singletism

A rant about Multiple Systems

Here’s the deal. If you are one of the people who claims to be a multiple system, you are scum. You are pretending to have multiple personalities in order to gain attention by blogging about it on Tumblr. For people with conditions that could be described as such, it is just plain insulting for someone to take a life crippling disease and turn it into your latest fun fact about yourself.

If you had even met someone that had one of those conditions, you would realize that it’s not an ‘alternative life choice’, or anything but something that is a curse on it’s sufferers and who’s victims would like nothing better than to rid themselves of it.

But ofcourse, as it is with all things, I can’t make you stop attention seeking. I just hope people realize what they are doing is incredibly dickish.

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Work: Broderie Anglaise Singlet

A continuation-or elaboration-on a theme started with the Baltimore Album Singlet. A lot of my college work was about the boundary between ‘clothing’ and ‘costume,’ and I feel like I’m still exploring that here. Athletic clothing and the materials it is made from are super functional–how elaborate and decorative can you push that kind of functional wear? In previous works, I reinforced the ‘integrity’ of the clothing/costume with recycled, tough fabrics that related to traditional work wear. Here I’m instead subbing that for fabric and techniques used for active wear. Uniforms also always interested me, being somewhere between clothing and costume. I was even using recycled army uniforms for materials. Are team uniforms a costume? Are wrestling outfits?

Mentally, I’ve always associated ‘costume’ with the ‘ten-foot-rule’ of stage–that as long as the work looks good on stage from the audience, it’s fine–and always sought to overcome this by making things intricate, and with as clean of craftsmanship as possible, so that the viewer needs to get up close, needs to handle the work. In this interaction, does it become less of a costume?


Ok, enough art statement writing. I haven’t had to present work in a long time, and it felt good to get some of those thoughts out, and clarified. On to the brass tacks of construction.

I learned a lot with this one, made a few mistakes that I’ll know better next time. The pattern pieces I was working with were just too big, making it awkward to feed through my machine. They also took so long to complete that my spray adhesive began to fail. I’ll also keep in mind for the next one to add some ease to the pattern if it is going to be this intricate a design. It got a little stiff with all the stitching, and hard to get on. The sheer areas came out well, and I think I’ll explore that further in a future piece. I’m not entirely pleased with the shaped eyelet edges. I got a little bit of stretching and distortion. After some most helpful back and forth with mrsthecobra I think I just need to adjust my presser foot more. Anyone enjoying my half-assed work should definitely go follow her, she makes amazing outfits for CHIKARA wrestlers!

I have enough left over that I think I might make a coordinating mask as well, although I need to order spacer fabric, so that may wait until I put in another big fabric order.