I'm continuing to work on the curtains I promised to have done yesterday for a professor at my school, who needs them for privacy in his sculpting studio. This is the soothing kind of work I can use right now while I cope with the stress from the upcoming Interdimensional Art Show, where my friend Molly Porkshanks will be presenting shaman-inspired haute couture, and which I will be modeling for. I will be in character as a playful bird spirit guide, and my outfit is overwhelmingly awesome with EL wire and wings. I'm very much looking forward to this.

In return for making these curtains, I get to use my school's sculpture studio space to make my dress form! We took a body casting of me months ago, but PVA sealer and polyurethane foam are not exactly living room safe materials to be playing with. The sculpture yard is a superfund site anyway, and they also have containment and cleanup supplies that I wouldn't have if I sneakily did it in the parking lot behind my apartment complex. The kind professor does human form sculpture quite often, and has experience doing exactly this, though not necessarily with insulation foam!

Once I have a dress form, I'll be able to more quickly adjust clothing, which means I'll have more range in my designs. Right now, I try to make my designs as forgiving as possible of different body types to make up for the clumsy fitting. Honestly, even fine fitting will not fit most people - the variability of the human form is really astounding. However, being able to model to a real human form (rather than eyeballing it while it hangs on a chair or something) really helps.

When I move into a new apartment next month, I hope to be able to move my studio into a lighter and more spacious area. There are talks of getting a shared studio space locally with the artists involved with the Interdimensional Art Show. This is very exciting, as it means I might be able to stop watching for pins in my own bedroom!
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