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Friday, April 30, 2010

Entry to WOW

I have entered the piece I have been working on into the WOW Awards. This is huge for me and I would love to post the pics of the finished item but I don't think I'm allowed as the internet is probably classed as media.
Let me just describe the shoot and if I am able to show any images later I will.
We walked all the pieces down into the bush to get to a local waterfall. The hat is covered with stretched silk hankies and of course got stuck on any and everything. The wings and antennae were long and also got caught around many trees and bushes. Finally we arrive at the spot and my gorgeous model garbs up. I show her where I want her to be and deftly, managing not to get the gown and wings dirty, she clambers into position. I bring up the enormous hat and place it on her head. AHHHHH. She looks amazing.
There is some sort of magic with these pieces, this wearable art. It is like the work knows it is to be worn and does not reveal it's wonder till all the components come together. There is no other word to describe it but magic.
I hop down to the camera. I have one and also my 17 yr old (studying photography) has one and we begin to take photos. As I hold the camera up to my eye the magic is complete! The frame transports the work. The eco colours dyed from the bush and now photographed in the bush are perfect together. She just belongs there.
The wings move and change the look of the moth. She is the moth.

This piece has been the most all consuming this I have worked on yet. I can't bear to add up the hours, materials and toll on everyone I know, but here's hoping it's worth it.

Friday, April 23, 2010

What difference a couple of days make.

So I have made some progress at last and yes I did watch the whole 2 DVDs of Pride and Prejudice and have had very little sleep.
I still have to make some more pieces for the dress.
I have 2 wings down 2 to go and I still have to make the cape and attachment mechanism for the wings.
The hat needs a bit more felting I'm afraid and then a stiffen and the aura of silk added.
Perhaps if I say it a bit more quickly it won't seem so daunting.
Photo shoot is Tuesday.
If I ever decide to a project with a lot of hand sewing, please remind me of this post!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I find myself in a state of frustration. I have been making the parts for this piece for forever and nothing to show for it yet. My last dress seemed to come together so easily. Perhaps I was less invested and able to give into the process more. This time I agonize over materials and sizing. It seems paralysing at times.Below is my collection of stuff that I need to piece together ,

I  need to rapidly assemble them to something looking like this. Even though I still haven't resolved some major issues around attachment and support. I'm just going to have to make it up as I go.

 All before the weekend. Methinks there will be little sleep involved, perhaps some cursing and I may have to watch my DVD of Pride and Prejudice a few times through whilst sewing a thousand bits together.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

More spin

I know I've got a lot to do but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a workshop with Jacey Boggs of Insubordinknit  This was last weekend but I've been to busy too take photos so here goes.
It was a great weekend and it is always great to get another's take on any craft. She was a hoot to listen to and there  was a great bunch of women too.


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