4-17 Ephemera

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“Oooooops” – part of the “Who Am I?” Installation

I’ve been working without a day off for a few weeks now, preparing for “Who Am I,” a community writing and art show featuring the works of 42 participants ranging in age from 6 to 90.  Between packing up the old show, matting and framing the new, and preparing the show materials I haven’t had time for much of anything except a few stolen moments wasted on the web, looking for my next adventure.  Here are a few items that held my attention long enough for me to want to experience each in person…

How about you?  Do you have the itch to get away somewhere?  Where would like you to escape to for a few days…or weeks?  I’d love to know…

 

In the library garden…

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Due by April 24th

How serendipitous that I scored ALL of these books from my local library yesterday, which coincidentally was also the first day of National Library Week!

I grew up in a house full of books and was reading before I entered first grade.  At age 7 I was given free rein to roam the reading rooms of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library while my dad explored the microfiche reels for his aviation research.  By 9 my sister and I were riding our bikes to the Ridley Park library to get our weekly reading stash, which we would devour during lazy summer afternoons after our chores were finished.

There were numerous trips to D.C. and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum archives, where I helped my mom and dad research pre-WWII insignia (and once opened a drawer to find a logbook from Charles Lindbergh).  I worked as a help-desk clerk at the Baltimore County Public Library during my first year of college.  I even spent one year organizing bake sales, weekly Friday dances, and monthly Parent Night Out events to restock our local elementary school’s shelves with $12,000 of new books.  If all of that weren’t enough, my momma was a librarian for close to 30 years. So when I say my love for libraries runs deep I am truly speaking from the heart.

Think about it.  Anyone, of any age, color, sex, sexuality, income level, education level, or any other descriptor you care to identify with can access one of 119,487 US libraries and learn a new language, brush up on computer skills, watch a movie, take part in community activities, surf the web, vote, or even check out a book.  For free.  It’s really quite amazing!

Does your town have a library?  How often do you visit ?  If you haven’t been in awhile (or ever) take five minutes to check out what your library has to offer.  Get a card. Prowl around.  Discover all the great things just waiting for you to explore.  I guarantee – you will not be disappointed.

*Rubber Band – David Bowie

Wear your bright clothes…

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Lite brite

I’ve already shown you how to re-create some bold floral and bright looks from the Spring 2018 runways.  Clever me – today I’m combining those trends to show you a few more ‘bright patterned’ looks that would all be super easy to make.  In terms of sewing expertise, the off-the-shoulder top and pants require at least moderate skills, being the only garments made from more than rectangles and straight sewing lines.  Add a fun pair of kicks and you will be ready for anything from shopping with your friends to dancing under the stars with your boo!

Lisa Perry
print fabric | solid fabric | slingback flats
Alice + Olivia
floral print fabric | abstract print fabric | jungle print fabric | ankle strap heels
Temperley London
butterfly print fabric| abstract print fabric | ankle wrap wedges
No. 6
circle print fabric | abstract  print fabric | slingback kitten heels

 

*In the Summer Time – Mungo Jerry

 

One bright day…

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Fashion so bright you gotta wear shades

Last week I re-created a few Spring 2018 bold floral looks (here). Next up – the brights!  You really can’t go wrong with a bright piece of fashion regardless of season. I say this as a women who has never met a black garment she didn’t like, or buy.

Each dress would be fairly easy to make but would require minor pattern changes prior to cutting to achieve optimal effect.  The orange linen midi wrap dress needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased to make the belt.  The blue dress requires no pattern alteration but does need extra fabric, cut on the bias, to create the neck band, tie, and horn tassels.  Like the orange warp midi, the hot pink gown also needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased for the neck scarf.  During assembly, make sure to allow for that sexy front (or side) slit.  All you need to finish off these dresses are a pair of statement earrings, a luxe lipstick, and a pair of jeweled sandals or ankle-wrap heels to stand out in a black-clad crowd!

Badgley Mischka
hat | lipstick | fabric | earrings | sandals
Escada
lipstick | earrings | fabric | heels
Christian Siriano
lipstick | earrings | fabric | heels
*One Bright Day – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

 

My passion flower…

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Flower Power

Spring is almost here, which means I am ready to switch out my warmest sweaters and coats with light, fresh summertime dresses and getting the itch to re-create some of my favorite Spring 2018 runway looks.

