the SWANclothing sock garters are custom, and are all different sizes according to who ordered them so i cut cardboard for each pair. i recycle packaging, these get wrapped in bubble wrap too. i love bubble wrap. and draw funny little drawings. the larger pair you see there are for thigh-highs. and in the background is the upcoming SWANclothing Braid bag… and it’s almost done!

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macro 3 on recycled leather braid. made from this. view large. more to come.

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macro 2 on recycled leather braid. made from this. view large. more to come.

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macro 1 on recycled leather braid. made from this. view large. more to come.

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a drawing from a while back.

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a 34 foot tube made from recycled leather. oosh.

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is this about honesty? nudity? not wearing underwear? or the wicked little joke that is the fashion business.

well, i just decided yesterday that i have FINALLY fallen in love with fashion, not just making bags. when i was a teenybopper model i was so arrogant. i remembering taking part in a nightlong fitting with Gaultier, for the next day’s Gaultier show, thinking how much smarter than him i was. why? hey i was a teenager, that stuff is where you get your fire, without it the next generation wouldn’t have a chance. and my friend Nobuhiko Kitamura, the designer for Hysteric Glamour, when he came up with a new textile design [it was a really fucked-up-in-a-good-way bathroom graffiti print] and i was so limp in my response. and i thought the fashion world was a farce. but… Gaultier is obviously a smartypants and a kind, gentle person and Nobu is brilliant and passionately obsessed with his work. duh! and better yet, in their own way, total outcasts. the fashion world is a sweet sanctuary for outcasts. i mean not all the details of the madness filter down when you have your copy-of-a-copy shoe, bag, outfit. but at the center, most of those clothes, they came from a crazy heart.

so now i’m in love. the more i make these bags, the more i get pulled in. and i don’t mean i want to shop for piles of stuff. i just want to keep doing what i do. i don’t even know why. but i have to make these bags. i have to make bags for you. sock garters too.

that’s not even what this post is about so i’ll make this PART 1.

and now watch this-

“…look like a clown in that stupid jacket.”

“this is a snakeskin jacket, and for me it’s a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom.”

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i try to be posh but i am just a spaz… possibly a posh spaz.

sometimes i think my voice on my blog is disappearing. it’s been years now. and i have spoken on here in so many ways. at first sort of mysterious, because what else could it be. then background and manifestos and policies and values and explanations. with information about why i care about handmade and the internet and individuality and the herd and sustainablity. and also really sharing other DIY creators that i loved. then i felt the mystery was gone, i had said too much, i had shared too many images of my personal life too. and i got quiet. so i focused on posting my SWANclothing creations. i posted images of things i loved. i tried to find a balance between personal and business sharing, i let the latter create boundaries for the first. but i also hesitated to take all the guts and blurts of my crazy life out of this, so i didn’t. i moved away from craft a bit, i moved towards fashion. where do i fit? how do i fit? i wondered. and wandered. and sewed. and then i found some place in the middle of fashion and craft and thrift and shiny bright new thing lust and technology. so here i am.

and you?

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i came upon the Etsy Handmade Moment videos when i found this Big Stud Pin which i really like by Miss Crowland Leather, who i really like, and whose video i voted for, because i really, really like it.

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maybe they are not supposed to be bunny ears but they certainly look like it. from a Different Kind of Fine aka Ashley Ernest.

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