logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Dating
Reading
Women's Fashion
Small Office/Home Office
History
Tennis
Holiday/Seasonal Cooking


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Sewing Site

BellaOnline's Sewing Editor

g

Hand-made vs. Machine-made


Throughout human history women have usually been the everyday sewers who clothe themselves, their families, and their abodes - in the process producing works of great beauty, functionality, embedding their cultural traditions into fiber and cloth - often with superb craftsmanship. The discovery of precious textiles from times past, and the cataloging, maintaining, displaying these gems of human endeavor, enrich and educate us today.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has on display, through August, The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition entitled, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Hand-made (manus) vs. machine made (machina) has always provided a sense of artistic tension as to which is the best method for elevating the construction process in clothing the human form from pure function to aesthetically awe-inspiring artful design.

With more than 170 examples of fashion from the early 1900s to the present, from the time of the beginning proliferation of sewing machines and resultant mass production of clothing and textiles to today’s awe-inspiring 3-D printing and computer modeling experiments, the exhibit examines the hand and machine as creative tools. It is easy to see, by examining these textile jewels from the past juxtaposed to today's imagination-infused futuristic 3-D printed sculptural clothing, how traditional fiber and threads, and a sewer’s stitches, can truly be counted as art for the ages.

The global smorgasbord of countries that have found the history and beauty of textiles and their resultant clothing and artifacts to be worthy of preserving and proudly displaying as fit to reside in museum collections is testament to the value of the sewer’s art. With every stitch, whether by hand or machine, the sewer infuses a bit of culture and tradition into the cloth. Together the sewer’s stitch and the weaver’s cloth results in more than the sum of its parts; culture is passed on, traditions preserved, the sewer’s skills remains intact. Textiles and their manipulation by the sewer, or by extension, the human controlled computer, tell the story of the ages and reveal the very real and beautiful fabric of our lives.

Manus x Machina, Fashion in an Age of Technology

Sew happy, sew inspired.


Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to Twitter Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to Facebook Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to MySpace Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to Del.icio.us Digg Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to Yahoo My Web Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to Google Bookmarks Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to Stumbleupon Add Hand%2Dmade+vs%2E+Machine%2Dmade to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Sewing Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2015 by Cheryl Ellex. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Cheryl Ellex. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Cheryl Ellex for details.

g


g features
Fabric Dresses Up Small Storage Containers

Garment Facings

Sewing Idioms

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor