Old school – NEW world

Bridging the gap . . .

Tag: LEVI’S

pallet stuff & moar . . .

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I started this idea in Sketchpad . . . saved it to the camera roll, then re-opened it in Layers Pro to add some text, line, and a bit of faux wash FX . . . used my new JOT stylus from ThinkGeek . . .

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The original intent was to illustrate a structural join for shipping pallets . . . 2X4 studs to join 36X48 shipping pallets when fabricating a wall section for a 9X12 foot studio/shed shed/studio shed workspace . . . 2X6 material could also be used . . . the use of a horizontal 2X6 plate instead of a 2X4 vertical stud creates some challenges for the finished wall . . . gettin’ too intense . . . bye !!

oops . . . I’m back !!

do you remember pingmag ?? a design and how-to-make things mag from Japan . . . 1 or 2 years back ?? A real loss, was one of my fav Internet parking spots . . .

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. . . there was always really interesting packaging and other design oriented chit-chat . . .

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Got the Hipsatmatic update and the new Jane lens . . . here’s a pic of my Levi’s taken with the iPad Histamatic app and the Jane lens & the Kodot XGrizzled “film” . . .

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Is it JUST old age . . .

. . . uh, well . . . a LOT of stuff seems to piss me off these days . . . could be old age, “male minnow paws” or maybe I just need to switch hands and change lubricant . . . anyway . . .

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I was doing my usual blog surfing when I stumbled on an ad for Volcom Jeans, the gen-u-wine brand stuff . . . and i clicked on the link and . . . there’s this distressed or as Volcom says a “destructed” line of jeans designed in collaboration with Jennifer Herrera or Herrema . . . I can’t tell because the type is sort crappy . . . OH, it’s H-e-r-r-e-m-a . . . I realize that the type face is supposed to be aligned with her “signature” style, something about “dep” this and “dep” that . . . pants and shorts . . . unh hunh . . . but i probably need to smoke a couple of them THC cig-a-weeds and slam some Red Bull then I could make more sense out of all this stream-of-consciousness jumble . . . Janis Joplin she (Jennifer Herrema) ain’t . . .

Didn’t Levi’s do something like this . . . before 2010?

Oh yeh, the Volcom jeans are “road tested” AND they are a . . . get this . . . they are a “rock and FUCKING roll” design co-lab-or-a-shun . . . OMG!! (bold face “FUCKING” is for emphasis) . . . AND she’s (Jennifer Herrema) got BIG fucking aviator glasses on (dark of course) . . . raggedy-ass jeans . . . and . . . and . . . the “ass” suffix really “works” . . . A-henh!! Oh, and it wasn’t Dirty Duck that used that explicative, it was that little beetle . . . (ref. personal correspondence)

So being in a “rock” band gives you the “quals” you need to be a “fashion” design consultant/collaborator?? WTF?

. . . but can she sew?

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MONDAY !!!

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Yeh it’s finally MONDAY but none of the banks, local, state or federal gov’t offices are open . . . WTF . . . gotta get that THREE day weekend . . . workin’ for the week end.

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I’m back in the “shop” with more containers and a BIG “shopping” full of denim . . . even more pants waiting to be deconstructed . . . HOLY CRAP . . .

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. . . got a pile of pockets and some other stuff . . . like large pieces of fabric with paper tags that have scribbled notes like – “vest- back” and “back – 39 inches” etc. etc. under there somewhere . . .

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Got some pics of two pairs of Levi’s . . . one with the side seams ripped and the pieces laid in place . . .

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. . . the other pair awaiting the “demo” man . . .

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Here are a couple of “process” photos . . .

. . . Layout of patchwork design . . . white chalk is used to trace around the various pieces, marking their locations . . . the individual shapes are also assigned an identifying number or letter for location reference.

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Two of the larger pieces have already been stitched on, another piece has been “basted” in place with pins and is waiting for JUKI interface . . .

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Tomorrow will be spent doing an inventory, separating the “pieces” from the stitched patchwork panels . . . uh . . . this is beginning to feel like WORK . . .

