I want to learn to knit. For real. I love handmade articles of clothing; accessories; etc. Even if it is something I wouldn't wear. I just really appreciate the amount of time, thought, dedication, and skill used to concieve something that is so unique. For such a long time it has been a lost art, maybe a lost industry. Who knows? Although.. Candy and I had a discussion recently regarding the recent boom in small time crafters, artisans, and designers. Thanks to the advent of organizations like Etsy, lesser known designers can thrive and make a name for themselves, or at the very least produce items which can be bought and sold in the real world. This is exciting. The concept of designing, producing, selling...all the way to buying and wearing in these cases is far more visceral for involved parties... At least I imagine it that way. Farbeit for me to declare buying fashion from large chain retailers, boutiques, etc as mindless, because that is not how I feel. I think fashion can be as cerebral, intuitive, forged, copied, or new as any other process in the world. That is just how it is.
What strikes me so deeply about the diminutive designers, though, is the passion that will go in to creating. Even someone who produces items which bare a likeness to mass produced lines, it's still unique, and still their very own. The opportunity to design EXACTLY what you want, and EXACTLY who you want it to go to is completely viable. Your overhead is low, and your creativity is unhindered. Fuck yea!
Here is a Scarf which Candy is knitting for me. It's a very painstaking process. The knit is very intricate..or at least to me. Small by comparison to what I normally see. It's several months of work in so far, with only about a 3rd of the length completed..from what I understand.