Craftsmanship

Discover how I create a one of kind wearable art piece.
Sonia Turner 88th company artist

A Work of Passion!

88th Company Craftsmanship is the core of the brand. Craftsmanship means that I, as an artist, do all the thrifting, concept design, painting, sewing, dyeing, and distressing by hand. Therefore, it takes long hours of work and even weeks to finish one custom piece. It is a labor of love and passion to provide you with the most unique wearable art piece that celebrates history.

Founder & ArtistSonia T.

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Craftsmanship Process

Thrifting Process

88th Company thrift

01. Thrifting

Hunt a few times a week for vintage military bags, jackets and workwear. This process can take long hours and sometimes travel to location.

88th Company cleaning Process

02. Cleaning

In order for you to have the perfect wearable art, all vintage items are washed and repaired if needed.

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03. Measurements

All vintage items are carefully measured and recorded in 88th Co. inventory.

Design Process

88th Company concept design

01. Research

Research through books, documentaries and movies for ideas for a unique design.

88th Company concept mockup design

02. Sketching

Flush out serval concept sketchs on paper.

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03. Mockup Design

Digitalize the sketches and print the mockup to test place it on the item.

Painting Process

88th company tracing

01. Painting

In order to trace, each design needs to be painted white first and trace second. Custom stencils can also be used, depending on the project.

88th company painting process

02. Painting

The painting process can take two to three weeks. (Paint used for fabric: Speedball paint).

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03. Heat Pressing

After a few hours of drying, the entire painting is heat pressed to stick to the garment for life. It is also the best way to protect the art piece from water.

Leather Process

88th company leather cutting

01. Cutting

I first cut the shape on paper, trace it on the leather and cut it. Each piece of leather must be cleaned before painting.

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02. Base Paint

The leather piece is painted white and the design is traced. (Paint used for leather: Angelus Paint) I would also press holes if the piece needs to be sawn to a garment.

88th company leather painting details

03. Painting

I paint the full design and when done I cover it with matte finisher. If the piece needs to be distressed, I would do it with sand paper.

Down To The Last Detail

Discover how I customize your package for your art piece!

Custom Packaging

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The Tags

Tags are unique to every design project and they are handmade.

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Your Letter

I take the time to write you a thank you letter for your purchase and welcoming you into the 88th Co. family.

88th Company Certificate

The Certificate

Each design comes with a certificate of authenticity, serial number and your name.

88th Company Stencil

Custom Stencil

My custom stencils are always used to spray paint the 88th Company logo or the name of the project.

88th Company folding packaging

Cutting & Folding

Cutting and folding the bags or boxes for your art piece is something I do in house!

88th co. Wax seal of quality

The Seal

Each package comes with a 88th Company military wax seal, because it is your classified and unique piece!