The dialogue, one evening, was started by a young Canadian, wearing a Lungi and a thin kurta. He said he was twenty-three, but looked barely out of his teens. He wore around his neck an elegant little silver cross on a dainty chain. He said he had come across the book I Am That in a bookshop in Bombay a couple of days ago, a cursory glance at a few pages impelled in him a desire to meet Maharaj personally. He had already gone through the book reading almost continuously, through the afternoon, evening and night, and had finished both the volumes only a few hours ago.
Maharaj: You are so young. I wonder since what age you have been interested in the spiritual quest.
Visitor: Sir, ever since I remember I have been deeply interested in Love and God. And I strongly felt that they are not different. When I sit in meditation, I often…….
M: Wait a moment. What exactly do you mean by meditation?
V: I don’t really know. All I do is to sit cross-legged, close my eyes, and remain absolutely quiet. I find my body relaxing, almost melting away, and my mind, or being or whatever merging into space, and the thought-process getting gradually suspended.
M: That’s good. Please proceed.
V: Quite often, during meditation, an overwhelming feeling of ecstatic love arises in my heart together with an effusion of well-being. I do not know what it is. It is during one such spell that I felt inspired to visit India — and here I am.
M: How long will you be in Bombay?
V: I really don’t know. I rarely make any plans. I have sufficient money to live frugally for about fifteen days, and I have my return ticket.
M: Now tell me, what is it exactly that you want to know. Do you have any specific questions?
V: I was a very confused man when I landed in Bombay. I felt I was almost going out of my mind. I really don’t know what took me to the bookshop because I don’t do much reading. The moment I picked up the first volume of I Am That, I experienced the same overpowering feeling that I get during my meditation. As I went on reading the book a weight seemed to lift off from within me, and, as I am sitting here before you, I feel as if I am talking to myself. And what I am saying to myself seems like blasphemy. I was convinced that love is God. But now I think that love is surely a concept and if love is a concept God also must be a concept.
M: So, what is wrong in it?
V: (Laughing) Now, if you put it like that I have no feeling of guilt in transforming God into a concept.
M: Actually, you said love is God. What do you mean by the word ‘love’. Do you mean ‘love’ as the opposite of ‘hate’? Or, do you mean something else, although, of course, no word can be adequate to describe ‘God’.
V: No. No. By the word ‘love’ I certainly do not mean the opposite of ‘hate’. What I mean is that love is abstaining from discrimination as ‘me’ and the ‘other’.
M: In other words, unity of being?
V: Yes, indeed. What then is ‘God’ to whom l am expected to pray?
M: Let us talk about prayer later. Now then, what exactly is this ‘God’ you are talking about? Is he not the very consciousness—the sense of ‘being’ that one has—because of which you are able to ask questions? I am’ itself is God. What is it that you love most? Is it not this ‘I am’, the conscious presence which you want to preserve at any cost? The seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that ‘you’ are apart from this body-mind complex. If you were not conscious, would the world exist for you? Would there be any idea of a God? And, the consciousness in you and the consciousness in me — are they different? Are they not separate only as concepts, seeking unity unconceived, and is that not love?
V: Now, I understand what is meant by ‘God is nearer to me than I am to myself’.
M: Also remember, there can be no proof of Reality other than being it. Indeed you are it, and have always been. Consciousness leaves with the end of the body (and is therefore time-bound) and with it leaves the duality which is the basis of consciousness and manifestation.
V: What then is prayer, and what is its purpose?
M: Prayer, as it is generally understood, is nothing but begging for something. Actually, prayer means communion-uniting-Yoga.
V: Everything is so clear now, as if a great deal of rubbish has been suddenly thrown out of my system, blown out of existence.
M: Do you mean that you now seem to see everything clearly?
V: No. No! Not ‘seems’. It is clear, so clear that I am now amazed that it was not clear at any time. Various statements that I had read in the Bible, which seemed important but vague before, are now crystal clear— statements like: Before Abraham was I am; I and my father are one; I am that I am.
M: Good. Now that you know what it is all about, what Sadhana will you do to obtain liberation from your ‘bondage’?
