[august acknowledgment]

At this moment, needlefeed is bound to extraneous matters. Having been consumed with the move of the Brother DB2-B791-015 from it’s location on Ohio St. to the new address on Elston, the sewing has taken a back seat. Of course this is not without proper excitement of what the future may bring. We just completed moccasins, and a couple of small bags; note’ably the Mini Messenger and the Dow Pack. What is to come are the Foot Wares (Which, although they are written up in September of 2008 – were made prior to that – thus explaining why imagery of them was used for the 1 year anniversary post of needlefeed.com [which was posted in July]), and then dollops of continuing ideas for the craft which is sewing. Some of these thoughts concern a simpler bag, one which is as basic on the outside as it can be whilst making up for that with organizationally expanding aspects on the inside. Part of this stripping comes from a semi-deluded sense of necessity. For one, the idea of the “bottom boot” on a messenger bag is perhaps more than necessary. There is a great desire to find the line between needs, wants, and warrants. The “bottom boot” is a want, not a need. Of course when we get into this a little further, the question of needs and wants becomes more and more abstract, as most of this is not needed at all. With that said, needlefeed is growing in a direction that has become suspect to it’s own intentions, for both the enactor and the user. It is obvious now that addressing the mechanical end of the Brother DB2-B791-015 is becoming less and less crucial to the development of this site. As the new motor has been added and the machine has been tested time and again stitch for stitch, we move into the territory of making because the logistics of repair have been sussed out and finalized (at least for the time being). In the future, if and when the machine comes under extreme stress we will again speak of the peculiar matters this sewing mass is. In the meantime, we look at making, and the making of this website. One thing that is apparent is the recording-of-progress within a particular project (presented within the site). As the site grows, so do the notes within; outlining movement and the things which have directed this movement. And, with this word direction comes odd vocabularies and textual sets, writing, and diagramming. The site sways to and from the farthest reaches not within the thing shown, or the suspect maintenance executed, but instead within the text used. Thus far, and much further beyond it will no doubt be scrutinized for its severe dialogue. Sometimes the words move in a fluid context – streaming ideas and concepts in a thoughtfully quick manner, other times it moves even more quickly raising questions and exposing faults of the conjoined duration of sewing’s physicality and the etheral quality of the site itself, other times it is simply a cluster of thoughts spread about in no particular order, and not necessarily with any remorse (presenting the ideas in a “non-linear” manner would go without saying, and possibly make plenty of sense, but these scattered diagrams are more like the spatial equivalent; disregarding language’s ruling structure for a drawn-linguistic as opposed to written (albeit short) dissertation. The site must apprehend this discursive rambling and fluctuation, as its preeminent function was to work through sewing not only as a tool for product development to be consumed by the masses, but as a thing which is unto itself capable of bringing together histories of many sorts, citing and questioning multiple use values. By this, needlefeed is a chaotic place displayed in the simplest format. And while it may appear too flush and too transparent to some, it has no choice but to continue on, extraordinary or not because when the words are written and the content ingested the fact of the matter is, it can never be deciphered the same way twice. This is caused by the frailty of language, but, if, needlefeed truly engages the nomadicism of procedure, the flexibility of making connections within the scope of materials, it will be the things itself – of the site – which dissuades this confrontation of transferring actions/movements from our side to yours.