This is my little bit of sharing what I know and do and the processes I take for constructing Period garments, corsetry, Millinery, and accessories. And some of the other fun stuff I build or take part in.
A diary of a seamstress and all her hobbies :)
I did this thing called Raw Artist Showcase, where a bunch of artistic people come together and put on a show for one night.
there is usually Visual artists, performing artists, Music, Fashion and make up people.
You make something or bring stuff along and show your talent to the audience on the night.
I decided to make some of my corset designs that have been living in a draw for the last few years.
And I was lucky enough to have many amazing friends model them for me, and help me out with finishing them off.
There were old things in my catwalk show like the tubeless garment
Models: Caitlyn Estes and Bridget Moore
the watermelon I made last year
Model: Zoe O'Neal
There was Fish scale corsets
Models: SJ Mac, Jadez Tan and Cecile Mimieux
some simple but pretty corded corset and a flower corset
Models: Jade Rice and Michelle Bailey
a bit of a sixites flared corset
Model: Robyn Bailey
and two mens corsets
Models: Johnny Domino and Andre Santos
It was great fun making these, and I am hoping that I can either sell them or take some with me to Europe. it all depends which ones I am most attached to I guess ;)
For the one on sale until September 2014 check out etsy
if you are interested in the Raw Artist idea here is their website, http://rawartists.org
its free to join in but you do have to sell 20 tickets to the event.
What is to come in 2014 and beyond for me and my artistic ideas?
I have decided to go with ideas that have been burning in the back of my mind and old sketch books for years now.
I would like to take my time sample ideas, drape patterns and really be able to do my best to get things just how I imagined them.
Its a luxury you can only afford if you decide to do such things outside of work and with no ideas of profit or success other than enjoying the process and honing your skills.
I will start with small things such as corsets, they are easy to store, small and don't require too much material. (depending on the design ;) )
Undergarments have always been something I have been interested in, even when I started to sew as a little girl. It started because I though it was odd that Barbie didn't wear any underwear, non of them came with any undergarments. So I started making her many different types and styles of lingerie, all of them were basic and child like, but I looked at my own undergarments to see how I could make a tiny versions. This is why they were never something you could imagine being used on the catwalks of Paris or Milan.
I think I was only about 8 or 9 if I remember correctly, and ended up making dresses and other garments after Barbie had enough underwear to make her modest. :)
I always loved lingerie shops and still do, there is something about a nice set of lingerie that can make you feel lovely even when wearing ordinary clothing. And I guess the corset is something that can lend itself to all sorts of design ideas and creative thinking.
This is what I hope to do more of in my outside work projects, self funded design and construction.
I will share some of these processes with you as soon as I have enough to make up a bit of a post. lots of Love And all the best for this exciting new year :) Lady A
I have decided to sell my car and be a cyclist and hopefully save some money help the environment and improve my life.
My partner still has a small car but also tries to ride his bicycle when ever possible.
My partner works nights and rides home sometimes at 4 am or 1 am on generally quite roads. But there has been many times where he has been targeted by young men in cars.
The only reason we can think of is that he is on a bicycle.
Once he was hit by a rolled up newspaper across his back from a driving car window and just recently he got a egg thrown at him.
I find this stupid and childish behavior, and I really hope they get the same done to them in the very near future.
I was born in Europe and bicycles are a way to get around and they are given space and respect on the roads. It is very sad because the weather is beautiful and perfect for riding.
My experiences have been mainly with people not stopping at stop signs and either me landing on their car hood or barely being able to stop right at their window or front Tyre. Only to get the driver pull the finger at me or abuse me as they drive off. (Sure why would it be important to follow road rules when driving a car) If I would have been driving a car at that moment they could have bought me a new front end.
I have read many articles about people being bashed, harassed or assaulted by drivers that just couldn't wait to pass a cyclist or just didn't want to share the road.
I have been lucky to only have verbal abuse until now, (touch wood) but I am starting to understand why people ride with cameras on their bicycles. It ends up being your only ally in a road rage attack.
I understand that there is many different points of view and not every cyclist is a angel. But think about how you would feel having that done to yourself? And we seem to have forgotten that we share the world with many different people at times, and being selfish isn't a attractive trait.
unfortunately this is the way it is at the moment, don't trust anyone in a car and keep yourself safe.
I am really hoping it can change in the near future