V: Ah! Maharaj. Now you are surely making fun of me. Or, are you testing me? Surely, now I know and have realized that I am that —I am, which I have always been and which I shall always be. What is left to be done? Or, undone? And who is to do it? And for what purpose?
M: Excellent! Just be.
V: I shall, indeed.
Then, the young Canadian prostrated before Maharaj, his eyes brimming with tears of gratitude and joy. Maharaj asked him if he would be coming again, and the lad said: “Honestly, I don’t know.” When he left, Maharaj sat for a while with his eyes closed, the gentlest of smiles on his lips. He then said very softly: “A rare one”; I could barely catch the words. I never saw the young Canadian again, and I have often wondered about him.
These pages are from Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj (chapter 13). Wishing you much love this long weekend, have a great one!
I recently came across this text from Kevin Lyons, a designer and illustrator that has worked with the likes of Nike, Converse, and Coca-Cola,among others… Not only does he relate this piece to one of our favorite bands – the Velvet Underground—but in a way, this reflects how we approach our design process. The Velvet Underground was formed in a 60’s, a decade that broke many fashion traditions, mirroring social movements during the period. I don’t know if it’s the social change that happened during that time, the development of a counterculture, or the will to break conventions, but there is something deeply inspiring that we keep coming back to in term of music, art, architecture and design. I especially cannot get enough of the 60’s photography section in LIFE’s website. I’m particularly in love with this one lately:
But to go back to the quote, we’ve been designing since 1995, with ample time to have our fair share of changes of hearts, and it was at times a winding road to figure out just how to be. As creative people, it can be hard to let go things, but it’s very liberating. We’ve come to a place where we focus about the process, concentrating our attention on the purpose and simplicity of what we do; the rest comes on its own.
During the World Master Card Fall Fashion Week in Toronto, I had the pleasure of attending the Heart Truth Fashion Show, an event sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. All charities fight for the greater good and for global awareness, but what the Heart Truth did was different, they didn’t tell you that eating well and exercising equaled a healthy heart they showed you.
I don’t want to go on about how amazing the foundation is or why you should donate, because you can make the decision for yourself at thehearttruth.ca. What I am going to say, was when I saw 91-year-old Gladys Wenger walk down the runway in full spirits and high energy, I was inspired. I instantly wanted to be Wenger, maybe not her age (just yet), but eventually, I’d like to be. Ask any of my friends and they’d tell you; my diet is not picture perfect. Looking back at what I ate this week and thinking about how harmful it’ll all be to my body in the long run is embarrassing. It’s embarrassing because I know better. Wenger doesn’t just know better, she lives better.
Information is power, but only if you put it to use. I’ve heard the positive side effects of eating well and having an active lifestyle but like smokers will tell you, “these days, everything is bad for you,” and that’s not true. Small changes in your diet and lifestyle can provide long-term benefits. Just ask Wenger, or any of the other seniors and heart and stroke survivors who walked the runway that night.
So whenever I think I don’t have time to eat well, I’m going to make the time. I’m going to think about the 91 year old who still has the energy to play street hockey – because that my friend, is real motivation!
Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of chatting with an old friend Josh Cobos, a talented musician from Big Drag, a psychedelic rock band from San Francisco. I’ve seen them play a few times, always a good time full of energy, stage presence and good vibes all around. I wanted to dig a little deeper and find out how it all began, here’s his story.
How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been playing music since I was 10 so that’s 15 years now.
When did big drag begin?
Big drag began when I saw the movie Bikini Beach & found out Heidi could play drums
What inspires you to create?
Other art inspires me to create, seeing bands live makes me wanna go home and shred and learn how to play every good song out there. I also read the paper tons too, there’s always something weird or grotesque or obscene going on in there.
What influences your music most?
Musically we all sit around and listen to tapes or pick songs out at the jukebox and pass CDs or records back and forth so we’re all constantly getting exposed or reacquainted with something different. Then we’ll just go play songs that we hear in our heads, stuff that keeps us busy on walks or drives to work. If you open your eyes, life is constantly happening and you can interpret every action a million different ways.
What does living beautifully mean to you?
Living beautifully is making sure that your conscious decisions reflect who you are, breathe in the same honesty you breathe out.
