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Sew many questions

May 6 2020

At times words fail us. The subject of this picture appears to be one of those times.

Apparently, this is a photo of Mr. Swift sewing while seated behind some sort of screen or scrim. That being the case, why is he outdoors? Is this plen air sewing? Again, why is he sewing outside? The machine is not a treadle – where is it plugged in? We don’t think we are going to satisfactorily answer these and many more questions this picture begs.

Let’s just accept it for what it is – an odd timeless picture of an elusive, eccentric Elvis Swift.

A Brand New Bag

May 5 2020

It looks like Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag! Behold our dandy and practical tote. We have been busy designing totes, purses, satchels, and other utility bags and we are happy to announce: The ‘RED BLUES BAG.’ This tote is the perfect choice for carrying a light load of stuff around. Made from a durable paper-like material which is lightweight, water and tear resistant, sewn and assembled right here in our shop.

Get the RED BLUES BAG, and take a look at the SIMPLE RED BLUES WALLET too!

The Internet of Things

May 1 2020

The internet of things. A promise, process, and plan to build an infrastructure of all things – appliances, services, tools, and toys with the ability to maintain themselves, update their internal operating system, and communicate among themselves to work as a harmonious collective. They actually ‘talk’ among themselves in a manner. This future is actively being rolled out incrementally and quietly, piece by piece, thing by thing. In fact, it’s somewhat difficult to visualize the fullness of the outcome. Surely someone is in charge of this effort? A master plan, a company devoted to producing a safe, useful service? Is someone overseeing this? I’m only asking questions, and don’t think anything could go wrong.

Could it?

Check out our take on the Singularity

Drawing Lesson No. 9

April 29 2020

It always amazes that no matter how many drawings one has under the belt, there are still things to learn about the craft. To that end, we like to impart little bits of our experience in preparing artwork for various clients over the years. Drawing Lesson No. 9 speaks to the ‘art’ of the idea or sketch presentation to the client.

First of all, when someone calls on you to render artwork for them, undoubtedly they know how you draw and have confidence you’ll be able to please them with your work. The sketch is the beginning process of communicating the artistic concept to the client. We like to present to our clients a bit of entertainment, along with the sketch.

Just keep in mind, some clients don’t have a sense of humor. Fortunately, The New York Times does.

Elvis Swift for The New York Times – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK/JAMES R. OESTREICH

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