Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lots of Little Things

I've been busy working on some projects lately, but I've also taken the time to attend a few events.

I attended the Cornell Fashion Show a week or so ago. I found a few pieces interesting, but didn't come out of it feeling inspired or anything. I didn't get any fantastic pictures of the show, but here's a couple that were ok:

Very few of the clothes looked like they were made to be worn on a runway, but I was impressed when I heard that this show was all extracurricular. I can't imagine going to school full time and putting together a fashion collection as large as some of these students did in my spare time.


I also went to New York City to see the Tim Burton Exhibition at the MoMA. Photography was not allowed in the actual exhibition, but there was a great stripey wall there that was ideal for taking photos in front of.

Here are some photos of the exhibition that I found online:

One of my favorite pieces was this carousel. It was displayed in a room lit by black light and all the parts spun around and were mechanically functional.

They also had the original Edward Scissorhands costume there! It was so amazing to see up close! It was constructed out of so many pieces and a variety of materials. The scissorhands were also amazing to see up close and try to understand how they work and how they were constructed. Behind Edward is the cape from Sleepy Hollow, which was also very impressive. It looked so old and battered like it really did belong to a demon.

They also had a replica of the topiary from Edward Scissorhands' garden. It was gorgeous!

There was SO MUCH in the exhibition! It was really overwhelming and was not helped by the fact that there were hundreds of people there. It was really difficult to see anything, but I tried to at least get a look at everything there and only spent large amounts of time with the pieces I was most impressed by.

There are a lot of interesting videos of/about Tim Burton and about the exhibition at the exhibtion's website:


I've also made a few more origami guys:

A swan from last week.

This weeks dragon

And a little gnome guy sitting on my mints.

I wonder if there are any Tim Burton themed origami instructions in the world? That would be fun!

The project I've been working on the most this week is a new duct tape dress. My first in 6 years!

Here's some progress shots:

It's not done yet. After I finish the dress I'm going to make some leggings to go with it. I'll put pictures up when the outfit is complete.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Curtain Skirt

On Saturday I went to Target with Heather to get curtains for her new apartment.

After putting up the new black and white curtains I didn't want to waste the ugly old curtain.

Heather gave me permission to make clothes out of it so...

here's some photos of what I made out of it:

Nis made a snowflake out of the cutout from the center of the circle skirt, so I put it onto the skirt.

Here it is in actual color:

I finished the seams with bias binding

Then I wore this outfit to Origami night on Tuesday.

I managed to make a pretty successful llama:

and Jonah made an amazing spaceship and cosmonaut:

and I wore a lot of bunny ears!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Sea dresses

Yesterday I took some pictures of dresses I've made.

Here are pictures of my sea anemone dress that I made in January out of leftover fabric from my childrenswear collection:

And this is my leafy sea dragon dress from a year ago:

Both dresses are 100% silk and the fabrics were all hand printed by me and sewn by me.
The necklace I'm wearing is a piece I commissioned from the amazing jeweler, Jacey Withers.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Origami Night

My friends host an origami night every Tuesday night at The Shop in Ithaca. This past Tuesday we were overcome by the cuteness of the Puff Bunny!

The family of Puff Bunnies we had made by the end of the night

Heather puffing up an origami bunny

They have a very simple yet effective design and they are very easy and fun to make. Also you can draw your own face onto the bunny to add a personal touch.

It's nice to have a little evening of social craftiness.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hula Hoop Fun!

I've never been able to hula hoop, so I didn't even try for years, but while cleaning out a closet yesterday I came across a hula hoop and gave it a whirl. Suddenly, I could do it! Out of nowhere it just clicked and I was a hula hooper! I've been hooping in all my spare moments since then and have improved exponentially. My best record so far was going for 20 minutes straight.

So I started feeling really inspired by it all and wondered if people had made hula hoop fashion before. I googled it and didn't find too much good stuff, but there were a few gems. Maybe there is a gap in the market? Nice clothes for hula hoopers and nice clothes made out of hula hoops...Maybe I need to fill the gap...