[december acknowledgment]

!!! There has been a growing interest in work-wear that leans on nostalgia for design and aesthetics. In terms of design, people are becoming more and more engrossed with knowing where their items come from and how they are made (by hand, by machine, by nanotechnology). In terms of aesthetics, well, the aesthetics are following suit. If something is made by hand, it seems more evident than it used to be, and if something is made by machine it too is more evident, and if something is made with advanced digital and rapid-prototyping technology it is evident in the fact that it is hard to describe how the thing was made at all. An estimation: with the proliferation of DIY, Etsy, recycling, home-crafting: the people who are making their own items are unconsciously choosing to show the hand in the work. Thus glitches are embellished, flaws are admired, and problem areas become something to draw attention to. With the middle ground of common machine-made, machine-aided products there is less signification as to how involved the machine was in the things construction. The machine-made item bares it’s typical marks; little pokes of plastic where the componentry used to be attached to it’s mass produced twins all in a long line waiting to be separated so that they can meet their lifelong mates, burnished areas in very specific places, strangely all the burnishing is identical, different outcroppings of glue and other advanced bonding agents. It is the middle machine, the machine-made item that stands out. The middle machine product has both the nuance of hand made objects, and the odd moments of circulation withing manufacturing which takes the specific and makes it utterly imperceptible as significant because of the way it reduces the attraction of two !!! nuance which is almost impossible to make !!!