Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Danger Days, Purple Haze, and Figure of Speach

My Chemical Romance; not just for hopeless recovering-metalhead romantics with amplifiers anymore! This means that you, too, can enjoy the beautiful sounds of the fabulous musicians and listen to the fantastically imaginitive lyrics lent to your ears by this mercilessly awesome group.

Haha, this is my review of the band, and they've got a new album [!!!], Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, I've heard it, it's amazing.

It's a concept album, which makes some people shiver away like it's the plague, that's only because bands that aren't very skilled ruin the title of a "concept album".

Think about this: They've already done one. It's called The Black Parade. You know, that one who's got the song that nearly made it to the top of the charts; Welcome to the Black Parade ? So they've got an excellent handle on the idea.

Also, I might be so bold as to compare this concept of a cocept album to some older and far more incredible bands with the notation of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Now, astonishing artwork isn't a must, but MCR didn't sip out on that part of the "concept".

Danger Days has the concept of a post-apocolyptic totalitarian society as the setting, where a cast of characters [the Killjoys] rise up from the ashes to fend off the ominously omnipresent and omnipotent government BL industries, abbreviated BLind. Notice that? I sure did. The music videos have a story and a theme of fighting back against everything thats repressive, a true teenage rampage.

This great album set off one of my rants, which I think I should start posting. My rants are usually based off of a theme or idea, this time it's this album, which is all up on youtube.

1.I went from the Art is the Weapon/ Na na na song and video on youtube to the lyric video
2.From this, I loved the lyrics and the imagry so much I visited google images, searching images for MCRmy related things, such as outfits, scetches, notes, etc.
3.Came across some costumes and postings and it was all great, fashion wise! Extreemly colorful, liek the outfits in the video, and a variation between the skintight musings of Gerard, Frank, and Mikey to the looser but still fitting clothes of the rest of the band.
4. Looked from this into a little scene/rave fashion culture, I found alot brighter haridye than previously anticipated. Super-dooper!
5. Trailed off for a while, but broughht back by the next song I found to be crazy awesome. S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, which brought me to the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz
6. From this, I taught myself how to do some of the dance-y moves the scarecrow does in the movie we all know and love.
7. Then, I found the 59 minute long listening party, where i listened ot the whole thing while doing my chemistry homework. I do crappy in that class, but the homework got done fast and well.
8. Listened to the resto f the album in sweet, sweet bliss.

Generally, my rants are far more specific, but what did you expect when I've got actual work to do besides this. I'll post some really involved ones during xmas vacation when I really haven't fot anything else to do.

Cheers!
~Peggy~

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Analysis of Styles Past; Steampunk

Alright, so recently I've found some of my old scetches and fashion/drawing/design journals going back to when I was eight. That's a little more than half my life! Anyway, I lack a scanner, but here's an overview:

Early things were beautifly sculpted [or as much as an eight-year old could do] and lots of bright colors, but no pinks. Ooo, I just love the young me! Mostly neutral/narutals getting into 9 and 10 years old, with alot les chape, but more body form, if that makes much sence. I guess I skipped out when I was 11, but dove right into fantasy creature/characters/scenes. I'm sure Harry Potter and some other book series had major influence here. Speaking of [sidenote time!], I'm totally seeing that tonight at 7h30. Quite excited. So this had alot more shape, and this is where I began my anime/manga phase. I dabbled, but I wanted to draw more human-like forms, adn keep the oversize hands and feet with longer legs and more voluminous chests for men and women. Bigger shoulders too. And that's what I did.

At about 13 years, I really started drawing, and looking at everything that inspired me. My notebook and I were inseperatable. I've a lot, a lot of scetches of very victorian, formal, classy wear with modern twists and different fits. I didn't know what steampunk was until about 5 weeks ago, and I think I've finally found my fashion home.

All my life, I think I've been looking for this fashion. This culture, this gathering of smart freaks with a sewing machine and a lot of artistic imagination. Here are a few pictures to wet your wistle and see why I just love this idea.

Quite the leather freak, isn't she? I'm not a fan or leater, but i do enjoy soem vegan leather on gloves and such. The belt buckes are really what I wanted to enphasize wit this picture, because fasteners are the most steampunk of sorts.

Oooo, lace-y gloves! very, very nice. In other situations, this would be a little slutty, but with this fashon it's classy and cute.

Relatively colorful, notice the goggles, which are a big part of the culture.

