Advice is a Form of Nostalgia

Manifesto – A Public Declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives.

They have the power to inspire feelings and thoughts into the reader/listener. If done well they can even change a persons life and actions.

My favorite Manifesto is and will always be “Sunscreen”(1999)  By Baz Luhrmann, ever since I first heard it around the age of six. I have slowly grown to understand more and more of it.  At six it was just a fun little tune, but with each year the words make more and more sense. My favorite part, “Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it, is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more then its worth”  Because its true. When ever we offer advice to our friends, we are always looking into our own experiences and what we did in similar situations. Even if it was something we didn’t think we had learned from or even if we had taken a wrong turn. We offer our experiences as advice. Our past is a very precious item as we look back with knowledge we wished we had when we were living the moments. But living is all about learning and making mistakes. If we knew what was going to happen through out an entire film, we wouldn’t enjoy watching it as much, But I think every one enjoys talking about a film after they’ve seen it.

With my Manifesto, I have to write for my capsule collection. I want to inspire my listeners and interest them, but I want it to be a personal caption of who I am as a designer.

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Arrange And Rearrange

DSCN1573Arranging a final design on to a board can be rewarding and frustrating. You want it to look just right, you want it to stand out but how to arrange all the items onto your board to make it look right takes time. The rules I follow are, always keep a larger gap at the bottom then at the top, this is because if there directly in the middle they still look like there “falling” of the page, so put them just slightly higher. Also I like to arrange things into little groups, so fabric samples go in one area of the page, while the flats go altogether in another section. That way I feel people can look at what they want to look at easily with out having to look all over the page. Finally Sizes, I like my work to fit together nicely like a puzzle, so the more attracting items are large while the least attracting or interesting pieces are small. That way from afar people are enticed to come in closer to view the whole picture. I always find it difficult to find the right arrangement for my work so I generally just play around with it until I find a arrangement that I like.

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Half Full or Half Empty?

I think its getting a little full!

I think my book is getting a bit full after sticking samples of fabric manipulation and lots of beads, feathers, fur and chains!