My prof in university for strategic management was an ex-firefighter who was a brilliant leader/mentor.
In one of his lectures Mr. O’connell told us about one of his key interview questions in business: ‘Tell me about a mistake you made in your career, what you learned from it and how you would handle the situation differently moving forward.’ He went on to say how it usually took potential candidates off guard and more then less would answer that they didn’t make any major mistakes that they regretted. This would be the end of the interview.
So here I am 23 years later asking potential candidates this week (we’re looking to fill a position in customer service): ‘what has been an experience in your career that you would have handled differently’. You would be surprised how many candidates are speechless ! It’s not the end of the interview for us….however we do want to get to know our potential peeps a little better, what are we looking for ? Depth, humility.
I’ve had a ton of ‘learning experiences’ here at M&N. Over a period of time between 2009 and 2011, we made changes in terms of design and distribution. Sadly, we alienated some customers in the process that had given us their support since our humble beginnings back in 1995.
In 2012 we came back to our original founding ethos: designing timeless pieces with innovative materials in the inspired color of the moment, with accessibility being key. My learning experience ? NEVER take the customer for granted, EVER. They are as much a part of MATT & NAT as our creations and our team so any decision we take has to involve them. I would have never have had the type of appreciation and relationship with our customers that I have today had we not gone through this tumultuous period.
SO get out there, get busy and own the moment! You are going to make mistakes, learn from them and have no regrets! Be humble enough to admit your ‘learning experience’ and courageous enough to take responsibility. I’ve learned more over the last 2 years then I have since 1995. A change in perspective on ‘learning experiences’ has been a major life changing experience for myself in terms of personal growth…
Happy Friday Everyone and a BIG welcome to our contributing bloggers Christine and Megan !
“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay
You really have to learn to love snow if you live in Montreal. Except for some strange episodes of global warming (remember that crazy winter day last year when the temp reached 25 degrees?), there is just no escaping it. Generally, our view when it comes to fighting the inescapable is to stop fighting, just go with it, and enjoy the journey. We actually just got our last (maybe?) big storm of the season this week, but the sun is shining today and the air is crisp, making everything brighter.
But back to Spring: it’s a fantastic season that is so short in our city that it almost doesn’t exist. The energy is incredible, palpable in the air. You sense the moods changing, the people smiling more. It happens in every city, but it’s on a whole different scale here. After a few months longing to go out without a winter jacket, to see some green grass, to imagine spending time out on a terrace, that sense of longing and knowing that something different is coming creates real desire. Needless to say, it’s a great source of inspiration ingrained within us; we think about spring and all we imagine are bursts of color and fun shapes. It’s especially true this year, with shades of green, yellow, orange and ocean, our color palette for spring 2013 is all about POP.
Il faut vraiment apprendre à aimer la neige, si vous habitez à Montréal. Sauf pour quelques épisodes étranges du réchauffement climatique (rappelez-vous ce jour d’hiver fou l’an dernier lorsque la température atteint 25 degrés?), il n’y a tout simplement pas moyen d’y échapper. En général, notre point de vue quand il s’agit de lutter contre l’inéluctable est de simplement arrêter la lutte et juste suivre le courant en appréciant les choses au jour le jour. En fait, nous venons juste d’avoir notre dernière (peut-être?) grosse tempête de la saison cette semaine, mais le soleil brille aujourd’hui et l’air est vif, ce qui rend tout plus lumineux.
Mais revenons au Printemps: c’est une saison fantastique qui est si courte dans notre ville qu’elle n’existe presque pas. L’énergie est incroyable, palpable dans l’air. Vous sentez les humeurs changeantes, les gens qui sourient plus. Ça arrive dans chaque ville, mais c’est vraiment sur une toute autre échelle ici. Après quelques mois à avoir envie de sortir sans une veste d’hiver, d’imaginer passer du temps sur une terrasse, l’anticipation de l’arrivée prochaine du printemps crée un désir réel. Inutile de dire que c’est une source d’inspiration bien ancrée en nous, quand nous pensons au printemps, nous imaginons tout de suite des éclats de couleurs. C’est particulièrement vrai cette année, avec des nuances de vert, de jaune, d’orange et d’océan, notre palette de couleurs pour le printemps 2013 est POP.
