Sewing

SEWING

Sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts, arising in the Palaeolithic era.

Now a days, knowing how to sew has become a lost art. In fact I learned to sew from watching my grandmother. I love sewing. I find it relaxing and challenging at the same time. I love sewing also because I can make a flat piece of fabric into a something three dimensional! Not so different than dancing… And as with dance, I practice. I practice sewing on a daily base, just like the other forms of creative work that I do. Our daily practice, over time, becomes who we are. Sewing is a time-based practice. Fiber as a medium speaks a language of accessibility, intimacy, and time. To sew, the hand, armed with a needle, pierces the cloth, pulls the needle up, pierces the cloth and pulls the needle down. Each sewn thread creates a line of invested time, gesture, and rhythm.

 

“Everything depends on how and what we practice” writes the musician Glenn Kurtz in his book “Practicing”. He also writes that practicing is “a process of continual reevaluation, an attempt to bring growth to repetition. It gives direction to your longing, gives substance to your labor. . . Practicing is the truth of who you are, today, as you strive to change, to make yourself better”. I agree.

 

And to go even further with my philosophy… Sewing is green! Concerning our environment, sewing allows to repurpose almost anything made from fabric. Second hands stores, un-useful clothing can give the best selection of fabrics waiting to be transformed. Up-cycled curtains become pillows for a bed, an used duvet becomes a new shower curtain. A men’s dress shirt becomes a little girl’s dress…. and so on…

 

Just to conclude… a couple of sentences collected during the last 3 years from people I came in contact with…

 

You MADE that?!!

It usually comes with a look of disbelief! No, I am not lying… Yes, I actually did make this!

 

If only I had the time…

Is this assuming that I have too much time on my hands?

We simply make the time for what is important to us. Daily practise…

 

I have this pair of pants I need hemmed…

Yes, I do it! Pass by my atelier...

 

Can you make one for me?

Yes, I can…. Pass by my atelier...

 

My grandmother used to sew.

Mine too. I love that...

 

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