Each spring and fall I feature ways to re-create the top runway looks (past recreations can be found here, here, here and here)  through sewing and some accessory purchases.  Some of the hottest trends this spring include boldly colored graphic prints, checks, sorbet and pastel colors (especially lavender), fringe, and florals (my favorite trend of all).

I plan on making at least one version of the Vanessa Bruno gown for the summer.  Not only is this a garment that could hide all flaws, it would also be the perfect garment for a beginner sewer to attempt.  Honestly, it would probably take someone longer to pin snd cut the pattern than to sew it.

The Cushnie et Ochs and Alice & Olivia recreations require a bit more sewing skill but would be well worth the effort to make.  How cool would that Cushnie et Ochs dress and a moto jacket look paired together? Or mixing a floral moto jacket with faded jeans, a tank top, and strappy heels for a rocking night out on the town?  The possibilities are only limited by your creativity, personal style, and flowers of choice!

Cushnie et Ochs
earrings  |  ribbon  |  fabric  |  shoes
Vanessa Bruno
tote earrings  |  fabric  |  shoes
Alice & Olivia
earrings  |  fabric  |  shoes
*Passion Flower – Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington

 

 

3-10 Ephemera

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Orangutan by Sean E. Avery (2013)  Image courtesy of Sean E. Avery

It’s the day before we spring forward and walk around like zombies for a day or two before our rhythms circle back into place.  It’s also the first Saturday in a while that I can ease into the weekend with a few cups of coffee and some serious web surfing.  Here are some of the things I stumbled upon that held my interest for longer than a passing glance…

Hope you have a good weekend doing your thing….and don’t forget to turn back your clock (or have Alexa do it for you!)

Heads are a science apart…

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“Eye” by Suk-Joon “Peter” Hong

I am always interested when opposite worlds transect.  Last week, I was able to assist a promising Pharmacology postdoctoral fellow with her ArtLab: Exploring the Intersection between Art and Science project, which happens to be something I’ve been passionate about for a very long time… Continue reading “Heads are a science apart…”

It’s only rock and roll but I like it…

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Evolution of the Tongue (courtesy of The Rolling Stones)

Please excuse my absence of late.  I’ve basically been getting my ass handed to me by life, resulting in zero energy to be creative.  When this happens, I escape by surfing the web exploring cool places to visit and things to do.  Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon an ad for a show I’ve planned imaginary visits to for the past two years, only to find I will  soon be able to drive ten miles down the road and see the show anytime I want.

The Rolling Stones “Exhibitionism” tour is coming to Nashville March 29th through June 30th and I am  beyond excited!   The first time I saw the Stones play was during their  ‘Some Girls’ tour in 1978 and the last time was during their ‘Bridges of Babylon’ tour in 1997.  I still wear my concert t’s, own most of their music catalog in one form or another, and continue to listen to the Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers, and Some Girls albums at least once a month.

Since I don’t have to travel far to see the show I thought I’d put my tourist planning skills to use for you instead.  Are you a Stones Fan? Are you interested in spending a weekend in Nashville to see the exhibit or the city? Not sure of where to stay, where to eat, or what to explore while in Music City?

All you need to do is follow my blog.  I’ll select three followers and create a personalized weekend itinerary that will have you and your tour mates experiencing Nashville like rock stars!

*It’s Only Rock and Roll – The Rolling Stones

 

A patchwork quilt of life…

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“Little Sister’s Quilt” by Susan and Emily Holbert (1850-1860)

I can come up with clothing designs. I can draft patterns. I can sew at the couture level. I can embroider.  I can bead.  I can even applique.  What I can’t do, or can’t do yet, is quilt. For someone as experienced in the sewing arts as I am in you would think quilting would be an easy thing to master, and yet something has held me back from trying. For that reason, when I was asked to review Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs by Mary W. Kerr I jumped at the opportunity to explore ‘all things quilting’… Continue reading “A patchwork quilt of life…”

If you can’t be with the one you love…

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It’s no coincidence that we celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Condom Day on February 14th. If you are looking for love use a condom when you love so you can continue to love for a very long time. If you plan on staying home to spend time with those you already love have a wonderful day celebrating why you love each other. And remember…no matter how you love, or whom you love, or if anyone else understands your love…today of all days, love the one you’re with.

*Love The One You’re With – Stephen Stills