Happy little illustration. The gear deatails and pocket watch are essential to the look.

Back-shot of a steampunk chick. The boots, the corsetwork, the jacket, it's all really "Peggy". Just something I'd do!

Here are soem steampunkers at a comicon, all decked out and nowhere to go but up! This gives good insight to the clothing fashion sub-genres, like that explorer guy on the right verses the murder-mystery second from the left.

So now that I have my sewing machine [I've cristened her Bonnie], I can dive right into this, if I please. I might run it past a few friends first, but I'm not big into the whole "lets go and see what everyone thinks before doing something atrocious" =]

In the words of the great Tigger, "TTFN, Ta-ta for now!"

DIY, Threadbanger, and T Shirt Whores

I'm a major DIY'er, as you may have guessed, and there are definately a few things I''d reccomend to aspiring DIYists. But first, some more DIY made up words!

DIYing. DIYettiquitte [pronounced like dee-eye-yetti-cut], DIYmistress, DIYugly [when a project doen't turn out right], the list can go on and on and on..

Anyway, there's a website [filled with youtube tutorials and written things] called threadbanger.com, which is amazing. I've been sewing since I was about 5, and this is the most cohesive board of instructions I've found.

I past this phase a few years ago, but it's worth mentioning: Reconstuctive Tshirts. They're the bomb. There are a few books such as Generation T that are phenominal at helping out a budding mind, and give just ducky inspiration.

Here are some examples:

This one's nice n' easy for a halter top. Cute!
This is the author of Generation T modeling some wares. Check out that scarf!

This is so exciting to me, now I'm very close to getting that antique sewing machine. You'd thing that older is not better in this case, but this was the creme of the crop in 1950, and all the parts are metal, so they won't wear out or break very easily like some plastic parts. It also comes with its own cute shair, and the machine itself is built into the table, which folds down and becomes just a regular table when not in use.

Hope this has served for some inspiration! *snip snip snip* [that's the threadbanger sign-off!]

Exciting News, Various Crafts

So, my father has informed me there is a high change for myself, the foreign exchange student and my dad to all to to DC for the Rally To Restore Sanity/Colbert's Fear Thing!!!!!!

This is a rally to make fun of the Glen Back rally, basically, only it's bringing together a whole mess of actually normal people. We may be the only ones from Rhode Island [7 hours? Thats too far to drive...] so we've got to represent! There's info on youtube and comedy central's website if you'd like to know more.

Recently, there's been so many projects I've found and wanted oh so badly to make, and I'm planning to make very soon. In addition to this, I'm amazingly excited that I'll be getting a sewing machine pretty soon from my great aunt. It's an antique, and its actually its own piece of furnature! It's all lining up nicely for my master plan, mwahahahahha. Never mind, I haven't got a master plan.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts!

Natural Fibers!
What does that term make you think of. For most it counjurs up images of fruits and veggies high in fiber and low in protien and flavor, but for me, I think of all the amazing things you can do with leaves and beets and chesnuts to fabric!

There aren't many people who still dye cloth and yarn for the finished product, rather the exerience, because tye-dying is really lots of fun. But if you looks real hard and talk to people, you'll find someone who knows how to transfer rich, natural colors to cloth. I am one of these people. I haven't done much, but I have dyed enough to let you know your hands will NOT be pretty.

I recently cut up some beets, half of which I ate and half of which I soaked in orange juice soncentrate and boiled down to a thick paste, then spreading the paste on a large square of cotton/wool blend fabric, yeilding a vibrant, deep purple. It was amazing.

So lovely bunch of coconuts, what shall I do with you? Well, the milk is supposed to be healthy and yummy and full of everything good, so I might drink that. I might see about making chocolate coconut milk, see if that exists. If it does, I'll make it. If it doesn't I will use part of the milk to experiment and the other part to save in case the chocolat-ing doesn't work out. But I will use the narutal fibers on the actual coconut for something. I've got to, it's my duty to coconut kind!

In a completely unrelated topic, I've evaluated my past and have come to the conclusion I always fall in love during Beatles songs. Now, I've been a major Beatles fan forever, my parents own everything on vynal and disque. I had the Let it Be poster in my room for the longest time, but then we painted and I took it down. I know every word to 90% of the songs, and the ones I dont know I could describe to you the general idea of the lyrics and melody. I mention this partially because I've fallen in love again, and that's why my artistic feeling is up so high.

