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Changing Room at Tent London 2015

I was rather surprised that my last minute offer to the organisers of Tent London, proved appealing to them. I told them that my work was what Tent needed; it occupies a large space and I simply couldn’t afford to pay! Cheek. There was the usual silence following such bold challenges, then two weeks before… Read more »

[I’m your shirt]

Your surface is slightly damp as you guide me over your contours. shhhhh I sound as your fingers push forward inside the tube formed by uniting raw edges. You are fast, distracted. You have performed this thousands of times before with others. I rest on your shoulders, doubled up here, masking your form as I… Read more »

The questions about dressing that I am eager to explore.

The business of dressing has become very complicated. There are so many criteria to satisfy. Comfort, practicality, message conveyance. It’s a wonder we ever make it on to the street. Thankfully there are an array of acceptable options provided by the brands in whom we place our trust and we note that the people we… Read more »

words about shirts again

The staple; the American Gossypia variety produces long threads ‘staples’ meaning that the cotton can be woven finer. This is sea island. Makes beautiful fine strong cotton fabric for shirts. The specialist shirt makers are working to improve the comfort, style and durability. The collar is the frame for the face- what do the points… Read more »

Shirts, getting Shirty. An aid to communication

I love shirting. The fabric that exists and that is manufactured for shirts. It sounds. In fact I must record it. Perhaps the sound is an indication of weave and quality. It’s weave is tight and the surface gently reflects a glow. The stripes are woven in either warp or weft and the colours tone… Read more »

The tallit

Maisie’s Batmitzvah on Saturday was a wonderful event. A young girl launched in to adulthood supported by her family and friends and in a ceremony with light but potent spiritual significance and questioning. The pamphlet that guided our comprehension of the tradition said that the tallit worn by the faithful, kept the MATERIAL world at… Read more »

chatter in my head about cloth

yeah yeah yeah, so we know that slaves and the impoverished tilled and harvested the cotton fields in America providing abundant cotton bales to be shipped to Manchester for spinning weaving and finishing in the 1700’s and that technological innovations in speeding this process fuelled the Industrial revolution. And today there is known to be… Read more »