Hand Cut Pieces

Mixed media drawings on handmade manila garment patterns by Carol Es.

I cut each of these pattern pieces by hand with hand tools from the garment industry trade, as I did when I was growing up and working with my dad in the sweatshops. There is a meditative process in doing this and I like the individual, unique shapes of the pieces. The manila paper is a lot like the paper that is used as file folders and about the same weight. This paper was used for making the master patterns in manufacturing.