It has been a wonderful long weekend with family, this year we were together on Easter Sunday with the children, grandchildren and my mom, their great-grandmother! Good times!
Today is the beginning of a new week and new students are showing interest in classes some who want to start immediately and a class of young people who want to start in September :) this makes me happy when there is such interest in this wonderful art that will surely die if it's not curated and passed down to future generations. It would be very sad to rely solely on overseas markets to dictate what we should be wearing, the type of workmanship (or lack thereof in many cases).
I believe we should be in control of our own destinies, take matters in our own hands and create the garments that appeal to us, especially anyone over the age of 50 with any sort of body issue who can't find anything that has a decent fit. I believe there should be more custom clothing available to women the same as there is for men, to do that we have to train more tailors and pattern makers. In fact a pattern maker diploma is more prestigious and sought after than a design diploma. In Italy they got it right, before one can be a designer they have to be a master tailor and pattern maker to the highest degree, one should not be designing if they don't know garment construction inside and out first! In North America they like to churn out new designers every 2 years who can draw very well, drape on a mannequin very well but when it comes time to fit the body they are lost! This is not fair to the students who paid a lot of hard earned money to get only part of an education.... In my opinion schools should go back to the basics because you can't build without a solid foundation. I'm available to teach if anyone is brave enough to buck the trend and try something new!
On the same token, if there are any graduates of North American Colleges/Universities who would like to learn all about how to create the basic blocks please feel free to contact me anytime I'm available to teach this technique to you. Last year I had great success with George Brown graduates who over the summer learned how to draft the basic blocks in their words, "our lives have been changed with this in-depth knowledge"
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"