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, 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]

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]