I have often spoken of what I call the inadequate imagery of today’s civilization. I have the impression that the images that surround us today are worn out; they are abused and useless and exhausted. They are limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution. When I look at the postcards in tourist shops and the images and advertisements that surround us in magazines or I turn on the television, or if I walk into a travel agency and see those huge posters with that same tedious image of the Grand Canyon on them, I truly feel there is something dangerous emerging here.
…As a race we have become aware of certain dangers that surround us. We comprehend, for example, that nuclear power is a real danger for mankind, that over-crowding of the planet is the greatest of all. We have understood that the destruction of the environment is another enormous danger. But I truly believe that the lack of adequate imagery is a danger of the same magnitude. It is as serious a defect as being without memory. What have we done to our images? What have we done to our embarrassed landscapes? I have said this before and will repeat it again as long as I am able to talk: if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs.
Digital avatars or virtual humans produced through 3D body scanning and animation software to replace models. (ScienceDaily, Dazed & Confused)
It’s a fascinating technological development, but it’s a scary thought that technology is becoming more and more powerful and that attempts are constantly being made to replace human activity. Removing any human hand/labour/action with digital, robotic minds is worrisome. I don’t think it could totally remove us from what we are doing or completely overrule our jobs. It will need a lot of time for such innovation to really take over the fashion industry or performing arts or sports, as mentioned in the article. I don’t know how advanced the avatars may be, but I just can’t get my head around the idea of watching a runway with un-human beings who doesn’t have the “real” mind and “real” behaviourial characteristics as that of a human (although this can be argued that avatars are created from imitations of humans, but that’s more discussion). But it’s something to think about, I’m still not sure about this.
This job is about challenge. It’s about changing and moving […] You have to be very curious and take in as much as you can, but stay true to yourself and don’t compare yourself, because you’re different, and that’s what will make your work unique.
Keep an open mind, be creatively flexible and be patient. If you have to spend time answering the phone, just answer the phone in the best way you can - eventually people will notice. You have to use what you have and then maximise it. That will earn you people’s trust. It doesn’t come easily.
Overlength sweaters, dresses off the roll - 'a-poc' is based upon Miyake's first design concept, a piece of cloth, is a new and unique suggestion for everyday life, which goes far beyond the boundaries of fashion. It is made using an industrial knitting or weaving machine programed by a computer. This process creates continuous tubes of fabric within which lie both shape and pattern. The customer cuts sleeves and skirts exactly to the length he wants. It is an idea that totally overthrows the existing standards for making clothes.
'A-poc' is made in a sequence in which thread literally goes into a machine and re-emerges as a piece of clothing, an accessory, or even a chair. This interactive new method not only reduces leftover fabric but also permits the wearers to participate in the final step of the design of their clothing: they determine the final shape of the product. Mass production and custom-made clothing, seemingly opposing ideas, become compatible with each other through the wizardry of technology and the fire of imagination.