December 2008

Prototype Report

just messin'

Pictured is an experiment of mine, using textile paint as a wash. Just wanted to see what it would do. The results looked better wet than when it dried, but these things are to be expected, like rabbits eating in the vegetable garden.

Working over the holidays never seems lend me any sort of focus. It is terribly difficult ignoring the elephant in the room, much less the chocolate covered pretzels. I have been working, but not completing. The pictured shirts, still in their white form, are not actually going to be white. Shocking. The archaic plumbing of my prototype production methods is on the verge of serious bursting. No, not regular bursting, serious bursting.

There are several that I do not even have pictures of as of writing this. Next year is going to be pretty neat.

i'm so pleased with this guy...finally, PART B! (yes it is an ear)

Is Business, in fact, Business?

the hard, cold sell I’ve been spending some time thinking.

And then some more time. I did have a phone conversation with Pam Slim about the Tiny Run concept, where it’s been, where I’d like it to go. One of her points to me in our forty-five minute conversation that I thoroughly enjoyed was that she just wrote a blog post the day before that dealt with many of the things we were talking about. Another point was that initially, passion can drive everything, but that eventually, that passion will not be able to withstand the rigor of sustaining the business. There is a breaking point.

And so, there needs to be a plan.

I’ve been formulating a plan. And the holidays too, they do distract. But I’ve been thinking that Tiny Run Year One is coming to a close, and that the next year, for Year Two…I have to say, I have big things I’m thinking of. The longer I take to brew them the larger the ideas become. But behind the ideas, in the quiet dark, a more complete infrastructure is forming. Something that can sustain itself. I have to say I’m very excited for the things to come even though I still have some figuring to do, numbers to crunch, and prototypes to make.

Again, with the greatest love, I say: more soon.

Gone Shoppin

Once I started paying wholesale prices for shirts, I couldn’t comprehend going back to buying retail. Oddly, I’ve never been a big clothes shopper in general.

I do go to American Apparel retail stores, but only to check color. But recently, as certain garments of mine have been rendered threadbare through cumulative time of dedicated service to covering my ape-like body from prying eyes, I went shopping.

I went to a mid-range chain where initially I found little to surprise me. Why anyone would screen print argyle onto a shirt I simply do not understand. If you’re going to screen print, and you can do whatever you want with three or four colors, I’d go ahead and do something a little different. But you might have guessed that.

After finding a few inconsequential fashion choices that aren’t available via my wholesale accounts, I wandered through the ‘other side’ of the store, which contained all the various apparel not related to my age or gender.

The kids section blew me away.

rawr!yes, these ARE the cutest pajamas you will never fit inrawr, again!

I know they are spending pennies on labor in a foreign country because for these wearables, they’d have to. I saw layers of screen printing, appliqué, and embroidery all over the place and even screen printed appliqué that then was embroidered to the shirt. One of them pictured here again with the argyle, what up, but still. I was floored.

There were racks and racks of crazy stuff and combinations that I’ve never seen anywhere. There was nothing like this in the adult sections of this same store. Have I missed websites or stores that have this sort of gear for adults? Is there some main stream aversion to complicated, layered decoration on adult shirts?