“It is my belief that it is far better to begin, than to wait for a perfect result which never seems to come.”- Quentin
I recently moved back from San Francisco, where I had the pleasure of working alongside Quentin Navia, a beautiful woman whose spirit could fill an entire room of charisma and positivity. Her youthful attitude inspired me to self reflect and find inner happiness, but also to never let life become mundane. She toured the country playing music with a folk band, that opened for Peter Gabriel in the 70’s and somehow along the path she found herself opening “Pena Pachamama” a restaurant with the BEST raw vegan food I’ve had located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach, at one of the historic Speakeasy’s. She would always tell me the success was never forced, nor was opening a “business” but rather it formed naturally , and turned into a great success. She continues to play music every night at the restaurant along with her husband and son. She’s living proof that regardless of age, if you do what you love, you’ll feel and look forever young. She recently wrote a book titled “The Art of Raw living” where she offers many delicious raw- vegan recipes as well as an insider tip at how her restaurant came to be. Here’s a little preview of the book.
“Each search, each story is notable and remarkable, because each individual is unique, one of a kind. Each has taken this journey in the material realm and experienced its joys, adventures, struggles, sufferings and successes. And even if we lack writing skills, our stories can inspire and encourage our compañeros along the way.
We all draw from the experiences of each other. We all offer true lessons from our own experiences. We read others stories to be inspired by them but ultimately the journey is our own. There are no complete recipes or guidelines for the trip, no one has taken exactly the same path. But one thing is for certain, that if it is true, we are all bound to find the same thing.
As with a raw lifestyle, I believe I’m in it for life. It is the adventure, with the fun, innocence and creative enthusiasm of a child, (in the end we are all bound to find the same thing-if its real- and raw living organic vegan foods are the closest we can get.”
Montreal’s bustling St. Laurent street, also known as the Main, is home to a seemingly endless choice of diners, bars, venues, shops, and cafes. But, if you’re looking for a meal that is local, organic, free of animal products as well as delicious, make a beeline for Montreal’s first vegan restaurant: Aux Vivres. It is located at 4631, between Mount Royal and Villeneuve.
The restaurant prides itself on its ability to offer meals that are as healthy as they are tasty. Only the freshest ingredients are used and priority is given to local and seasonal produce. Aux-Vivres’ dishes are celebrated for their unexpected flavour combinations.
The menu boasts an enticing array of starters, bowls, sandwiches, soul food, ‘burgers’, and dessert. Salads come with a choice of house dressing, ginger dressing or wafu dressing. For beverages, Aux Vivres offers a selection of smoothies, which are naturally sweetened with agave syrup or dates. Other options include: fresh juices, drinks, and coffees. Sauces and sides may be ordered for a modest sum.
My go-to choice is the Chana, which is composed of chickpeas, potatoes, curry, chutney, and coriander. Its hardy ingredients will sit warmly, but not heavily, in one’s stomach. With that said, this wrap is especially satisfying to eat during Montreal’s chillier days.
Warm up with Aux Vivres’ vegan take on hot chocolate, another great choice for winter. This beverage is made with soy milk, which froths very easily. The result is smooth, sweet, and oh-so-satisfying.
Finally, I’d highly recommend Aux-Vivres’ Uncheesecake. A local favorite, this dessert is made with Tofutti, soy, a graham crust, and a berry mix topping. The result is much lighter and softer than regular cheesecake, it almost melts right in your mouth. A must-have!
Marie-Pierre Michaud opened Aux Vivres in 1997. In 2001, Michael Makhan became a co-owner and a few years later, went on to have full ownership of the restaurant. Michael’s brother Liam was hired in 2005. Now, with both brothers in central management roles, the restaurant has blossomed into a true partnership.
Always, but most especially since its major expansion in 2005, Aux Vivres has experienced a growing clientele base, catering to a steady stream of newcomers and regulars. Visit today!
Aux Vivres may be contacted at: 514-842-3479.
