Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
My little brain is in motion. I got a random e.mail today from a photographer in Milwaukee who is using a stylist from Chicago who wants to use some of my pieces in a week. I'm both flattered and worried. he got wind of me from another Make Up artist that I just recently did work with for the Adam Leigh-Manuell photo shoot. that MUA's name is Tom Venditelli.
Anyways I am worried because shipping it, the short time constraint and working on being professional. For something like this I need a contract. I also need a deposit because most likely it's my more expensive labor intensive one of a kind pieces they want to shoot. I do not like to use those unless it is a shoot I am actually on or with well trusted people in Columbus. It's always hard to judge what to price rental at, let alone a deposit, You want it to be affordable so people will use you but at the same time you have to cover your own ass for the worst case scenario.
Also today was crazy with the Students. Correction, 1 student. She just kind of disappeared and it was a bad bad thing. It wasn't that me and the TA weren't paying attention she was just sneaky and it was a bad time. Had me very worried but it was handled thankfully with no incident. Still made for a very stressful time.
Anyways onto my outfit. I am trying a different tripod Height and settings. Not to mention a little editor on flickr called Picnik.
Christian Dior butterfly drop earrings
Toki Doki I love LA Watch
Debutante ring from Henri Bendel in White stones
Gladiator grey jelly shoes from BCBG outlet for $9.00 just this past month
Navy peasant blouse from Express box sale for $10.00
Florescent green paneled bubble skirt made by me
Friday, July 24, 2009
This was from two days ago when it was raining and I had a very unpleasant day. I had left the sunroof to my precious Mini-Cooper open and it was raining all morning. I did not know this till minutes before I had to leave to go teach class at CCAD. It was Quite Miserable.
Me and My best friend for the next several months. My wooden Swift to assist me in winding yarn. With the demand of all the yarn I am to knit this winter I had to invest and get myself something nicer then just using my knees or Andy's arms.
Along with that I made off like a bandit from dumpster diving at CCAD. With the Fashion department moving they were tossing a lot of really good yarn on cones. Such a waste so I did my best to save as much as I could before they picked up the dumpsters. It was raining and wet but soooo worth it!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
There is a a terrible thing in Columbus, Ohio called Dime a Dog night at the local baseball stadium. You can get up to 5 hot dogs at a time for only $.50. We try to go every year. Andy attempts to eat as many as he can. Last year Andy ate 12 hot dogs, this year only 9. Above is a photo of of the last hot dogs with a funnel cake french fry on top. Andy's brother Carey finished that one off.
Etsy has been kind to me this month and I have two orders already fulfilled making it a very worthwhile. People have been complaining about the slowness of business but that is how it is everywhere. In trying to save money I have been a little more inventive with my shipping such as using old card board to make new boxes and covering in brown paper to still keep it looking clean.
Finally this is one of the sweaters I have been working on for the photo shoot. A navy combination of drop stitches and bubble lace work in a boat neck shoulder. I am going to pair it with 3/4 length sleeves.
Tomorrow I will attempt to take a daily photo of myself.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Well it turned out several weeks ago I got an e.mail from a girl in Singapore who wanted this but had a million questions and demands and for something that started out as just a $20.00 trial piece turned into this huge project that left me much un-enjoyment. It was the first thing in a VERY long time that I took absolutely no pleasure in re-creating. It was for sure a test in patience and client relations no matter how little money I made of it. There was for no reason whatsoever why it should of taken 39+ e.mails to do such a simple custom order where all that was needed was a change of fabric. She continually asked the same questions and it was very hard to continue to be polite but I think I managed it well. I mean honestly she was trying to haggle the prices with me for something already super cheap and original in design. Also trying to get me to discount shipping even. People always seem to forget that shipping is not just the mailing but also what items are mailed inside. Boxes and Brown paper or bubble wrap do not grow on trees!
I feel the final product turned out better then expected and made a second just so I would hopefully never have to do this again. The pattern is made and fixed but for something that was once so fun for me it truly became a pain.
In other news the cat, Kilala has a new favorite place to sleep. Simply of course a wicker basket that we emptied out from all the fliers that we recycled this week. For the past couple days we haven't been able to use it as all as the silly creature has claimed monopoly on it.
Today I recieved a wonderful couple of packages from UPS, which Andy's mother so kindly brought inside the house for me while I was at class. So this is what it looks and feel like to be able to order all the yarns of my dreams! It was approximately $1200 worth of yarn and notions all to be used to make sweaters for the fashion show. I needed to get it very early so that I can begin knitting everything as soon as possible. I nearly have one Navy sweater done.
I made the order with one of my most favorite yarn stores online whom I had been ordering from since college so many many years.
From everywhere that I have searched aside from going whole sale I have found they carry the largest variety, speedy shipping and reasonable prices of anyone else I have looked at. I waited till they were having a free shipping day and also ordered some sale/discontinued yarns. The communication I had with Barb regarding such a large order was amazing.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
He used two models and then I was there with the wardrobe and my two interns as well. We also had this amazing makeup artist/hair stylists on set. It was a great time and made a lot of good connections. I can't wait to work together again.
None today because I was feeling under the weather most of the day.
