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( Jun. 10th, 2009 06:07 pm)
Whew. And with that, I'm done with classes, at least for a couple of weeks until they start up again. I'm working on a summer line, and my inner vision of what I'm creating is gelling up nicely.

This is probably a good time to elaborate on this "inner vision" nonsense I just mentioned. Often in the past, when I've been heavily creative, I've found that all of my creations have sort of locked together into an increasingly coherent collection of artifacts reproduced from an inner world, complete with its own cultures, people, flora and fauna. Worldbuilding (held entirely within my head) was my favorite pastime when I was in middle school, as it was the most entertaining thing I could do without writing or reading or otherwise looking distracted in class. I scraped through classes with my sanity barely intact, but with a great ability to flesh out entire places that could never exist, all the way down to crude beginnings of theories of physics that could explain the more fantastical things I'd create.

Since I've been increasingly productive with sewing (when I'm not slaving away at schoolwork), I've noticed that my inner focus is again resolving on a place, and this time my world actually somewhat meshes with some of the other artists in my immediate circle. The Collected Worlds artist co-op idea was initiated independently of me, but neatly coincided with my decision(discovery?) that the people I had been dreaming of were cross-dimensional Romani-like travelers. I'm very happy that there is a great deal of collaboration to be had on this theme.

I don't know if I'll go too much more into the details of this setting for my designs, other than to mention that it seems to be a natural extension or contextualization of my values in design - that is, practicality, durability, universality, innovation, and multi-sensory beauty. I should make some kind of catchy anagram.

This quarter, by the way, is looking a bit difficult - 20 credits, including physics, psychology, and two intensive spanish classes. I may need to focus on making base garments that I can modify/embellish in class as needed.

As for infrastructure development, I have filled my body cast with foam and will be finishing it off to make a dressform, I bought more fabric scraps, and I also bought a professional Flickr account because I had too many Maker Faire pictures to share! I invite you to take a look, as there are lots of fun pictures of the Faire, as well as projects past. Oo look, it's my catecholamine stencils! I wish I knew where I put those. They got lost sometime in the last move.

That's all for now, gentle readers. I hope to be putting new thngs up on the Etsy store soon, and you may be seeing a new model. I will (of course) mention it here when new things do go up, as well as offer a promotional code just for you, my readers.
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( May. 28th, 2009 08:35 am)
The curtains are done, and I got to buy my very first pair of pinking shears to finish the raw edges. It's always nice to do little jobs like that for people in my community, because I get immediate feedback. It's also nice to make a little extra cash.

This weekend I'm headed to SF for the Maker Fair! My host has recently bought a sailboat as well, so we get to go out on the water a bit. I'm very excited. I'm making little lace-up wristbands to gift as a promotional item, so if any of you are planning on going, comment here and we can meet up so I can give you free things and hugs.

I'm loving working with these carpet scraps I picked up months ago in SF. I was wanting to make a patchwork coat out of them, but now it's too warm. However, it does turn out that they make fantastic little bags:

So now I have a pencil bag to replace the one I lost, and it can carry a full set of colored markers and pencils, as well as normal pens and pencils, as well as a pair of scissors, a pair of pliers, and the little clicker thingies I need to do in-class pop quizzes in physics.

Speaking of physics, I've been having a great time hanging out with the physics majors in their lounge. I can osmose math aptitude from them, and I'm a big believer in informal cross-pollination between disciplines. And they have comfy couches and plenty of table space for me to spread out my crafts in. Er, I mean my homework! I would ONLY focus on school whilst at school. *shifty eyes*
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!
I've been horribly busy working on an art project for school. It was a piece of public art and it wasn't terribly exciting (except for pulling an all-nighter to sew a canopy out of bedsheets that we didn't end up using anyway), and I'm very glad it's done, because that means I can start doing fun sewing again! You can see pictures of the construction process in my Flickr at

I find often that when I haven't sewn creatively in a few weeks, I have to just buckle down and make something before I can get back in the rhythm of making things for others. This time, I've made a disastrously unflattering, though technically correct dress. Maybe I can find a home for it, but it isn't well-finished enough to sell. Perhaps I should have a seconds-and-failures category? I bet if I spruced it up with some screen printing ink patterns it would be at least interesting... Anyway, even though this dress is a whale of fail, it got me back in the groove. I now have a curtain commission to do before starting on another version of the forest shrug for a friend, which has waited too long. The problem is that she wants it to be light enough to wear in the Southern summer, and I don't have any fabric around that would fit the ticket. Poor me, more fabric shopping! It'll be posted on my Etsy at when it's done, and you can see the original Forest Shrug there right now.

I've decided to keep my blog here at Dreamwidth, even though it currently has less features than blogger. I think there is a more easily accessed audience here, and I like the philosophy. My old blog entries can be seen at I'd also like to point out that I won't be autoposting my twitter feed here, because it really does cut down on overall content. I get lazy because it's being updated, even though the updates are about as tasty as cardboard. I encourage you to follow me on twitter, where I'm fashionbyaon (jerks keep stealing my handle before I can get it!).


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