a small couture mfg sees some of my work and wants to incorporate it into their line. meeting takes place where we discuss the possibilities. i share some sources and ideas, send samples etc. there actually was a decent possibility that i could produce something for them -basically a wide cotton woven tape arashi dyed with natural indigo. they loved this-something of mine they had seen from a while back:
they also loved the silk ribbon but the above was what they started with. indigo being ever so “popular” at the moment and the cotton being more practical for the purpose. fast forward to now. they have worked with the cotton tape supplier i directed them to to produce a faux version of this. of course it is only faux. the company actually did a decent job of interpreting the idea but since it is a woven it is very regular and well, manufactured looking. originally we talked about how adding a very artisanal element to the product was highly desired. so now i receive an email asking if i can take what they have created and add an “artisanal” touch to it. or if i have any ideas.
i had to sit with it a bit and think about how i would reply. here are my thoughts on it…
I know it is a desire of many to produce a handmade artisanal effect through a quicker manufacturing process. The result of that often lacks the desired end. My work strives to keep the hand in the making. It is an intentional thought all along the process. I believe that through this intention the final result contains this energy of beauty. It is there, even if one doesn’t recognize it as such.
it is like this process of silk and indigo. to raise some silk myself, to grow the indigo. to use a natural fermentation vat. to make the silk shibori ribbon by hand. it is all intention. to let the end result speak for itself.
i just thought it was interesting that at this point i was being asked back into the project to somehow inject what seemed to be missing-even to them. i actually see it as a good sign. that something different is being sought or desired.
perhaps next time!