March 14, 2011 § Leave a Comment
First, the important stuff: My neck is feeling so much better today. Still quite stiff and sore, but I feel like I can almost look around.
Ok, now onto Pulp Fashion. The art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.
A few weeks back, when my sister was visiting from Atlanta, we made a day of heading into San Francisco for the Palace of the Legion of Honor, as well as the most amazing yarn store I know of, ImagiKnit. Early in the week of her visiting, I had mentioned that there was a special exhibition running of a bunch of historic costumes/fashion all made out of paper. Hard to believe when you hear it, and even more hard to believe when you see it. Before getting yelled at for taking pictures, as I couldn’t find a “No Photography” sign, until I got out my magnifying glass, I did snap two images: the first of the entrance into the exhibition, and the second of plain white pattern paper during the development and construction process.
Neither image does justice to the pieces in the show, and have hardly the detailing of the Medici portion of the exhibit. There were—if my memory serves correctly—6 gallery rooms containing the collection, each room seperated with a different theme: All White, the Medici, Papiers á la Mode (I know the accent is going the wrong way, can’t remember the key command), Fortuny—which included an amazing tent—Neapolitan Woman, the entry way. Oh, it would seem I have forgotten the 8th gallery room, the additionally fun, gift shop.
The things this woman has learned how to do with paper is amazing. The shapes, textures, paints, colors, drapes, even top-stitching, OH, and shoes! OH OH, and childrens’ historic costume. I find it hard enough to sew fabric, much less create an entire garment out of something that will tear if you look at it the wrong way. The silks, the lace collars, the kimonos, all out of paper. Even after going and seeing it, it is still hard to believe.
We went at a good time of day, when the museum first opened to the public on a Friday morning. There were still quite a number of students and artists sketching inside, and a few tours going on, but more than enough room was left to view the collection.
For anyone who is interested in art, fashion, or clothing construction, this is a must see, and this has really whet my appetite for my upcoming New York trip to see the MET exhibit: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.
October 28, 2010 § Leave a Comment
So, I have decided to become a baseball fan. No, not a fair weather fan, but an all weather fan. Of course, yes, I am deciding this now that my local team is in the World Series. I actually put a lot of thought into this. Over the summer some of Ramon’s friends gave him tickets to a game, as they are season ticket holders and couldn’t make it to that game. Well, I had the best time every. Other than our cross-country road-trip it was the summer highlight. Riding on the feeling, I did consider that I might want to become a fan of a team with colors that suited me better than orange and black, but because I had such a fun time at that game at AT&T park I decided to stick with the Giants.
So, last night I watched the game, and worked on my crochet monkey. I finished the body, the cape, and the fez.
Tonight I re-did, and completed Ramon’s Halloween hat, with the exception of the red ball that goes on top.
So, half a monkey and a bit-sized jacket and fez versus a whole hat. I am so tired of everyone saying that crochet is so much easier than knitting. I can get through an entire sweater in a week and a half, but a weee monkey?
Ok, ok. I remember how it was when i first started knitting. It took me a month to get through a scarf. Sometimes it is hard to remember and to respect the learning curve. I can see that crochet *will* be easier. In-fact, I even crochet closed Ramon’s Halloween hat instead of knitting it, because the hole was so small, and you don’t drop stitches in crochet like you do in knitting. So, patience my little monkey. I need to remember that it will take time to feel the same way about my ability to crochet as my ability to knit.
Luckily, with Ramon’s hat (almost) done, I am one step closer to Halloween costume success. With our Halloween party only two days away, and with my all day Bernina class on Saturday, I have some really serious Halloween costume finishing to get done tomorrow. OMG! I know I can get it all done but … I want to get the houndstooth skirt done tomorrow, and the hallway pictures done, too! I am also trying to get my blue McQueen Sweater Dress done before we head off to Kentucky for the Breeder’s Cup next week. I think that Thunder, the grey kitten, I am pretty sure will love the ball that will go on Ramon’s hat. I wonder, with her joy for playing fetch, will Ramon’s hat stay intact long enough to celebrate the main event?
October 15, 2010 § 2 Comments
Not getting to bed until fairly late last night I slept in until 8 today. Shocker, I know! I then started on a few little things, though my main goal was to get some patterns drafted today. So, since that was my goal, we can assume—correctly—that this didn’t happen.
I decided to get my gauge swatch a little further along for my blue McQueen Sweater Dress.
I also started to work on knitting lace, which I have never done before.
The amazing Malabrigo I found the other day is just too stunning a color not to use. The blue is bright. Really bright. I know that this is also not part of Project Hallway, but I just keep finding these amazing textures that I can’t keep my mitts off of. The sweater that I want to make with this lace yarn requires more than I bought, so I looked up a place to get more. Turns out one of the few places that have (had) it is in SF., ImagiKnit. So, thinking on my tippy toes, I called a girl-friend, asked her if she wanted to have lunch and starting driving to the city.
After having a lovely lunch, I realized that I just don’t get to see this good friend nearly enough, and I started feeling a little blue. So what better than to help my mood than more lovely blue yarn. I bought the only two hanks that the store had and was utterly overwhelmed by their immense selection of yarn—best selection of yarn yet. Drool.
Sadly, with my mood still not improved, I hit up another discount fabric place in San Francisco, and low-and-behold, what did I find? My houndstooth! It’s not wool, it is polyester, but it feels soft, the black and white is clean, graphic, and large, and the best part it was $9. Wait, it gets better, turns out it was also 30% off!
I know it is not as nice as the fabric that McQueen used, but I simply can’t afford the wool/alpaca blend at Britex. I think that this is part of the challenge of the project, creatively problem solving the materials dilemma. This project isn’t supposed to be easy, it is intended to get me thinking outside of my normal ways. So, the fabric may not be “ideal,” but to me it is. I had the reaction, the moment that I saw it, that THIS IS THE FABRIC, which is the desired reaction to making any project. As diligently explained by Michael Kors on Project Runway this season, you have to let the fabric speak to you, and understand how you can work with it, and not have it work against you. I can tell that this will drape nicely, and work well for the project. Maybe sometime, when I can afford it again I can go back to Britex and re-do this one with the wool, but I don’t know if I will stand to learn enough by doing it a second time to make the effort worth the investment. Again, with the 80/20 principal. Will the outcome really outweigh the effort by enough to make it a valuable use of time and resources? This is a question that is often asked in our kitchen when looking at making something the way that Thomas Keller would, versus the way that will be 80% as good as the Thomas Keller version while taking 20% of the time. So, While I may have compromised the wool, I feel really good about the fabric that I chose.
The woman at the cutting counter said that it had just come in today, and I was the first one to get it. I bough 6 yards for about 40 bucks, and finally my blue mood was lifted, unlike the San Francisco Fog which kept me cool for my drive home on this unusually hot October day.