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Ode to my first love… painting (a.k.a my Unconventional Fashion Challenge entry)

I’m done and fairly happy with my entry for the Unconventional Fashion Challenge. The process of creating it was really reminiscent of the painting process for me, probably due to the familiar materials I was using more than anything else. I started out planning for one thing, made some unexpected discoveries, adjusted due to some…… Continue reading Ode to my first love… painting (a.k.a my Unconventional Fashion Challenge entry)

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Down to the final hour

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

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The Unconventional Materials Challenge, part 3—Paintbrushes

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

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Dressed… a podcast for those who love the history of fashion.

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.

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The Unconventional Materials Challenge, part 2

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

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The Unconventional Materials Challenge, part 1.

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.

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Design Principles—the art of branding your own fashion line, 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.