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Sewing for the People

Today Milkshake Chocolate launched the Summer 07 issue, which is lovely, because I contributed to this issue with an interview with Artist Michael Swaine. It was my first story for something I don’t publish myself, so, it was kind of scary, but… he is such an interesting guy. Over the years, has produced a interesting body of work. Sewing for the People has probably gotten the most attention… every 15th of the month, Swaine rolls out his antique sewing machine and offers free mending services to the community.

Jt: Does this [coming outside to sew] enrich your life somehow?
MS: So I guess, I’ll use Veronica as an example because she’s my favorite regular… but I think we’re all in our own little world and most of the time you lock yourself up in your own little room, and you don’t necessarily meet your neighbors… And Veronica is very honest and so there are lots of times when she tells me what’s going on in her life, and it’s a rare thing in this American, you know, air-conditioned world that we live in where you don’t necessarily have those moments of honesty with a neighbor that is not your mother, brother, girlfriend or boyfriend. That’s the thing that I take from this, that reminder that there is something really important about sitting down with someone you don’t know so well and giving them enough time to have that honest moment.

Read the whole story by clicking here.

I’d like to give special thanks to Patricia Yagüe (aka Bobble Bee) for asking me to do the story, Kimberly Schumacher for taking such lovely photos, Michael Swaine for his patience, and Veronica for being so candid.

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4 comments for “Sewing for the People”

  1. wow congrats this is great :)

    Posted by The Stiletto Effect | June 22, 2007, 5:04 pm
  2. great coverage & interview

    Posted by Candid Cool | June 25, 2007, 10:38 am
  3. thanks jennine again :)

    Posted by Bobble Bee | June 25, 2007, 1:08 pm
  4. thanks! it was so much fun to do.. so yeah.. i’m glad you liked the interview!


    Posted by jennine | June 25, 2007, 5:27 pm

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