And with that, we have christened my newest labour child, Threadbaring!
I’m pleased to finally be launching this little project of mine that has been nagging at me for quite some time now. This is the first fashion blog - and, really, the first editorial blog of any kind - that I have ever curated and managed, and being that I am the type of person to launch many creative projects and then tragically abandon them, I truly hope that will not be the case for this blog. Do not worry, good reader. I have faith. Fashion and photography (I’ll now be sticking a link to my own work here) are the two things out of the many passions and hobbies I’ve spun through that has stuck around the longest and strongest and has no intentions of going anywhere. As it is, I hope that passion reflects in this blog.
The avatar I have chosen to represent this blog is a photograph by renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier of Christy Turlington in 1992. It is significant to me in that the photograph was taken in the year of my birth (yes, I am quite young, but since when has that ever stopped or even been a hindrance to the new surge of fashion bloggers?), and it is a photograph I have many times thought back to for inspiration and to remind myself why I love fashion, design, art, and photography. It symbolizes, too, the nature of this blog being for myself. Though I must admit that I do hope some people catch onto this and find themselves subscribing and enjoying it, I am not overly concerned with the publicity and popularity of this blog, because I am doing this project for myself. This is not an attempt to please the masses, although it is an attempt to inform and fan the flames of others’ passion, but it is somewhere for me to pour out the things I so often want to say about the current world of fashion.
Now that I’ve said all that, here’s a little info about me:
What I go by: Suki (though it’s not my given name)
How long I’ve been here: 19 years
What I do: Photography (as linked above), fashion
What I also do: I work at a women’s boutique, and I’ve been writing since I can remember.
Where I’m based: Though originally from Colorado, I will soon be based in New York, New York.
What my sign is: Cancer
Who my favourite designers are: At present, the three that come most quickly to mind are Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), Rae Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Stefano Pilati (until recently, Yves Saint Laurent).
Why I spell things with a “u” when Americans don’t: No, I’m not trying to bogart a British identity. I grew up reading old books, primarily from English authors, and so I became very accustomed to seeing certain words (ie. “colour, neighbour”) spelled with a “u”. Such as it is, spelling them without just looks funky to me.
What some of my favourite things in life are: Good books, good food, good conversation. Fashion, design, and art. Taking photographs. Styling. Debating. Drinking pinot gris. Learning languages (at the moment, I have confidence in my skills with English, Norwegian, Spanish, and I am currently learning French). Teaching. Writing instructional things. Writing editorial things. Writing, really, most of anything. Learning.
I’ll be putting this entire post somewhere on this blog, likely in the “About” section.
Now that I’ve introduced myself, I’d be very pleased to get to know some of the people who might just start taking an active interest in this blog. Somewhere down the line, I’ll be asking you, if you’re truly out there, to send me a little info and possibly a photo of yourself to stick up on this wall.
Now, with one final question, I’m going to go ahead and get this train a-rollin’.
The word “threadbare” means worn through, possibly shabby, and is often an indication of the lowest means possible. I like the idea that with nothing more than a Tumblr and the wide, wide world of the Internet at my fingertips, I can create something true, raw (two things that I find the word “threadbare” strike in me also), and near to me. I turned it into something of a pun, as well, because I decided to spell it in a way that would conjure the idea of baring threads - like wearing clothing. And then, if you want to get into a more metaphysical state, bearing our threads could be showing our interests, and showing ourselves. I want to, with this blog, at the very least, create something honest and passionate.
Without further ado…
Welcome to Threadbaring!