Apples

I always thought that the story of Isaac Newton was utter BS. There’s no way that this man sat under an apple tree, had a ball of sugar, starch and fiber hit his head, and then not only understand gravitational force but influence the world and generations to come. And it didn’t happen like that. The apple never hit his head. It probably hit a worm or squirrel he was staring at off in the distance. Who knows. But I still can’t believe he saw that and walked away with a better understanding of anything…let alone gravity. Call me a cynic. 

Well…I thought this way until a moment ago. Yes a moment ago. I’m on a business trip in an unexpected location (so descriptive, right?). In the hotel lobby, I saw a boy wearing shorts (Omg. Are you kidding? What a discovery.) Bare with me please. He had two prosthetic legs. That in itself is nothing to gawk at. Shit happens and technology fixes it. But I couldn’t help but marvel at the fact that the prostheses were not the same. One had a circular joint at the knee and was connect to the foot by a simple shaft. The other lacked the ball shaped joint and instead branched in two from the straight joint to the foot. This was a cursory view and I’m not sure if I’m describing each limb correctly.  I didn’t want to be that ignorant weirdo staring or asking basic (look it up on urban dictionary) questions. 

Long story short…I may have had my apple moment. 


Remember…I’m trying to make functional and adjustable pants. Not doing this for kicks and giggles. 
Couldn’t end without a Bechdel Tune. It’s full of sass, sarcasm, and admiration:

 

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Leather Jackets FTW

This post is dedicated to examples of Form + Function in fashion, especially designs that incorporate adjustable features. This is a great way to waste time until I figure out how to make pants.

Basic addition to sleeves/pant legs. Nothing new

My coat needs this right now. Yup, those are backpack straps on a jacket. This would make bike riding/surviving in Chicago’s weird climate so much easier.

This coat has come a long way. The design was initially baggy and misshapen, but the designer has amped things up a bit. I really hope they can push this to the next level as the years go on. I still wouldn’t be caught dead in this coat.

Still on the lookout for other pieces like this.

Also, here’s a special shout out to a friend of mine who created an anonymous tumblr called Bechdel Tunes devoted to collecting songs that are NOT about people. Time to scour my music to give a few suggestions. 

Check it Out!

Check it Out!

Dreaming about prosthetics 

Have you ever had a dream that shook you to your core? One that had you spring awake, racing to write? Well I just did. It involved prosthetic limbs forming with lines of blue fiber optics and lines of code. It looked like something out of the Matrix. I wish I could draw what I saw. Maybe for another time. I find it funny that this new article came out today…around the same time I was dreaming: 

http://www.dw.de/worlds-first-sentient-leg-prosthesis-unveiled-amid-advances-in-artificial-limbs/a-18502145

 

Patient in physical therapy

  

3D princted leg

 
This dream has me thinking in a new way. What pants options are there for those with prosthetic limbs? I may be barking up the wrong tree here, but I’m fascinated. Some amputees find tailors, which can be expensive. I’ve found forums where some are placing Velcro into the inseam of their pants to make sure they fit. Velcro in the inseam of their pants. Velcro in the inseam….

That sounds like a nightmare to keep in place all day, but the tear-away pants idea is nothing new. Athletes have been using them forever for added versatility between different practice and game time scenarios. Heck…industrial supplies sell adjustable pants (technically chaps):  

  
Instead of the inseam, the adjustable ties sit at the back of the pant. At least that’s what seems to be the case here. 
More research to do here. 

Rant done. I leave this post with a weird story: http://m.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/police-gastonia-woman-beat-man-prosthetic-leg-over/nPLTs/#__federated=1

Competing Interests

Last post of the night. I swear. Yet another post to give this blog clarity. And also explain why there will be gaps as time moves forward. I need to think about applying to urban planning programs and possibly curating a portfolio. What does that mean? Making rough sketches come alive:

 
Okay. I’m outta here.  

Emailing Entrepreneurs and Designers

If I had to pick between running the Iditarod, becoming a matador, or networking, I’d choose one of first two options. NO CONTEST.

Yea…its cold in Alaska, but think about all the cute dogs!

Networking is vapid and doesn’t feel natural…but if I never networked, I’d be obsessing over the fact that my goals aren’t finite and I don’t have concrete plans to get my fashion aspirations off the ground. So I awkwardly present myself to new people because I have a nagging sense that I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

 Over the past few months, I’ve been firing off emails at people from a few walks of life: a founder of a tall women’s clothing company, an entrepreneur in New York who created a clothing line for men 5′ 8″ and under, and a chief designer at an architecture firm (this third recipient isn’t as random as it seems).

The clothing company for men 5′ 8″ and under. I thought this would be a great person to contact because its so niche!

To be frank, I’ve gotten a ton of advice that I don’t know what to do with at the moment. The men’s clothing designer was a tad bit helpful. He encouraged me to find a seamstress or fabricator who could help me find the appropriate grade and fabric for what I want to create. Beyond that, I’ve been largely given advice about experimentation and determination.

I’m shocked that these people are taking time out of their lives to help me. So here’s to pushing forward with this and getting some help. My past few posts have focused a bit on embedding the blog in a vale, one that presents itself as a basis of opportunity and path towards a upward climb to actualizing those goals. This endeavor could go absolutely anywhere. Back to emailing more people…