Visit their official website at: http://www.auxvivres.com/en/
Living beautifully, the mantra printed on all our products can mean a lot of things to different people. For us, the gist of it is about approaching things with an open mind, taking the time to appreciate life, living in harmony with our environment. Sustainability is a fundamental part of that philosophy, which drives us to use eco-friendly and durable materials and high-quality workmanship for a product built to last.
This idea led us to start using recycled linings in 2007. The recycled polyester used for our linings is made of recycled PET, which is widely used in plastic bottles and other food packaging all over the world. How does this process work? Essentially, discarded plastic bottles are collected through waste collection agencies. Recycling companies will then treat the bottles by shredding the material into small fragments used to produce yarn. The result? 8 plastic bottles make 1 yard of fabric, that’s about 120 000 bottles recycled per year inside our bags. Not only does this process use raw materials that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, but using recycled polyester rather than virgin polyester also cuts energy consumption by 50%, water consumption by 20% and air pollution by 60%. Clever stuff!
Les bouteilles en plastique à l’intérieur de nos sac .
Vivre en beauté, le mantra imprimé sur tous nos produits peut signifier bien des choses pour différentes personnes. Pour nous, essentiellement, ca veut dire approcher les choses avec un esprit ouvert, en prenant le temps d’apprécier la vie, et de vivre en harmonie avec notre environnement. Être conscients de notre impact écologique est un élément fondamental de cette philosophie, qui nous pousse à chercher des matériaux respectueux de l’environnement et de haute qualité pour un produit conçu pour durer.
Cette idée nous a incité à utiliser des doublures recyclées depuis 2007. Le polyester de nos doublures est fait en PET recyclé, un matériel largement utilisé dans les bouteilles en plastique et autres emballages alimentaires partout dans le monde. Comment fonctionne ce processus? Essentiellement, les bouteilles en plastique jetées sont recueillies par le biais d’agences de collecte des déchets. Les entreprises de recyclage traitent ensuite les bouteilles pour les réduire en petits fragments utilisés pour produire du fil. Le résultat? 8 bouteilles en plastique donnent 1 mètre de tissu, ce qui revient à environ 120,000 bouteilles recyclées par an dans nos sacs. Non seulement ce processus utilise des bouteilles qui, autrement auraient abouti dans un site d’enfouissement, mais en utilisant du polyester recyclé plutôt que du polyester vierge on réduit également la consommation d’énergie de 50%, la consommation d’eau de 20% et la pollution de l’air de 60%. Ingénieux!
A person who is curious, in every sense of the word.
How did you start writing for midnight poutine?
I began writing for Midnight Poutine in July of 2009. I read the blog fairly consistently, enjoyed the content, and decided to apply as a contributor.
The ability to write about anything I wanted to, as long as it had some connection to Montreal, was appealing. This freedom afforded me the opportunity to present and refine my voice as a writer. From a career standpoint, writing for Midnight Poutine seemed like a great way to network and build my portfolio.
What is your favorite creative outlet?
I can’t seem to stop fumbling about with my hands, which has usually resulted in writing. I have a vintage Remington that gets its keys warmed up on a regular basis. I also enjoy drawing, painting, making stained glass windows, and more recently, playing the piano.
I actually had a series published through Midnight Poutine called “The Incurable Hobbyist.” It examined various hobbies one might pursue around the city or from the privacy of one’s home. The goal was to inspire readers to develop hobbies they’d grow to love dearly, to fill their hearts with the unique joy that comes with learning something special, something new.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’m a very receptive person. Throughout the day, most everything I sense will find a way inside of me and settle there. Then, it’s up to my imagination to draw out these, sometimes banal, daily items and gently shape them or more violently contort them into something altogether new. Hopefully the results make people smile or think or both.
For journalism specifically, I am inspired by people and their stories. I feel we have a lot to learn from each other.
What does living beautifully mean to you?
To me, living beautifully means living authentically and maintaining some simple joie-de-vivre. Its about appreciating how unexpected and magical our world is and with that, loving and engaging in the possibilities it presents. I’ve noticed people become very beautiful when they talk about the things they love.
I took this photo in death valley, on a trip driving from San Francisco to Nevada. This was my favorite stop along the way.
