Posted on April 18, 2009
Cutting loose strings
I’ve been tailoring for Self Edge Denim for the last few years, but as I start my new career as a game designer I decided it was time to move on from the jeans biz. Working for Kiya has been awesome and I loved the freedom that my tailoring schedule allowed me, so it’s definitely going to be something I’ll miss doing. We estimate that I’ve hemmed around 2,000 jeans for Self Edge.
Moving the machine out of the house today was a pretty emotional time for me. The machine represented an employment safety net. Some months I’d make some decent cash making music or art, other months I’d have a couple big yo-yo gigs, but the tailoring work was always something steady that I knew I could fall back on if nothing else came through that month.
While it was a fun job, it was also pretty stressful, especially as my new job as a game designer has been taking up more and more of my time. For a while I felt like I couldn’t do any relaxing activities like watching movies or going out because I should’ve been working on denim. There was also the stress of working with high end jeans, one mistake could cost me a weeks worth of work. Stakes were high, as they say.
Now the machine is comfortably sitting in Julian’s (the new tailor) studio with an army of other industrial machines. My room feels so much bigger and it feels like a big chunk of my life has been uncluttered. This is the first weekend in a long time where I felt like I could just sit back and watch the day go by… oh wait a minute, my art for RoboGames is due in 24 hours and I haven’t started watercoloring it yet… and I need to right a few more songs before I hit the studio again… and I need to make sure I have everything for my trip to London in two weeks!!!
Yeah, I’ll get to all of that… right after I finish this mojito.