Let’s talk about Pinterest for a second

December 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

And I feel I should start with the admission that I was a total Pinterest Bride, until the day that I really, really, wasn’t. Like, I was completely and utterly obsessed with the site until the day, about halfway through wedding planning, that I couldn’t even think about the P-word without having a mini panic attack because it was JUST TOO MUCH.

So I deleted Pinterest from my life, had a beautiful non-bloggable wedding, and went about my business.

But now I’m back. And I’m so obsessed. But in that comforting, “I can put this silliness down any time I like (because I know I’ll be back)” way. It’s like a soap opera: you can always feel confident in putting it down for awhile because you know when you pick it back up again you won’t have missed anything important but it will still be just as good.

So, I love this website because it’s full of hope and optimism and can-do spirit. “What Recession? I CAN MAKE ANYTHING!”

But I HATE this website because it belittles the value of craftsmanship. I am so over seeing phrases like, “some things on this site are for sale but can be copied,” and “how to make [specific brand]’s [specific product] at home SO EASY!” and “how to make a couture dress THREE SIMPLE STEPS THEY DON’T TELL YOU!”

Websites like Pinterest (and a general loss of knowledge on what it costs to buy a garment that wasn’t made by workers earning $150/mo or less.. but that’s a whooole other blog post) are the reason people come to the studio and are outraged at how much it costs to make a “simple” gown. People think “I could do that, why do I have to pay you so much to do it?”

Well the answer is A) let’s be real; you probably couldn’t do that, and B) even if you could, you are paying me to spend my time saving you time and that’s the whole point.

But back to Pinterest. The post that gave me the rage to write this blog is entitled “making a vintage (couture) dress from scratch.” And the link takes you to a blog that links to a museum collection website that is giving away a free dress pattern inspired by a vintage 1950s ready-to-wear look. Which is wonderful, don’t get me wrong, because everyone should know basic sewing skills, but it is not couture. And it is not actual vintage. And this extremely misleading post will be shared and reshared until we get a client who is SO SURE they want vintage couture when what they want is Pinterest. Like how “rustic” so quickly came to mean “just hot glue burlap to something, what’s the point of an interior decorator?”

People can’t pick out, and therefore don’t respect, true craftsmanship. And I find that very sad.

But I still love Pinterest, so I try to take the ignorant posts, and the posts that are surely destined for one of those ironic #nailedit hashtags, with a grain of salt and let the experts in where I’m over my head. Because I’m only as crafty as my sewing skills will take me; I draw the line at mason jars and empty pallets.

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