Do you trust? Do you care? Tell me are you really free?
The lyrics echoed in my ears during my Marathon training, and I thought – that’s it! The design process is such a tricky thing, just as life itself! You have to decide which way to go.
We are meant to believe that luxury fashion brands are the highest level of craft. Or design. Or maybe both. We are also in some way lead to believe that these brands suffer – that there aren’t enough customers to keep them going. That they need to cut down on craftsmanship. I think this story constantly told, and believed, could be harmful to your own creativity. Why? Let me try to explain.
Most people don’t have one nowadays. But maybe your parents or grandparents had one? What did they do with it, and why don’t we use them anymore?
A sewing machine is actually a wonderful thingy used for stitching your individuality and comfort together with. Just like that. Individuality and comfort. And also, a method to accept that you are more interesting (and important) than a concept someone far far away decided to impose on you.