Thursday, August 05, 2010

I cannot seem to move forward on the arm construction, I keep putting that off. It means I am not committed to it at this moment. I am committed to something else. Many other things at the moment. I am very involved with Detroit Fashion Week. I know, sounds too local. It is and it isn't. It is in the preliminary stages of great success. Why do I know this? The Design Director is Rebecca Clark, a Michigan re-plant from New York. Incredible energy, incredible business woman, incredibly professional. She has asked me to collaborate not only on Detroit Fashion Week, created by Brian Heath, but in the future for many many projects. It is the first time I have been excited in years and years about my work and my craft which has laid fallow for years and years. Not that I have not done work, I have, but MY work. The kind of work in which one is lost because of commitment, and desire. The kind of work that feeds ones soul in a way which nothing can feed the soul. It's a birth and I am crying because it is so beautiful, and it was such a long time coming.


  1. Adrienne7:20 AM

    Hey Shermane, thanks for the wonderful information you've shared on your blog. I have just started draping and a good friend presented me with a Stockman form. However I find it extremely to pin on it as the paper-mache seems really hard. Do you happen to have a solution for this?

  2. Hi Adrienne,
    I love the stockman forms. They are so couture and clean. I imagine that you have a display model and not the draping model. I have covered mine with table felt which is used as a cushion under tablecloths on high end furniture. I purchased it at Bouchara when they existed. Now you can get it on Rue de Steinkerque in the 18TH (in Paris) or if you are in the U.S. Walmart has a cotton used in making quilts that is thinner, but very effective in building up the mannequin for draping. Check out making the mannequin cover which I posted a year or two back. That should help!

  3. Adrienne8:24 AM

    Hi Shermane,

    Many thanks for your reply!!! I am so grateful for the advice. Will try the method you have suggested.