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Don’t know where I’ve been or what calendar I have on the wall . . . but I thought MONDAY was the 4th of July . . . lost a day there somewhere . . . been LOST in the workroom . . . old Levi’s denim, the JUKI (which I’ve neglected for too long) and what looks like a logical change of direction . . .

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. . . it’s been a year since I lost my J – O – B . . . seven months since I retired . . . and the pieces of this new life seem to be falling into place.

. . . because the JUKI won’t slip down inside the legs of my Levi’s, it was necessary to rip the side seams out so I could stitch the “new” fabric pieces on the selected areas . . . it’s easier to work on a flat piece of material . . .

Reconstructed after being “de-constructed” . . .

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. . . ready for another go with life.

Today, after closing up the side seams on a pair of Levi’s that I modded up yesterday . . . I stitched a panel of pieced together fabric (denim and some other stuff) to the back of one of my older long-sleeved shirts, sort of a “work” shirt with a “Mandarin” style collar.

Here’s the back of the shirt . . .

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. . . and here’s a shot of the front with smaller panel in place.

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. . . below is a closer view of the front panel on the shirt . . .

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The photo above shows the hand stitching I did after the pieces were sewn together . . . was going for that vintage Japanese “noragi” look . . .

Robert Motherwell’s paintings play an influential role in how I “lay-out” the pieces of fabric that I eventually stitch together . . . large irregular shapes and a somewhat mono-chromatic pallet . . .

Elegy to the Spanish Republic No, 57” by Robert Motherwell.

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This image “Automatism B, 1966” is probably closer to how some of the linear fabric elements work . . . Working with the different hues and textures of denim is sort of like painting on canvas . . . you have the basic concept, but the composition evolves as you work . . .

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Anyway . . . after I got “home”, I washed the shirt and all the pants that I’ve worked on since Friday . . . I found more large pieces of denim (mostly pant legs) and more pieced panels that I put together and stashed in storage boxes more than a year ago . . . yep . . . a new direction . . .

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The Robert Motherwell images are the property of their respective owners, All Rights Reserved.

July – Day 2

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Well, today I had to repair some important clothing . . . my pants. I’m a LEVI’S kinda guy and it can be embarrassing for people to be distracted by the gaping frayed hole at the bottom of my fly . . . I don’t know why my pants tend to deconstruct at this particular location . . . uh . . .

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well, some other places that wear are: the left leg above the knee and the right leg just below where the pocket’s located (I think my keys are the main cause here).

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. . . crap , , , talk about WORK . . . you’re probably wondering why I just don’t go buy some new LEVI’S . . . it’s like this . . . what would I do with the old ones??

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and here’s the “finished” product . . .

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My pants will eventually look like the vintage Japanese “ranrufuton covers and noragi . . . (farmer’s work wear) worn and worn, and repaired and repaired, and as a result – “ranru” folklore piece . . .

A vintage “boro” . . .

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. . . go here for more of this vintage Japanese item . . .

I have some denim panels I fabricated two or three years ago that I’ll introduce here . . .

Panel #1

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and . . . Panel #2

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I plan to get some old denim jackets and sew these panels on the back . . .

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. . . the designs are made up of denim and other miscellaneous cotton fabric. Most of the non-denim fabric belonged to my aunt – when she died I salvaged all of her quilting material . . . some of the design elements are planned, while others are “found”, that is they are fabric remnants that are used “as is” . . . some of the designs are pieced together before they are machine stitched onto larger pieces of fabric.

My machine is a JUKI TL-98 QE . . . nothing flashy, just a dependable workhorse . . . yeh, I keep 5 bobbins ready when I’m working and I use BIG spools of thread so the only slowdown is when I need to replace an empty bobbin . . .

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. . . not soup . . .

Don’t know if I mentioned it, but I use my iPod Touch to compose most of my posts . . .

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I e-mail them to myself and edit them on my hand-me down Apple G4 . . . got the latest version of Leopard running with MacWord and Photoshop CS for business/production stuff.

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Have a nice celebratory Monday . . .