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i consider my blog to be my "artistic diary" - so i can recap what i made and which influences i got (exhibitions etc).

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

sTory paTchwork

preface #1: first of all i want to thank you for the many wonderful comments on my last post...
well, actually... i was so impressed by that Exhibition of Gaultier´s creations that i went there for a second time last week. if i find time, i might make another post with more of the photos i took, but not in the Moment. will see...

preface #2: i noticed i´m losing followers, some days 4 or more a day. i was a bit irritated first, but then i came across this post (not sure i understood everything, but i´m not willing to deal with this stuff)... well, i don´t waste a single angry thought about it. i will not Switch to Google+, basta!
the start into February officially still means winter...
(though snow has gone here after only few days; we now have windy April weather here,
but a good Cup of tea is fine anyway... >t/tuesday)
and i worked on the snowcat. whose beginnings were two weeks ago...

i fixed the Body elements with split backstitch (all These sewing tricks learnt from jude hill).
stitched the face with two strands of embroidery floss.
ok, it took me three Trials to sketch, until i was halfway satisfied with the Expression of the face;)
when thinking of "arms" i noticed the base was too narrow, so i added two longish strips of fabric (plus additional Cotton voile underneath) with invisible baste;
the branches ("arms") fixed those sidebars well.
the face got some Whiskers and the left side some branches, too
(plus some snow lines at the bottom)
i do not think it is finished at this Point,
but next i turned my interest to the Patchwork pieces again...
while working on the 6cm squares there were leftovers of cloth, which were not big enough for this size (longish, but not broad enough), so i mixed some of These and wanted to sew squares with double length and width.
good i measured the sewn patches before, because obviously there is some "shrinking" by sewing them together, so my new template was 11,3 cm square and not 12 cm, as i had supposed it should be

i also basted some "un-mixed" pieces in this size from Cloth i have larger quantities...

... some might be embroidered...


... as this one with the spiral in 3 blue tones.

 now, if you look at the snow cat, you can see i stayed in the Color scheme of the Patchwork.
because at the back of my mind i thought i might bring them together.
a vague plan so far, but i could surround (with "fillers" to be adjusted) the cat
this way:
(only a loose layout so far)
and going even further - also add this Piece:
so all in all:

.... and making more "Picture pieces" (or "Story pieces", as jude would say)...
or just some more patches in various sizes.
will see.
so: this might become a winter blanket.
or: Part of a really large 4-seasons-blanket.
time will Show.
(and i must not Forget the pockets!!! somewhere in between)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

jean paul gaulTier

confessions first: i almost missed this hilarious Exhibition, because... well, because i´m a fashion-ignorant. just not my interest. but then i heard from various People "you MUST go there"... and i only can admit: they were right!!
i´m talking about this one:
after a world tour of 10 capitals the last City of his retrospective is munich
i´m afraid i can´t Keep myself short...  if interested, take yourself a Cup of something while coming with me...
The exhibition starts in the first room with The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier, a unique selection of the designer's signature style, including an eclectic mix of nautical stripes (which became sort of his second logo), mermaids and religious stereotypes.
collection "romantic india" (2000)
"lascar" silk knit gown with gloss finish ostrich feathers
time to create: 160 hours
(worn by princess Caroline of Monaco at the rose ball, preeminent charity Event there)

now the "apparitions" gown (front right side), part of the
virgins (or: madonnas) collection (2007)
the next photo Shows how 32 of the (ca. 175) mannequins in the Show were looking virtually "alive", animated via projectors on the ceiling  (you can see this better at some Videos on YouTube, e.g. here)
 the headdress (Halo) of this one is plexiglass
"immaculate" (below) actually was my favorite in this Group

kylie minogue wore this crocheted Dress in the Music Video for "like a drug" (2009). the small linen appliqués Feature printed reproductions of 19th century French paintings.
from the russia collection (1997/98):
Velvet cassock with iconic decoration;
illuminated beaded headdress

collection: the surrealists (2007/08)
Amethyst muslin and Organza anatomical Dress with rib-Cage effect
(one of his creations for kylie minogue)
entering the next room you are greeted by the whistling of this figure in a parrot feather Bolero and crepe jumpsuit (1997)
this part of the Exhibition is titled: "urban jungle"
i only have space for a very few samples here...
one from the newest collection (2015/16) is
"the marriageable daughter":
silk lace doily Body attached to a chased Antilope Skin, a Velvet skirt pleated to the front with a tulle Train, Patchwork gallete Apron of chased Antilope Skin and lace, embellished with crystals from swarovski
[chase here is not a synonym for hunt, but a technical textile term]

the Details are INCREDIBLE!!
next one: "evening gown" from
collection: russia (1997/98)

taffeta evening gown with Leopard Skin bead embroidery, rhinestone claws
time to create: 1600 hours
collection: Tattoos (1994)
elastic tulle with colored Tattoo print
collection: Tribute to frida kahlo (1998)
i just love all of his ornaments!
collection: Tribute to africa
"african queen": mask-look Raffia and tulle Bustier, with double layered crincled muslin and silk tulle skirt; time to create: 163 hours
from different collections, but i sum it up under "asian looking"

now at this Point i was Kind of exhausted (i only show a small part of my 400+ photos here...);
a coffee break (t/tuesday) was inevitable before i could catch up with the rest of the costumes...
and good we had started our tour at noon, because the air in the museum got worse meanwhile)
 the two worlds of London and paris merge in the collection "punk Cancan" (2011).
such unusual mixes appear time and time again throughout gaultier´s career - clothes that are at once classical and unconventional. the delicate feathers, boas and frills of the French Cancan are juxtaposed with ragged leather, Jeans and Tartan.
 (rosbif is a term used in France for an English Person)
and yes: métal hurlant is French for "heavy metal"

spine and ribs studded leather jacket (1987/88);
sequinned Waterloo Tartan kilt

well, i decided to stop here...
some collections are left out (as the x-rated ones...)
it is a lot of Inspiration i got from this Exhibition.
the Fantasy, the Vision and the skills of this Fashion designer are incredible and highly impressive. he really has amassed a huge Oeuvre over almost four decades. he seems to soak in Inspiration from everywhere.
and i love his Courage to break stuck rules with Humor and irony
(oh, and to remember the Details, i always photograph the description plates, too;))
well, it took me quite some time to go through all my photos, so my sewing was not so much this week. but i promise to catch up with it in my next post...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

winTer is here

t/tuesday again...
brewing lots of tea recently - with planning of leftover,
as dyeing is the choice of the week...
i needed some off-White cloth for my patchworking

i made a mix of tea and soy-milk (as a mordant, tip from jude hill) and let it soak for a day (or better two). then into the washing machine. the result was good for my purpose.

the mitosis patches are done, i think i will put them together as a fabric book.
some more squares added to the Patchwork pieces:
i enlarged the blocks with strips of nine to each one, so i have six 6x9 pieces now.
i will not sew them together...
plan is to put some other pieces in between.
still thinking about Details...
(not to Forget the pockets...)
the 6x9 concept can easily be broken up by adding 2-piece squares or strips or 3-piece elements... gives me a broad variety of enlargement...
actually i want to add some stitching. doesn´t matter how Long it takes. i do not have a Deadline.
question is how Close i will stick to the Color scheme i used so far...
(maybe i could add some sand Color with the stitching... will try...)
i also have some leftover pre-basted squares, but i might use them as fillers later.
don´t they even look beautiful from the back?
this Kind of basting almost doesn´t Show at all at the front - so no Need to remove the yarn after sewing them together.
and finally: winter came with the last Weekend... 

and so i sewed this base:.
and will see what will evolve from this...
a snow cat maybe?