The beatles are one of the most fantastic groups. Strike that, they are the greatest musical group that's ever lived. Imagine, if you will, how many times you heard that a musician's been inspired by the Beatles? Lots, right? Well imagine all those groups never hearing the Beatles. Their sound is different, is it not? Well it would be, guarunteed. The Beatles are one of those rare bands that come into a generation and fills a hole, specifically one of music and culture. The Beatles were ahead of thier time, but juse ahead enough that they caught every wave that came in and rode it 'till the next wave culturally. Who first used a sitar in genuine pop music? Who pulled the influenced of drugs into music without turning the music into pot head music? The songs are relateable, diverse, and perfect with vocal harmonies, guitar work and beats. They are immidiately danceable, but you can also sit quietly and listen to them, being absorbed into every note, every syllable. They are neither overrated nor underrated, and they owned the generation.

I would liek ot mention a completely unrelated group now that is extreemly underrated. This group is Tokyo Police Club, and tehy were paving the way in euro-pop in 2008. Some of the greatest euro-pop I've ever heard, so ahead of thier time. Graves has a good music video, and Your English is Good is such an amazing danceable song. I just felt it nessesary to mention them now.

Well, wish me luck curling up and dyeing today. Hope you'll consider giving The Beatles and Tokyo Police Club a good listen and a half. [thats 1.5 songs]

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Science of the Romper

Recently it has become apparent to me that there is one single article of chothing that is radically underused and underrated. This article of clothing is a Romper. In defanition, a romper is a one-piece jumper or short pant that combines the great elements of a gathered or fitted shirt with a high or low waist pant or skirt or short pant. Here are some examples [via Modcoth.com]


Here's a vintage-inspired daisy print romper. Ooo, so indie retro!

This one's got drapey qualities for those of us with larger busts and the shorts are cute with the little pockets.

This romper's one of the more fitted I've found. Which means you better make sure you fit into it before you buy, and if it does fit you you'll love it till you grouw out of it!

Thisis another fitted romper, this time with princess seams and buttons and little spaghetti straps.

This is one of those flowy, flowery gathered blouses, and the fitted shorts mke it look formal without being stuffy.

Look at the assymetrical neckline, and the off-shoulder! The pockets are adorable and that waistband looks a little out of place with something that looks so formal otherwise, but it's all good.


Rompers in thier indie, retro, unappreciated, adorable entirity remind me of the music of Bright Eyes. They've got this one song "First Day Of My Life" that I think shoud've been way more popular than it was. It goes something like this:
This is the first day of my life
I swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
They're spreading blankets on the beach

Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
Now I don’t know where I am
I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go

And so I thought I’d let you know
That these things take forever
I especially am slow
But I realize that I need you
And I wondered if I could come home

Remember the time you drove all night
Just to meet me in the morning
And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
You felt as if you'd just woke up
And you said “this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

So if you want to be with me
With these things there’s no telling
We just have to wait and see
But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery
Besides maybe this time is different
I mean I really think you like me
So that's all. Oh yeah, and I'll have some pictures of my hats up soon, done by my artistic friend Kristen. =]

Monday, November 1, 2010

Coming Home!

Hello! Happy Monday-Off-From-School! Oh, it's just the most wonderful time of the year. And we get tomorow off too! I elected to spend this fabulous four-day weekend traveling, first to DC for the Rally To Restore Sanity/Fear [with John Stewart and Stephan Colbert]! However, there were far mor people there than anyone anticipated, estimates are in the millions, so we [Father and Foreighn Exchange Student] culd'nt get anywhere near where the action was. So we wandered all tourist-y about Washington DC. As Forrest Gump would say, "I'm glad we were here in our nation's capitol." So that event was all peas an' carrots, we visited the varous memorials and statues, took the Metro to and from DC [we parked in Maryland], and went into the Smithsonian Museam of Craft, which features amazing woodturning art, beautiful paiontings, astonishing sculpture, and all-around magnificence. Here are some pictures!

This is a nice building, looks very official. :)

This is a pretty neat statue we saw. The people were 3x lifesize!

The White House! [Obama wasn't there] 
The Smithsonian Museam of American Craft!

The Lincoln Memorial from a distance.

The Washington Monument in the reflecting pool.

Mr. Lincoln himself! The monument was very moving.

Women of WWII monument.

