Beyond all of this though there is the element of pure practicality about being a DIYer. This moment was made abundantly clear to me when I was called from the depths of my rural existence here in France for a photo shoot for a rather important British newspaper magazine in London. The usual female cry went up - 'what am I going to wear!'. However, this was rather compounded by the fact that most of my possessions were in storage, somewhere in a warehouse in England.
|The night before..|
I got to work. By late that night I had my dress. I was ready for my 'close up' (if a little tired).
|London, Paddington, 2009 by Julian Hakes|
It did cross my mind that perhaps a smart trouser suit would have been a little more practical for climbing up the two sets of ladders that led to this windy spot (the steel cage lift did not go all the way to the top) but really, I loved the quirky dress, and besides, I didn't have any patterns for that kind of outfit.
It actually felt rather like it was the right dress for the right location. For the photos we were actually allowed to take all the safety gear off (although, to be honest, I think they perfectly accessorise this outfit).
Standing looking across London it was a powerful feeling to be wearing jewellery and clothing made with my own two hands.
And that is why I DIY.