Thoughts of the week to ruminate on:

What about digitizing artisanal crafts? This sounds like it would take away all of the wonderful aspects of having something done by hand (emotional and material arguments here), but it doesn't seem too far-fetched to believe we can one day do it in a way that preserves the human handedness. It would enable us to preserve the craft, and bring new opportunities to the artisan community: The ownership of this digital coding can belong to the artisans who “train” the computer, rather than by a business entity.

This idea could be a way to help those communities who have difficulties finding young people interested in learning the craft. And it can be a way of bringing revenue in as a royalty, benefitting the community over a long period of time.

Who will play devil's advocate to this suggestion?

Is this too much like wanting to digitize fine art, as in sculpture and painting?

Would love to hear your input on this, readers.

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What about doing fashion shows in a collaborative way, where there’s a big hour long show that has different acts, each one choreographed by the team of each designer.

This could go a lot of different ways. But maybe it’s just a theatrical version of this film (Colin Firth's movie collaboration with Mr Porter) that has a marketable collection wardrobe.

Could be cool, though, to mix the live & fast-paced experience of a fashion show with a narrative built in, or no narrative and just movement–anyway, lots of ideas in there.

What do you think?

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What if pattern pieces were woven in the same way that a hand knit sweater would be constructed: all pieces are knit to shape, then assembled together. It would eliminate so much waste and so much time: fabric production, grading, and pattern cutting, all in one step.

I thought this was an idea that might be far in the future, as it only just occurred to me as a brilliant solution to so many of the issues with fashion, but in fact it is already being tested and experimented with (check out Direct Panel on Loom technology here). Thank the powers that be for the people who have these innovative ideas and run with them.

Any thoughts on this method of production or other ways technology might revolutionize the production cycle?

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