Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Sisters stitch together.

Patterning, sampling, patterning, sampling, grading, cutting, snipping, piecing, stitching, pressing, stitching, piecing, pressing, stitching, snipping, stitching, pressing, piecing, stitching, pressing.

Making is chaotic, progressive, repetitive, inevitable and essential in the process of creating any thing.
The definitive thing materialises from logically disorderly beginnings. Making beauty isn't typically beautiful. I’m hard pressed to think of any thing coming into being without firstly having to ramble across a few complex terrains, scramble over a few molehills... pins and needles.

Making our way along the same paths, over and over, again and again, makes each undertaking a little more familiar, more knowable. Though not less demanding.

And it’s comforting that within this pace and pattern, whilst we're immersed in the snip snip stroke of scissors and the beat beat stitch of the sewing machine, we discover space within the whirring and find small moments to adjust, tweak and improve.

It’s really only in thinking about this that I realise it is what happens.

It was watching the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi that made me think of our own making process.
“I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit,” says 85 year old Jiro Ono, sushi shokunin (artisan) who has been practicing his craft for more than 60 years.

Daunting... yet strangely comforting.

Early days for us yet. Back to the stitching hearth.


*We started an Instagram tag #sisterstitchtogether to snap a few of these relentless moments in our making process that, in the grand scheme of things, will make a long lasting difference. Join us :)

 - R

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Back to the future.

Taadaa! We’re in the future!

It really wasn't that long ago we were watching sci-fi films set in the apocalyptic landscape of 2013 where the future is overrun by gnarly humans with big guns and leathery wardrobes. In fact in 2013, we dress like we’re in 1985 - or was it 1995?

Is 2013 really looking like Escape from LA? Or are we Back to the Future II (2015) cut-off and stonewashed, denim-ised and over-sized? Not too far-fetched if we’re on the right Tank Girl (2033) trajectory. However, as our future continues on its increasingly synthesised and complex path, we may just reach The Fifth Element and be glad to have sharply reconstructed wardrobes by Jean Paul Gaultier to take us all the way to the year 2263.

But here we are.
And here’s a sneak peek of our very near future - Autumn Winter 2013.

Coming soon x

Monday, 31 December 2012

Ending | Beginning

“I am always hoping to find something through the mere act of living my daily life… I do not work from a desk, and do not have an exact starting point…”
says Rei Kawakubo, the inspiring woman behind Commes des Garcons.

True, true - when we take a step back to look at the year that's been.
It’s been a full-blown year of living|dying, seeking|unyielding, making|deconstructing, shifting|accepting, ending|beginning - intense!

And not done from a desk.

Here, here - a photographic digest of the very busy, bumpy and bounteous 2012 we’ve had!

Wishing you softly and easily flowing into the new year x
With love and blisters, from Mrs Woo and her sisters.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Seeing spots.

There are polka-dots... and there are spots. And dots by any other name would not be spots.
Circles, discs, hoops really don’t quite hit the spot.

For the love of this truly splendid shape, we unleash a stampede of spotty sunday bests this Spring.

Our spots are printed on a truly divine, light natural linen fabric that we’ve unrolled (selfishly delightfully :) into one of our favourite dress designs - Love among the ruins

...and into the wily ways of a double-collared wrap top-jacket - Once over

...and in a fit of dottiness, we wear the spotty wrap top-jacket upside down.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Go back for seconds.

When something is GOOD, we simply want it again… and again :)

In-store this week, we go back for seconds.

In The Second Person - Cape Dress getting stretchier and cleverer.

Second Edition - Cape Top refined and republished.

…and a little more still to come.