After seeing the competition pieces turned in by my classmates, I honestly debated whether to even spend the time finishing up my dress. They’re just all SO GOOD. But here I am, down to the last long evening. I have no good reason, aside from self-doubt to give up. Since self-doubt is not a good…… Continue reading Down to the final hour
I never thought I would be destroying the one thing that once gave me so much joy. Paintbrushes. I will always love painting, especially painting in oils—there is something so relaxing and free about it. So, in a kind of farewell to that part of my past, I spent the last two weeks sawing paintbrushes…… Continue reading The Unconventional Materials Challenge, part 3—Paintbrushes
I’ve recently discovered a new fashion and history podcast and I thought I would share my discovery. “Dressed” explores the rich and sometimes complex history behind the clothes we wear. The hosts, April Calahan, a curator and instructor at FIT, and Cassidy Zachary, a fashion historian and costume designer, present a different topic each week, from…… Continue reading Dressed… a podcast for those who love the history of fashion.
So, I’ve spent the last week assembling my paper dress. The watercolor paper is surprisingly tough to work with, and I had to reach back into the depths (a few times) to recall information from my bookbinding class in college. I would hug that teacher if I could! In contrast, the rice paper works up…… Continue reading The Unconventional Materials Challenge, part 2
Well, I’ve gone and done it this time. I swore up and down (and left and right) that after the last fashion challenge at school, I was going to pass on the next one. And I would have if it weren’t the… Unconventional Materials Challenge. ~sigh. I was done for with those three words. It…… Continue reading The Unconventional Materials Challenge, part 1.
You may or may not know that for the last 20 years, I have worked as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director, designing brands and collateral for large and small corporations, artists, non-profits, and educational institutions. Last spring, I decided I needed a change and decided to split my time between freelance work and…… Continue reading Design Principles—the art of branding your own fashion line, part 1.
I’m ecstatic to announce that I will be volunteering as a fashion advisor with the Girls Inc. (of the Island City) Ethical Fashion program. The program is for teenage girls who want to learn more about controversial issues surrounding the fashion industry, such as the treatment of factory workers, the impact on the environment, and…… Continue reading Exciting news
PHOENIX Alameda will be hosting it’s annual Holiday Faire on December 8th, starting at 8pm. Please join our curated selection of artists for the event. Pick up stocking stuffers, one of a kind jewelry and other handmade gifts for everyone on your list!
I’ve been really busy these last few months prepping lots of goodies for our annual holiday faire. I’m going with an upcycled/recyled theme, using old sweaters, vintage thimbles and beads, driftwood and antique lace. There are so many gifts to choose from!
No one ever likes to say they didn’t win something. I didn’t win. But I’m really glad I participated. It was a good opportunity for me to get a bit more experience and try some new things without as many limitations as I usually have. Congrats to my fellow students, these were really beautiful entries!!!