So, I got through my first multi-designer fashion show at the end of March. As several models walked down the runway wearing my pieces a fellow fiber artist leaned over & whispered to me, "You really know the art of restraint." What a spectacular compliment. I often think my work is too simple, even though my pieces really just come from what I want to wear but can never seem to find in stores. Maybe it's that Catholic school uniform thing, interestingly shared by Eileen Fisher and perhaps some of her devotees, the "cult of the interestingly plain." She says "the idea that you can just throw that thing on every morning and don't have to think about it." It sort of runs contrary to creating fashion, but that's what I want. Something I barely have to glance at, it goes well with most other pieces in my closet, it's comfortable, flattering, &, most importantly, it doesn't hit people over the head. It doesn't scream "LOOK AT ME!" However, on second look the pieces do very subtly communicate a message about the person wearing them. They are slightly artsy, maybe even a bit quirky. I hope that certain ease, artsy spirit & minimalist restraint comes across as I present my inside/out tank for sale this season. Yes, the art of restraint. Sometimes less is more.
Well, because sizing is dang hard, that's why. I strain against the idea of fitting into a certain number. It's not a feminist statement. It's just a silly system in my opinion. I also happen to know that sizes are manipulated in an effort to get women to buy clothing. There are so many sizing charts in our universe. It boggles my mind. Size 0? What the heck is that? Are you non-existent? If someone wears a plus size does another person wear a minus size? My goodness, even shoe sizes are helter skelter.
Also, knits stretch. That's the beauty of knitwear. Some people like them tight, some people like them loose. I have seen one of my dresses worn tightly on a voluptuous woman, and it looked gorgeous. Same size dress on a petite framed gal, and it looked gorgeous. It's all about YOU -- how you wear clothes, what you feel confident wearing, if you want coverage or if you want to play up your assets! Always my advice to gals who are interested in an item to wear. TRY IT ON. Clothing looks so sad & forlorn on hangers. It takes an animated body to bring it to life. Don't be afraid to try.
Just coming off a pleasant little show in Tennessee where I exhibited work alongside other fiber artists. I noted a great sign displayed on the table of my friend and uber talented weaver Liz Spear. It read "In this booth we do not argue with personal body perception." That's something to chew on.
Look, I have my own issues with my body that I can obsess over & discuss in great detail. I really don't want to add your list of woes, too. Believe me, we all get plenty of ways to dislike our bodies just standing in a grocery checkout line perusing magazine covers. Put on something you like & own it! Defy the rules & regs. One fashion faux pas I blatantly disregard is the sporting of cropped pants. I am a short girl, and fashionistas are always on & on about how cropped pants foreshorten the human form. I just don't care. I like them & I am going to wear them. I have been rolling up my dungarees since I was a kid, & I'm not stopping now. Orson Welles summed it up perfectly. "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."