So, coming home from DC, we decide to stop by New York. We didn't get out of the car, but we got some pictures anyway!
This is a sign for the broadway musical American Idiot. Ooo, I wish I could go!

This is a statue from Times Square. Pretty cool, n'est pas?

I read a book where this place is where everything happened. Nice to see it as real, even if the book was entirely fictional.

Woo! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One out November 19th!

Cool lookin' bridge we stopped near.

A few of the very many tall buildings. I liked the architecture of teh oe on the right especially.

Half of a Big Apple Sign

And thus ended our trip [I fell asleap, we got home]

Monday, October 25, 2010

What's Goin' On?

Let the title of this post take you back, far back, such a long long way back to the song with the same name and lyrics as this title. Isn't it groovy?

Anyway, recently so much has been going on I've hardlyhad the chance to post and write, something ive found to be very comforting recently.

So I've been pretty phsyched about this play I'm in, and as it turns out, due to schedualing difficulties and some major mistakes by yours truly, I am no longer part of this play. This is little reflection on me as a person or an actor, or as the director as a director or teacher. Moving on...

I went this past weekend to TREC (Troops Reaching Extraordinary Challenges), a camping competition where some friends and I went down to our friendly neighborhood Girl Scout Camp, Camp Hoffman! Now I love this place, I've been going there religiously every summer overnight and during the day and it feels like home. Camping there when it gets to freezing is a new and great experience, plus I was able to showcase some of my talents like knotting, sawing, firebuilding, packing, and orienteering, of which our group did well. I'm so glad we went.

I'm finalizing the plan on making one of my friends a dress that'll look amazing, and creating a hat pattern for my friend who gave me this magnificent tattoo design. It's a heartagram with roses complete with thorns, at the points and center. Here's a picture!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Projects and Bullying

As you may have know, I am taking on a variety of projects, foremost in my mind is the large elegant dress I am making for one of my best friends. I found out today from the drama teacher/director of all things theatre that there is a contest goin' on soon at Salve Regina college in Newport for theatre students with a variety of topics, the one i'm most interested in is costume design [for which i can use the dress i will make anyway] and group musical number. For the musical number, I'd really love to do West Side Story's I Feel Pretty or America. Perhaps something Sound of Music-esq. Anyway, I's just so excited [and I just cant hide it] about this week. Going camping/competition camp on Sunday, hanging around a friend's gig on monday [25th] and the month will roll out until there is none, where November will greet me with a play production, a massive house overhaul, and basically a repeat of October without rehersal. Instead, occupying my time will be babysitting and dressmaking.

In advisory [like a homeroom class] today, some people elected to take a survey on bullying. I did not, i had to go to the Grahics Dept., but it got me thinking. Like, when did bullying become such a huge issue? This was answered by my advisory teacher with a resounding, "because kids are killing themselves". Again, causing me to wonder if this effort to find out about the bullying was a little late. I know very few people who can genuinely say they've been bullied, and I hang out with the wierd kids most of the time. What must have happened in those kid's lives that they commit suicide over what seems to be an annoying, sometimes hurtful thing? If your relentlessly taunted or stonen from, teachers and student advisors have always [since elementary school] given multiple oppertunities for kids to come ot them and discuss thier problems. Middle school homeroom was extended to an hour every friday, and this was a topic we stayed away from until it was mandated we visit it. most people had been "bullied", but it made little impression on them. Some people had ben rumored about, and that must be a terrible experience, but it passes.

I guess I'm just lucky that despite my flawsand the people I keep company with, I dont think I've ever been bullied to a point where I no longer want to attend school or live for that matter. I've been teased, but anything past playful died when we left elementary school.

Not to belittle the victims of bullying, by any means! If you'e being bullied, you've got to tak advantage f the resources around you! If you think "telling" will get you beat up, is it better that you get beat up only once more and you tell, or that you are physically or verbally abused for the rest of the school year? Teachers are generally good people, as are parents. If you can't find a relyable adult or one that trusts you, submit complaints annonymously. You've got to realize that some teachers are PAID to help you have the most productive school year possible, and that means that nobody steals your lunch, calls you names, or hits you.

Anyway, this troubled me for some time. I'm not sure I'm over it. About bullying, I'd recoment the book Please Stop Laughing At Me, which recounts a tale of where bullying goes too far. what i kept saying to myself throughout the book was, where are the adults? She alerted some adults, but they were obviously not trustworthy, so she needed to tell more people, to lok until she found someone who would help her!

