世界權威時尚趨勢專家Lidewij Edelkoort，天天以不同方式宣揚「少才是更多」（Doing Less is More）的理念，她深信「人手製造才是未來」（Handmade is the Future），這顯然是物極必反的趨勢。
The virus asks “What is home?”
Your answer is not a space full of material, is it?
Home can be as simple as feeling safe and peaceful.
“Your true home is in the here and the now.
It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea.
It is something you can touch and live in every moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Our ancestors roamed everywhere. They started working with the sunrise, and retreated to rest with sunset. Sitting on the ground, sewing, and chatting under the moonlight was nothing but normal.
Now that we work from home, eat in country parks, and, with the internet, we can even connect with our fellow nomads via our smartphones or laptops; we can gather anytime and anywhere to do whatever we like.
“The past bonds us, the future leads us.”
These words from Martin Margiela are imprinted on my mind. In the course of time, humans evolved from genuine nomad to futuristic nomad. We no longer live that primitive way of life that our ancestors once lived. Though the essence of life remains unchanged, Nomadism is steering into a brand new direction.
Being brain-washed by the fast fashion culture, people tend to have the misconception that everything comes easy and conveniently. They believe they can master a skill simply by watching a two to three minute online tutorial, or attending a few hours of a workshop. Of course, it is easy to learn a skill, but it takes time and patience to master it. Being able to master a skill is definitely worthy of respect, it is thus a shame to witness a whole generation of master craftspeople who have spent most of their lives refining their skills gradually disappear.
Lidewij Edelkoort, the world’s most famous trend forecaster, deeply embraces the idea of “Doing Less is More” and firmly believes that “Handmade is the Future.”
「不同於機器縫紉，當你感到失控是因為機器在作主導，而手工縫紉就是讓你拿回主導權。握著金屬針在手指之間，感受於布料之間穿梭的感覺，全神貫注於縫線的位置，真的會讓你的心靈慢下來，進入冥想或正念的狀態。」BBC TWO的真人實境節目《The Great British Sewing Bee》（大英縫紉蜜蜂）的製作人及主腦Claire-Louise Hardie，她寫的文章〈The art and craft of mindful mending〉（正念縫補的藝術和工藝）裡這樣地提醒著我們。
Year 2020 is a turbulent year. The future is as blurry as the present. Despite that, it seems to be the best time for us to stop, look back, and embrace once again the wisdom we learnt from the past. I have specially selected 12 of the most basic and commonly used stitching methods from all over the world, and I will explain and demonstrate how they work with the aid of text, illustrations and videos. On the internet where there is no time and space constraint, I will teach you how to use a needle, thread and a pair of scissors to upcycle damaged or outdated clothing, and feel the healing power of living a simple life.
Please have faith in your joints and nerves, they can “remember” experiences and acts. Don’t give up on the first or even second try. After doing it five times, you will naturally become proficient.
“Unlike sewing by machine, when you can feel out of control as it’s the machine in charge, hand sewing puts you back in charge. The connection between the physical sensation of holding a metal needle between your fingers, weaving it in and out of the cloth combined with focusing intently on where you place the stitches really makes your mind slow down, entering a meditative or mindful state.” The sewing producer and mastermind for BBC TWO series The Great British Sewing Bee, Claire-Louise Hardie, reminded us in her article for ‘The art and craft of mindful mending’.
We are living under the delusion that we are trapped at home. How about we step outside that invisible door, set up a tent on the grass plain, pick up the needle and thread, and start sewing your own personality on the clothes that once captured your heart. We don’t need 100 billion new clothes every year, because only those that thrill people are worthy of production and retention. Maybe this is the interactive creative mode between designers and consumers in the future.
Be a SLOW STiTCH NOMAD, set up your home anytime anywhere and find peace through remaking your preloved clothing.
RECALL how our ancestors got here,
RELEARN the skills they taught us and
RESERVE what we shall pass to the future.
Slow down and stitch through time.
A VIRUS DIVIDES US, A NEEDLE STiTCHES US TOGETHER.
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