Wednesday, June 23, 2010

pattern plans

Im not quite sure why, but highlighters and markers have long been my preferred media for sketching ideas.  I love the bright colors, thickness and the ability to layer, but I think it is really the casual and fun nature of these instruments that puts me at ease.  You can't get too serious, so your mind and hand are allowed to wander and play.  I'll often come back in later with colored pens (or more markers!) to refine my original ideas, but the bright lines always serve as a happy base.  Here are a few pattern plans that have yet to come to fruition....so for now they live in meandering marker blueprints.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

mess making



















The door is open, the Kinks, Toots & the Maytals and Joe Cocker are taking turns on the turntable and I am making a mess of the kitchen table.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

dream closet: spring things

I suppose that fashion, clothing and style have always been somewhat of an obsession of mine....not in a glossy magazine reading, trend worshiping way(although those things are interesting too), but more from an artistic view point.  It's intriguing how much style says about a person, and how it can be used to express different moods, personalities and ideas.
I have to say, as far as wardrobes are concerned, Im pretty lucky.  For the small amount of money I am able to invest in fashionable fancies, I have quite the collection.  My mom instilled a love of sale racks in me from an early age (along with a love of bold stripes, prints and COLOR), and I inherited many exotic costume jewels from my world traveling Granny and antique dealer aunt.  In more recent years, I have been deeply involved with a local vintage shop where I have discovered some of my most prized threads (the kind that instantly make you feel like a million bucks the second they touch your skin).
And still, despite all of these superb sources for style, I am constantly searching for more.  When I cant find it, I draw it, borrowing a silhouette and drape from one garment, color and shape from another....
There are likely more scribbled pages of sketchbook in this vein than any other.  I think of these fancies as my dream closet.  Perhaps, someday I'll find the dream pieces(or finally get around to printing my own fabric and learning to sew...), but for now they live in my sketches (and some in my real closet!).  So here's what I've been longing for lately... (the blue kimono gal is my favorite)

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