Sewing as Art – Indito by Vito Nesta

When I first saw this image I thought it was a trash can, how amazing? A huge thimble shaped trash can for my sewing room to replace my lame, uninspiring  plastic one!

But actually it is ceramic and more of a vase or plant pot but it is still super cool, no?

Indito is by Vito Nesta who often takes found objects and materials and gives them a “new identity”.

You can see more of Vito’s work here.



Sewing as Art: World of WearableArt

The 24th annual World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards kicked off on Wednesday here in Wellington.

Tickets to the shows are pretty exxy and sell out really early so I’ve never managed to go but luckily the local news website has a little slide show up for us all to enjoy 😉 Sorry link is broken 😦

Event’s like WOW are one of the many reasons why I love living in Wellington.

You can read more about the WOW story here and there are more pictures on the official Facebook page.

A few of the shops in town have also been getting in on the fun by entering the WOW Window Dressing competition by displaying their own WearableArt in their windows.

Here are a few that I managed to get snaps of while rushing between meetings:

New World Metro, Willis street

Damn it, that’s what I should have made my wedding dress out of…chocolate! 🙂

Somerfields , Lambton Quay 

Plimmer Shoes, Lambton Quay

The next four are from the windows of Kirkcaldie & Stains (Brandon Street Windows) and I think they are by Fashion Design Students but I was running late and didn’t get a chance to read the the signs:


Probably saved the best until last:

Te Papa Store, Brandon Street


Sewing as Art – Berber Soepboer Dresses

You know those times when you click on an interesting link and that leads you to another link and another and then you find something amazing? This was one of those times.

I can’t even remember how the link-loop began but I ended up on Berber Soepboer’s page looking at the Color-in Dress and I was amazed!

Berber Soepboer Colour-in Dress

Berber Soepboer Colour-in Dress


Have you ever heard about the 4th dimension in design? It’s often referred to when an object can also change over time, the 4th dimension. Sometimes we change it through our interaction with it and sometimes it changes by itself, like when metal rusts. Anyway, design babble aside, I love design that changes. Even in it’s starting state this dress is really nice…and then it gets even better.

‘The Colour-In Dress’ is a simple dress with a black and white print, which is especially designed to fill with coloured textile markers. Because the print is so flexible you can make many different designs by colouring it. Everybody can interpret the print the way they like it best.

Scrolling around I discovered even more amazingness. The dress under Fragment Textiles is great but I really really really want to have a go at making a skirt just like that.

Berber Soepboer Fragment Textiles

I love how some parts stand up and that hem is a bit spikey and the idea that you could take it apart and make it into another garment.

Berber Soepboer Fragment Textiles

There skirt is made up of star shapes, while the dress utilises squares, there is  a picture of how the squares join up to make the “fabric”.

Berber Soepboer Fragment Textiles

The goal was to design clothes with a second live; cradle to cradle. Completely environmentally friendly. Together they developed two small forms made of special biological wool. Squares and Stars, both can be put together with more of the same kind creating a fabric. Both forms have small slices, which gives them the possibility to click in each other and hold. Two cloths were made with these forms; a square dress and a star skirt. Both completely detachable thus changeable, in colour as in form.

The Replacement Dresses are also a cool concept and I’d love to see it developed further with other garments. I can see skirts being clipped together to make a dress, or tops becoming trousers!

Berber Soepboer Replacement Dresses

‘The Replacement Dresses’ exists out of three dresses all printed with a multicoloured design. Each dress exists out of several pieces, which are attached to each other by buttons. The pieces can be exchanged between the three dresses. This makes it possible to combine the three different prints in a way the wearer prefers

Berber Soepboer Replacement Dresses

There is quite a bit more on their website so I highly recommend you click through and have a cruise around for some inspiration, it definitely got my brain buzzing! 🙂

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Sewing as Art – Origami Map Dresses

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Sewing as Art – Light Trail Dresses

How ridiculously amazing are these?!

They are “Light Trail Dresses” by Atton Conrad, a London-based advertising and art photographer.

It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think I love the one top right the most, or maybe the one below it…argh, I can’t decide! How about you?

You know what would be amazing? Having to translate these to real dresses. Very cool project.

I have long been a fan of photographic light painting but this takes it to a whole new level!

See more of Atton’s amazing photography on his website.

Want to see something else really cool?

This is my future sewing room!

Ignore the furniture, this image is from the real estate website, so we’ll call this a “before” image.


  • It’s north facing, so lot’s of natural light through that huge window
  • Double wardrobe to hide any UFOs 😉
  • It’s close to the kitchen for nourishing snacks when I am in a sewing frenzy (hah!)
  • It’s HUGE! I’ll be able to have my cutting/layout table set up again, finally!

Less than two weeks to go!

Sewing as Art – Architectural Fabric Art Installation

Today I am home, on the couch, with a big warm blanket, a hot water bottle on my chest and trying not to cough myself inside out. It is day four of my annoying cold and the weather outside is reflective of how I feel: 100% awful.

The highlight of my morning was finding crumpets in the freezer and to cheer myself up I ate them with some of my carefully rationed Marmite.

I am not a complete Marmite addict, I only eat it occasionally but still, I wish I’d bought a bigger jar.

Yeast Spreads are funny things. You either love them or the complete opposite.  I took some jars on a trip to Japan and my host family wouldn’t touch the stuff, they couldn’t understand why we wanted to eat it.

In our house the love is divided. Husband was bought up with Vegemite in the fridge and your loyalty, it seems, is firmly imprinted during early childhood. Mmmm cheese and Marmite/Vegemite sandwiches!

Well that just means I don’t have to share my small and fast dwindling jar of black gold.

One each, no sharing

Here is a poll just for fun:

I am terrible at being sick. I know I should rest and I have no intention of leaving my cosy spot on the couch but I get so bored. Thank goodness for laptops and remote controls 🙂

Anyway, I thought I would share some sewing/design coolness that I saw a little while ago online:

This image is from Home Within Home, an architectural fabric installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea.

I think it’s pretty awesome and you can see more images here, enjoy!

Sewing as Art – Origami Map Dresses

I little bit of Sewing as Art for your Thursday:

 How incredible are these origami-like paper dresses?! They are made from vintage maps and each one is unique.

I am completely in love and want to make some mini versions for my pin board! Check out the Annex site for more info and how to purchase one of your own.

Sewing as Art – Paper Dresses

Another bit of sewing as art for your friday:

I saw this in the latest Urbis magazine (issue 64 – 2011) – It’s from New Zealand Fashion Week and these dresses, believe it or not, are made of Kleenex toilet paper! Aren’t they breathtaking?!

Fashion design has always been strong in New Zealand, think Collette Dinnigan, Kate Sylvesta, Trelise Cooper, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – I’m sure you’ve heard of at least one of these wonderfully talented ladies no matter where you are in the world reading this (and if you haven’t go Google now).

Interestingly BurdaStyle also posted a paper fashion blog post today and it is equally amazing, check it out here.