Have you ever watched a high-end designer's process start to finish? One of Christian Dior's is documented in the video I'm sharing with you below. Thanks to Brooke of Custom Style
for sharing it.
What things strike me the most about this:
1. Look at just how many people are involved in making this. I'd figure ~ 10 or more people have a hand in this dress.
- Does that explain the cost? Yes! Absolutely!
- As an independent sewer, that is also so freeing. Well jeez! I don't have to feel bad about taking a while, taking my time, to make a dress or any piece of clothing. Relief washes over.
2. The use of older, tried & true methods are still alive and used.
- This is SO wonderful (cup runneth over feeling for me). The pleating! The
embroidery (did you see that rough old frame? Still good dammit!)
3. The design houses have to do the same thing I do when I sew - use pins, cut it all out, rough cut, then trim down, fit and adjust as needed... etc. etc.
- They wha? They use pins? They have to hand thread before cutting? Oh, I guess we
all have to go through the same process. Whoa. Duuuuuuuude. And we find common
ground. I'm shocked that I'm shocked. I guess I figured they had fancy tools or it
took them less time or ... fewer people? Did this shock you too?
Now I want to go tour and learn from the embroiderer and the pleating house. I've only ever seen pleated fabric in it's paper, never the process. If I could just get my hands on some. Wouldn't it be fun to actually do some of the pleating? Does anyone know of a pleating house around Seattle or Portland?
Deep down, you are far from ordinary. You are magical. You are a woman of great power and class. You are the Queen, the Fairy Godmother, the Heroine, the Goddess and you only wear things that make you zing, shine, and stand out above the crowd. None of this ordinary, follow-me look for you. You are artsy, creative and wild.
Take a look at these pieces above. Do they make your heart sing? Does it leap at the presence these pieces have? Does it twirl at the sight of the rich and luscious colors? Are you giddy at the sight of those large stick pearls or the purple coin pearls? If you love these, then you'll love Peg Gyldenege's booth full of stunning statement pieces at Best of the Northwest this weekend! She even wrote a poem about needing to pause the creating and step into the show mind-set. I've published it here with her permission.
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Time For Another Hata poem by Peg Gyldenege
The time has come
Said the hands to the head
To put away the jewels & tools
And sell your wares instead.
Needles secure, pliers down
Beads back in tubes
Kiln cycled down
Tumbler at rest
Gleaming finished pieces
Checked polished & priced
Displays packed up
Lists checked twice
Now trading hats
From mole in the workshop
To ringmaster of the selling circus.
Thanks for your support in my life as an artist!!
Here are a few more of her brilliant earrings and bracelets. She has really outdone herself this year. I'm so proud that she is stepping into her power as an artist. There is more talent in this woman's little finger... And I just love how she connects the botanical world - leaves, flowers, gemstones, with the mythic, mystical, faerie, and magical. It's like Disney's Gardeners come to life!
Please stop in and say hello in Seattle, tomorrow 10/18, Saturday 10/19, and Sunday 10/20. Plenty of fun and delight to be had. Just talking to her makes your day better!
A Short Story by Gwen Gyldenege
She stood, hunched and bent in a rather awkward position facing the moon, desperate to capture its magnificence. Starting to rise it was gigantic, pink, and glowing despite being cloaked by clouds.
As he walked to the restaurant, he watched her with interest. "Did you get it?"
"Huh?" She said as she pulled herself out of deep concentration. "Oh. Yes. But it's not the same." She replied sadly.
"I tried with my phone too, but its no where near what you see." He said and waited to cross the busy intersection.
She pondered over her captures, thinking the very same thing. Then thought to say, "you just have to be artistic with it then. Have you tried HDR?" But her nerves got the best of her and the chance was lost.
"Another day, another fish." The moon whispered.
#story #storytelling #moon#water #missedlove #stupidcupid #lostchance#nexttime
I’m so inspired by Gnomio and Juliet that I’ve decided to make up some gnome hats for wee little heads (why kids of course!)
Blue Gnome Poem
There once was a gnome,
who peaked out of his home
and found that spring was a lark.
He covered his head
with blueness not red,
and went out to sing in the park.
Today brought me to Seattle and I had a little extra time for myself, so I wandered to “the Quad” at U-Dub and had a little photo shoot filled with cheery cherry blossoms and the first of the little gnome hats. I’m knitting up as many as possible now so that when the time comes to either bring them to my local boutiques or post them to my online shop, I’ll have enough that you can pick out your flavorites! (Yes, that’s how I intended to spell that. ) Remember, you can always custom order a hat; we’ll just need color choices and size to get started!