Archive for June, 2008
Itâ€™s a 93-minute train ride from Washingtonville to New York and I have no complaints. My day begins with checking my email from Leon for my daily tasks. A few press loan projects and some calls to some potential party sponsors is what my main focus has been lately. Itâ€™s those days where I can sit back behind the computer and show my creative side like creating a web page for adorable Milan. I feel I can be myself, laugh, and have fun at Twinkle.
Because of the killing weather, I canâ€™t even remember how I ended up getting this internship. I am a step and can see the deeper side of designing clothes. Everything happens right here in the Twinkle design studio. Interns make different color stories for specific garments, sew different kinds of buttons, and visit vendorâ€™s showroom to pick up beads.
For the past couple of weeks, we have been working on tracing, resizing, and labeling the markers for Wenlanâ€™s upcoming sewing book. I have ample experience with Adobe Illustrator â€“ mostly from school in Seattle. The book will be available on Amazon and all major book stores next year! Be sure to get your copy!
I love sharing my knitting tales. My favorite is when I lost my knitting needle while I was knitting. That’s part of the reason why I started knitting with chunky yarn â€“ it canâ€™t be too difficult to find a thick #19 needle under the sofa.
This tale travels through my first trip to London and has to do with getting knitting inspiration from Notting Hill- the home of Portobello Road Market. I saw sheep in Stonehenge. And inÂ the Portobello market, I saw a woman spinning yarn from the just shredded sheep fur with an antique spinning machine. She wanted to demonstrate that the machine was still good. The final product was a yarn unevenly spun and ridiculously thick. I thought to myself, â€œWhat designs could best play with the yarn?â€
A few years ago, I had bought a pair of extra thick, hot pink #36 plastic needles. A needle that size is normally used to knit an open weave design and to create airy lightweight fabric especially with mohair yarn. Miraculously though, it served the perfect match to this super chunky yarn as well.
Somehow, chunky yarn, extra big needles, and fast knitting all came together on this trip.
I later found some luxurious version of my Notting Hill inspiration using silk/wool blend
And later, this thick wool fiber yarn has been a perfect tool for when I host knitting class.
So the air conditioning decides quit working on the hottest day of the year!Â There is nothing fashionable about our office today.Â Faces are flushed, jackets are off, and anyone in pants is miserable.Â EvenÂ poor Milan is red and sweating.Â (And hogging the fan, I might add!!)Â It feels like Danteâ€™s Inferno in here.Â We are battling over which intern is going to have to go do an ice coffee run.Â NOT it!!!
I originally had a different plan when I first came to New York. I was a design intern at a different company and it was just awful. Two days into the internship, I applied for a position at Twinkle, and got it!Â From the very first day, I have loved it here. Every morning, I get to update the design boards.Â It makes me feel really involved in the design process so I always know what is going on.
Having had a previous horrendous experience interning in a high-end fashion company, I was half dreading and half excited to start a new internship. After my first day of work last week, I was so relieved at how warm and friendly the environment was! So far, I have already engaged in various tasks, ranging from sewing buttons to designing jersey tops. I really felt that I had contributed to the design process instead of just sitting around and doing menial tasks. It has also been really cool to see how a company can incorporate different lines like jewelry and houseware. Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing how things go and how much more I will learn!