This weekend I went into Normandy with some friends who are into restoring old vehicles and bikes to a flea market for retro car, motorcycle, and bike parts. The pieces from 1910 or so I find the most inspiring, both ornamental parts as well as mechanical pieces, and even the tools etc.
Last year I went in March and found many decorative pieces that inspired the designs for my knitwear graduation collection. One piece I used as a closure on a jacket. The other pieces I used to design the shoes and hairstyles for the fashion shooting.
This year although I took many photos of items for inspiration my focus was on finding the numerous and less expensive parts that I could actually work into the clothing pieces.
I had some funny conversations with the vendors who were often surprised to see what they thought was a girl mechanic shopping for old parts. Explaining that I was looking for inspiration and pieces for use in a clothing collection they were pleasantly surprised. One vendor however refused to sell some parts to me wanting to keep them understandably for someone planning to use them to rebuild a tractor motor.
I came home with many interestingly shaped pieces used for joints and connections, and a motorcycle chain to disassemble. I already have lots of ideas, you will see what I decide to do with them soon !