I’ve been a long time fan of Matt & Nat , and now that I work here with a team of individuals who are open minded inspires me every day. With our mantra being living beautifully, how could I not want to wake up every morning to go to work? Positivity is what we pride ourselves at the office, no bad vibes, or negativity allowed! It makes the work environment all the better. : ) I was talking with Dina earlier this week and she sparked my inspiration as we were chatting on what living beautifully means to both of us.
For myself, I could describe living beautifully as my favorite symbol: a paper plane.
Stay light, bright & explore the unknown. It reminds me to never take life too seriously but enjoy every moment. I love to travel, explore & meet people. If I could, I would sit at the window stoop of a different café with a book & coffee and be inspired by the people walking by every day. Difference is what triggers my curiosity.
Here are a few shots of some places, and people I’ve met along the way who have taught me to stay positive, be yourself and continue to live beautifully.
I guess I’m a hopeless romantic but how cute are they?! I met them whilst traveling in Hawaii, hoping one day to be just as cute as they were : )
Along the beach in Hawaii, I sat to have a chat and make lei necklaces with this lovely inspiring woman Ailana.
What does living beautifully mean to you?
Happy Monday everyone : )
Gold beets, smoked tofu, avocado, capers, cucumber dill sauce, and pumpernickel.
When I found out Horizons, a lovely vegan restaurant in my hometown of Philadelphia, was closing down, I was distraught. But my tears were quickly dried when I heard the owners would be opening a new vegan restaurant in Philly! Enter: Vedge. This upscale vegan restaurant opened in late 2011 and has since taken the world by storm. I’m pretty sure I love Vedge even more than I liked Horizons. It’s a bit more refined and it’s just more of an experience. It’s definitely pricey, but the food is amazing. The portions are small–you are supposed to order many dishes. This can add up as you’d imagine but it’s also my favorite way to dine. I love to try small bits of as many dishes as possible. Yes, I’ve been known to frequent a veggie Indian buffet now and then. But Vedge is no buffet, that’s for sure. It kind of feels like you’re at an old-school gentleman’s club (not that kind!), as it’s divided into rooms and covered in dark wooden fixtures. Actually, the time I went there for dinner, I was sitting next to two (talkative) old-school gentleman, only one of which was vegan.
That’s the other great thing about Vedge: it’s popular with non-vegans too. It’s practically mainstream. They recently launch a line of sauces with Williams-Sonoma, which is obviously big-time for a niche restaurant. And then more recently, Vedge made it to GQ’s list of “the 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013.” . If you read the review, this was clearly a hard sell. According to Vedge’s twitter, “the first words out of Alan Richman’s mouth on the phone w/ me “I fucking hate vegan restaurants, how do you do what you do?” What a sweetie-pie!
This July, Vedge is coming out with their own cookbook entitled, Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking. And look, I procured a little preview for you!
It’s complete with the recipe for Vedge’s shaved Brussels sprouts with whole-grain mustard sauce. Brussels sprouts are maybe my favorite thing ever. I’m pretty sure I could survive just on Brussels sprouts and coffee. If I can’t, I’ll miss you guys, but know I died happy.
We had the pleasure getting to know copywriter/blogger Megan Rascal who will now be our new guest blogger! We asked her a few questions on creativity and inspiration, here is what she had to say!
I work in Manhattan as a copywriter and happily live in Brooklyn. I’ve been a vegan for about 7 years. New York has amazing vegan food but nothing beats a vegan cheesesteak from my hometown Philly.
How did you start writing for vegansaurus?
I moved to San Francisco in 2008 and like many SF vegans, I quickly became a big fan of Vegansaurus. Then sometime in 2009, they put a call out for new writers. I applied and out of all the hopeful vegans, they picked me!
What is your favorite creative outlet?
Writing is my big creative outlet. I’m lucky to work in a field where I get to write all the time. Although since I work in advertising, I am writing a lot but it’s for brands or companies–when I write for Vegansaurus, I get to write whatever I want.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I think people inspire me most. People are fascinating. We are all born the same way and have the same basic needs, but then everything else–the way people act, feel, live–is just pandemonium. I get my best ideas talking to other people because everyone has their own way of approaching the world and their own way of problem solving.
What does living beautifully mean to you?
