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“Waist” and Waste

When walking through museums and galleries, I often hear people commenting on how “tiny” people “back then” really were. Often times this observation is based on just a few examples available on display. While the individual whose clothes are displayed was perhaps “tiny” it also means that she, or he, was wealthy or at least…… Continue reading “Waist” and Waste

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The Mending Trend

Over the last few years I have been really excited to see an uptick and renewed interest in what I call the “mending trend”. Whether it is commentary on the current political climate, a response to the environmental impact that “fast fashion” has on both our planet and it’s population, or just a omnipresent sense…… Continue reading The Mending Trend

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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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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