social media

i have my reasons why i´m NOT at facebook or twitter. and if you pin my work on pinterest, please make sure to link it back to me by taking the button on my side: that will bring you to my board with all my art-links. thanks for respecting that.

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

currently i try to publish frequently once in a week (mondays/tuesdays mostly)

People with a Google+ account: please leave a direct blog link, otherwise i can´t visit you.

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?  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

sNOw --- stitching of mitosis

tuesday seems to turn out becoming my "jour fixe" of the week for posting... when i started Blogging almost 10 years ago it was my aim to post once a week - and i fulfilled this quite consistently (except some surgery times in Hospital). often i posted on more days of the week, but at the Moment things are going slower (a matter of my current Cloth addiction).
i thought i might stick to elizabeth´s t/tuesday and Show you some pieces of my mug collection in the next weeks...
starting with this one that is good for cheering me up in this dreary weather...
(though boiling some cystitis tea is not so fun)
my wintery entry for ajj is digital - i loved that Quote (font: pea devon Cups). as there is absolutely no sNOw here (all cold, wet... aweful...) i had to grab one from the net and put him onto a Background of a photo i made from the Indigo pillow i bought recently. Framing flakes are from siennaphotodesigns.
normally i´m not eager for snow really (as it often is accompanied either with mud or Glace ice...), but this dreary darkness can cause Depression...recently so many People seem to die of cancer...
(Background: holliewood; wordle of some of his lyrics)
not to talk about the other sh** that is going on in the world...
well, depressive thoughts... i Need some distraction...
you might remember my embroidered DNA patch from a few weeks ago.
well, i thought i would also put my transparencies from the biology lesson about mitosis into a stitched Version... the diagrams as well as the description, and make it into a fabric booklet eventually.
i stitched the Terms of the DNA-bases onto colored ribbons and will sew them around the patches.
some Pictures of the Status quo:

i could not get a yellow ribbon matching to the other Colors, so i bought a White one and colored it myself with derwent inktense blocks.
[clever Johanna did this before looking up the Color number of this yellow i used... in case i will have to restock it by a new one some day. only when pieces of the block were washed up i thought about it...]
the text on the ribbons was stitched with two strands of dcm floss.
some sewing still to be done, and i have misplaced the writing on one of the pages (put it too far on the left), so i will have to find a solution for that. i´m sure i will.