Monday, May 30, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
I have been adding sequins every day! I love sequins, I feel like their power is so underestimated until they are out in public view... I am still going with these little paper studies. They are only about 4 inches tall... but I love how they are turning out.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Looking at more circus pics for Thimbelina...Does anyone out there know who took that famous picture of the Burlesque Dancer at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland, VT? Was is Robert Frank? Walker Evans? It's black and white with the dancer up on top of a prop with a barker in the corner... I know I am not hallucinating this picture.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
I was at the point of describing about how with The Struggle I was about to give up... but I was forcing myself to stitch every day...and then show this image...and then ah well, c'est la vie... but the good news is that I will be able to do it again the next time... so yea, there is a little dissapointment but only because I was so excited to participate... and well because my husband, who also presented got 35 extra hits on his website today and I got the usual average... so if you read this... share share share!!!!
So Lastnight I presented at Pecha Kucha at the Flemming Museum along with 10 other presenters. It was an awesome experience, even though my last three slides were M.I.A. It turned out when the entire presentation was transfered from one computer to the other, some slides (mine were not the only ones) were lost in the ether... so just as I was about to present my amazing Thimbelina climax, I was cut abruptly short. So for fun, I have thrown in the last three slides that were cut. Including a new one of THE AMAZING THIMBELINA!
Monday, May 9, 2011
It is going to be GREAT!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Today is so beautiful here, it's difficult to be inside trying to blog. Lastnight I started to attatch sequins to the shell of Thimbelina... did I mention that this is a Prada dress? It's hard to see my marks on something that IS perfection....Makes my stitches seem so clumsy. And yet, again this makes room for an elegant metaphor. How much room in daily life is there for perfection?
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Ok so I am working on a dress right now called Thimbelina... The persona is very feminine very reminiscent of an old vaudeville or circus performer lots of razzle and dazzle aka sequin work and details....
Video has been a small component of the art that I create, but with this dress I would like to make a short film that will accompany several shows I have in the future which will feature Thimbelina.... The type of film I would like to make is kind of like and Anti Burlesque...where no clothes are actually taken off, instead more clothes are put on over the dress.... One of the shows is part of a circus themed project and I have volunteered to be "The Blow Off" the show that gets built up as mysterious and amazing and "never seen anywhere ever before" (think world's larges bat, and you walk into a tent and see the worlds largest baseball bat) but in my case you think you are going to see a cooch show but no skin is ever revealed...
Ok, so I am in the throws of making the dress, and the layers for the performance... what I am looking for is music...either old, pre existing or new or composed just for this performance.... so I am looking for ideas, suggestions or even some pointers of what to use... the film will be black and white and strobed to look like and old chaplin/ or keaton film... the idea is that Charlie Chaplin just got off the stage and i am the next act... it's gotta be good....
The theme Thimbelina comes from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale Thumbelina....about a small girl who is born out of a barey seed and gets kidnapped by a toad to mary the toads son, and then escapes only to become the ward of a mouse who then tries to mary off Thumbelina to her neighbor an old blind mole... and finally a Sparrow heps Thumbelina escape where she meets a fairy prince and then falls in love and they get married... barf barf barf...
The story is so bizzare and so "woe is me" from a feminist persepective but it also has alot of depth in interpretation and meaning.
I have attached some good links to learn more about the story as well a cool short shadow puppet flim that some one made about the story too...
Friday, May 6, 2011
These image are of my new research subject in which Thimbelina will be fitting into which is the theme of Burlesque and I have been watching some of the best of the best am I must admit that Paula, The Swedish Housewife is one of my favorites. Part Amazing Show Woman and Part Amazing Costuming, I just love her stage presense and timing. Here is a link to the New York City of Burlesque School Blog that interviews Paula about her wardrobe... **** NOTE THIS SITE MAY NOT BE APPROPRATE FOR SOME OF MY READERS... PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS SOME NUDITY AND RISQUE SUBJECTMATTER IF YOU GO TO THIS SITE**** http://burlesquedaily.blogspot.com/2007/07/in-closet-paula-swedish-housewife.html