I might revisit this topic when I have time, but until then I've got to read my lines 'till I fall asleap, which may be sooner han later, I've got a stomachache and I usually sleep 'em off.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Family Portrait

Today my mother's side of the family takes a picture, let the chaos ensue!
Not really, it went very well, actually. I've got an Aunt and Uncle who are a little off, but they had to leave early anyay, so they did not have enough time to get drunk.

Being with my family made me remember all the cool stuff I made this year. Because my aunts are knitters and crocheters, I showed off some of my recent projects. I've made a bunch of simple hats and a few designer hats that look pretty mod. Among hese special hats ae a blueberry hat, a ski cap, a shortcuts hat, a frog hat, a devil hat, another ski hat with tassles, and 3 mohawk hats. Two of those mohawk hats are wool yarn, and one is made from repurposed plastic bags. I also made bags out of plastic bags, however redundant that might seem, they turn out awesomely and super strong. Another cool thing I made this year was a duct tape dress and suit jackert combo. the pictures didn't turn out very well, but these were the ones my friends took at nine at night [after a ling night of dancing]



My mother also tried to take pictures, but she had the camera on the setting to make everything black and white accept for green things, like grass. So although the pictures of me would probably much better if the camera setting was correct, I hope these pictures surfice.

So I've got some new projects coming up, some more unconventional materials and some unconventional designs, but thats what I do best!
Here are some pictures of my inspirations, followed by the inspiration and who I'd love to make them for.

This is the dress for Goodnight and Go, the Imogen Heap video. I adore this dress, and would love to make it for my friend Haley. If you want to see the dress in action, watch this:

This, my friends, is a cheezeburger dress, which I want to make for one of my petite friends because, I mean, who else could pull off a tube dress?

I'm thinking of doing this dress up in newspaper or cardboard painted diffferent colors. I don't know who would wear this best, but I'll find someone before I begin construction.

This dress I love for the fabric and the design, which i may interepret into a few different projects, inclusing a dress looking like this with plastic bags or pepsi boxes [the special kind of cardboard and design are just dolly!] or use tht kind of fabric, which I would have to make, into a purse or such easy project.

This dress I would have to think on. I love the vintage, the flattering A-line, the structure and design, and the adorable colors, but I want to do something different with it. Ideas anyone?


Anyway, I've got alot of ideas about these buzing about in my head. Thank god for the play, or I would just dive on into these projects without a backward glance! I need time to think on this, but be sure that I'll do at least one of these by February next year!

That's all for now, if you've got any ideas, email me at blotonthepage@gmail.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hello!

Hi there! This is my first Blog, I hope I'm doing this right!

So, allow me to introduce myself, I'm Peggy! I grew up un Chicago, IL, and moved to Coventry, RI when I was almost 8. I've got two loving, zany parents with their own personalities and lives, and three brothers that are just begining to see the world. I attend a high school with many flaws and many good things about it, too.

My interests are many and varied, and I like to consider myself an intellectual nonconfomist in that sence. I love learning, though I don't always like attending classes. Who does? Anyway, I love art in all of its forms. I adore pinting, sculpting, weaving, knitting, crocheting, drawing, designing, sewing, and pretty much everything else! I actually aspire to attend Rhode Island School of Design College, although they rarely accept in-staters. I also love music! I love rock and all of it's branches and roots, including punk, alternative, metal, hardcore, soft, pop, dance, indie, techno, folk, jazz, blues, r&b, modern rock and hip-hop. The only style of music I don't like very much is country. I also love written works such as novels, poems, biographies, nonfiction, fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, plays, commentary and various college thesies.

My friends are probably the most amazing part of my life. I love my friends with a sisterly adoration, and I come to thier defense and help on many occasions. They push me to do things they know I would love to do, and ehy are the rason I found one of my passions within school; drama! Speaking of, I am acting in the fall school play. At the time of this publishing, we are just before the no-script time, and I'm prepared! I've been told I'm fairly good at this, all things considered. The people I've met at drama and art clubs, along with radio and voulenteering makes up most of my friends, but I've also got some freaks I meet randomly at concerts and such.

While I'm telling you about me, I'd like to use this space as advertising! Check out my etsy, where I sell hats and recycled bags, as well as other crocheted and knit goods. I am open to suggestions and I take requests, so check me out! www.etsy.com/blotonthepage

Thats all for now! I hope I've made a good impression!