Sunday, January 30, 2011
I've been playing around with hairstyles too. I like the whole ringlet thing that's happening in these pictures. Hair has so much history, identity, genetics, whoa... opening up alot with changing my hair. Thinkig about how hair can be challenged even further, maybe next month I will get cornrows? maybe doo-wop style?
I am getting ready for the next dress, already thinking about things to add, which direction to take it. Thinking about corsets too. I've been teaching a corset making workshop and allthough I am embarking on making my first corset (we learn as we go), I am getting really into the structure and shape they have. Hmmm body architecture...hmmm hair architecture.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
These are words that are swirilng around my head today.
I spent the evening lookng at cicus costumes and thinking alot about the razzle and the dazzle of performance as well as the pomp and circumstance of creating something magical.
I am also beginning to notice a pattern developing in how I am creating these dresses. In the beginning there is a push to make them stand out, to start gaining attention. In the middle there is an akwardness followed by a place of comfort; I can wear the dress and feel like it fits in. But then in the last couple of weeks it starts to demand something extra, something that makes it stand out, perhaps even uncomfortably so. With Elizabeth I think we are going to venture down the road of creating a bustle for her. Perhaps I may even wire out the black lacey back to make my hips look wider than they are. This might make it interesting to sit.
I have been doing research on bustles. Oh there are so many types. Including retractable ones, which direction to go? If I go super bustle then I am starting to invade space, altering the dimensions of my physical space and adding dimension to my own body. How did women do this for so long? Would it ever happen again? What would the bustle for the future look like? How about corsets? hmmm maybe with the next dress?
It's hard not to get ahead of myself with this project. I think that I tend to have several projects to work on to keep the creative juices flowing, but with this project the intention is to allow the day to dictate what the dress needs. If this is true, then why do I have these little piles of things already set aside for February?
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The second thing is that my hair is finally going to get it's rightful bounty. I am taking more of an interest in curling and styling it. Hear that mom, it's time I get some curlers and setting lotion...
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So many pressures riding on time. First off I still have not truly regained my voice back and my vocal chords are hurting. Time and no talking will heal this, I hope. Second, my website is still under construction and since I am the designer I need time to finish it. Third I have a two year old whiner, with limited daycare. Only time and consistency will help him out grow this, right? And only making more money to pay for daycare will help....Fourth, I have a dress to work on, an Elizabeth with serious demands to be pulled together, this takes time, and focus and no interruptions. Fifth I need to photograph this project.... When? Sixth, I have a life, I want to go out to art openings, sit and enjoy the company of friends, go skiing, go to yoga, swim.... Ugh! And Seventh, I have students and the responsibility to plan and cultivate each class I teach to make it fun and enjoyable and exciting to come to.
So many little things, I know I have to just take little steps, not get bogged down by the big picture, but today, inside again, another week fractured by daily demands and no time to work in the studio makes me crazy!
Maybe I should just go take a shower.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Larengitis + copious amounts of snowfall= lots of sewing
This dress, still nameless, got the chop. I cut out her neckline and added a loose knit white neckline from another old sweater. This gives it a little more shape. I also sewed on a crocheted table linen across the chest, it has this circular center that I find really interesting. I may even do some embroidery around it later. The back of the dress got some decorative wool sweater aplique. There is good contrast happening between the brown and the white. My camera has been on the fritz, I am trying to fix it. I promise pictures will soon follow.
Still no name for this dress. There are several that keep poping up in my head but nothing has really declared itself. I find the open possibilities at this stage of the creative process really interesting... like the choices I am making now are just kind of random, what I feel like adding... then later the marks I sew respond to that inital randomness, but somehow it feels less random, more intentional.
Now that I have made the first moves, I am pumped about the next one.... it is already brewing in my head.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Do have to mention that I left the house in a hurry this evening and in my expedited rush to get to the store I grabbed a pair of jeans to put on. When I got to the grocery store I felt odd, out of place and I looked down and realized I was not wearing the dress. I felt so casual, it was awful.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Yes, Evangeline and I are painting the windows of my studio here. After I got back to Vermont, Evangeline started to feel less glamourous. A white sweater was added to her (seen here) but it felt like just a sweater under a dress, more grunge rock,less chic. I feel like I kind of neglected Evangeline when I got home. I needed to relax and she wanted to be out there. So I wore her, but I wore her around more private spaces...
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I have always loved this portrait hanging over my grandmother's bed. I never knew that my Swedish Great Grandmother made it. I was so delighted and excited to discover this. Look at how she used the sequins to make the breasts... sequins! I realize that maybe what I sew and why I sew is genetic...and that the overlap of emroidery and cultural design between my Mexican and Swedish sides are not so different. This was so enlightening and such a highlight to our vacation down South.
Went to my Mormor's house to have dinner. This is me and Evangeline on her patio at sunset. While at her house, I discovered that my great Grandmother sewed. (an image is soon to follow.) I also noticed how marvelous the stitchwork and patterns were on a set of pillows on her couch. Even as a little girl, I loved these pillows, turns out she and my aunt made them together.