by Vanessa Bonet


My friend Kevin came over the other night to see what I was up to. I pointed to the large quantity of aluminum parts that were on a table next to me.

Jokingly, he asked, “So did you manufacture all of those pieces yourself?”

To which I answered, “Yes. Yes I did.”

“You’re kidding, right?”

“Nope. I made ‘em. And it took me months…”

Hoo boy, have I learned a lot about aluminum. There have been countless hours dedicated to trial and error, because no matter how much research you do beforehand, there will be mistakes. Also, an important thing to note — the internet is about 75% wrong, particularly when you’re digging around in various forums where everyone is an expert in the field of whatever…

So, after months of work, I’m finally taking my 200 little parts in today to get anodized, and when they get back they will be assembled into what is probably the strangest dress I’ve made to date.

I’m crossing my fingers that it actually looks good. Guess we’ll know in a few days.