A. A is for Alphabet.
When I worked in the textile industry, I began as a handweaver, weaving samples. Samples were necessary to show customers what pattern changes would look like. Designers created a group of of cloth constructions and woven patterns as ideas, presented them to the salesforce. And then the "salesfolks" would work with their customers and their customers would buy sample yardage to make up into sample garments and if they remained interested they might usually change the cloth construction, colors or size of the pattern to their liking or needs. Handwoven samples were made for approval before manufacturing. I began as a handweaver, working with designers who worked with customers needing customization. Why am I telling you this? Just a little background. Because, I realize, my long history as a woven designer has had a big effect on what I slid into as an internet personality. Day jobs are looked at so negatively these days, but they are life and experience all the same. And they are useful.
I worked on a table loom. As a matter of fact, I worked on this table loom, that is sitting right here beside me today.
There is a lot of story, I told it before. To make it shorter, one of the designers that I was weaving for, well she told me about another job opening somewhere and somehow, I ultimately ended up AS a designer, with my own handweaving department, servicing customers and designing a seasonal line of fabrics to be presented to a salesforce. Imagine that. (sales force, what a word...)
Anyway. I was really not sure what to do for my first big presentation. How would I organize my thoughts? I used the Alphabet. A is for this, B is for that as I presented my ideas for trend and fashion, in the form of what I might call StoryBoards. ( I was very good at the StoryBoard thing) ABC seemed too silly at first but in the end it was hilariously fun and informative and everyone joined in and it was a great success, I think because it was easy and comforting in some way. It has a natural order. Familiar but new.
And so. I will mostly go forward in this way here. Using the alphabet as my guide. It works for me and that is a good reason.
An old alphabet sampler, 2007. Simpler times.
Tomorrow. A. Again.