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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.

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Another year, another challenge.

Well, it’s been a while. I wasn’t going to do this spring’s school fashion challenge, but my daughter convinced me. I took my daughter and her younger brother to see the Klimt & Rodin exhibit at the Legion of Honor. As it turns out, my daughter was simultaneously studying Klimt’s work in art class. So,…… Continue reading Another year, another challenge.