I'm back. Did you miss me? Had some inactivity over the last few weeks, I hope you didn't all regress to wearing blue checked shirts and those Smoky the Bear hats Pharrell wears.
But where was I? Who was they? And when would?
So many questions, I'll do my best to backtrack and let you know what's been going on.
So this is the new bane of my online life. I'm not an experienced blogger. I've been trying to read up on ways that I can do this better and, more importantly, do things properly. I'd been reading about image use I've ran into some serious problems. I'm still working out how all this works, but as a blogger you are unable to use images that are copyrighted or someone can sue the well tailored trousers off you, regardless of if you credit people or not.
I'm not going to bore you with the semantics, but basically it means that for now, I can only use images that are considered public domain, or images that are considered my own content.
And licensing is expensive. $50 for 5 images? Shutterstock can S my D.
"But Turncoat", I hear you say. "What does that mean to me? How does it affect the blog posts I have grown to love?"
I'm glad you asked.
Firstly, it means I need to amend the posts I already have to make sure they are safe, but don't loose any of the message in them. So if you are back tracking and can see they have changed, that's why. This will happen over time, or whenever I can be arsed to do it.
Secondly, it means that for all my posts coming in the future, I will need to source images differently to make sure they are either public domain or my own. This takes more time, which means my posts won't be as frequent on the site.
Thirdly, It affects what I can write about. Since images from fashion labels and news sources are not public domain, it's harder for me to critique it. I'm going to try and do a work around, but the logistics are still beyond me.
The Good News.
All the issues above have brought me to the realisation that I need to rely on my own content, which will encourage me to actually work harder on making menswear. Like actually clothes. Wow.
This means more posts giving updates on projects I'm working on, it will allow you to see what goes into how your clothing is made. It also brings Turncoat closer to being an actual label, rather than just another snarky blog on the internerd.
So, that's cool, right?
So, in the spirit of "I actually have to do have done something to have internet content", I will let you know what adventures went down in my absence.
I had the privilege of helping out the with Darnell Collection at the Easter show. The Darnell Collection is the largest collection of high end vintage clothing in the southern hemisphere. Charlotte Smith (the owner/curator) gave discussions on the use of Natural Fibres for the Primary Industries while we ran fashion shows in Cotton, Wool, Mohair and Alpaca from her collection.
I believe my official title was "Clothes Bitch", but I was also dragged from retirement to walk on the runway. Apparently all the other male models had fallen off, or had been injured in showbag related incidents, or had ran off to join the woodchop.
As a special reward for my brilliance, Charlotte and Beau let me wear one of my own designs on the catwalk, pictured below. It's a vest and trouser combination made from vintage 100% wool fabric I found in an Op Shop.
I was really happy with this one in the end, and it was really well received. One of the display holders had seen the show, and was so very impressed with Beau and I's designs (Beau had some great pieces from his graduate collection), that he gave Beau and I some amazing Mohair suiting. This is the top notch shit, you can't even buy this stuff. We estimate it costs about $250p/m. Only condition was that he wants to see the pieces on the runway next year.
I'm pretty stoked. It's not every day that both the public and the industry tell you how much they like your work. Anyway, big thanks to Beau Jenkins and the lovely Charlotte Smith for having me. If you want to read more about The Darnell Collection, click here.
I also saw the woodchop.
I fucking love the woodchop.
That's all I really wanted to share about that.
Next Big Thing.
It'll take me a long time to work up the confidence to cut that mohair fabric. I'm going to have some serious sewing anxiety for that one....
In the mean time, I'm concentrating on tailoring. I'm going to make some minor modifications to the vest and pants for next time, and practice using some different kinds of fabrics as well. I also have a Victorian inspired shirt design to work on, I have a good feeling about that one. You'll probably see more small updates and images coming up on the Facebook Page.
Speaking of the Facebook page, we have creeped up to 99 likes. Also, people have still been visiting the site even though I was off watching alpacas and fretting about copyright law. Big thanks to y'all for reading the bile that I spew, and I look forward to throwing up on you again in the future.
I should probably organise a thing if I get to 100 likes as a reward to you all for your diligent service. Hmm... Leave that one with me.
PS. Seriously though, woodchop.
PPS. Since posting this I've actually been pushed over the 100 like mark on the Facebook page. Thanks everyone. I'll try and come up with something awesome to share as a reward for your ongoing support.