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


  1. 'Making beauty isn't typically beautiful,' I like that and it is so so true. The only thing is that you make it look so good. The words, the images...lovely.

    1. Gosh, thanks Clare! It’s a lovely moment {bordering on procrastination ;} to stop for a minute and find a good little angle in all the mess we make in the process. Hope you’ve been finding some good angles in your day xxR