When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.
It’s probably goes without saying that I am interested in words, words, words…..I have countless encounters with words everyday, and try not to let them get past me without interrogating all their possibilities.
And yesterday, in a London tailor, I found a new word (to me – I know nothing about tailoring, so it may be very familiar to some people!) that simply rolled off the tongue…placket! My partner was busy feeling material, seeking my opinion on colour and pattern for his office shirts, discussing collars and cuffs with the tailor…but once the word placket was mentioned, that was the end of my involvement in the process….I disappeared into my other realm!
A placket is an opening in the upper part of trousers or skirts, or at the neck or sleeve of a garment. Plackets are almost always used to allow clothing to be put on or removed easily, but are sometimes used purely as a design element.