same tool, different vision

     I heard about this man, Cameron Smith, on the podcast 99% Invisible.  Cameron is constructing a handmade space suit.  Aside from using an old soviet helmet, he is troubleshooting and assembling all the functioning parts himself from inexpensive and readily available materials.  Cameron hopes to wear the suit on a balloon voyage into the lower stratosphere.  He intends to hand sew the balloon as well.
      Admittedly this man’s vision speaks of some boyhood fantasy, but his clarity, determination, and frugality are admirable, even beautiful.  
      I spend my time sewing images, other ways of looking at the world, little windows, or visions.  This man, with a needle in his hand, is sewing his way up to a place where he’ll get a chance to see the world in an altogether different way.