New York Fashion Week

The Tents is an awesome documentary about the growth of New York as a fashion capitol through the development of fashion week at its beginning in Bryant Park to its relocation into Lincoln Center.

The Tents Trailer 2 from Marcus K Jones on Vimeo.

You can watch the entire documentary on hulu.com.

Time to Make It Work Again!

 

Yes, yes. I used that cliche catchphrase that has lost it’s cuteness, but I say it to properly announce that Project Runway Season 10 starts today!  My favorite show! Not so much for the designer drama but the weekly assignments and the end products.

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I am a bit of an art nerd.  I love making things, and I have always been fascinated by sewing. When I was little, I would use my toy sewing machine to make little purses for my stuffed animals. AKA a piece of cloth folded in half with the sides sewn together. Big woop.

In more ways than one, my mom has been my idol, but one of the skills I admire in her is her ability to mend clothes and make household items like curtains and sofa covers with a fabric, sewing machine, needles, pins, and thread.  She even made my senior year prom dress.  And she would make it look so easy!

In college, there was a fashion design club where a couple of my friends in art classes were members and showed off their designs in a fashion show each semester.  Their talent is amazing.  One of my friends actually went to FIT and is now living in New York designing.  It made me even more eager to learn!

Another friend who is now taking classes at the Art Institute shared me this video recently that captures all the steps in the design and construction of a garment….which happens to be a jacket by Chanel…Oh, I’m sorry. THE Jacket.  I get so excited watching the video.  I hope to one day own a sewing machine and a dress form to start playing around with clothing design.

Until then, I’ll just keep watching Project Runway…

A new part of them

I’m not alone when I say that I love TEDIf you don’t know about TED already, you are missing out on a great educational resource for presentations that are reminiscent of university lecture halls.  In about 15 minutes, I learn about economy, philosophy, religion, technology, design, comedy, art, international relations, and medicine.

Today, boredom struck while I was at work, and I watched Scott Summit’s lecture.

Courtesy of bespokeinnovations.com

Scott Summit is the co-founder of Bespoke Innovations. He is an industrial designer who works with individuals to help personalize their prosthetics for optimal functionality and aesthetics. Check it out! The lace pattern prosthetic is gorgeous.

Bespoke Innovations and the 3-D printing process to create the prosthetics was also featured in a New York Times article.

Bespoke Innovations is one of a handful of companies that work to create artificial limbs to fit people’s lifestyles.  Special Olympians require prosthetics specifically designed for athletic performance.  An example made famous by the movie 127 Hours is Aron Ralston, whose custom artificial arm was created by Hanger to meet the demands of rock climbing.  Through the combined efforts of doctors, scientists, and deigners, this new realm of art, science, and engineering gives individuals confidence and allows them a way to express themselves, despite the loss of their limb.  Most importantly, these individuals can continue to live empowered and not overpowered by their disability.