I guess living beautifully to me means living in a way you are proud of. Guilt and shame weigh people down, but if you know you are always doing your best, you can radiate a light, airy happiness that others can feel.
Yes, it’s March already! According to our design calendar, we should be working on developing new prototypes for the next collection. So how do we go about developing these beautiful pieces?
The first secret that we’ll reveal is that we develop our sketches by hand. It may seem antiquated in an age where computers can do almost anything, but somehow there is a personal, emotional connection with the work, a certain joy derived from the interaction of the hand and the mind. So we prefer to draw by hand on translucent paper and let the imagination run free, leaving intonations and traces of intentions that the patternmaker will then have to translate.
Once the sketches are ready, we scan them and finish specifying all the measurements by computer. Based on these files, the sample maker will develop a prototype in about two weeks. If we’re really lucky the process will stop there, with a perfect sample, but usually it takes a couple of corrections on each prototype to get the result that we want.
Comment développer un prototype – Est –ce que nous sommes déjà en Mars?
Et oui, nous sommes bien déjà Mars! Selon notre calendrier de conception, nous devrions être en train de travailler sur le développement de nouveaux prototypes pour la prochaine collection. C’est le temps de vraiment se plonger dans la conception des nouveaux styles!
Le premier secret, c’est que nous développons nos croquis à la main. Ça peut sembler archaïque à une époque où les ordinateurs peuvent faire presque n’importe quoi, mais quelque part ça créée un lien personnel et émotionnel avec le style; une certaine joie provient de l’interaction entre la main et l’esprit. Donc, nous préférons dessiner sur papier translucide et laisser courir notre imagination sur la page, laissant différentes intonations et traces de nos intentions que la modéliste aura alors à traduire.
Une fois que les croquis sont prêts, nous les numérisons et terminons de spécifier toutes les mesures par ordinateur. Sur la base de ces fichiers, la modéliste va développer un prototype en environ deux semaines. Si nous sommes chanceux, le processus s’arrête là, avec un échantillon parfait, mais habituellement il faut quelques corrections sur chaque prototype pour obtenir le résultat que nous voulons.
Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a photoshoot here at MATT & NAT? I’ve got to tell you, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job. Working with our photographer April, whose open mind and critical eye allows us to get the shot we want every time by not letting an “it could pass” fly by the radar. A whole lot of retakes happen too! We will retake a single shot up to 10 times. We may be perfectionists but we enjoy it. A little manipulating & challenging goes a long way to get the right angle and lighting. Here’s a breakdown of a few key items at our last photoshoot.
1. Dina and I took a trip to Rona to see our favorite florist (we’ve become regulars now) to get plants for our shoot. We always wonder what the employees at Rona think of us quirky gals who walk in seasonally and wipe their store out with the rarest / bizarre looking plants. One of my favorites that we bought this time was our little banana plant! Here is our shopping cart!
2. Music, music music! We need to have some nice beats blaring to get our creative juices going, especially at 9 a.m!
3. A blow-dryer. Why you ask? It’s our little secret to get all the kinks and wrinkles out of our bags like a charm! Who would have thought?!
4. We have our occasional saw for when we need a few extra branches on set, we are lucky to be located in an office with trees all around it : )
5. Tea, coffee & snacks. Our favorite tea is Bengal spice at the moment, sooooo good!
This week was the last of ‘major’ trade shows of the season. I tend to go a little picture trigger happy in the city as it there is always something new and interesting going on, here’s the recap :
It’s always nice to run into peeps sporting old school M&N ! This was at COTERIE at Pier 94, pieces from 2007-08
The view from The Eventi Hotel on 6th in midtown. The Kimpton group of hotels are just great, friendly service, complimentary coffee and wine and the most comfortable beds anywhere.
Sri Om Singh was in the city with his sweetheart to celebrate his birthday, that turban color is badass !
Hung out with a young homeless couple who’s medical bills forced them onto the streets. We pass by the homeless everyday, please take a couple of minutes to hear their story, you’ll be surprised at the thin line between our two worlds. A bit of cash or a couple of cups of coffee can go a long way…
I will be out of the office for the next two weeks, looking forward to rapping again springtime, have a great one !
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment “– Ralph Waldo Emerson