Today I’m at Benelearn 2017, the Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg machine learning conference. Here’s me next to my poster:
As usual I printed the poster on fabric, growing my collection of fabric posters even further:
But you might have noticed something else about the picture… Yes, I’m wearing a skirt made from one of my old posters!
Here are some frequently asked questions & answers about this development.
Did you make it yourself?
Is it comfortable?
Yes. I asked REpost Science to create the skirt following the model of a Comma skirt I already had (see a better quality photo on Zalando):
So the fit is very comfortable. The fabric is comfortable as well – the poster skirt has a lining from a regular non-poster material. The lining also removes any transparency of the poster fabric.
It has pockets!
Yes! The original Comma skirt has pockets too, which is why I love it and why I vowed never to buy clothes without pockets again.
Do a lot of people notice it?
I’ve had quite a few compliments and questions, but I think less people notice it than I had originally thought. In part I think this is because I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything unusual (since I wear exactly this skirt but in a different color/fabric more often). And in part it’s because most people don’t really care what you are wearing. See for example this story where a woman wore the same outfit for a year and nobody noticed.
I did have a lot of nice comments on Twitter too! Here are some favorites:
Really getting into your science! https://t.co/sXOXkJIdpw— Edge for Scholars (@EdgeforScholars) June 2, 2017
I'm hearing "Achievement unlocked!" and I'm not even a gamer— Joe Simons is redundant at best (@joejps84) June 2, 2017
Life goals. https://t.co/Ni9MNNpzYd— Rebecca J. Linnett ?️? #LwiththeT (@rebeccalinnett) June 2, 2017
Online, it gets noticed a lot! At one point it was the most popular post I have written, and in the last quarter it even surpassed the all-time-popular How I Fail interview with Hal Daumé III.
I also discovered I don’t really understand how to use Twitter Analytics – is there a list of “all time popular” tweets? But compared to my other tweets in June 2017, the tweet about the blog post seems quite popular:
Are you the first person to do this?
No! Here’s Rolf Hut and his suit from posters, and actually how I found out about REpost_poster (the company that created my skirt)!
I also saw pillows, bags and other accessories in my Twitter feed – if you are the owner of any of those, please share the tweet and I’ll add it here!
Is it machine washable?
Yes! Because the skirt needed a bit more than poster, I had some leftover “scraps”, which I decided to use to investigate what happens when you wash the poster fabric. Since it was an experiment anyway, I thought I’d raise the level of difficulty with sriracha and garlic sauce – the first things I saw in the kitchen I thought would be difficult to get out of white fabric.
These made some terrible stains. I also added coffee, since that’s what I’m most likely to spill on myself. I didn’t have any red wine in the house, but I could try that in a next experiment if there is interest.
Into the washing machine it goes! This is the normal cycle I use for all my clothes, 40 degrees Celcius, with regular color detergent.
All good again! At first I could still see hints of the sriracha, but after drying, these disappeared.
So, now I can safely bring the skirt with me to the next conference – MICCAI in Quebec City, Canada in September!