I am in an industry that benefits from advanced technology. I want my clothing designs to be as cutting edge as my methodology. A lot of my attention is given these days to fabrics as they are constantly changing and reflect some pretty genius innovations. I fancy myself a bit of an inventor, too, so I might try my hand at a new kind of material that is durable and versatile but still elegant and attractive. I might start a new trend. There is nothing better than being at the top of your game. Fashion and design is so competitive and it is hard to beat the competition, especially those companies with ample funding.
While design is my forte, you will also find me in my shop wielding tools like electric sanders and jigsaws. I love working with my hands. I can create decorative objects and wall art, picture frames, wooden boxes for jewelry, and knickknack shelves galore. I could get into necklaces and earrings if I want to go small scale. I am constantly experimenting to satisfy that inventor in my soul. I work on my clothing designs in the same space as all this woodworking. As you can imagine, there are small particles of dust and wood shavings everywhere. Even when I use the best jigsaws, I create atmospheric pollution. This got me thinking about the kind of stuff that is in the air in most urban centers. If any construction is going on, you can bet that people get blasted by dust every day. It takes a toll on your clothing. You must spend loads of money on dry cleaning.
Thinking about this unique problem, I hit the nail on the head for my next invention. It will be “stay clean” fabrics that repel the floating debris of city life. I could make shop aprons out of it at first to test the market. Surely the ubiquitous do-it-yourselfers will value its futuristic nature. No one washes their shop apron anyway, so a repellent fabric would allow it to last for months at a crack. Then I would tackle the fashion market, appealing to people who live in dusty areas such as the Midwest and the desert. It is akin to clothing fabric that shields the wearer from the sun. This has been accomplished, so why not go the extra mile and add stay clean properties to the mix. What do you think? Is this ridiculous or supremely helpful to humanity?
It is not easy to invent a new fabric and I know it will take time. I must research materials and their cost. What if I come up with the perfect solution, but the fabric ends up costing an arm and a leg? That is not a good outcome. I need resources that are not only sustainable, but also cost effective. They weave fabric in many parts of the world such as southeast Asia, China, and Japan. Labor would be prohibitive in Japan, so I am crossing that one off my list. I am narrowing it down and will start to buy samples for testing. I will let you know of my progress.