- Helmut Lang white windbreaker with off center zipper
- BCBG wool knit jumpsuit
- Adidas Orginal white leather and suede yoga sneaker with dark purple stripes
Oh man....... this has been tough to try and blog everyday. I'm not sure I can get that accomplished but I am still trying. I have another 2 weeks to get into the full swing of this. I've been good about taking the daily photos just not about posting them. This little gem of a photo is of my cat Kilala. For those who don't know her she has quite the personality. She was whining for treats when I took this picture.
Following are some photos from my college Preview Class.
This last one is of my Teaching assistant and Intern Teresa trying on a dress we bought to deconstruct.
Finally this picture is from my outfit from two days ago.
Armani Exchange Army green button down shirt and sleeve buckle detail
Striped Harem pants made by me
Toki Doki "I love LA" watch
Zigi Soho Watch
Octopus and Bat necklace made by me with fresh water pearls
Tomorrow I promise some test shoots from the Cincinnati photo shoot and today's Outfit plus whatever I end up wearing tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Today I was at CCAD attending the first orientation meeting for College Preview that I am teaching the elective for fashion fundamentals.
I am wearing my navy and white striped dress with oversized collar made by me
Bright Green Waist belt from BeBe on sale for $19.99
Michael Kors gold slide sandals with all wooden base and platform.
Toki Doki I LOVE LA watch (with some close up pictures)
Silver hoops from Express
Silver rose ring from "higher ground" at Comfest.
Sitting through that orientation was so fun. As boring and dumb as the information was it felt good because I was being a part of something big. I would be a mentor to some of these kids for the next month. It really took me back to my freshman year of SAIC. The dorm life all the friends and mishaps, classes, assignments. It was all so wonderful. The bad and the good it made it life and made a good 4 years of my life. I learned so much there and had so many great teachers. I hope that I can be a good example and inspire these kids to do something great at least help them to acheive their own goals be in the portfolio or even just realizing that perhaps fashion or even art school may not even be the right place for them.
As for the Photoshoots coming up........ I'm feeling pretty good I think that I will have enough pieces and I can relax a little bit. seeing that I am going to pull some old pieces just because I feel like I have been pushed too much to just accept their guidelines so this is my punch back. They are just going to have to accept whatever I send to them. With all that in mind I am starting a new sweater, maybe it will get done maybe it won't but it's not that important to me either way. I will get what I need to get done now and worry about the fashion show after the photo shoot. My main concern is the leather jacket I want for the shoot. Everything else seems to be on the back burner.
This is definitely harder then I thought it would be to take and photo and post on it everyday. Maybe this month will just force me to get used to it. I still suck at taking photos though even with a tripod. I just don't know squat about digital photography. I was decent with my all manual but that isn't really compliant with today's technology and needs.
I just gotta work on it on my own and hopefully I can make it right. Ha ha I should work on my facial expressions also.
In this Photo I was wearing a uniqlo Limited edition T-shirt dress
Express stretch capri's that I had to alter 3"
toki Doki I LOVE LA watch
Gold Chinese Laundry T-strap sandals
The sewing has been productive and i have remembered how to do a zipper placket properly. I need to work on the pattern a little more as it is not as wide as I need it to be and I need the inner placket to be longer to cover the zipper entirely. Lot's of things to work on after the shoot like actually putting in pockets that are functional. I am still very unhappy with all the pressure for this shoot and how no one that is a part of it seems to understand my ideas and concepts or the fact that my designs aren't what they think they are.
I think that teaching this week is going to help clear my mind and make me remember what it is I want accomplish instead of barterinhg to other people. As an artist and designer I need to really take that stand for myself and not worry about what other people want or like. I need to be me and content with it.
This is my outfit from Friday. Nothing too exciting.
Urban outfitter green twist dress from several years ago
Distressed Express jeans that I cut off 6"
Wearing my Bat and octopus necklace made by me.
I made that necklace in celebration for expelling a bat successfully from our new house during this past winter. I think it took Andy and I half an hour to chase the bat out.
I've been very out of it lately just constantly sewing and working on this collection that I am still not entirely happy with. I'm not doing it the way I would want to. It feels like a long drawn out school assignment. There is this jacket I am working on that has changed so much because the fabric was giving me so much more trouble in the finishing then I anticipated. I can't wait till this photo shoot deadline is done so I can start to work the way that I really want to. Draping and creating from scratch instead of just pattern drafting over and over again. Taking the time to actually finish and experiment with things like welt pockets and new collars. Making vests and ties, leather work and accessories.
This Jacket has since been finished the best that I could but I think that I will for sure re-make it before the show since I am so unhappy with the results.
Today I had many good conversations and meetings. The shoe designer came by to give me a company credit card and discuss some of the clothing. A little annoyed that he couldn't tell the different between my designs and my inspiration pictures and that I don't want to remake the designs in the photos. True that nothing is new in fashion but I still do not want to knock off of someone else's designs I want to make my own mark.
At least I know I am being pulled for two different photo shoots separately from the shoe photo shoot. One is the 14th this Tuesday and the other is the 25th. I'm just praying for publication on both of them so I can have some tear sheets to add to my portfolio and hopefully get some good exposure.
I am seriously thinking more and more about getting an investor of my own but I have no idea how to even go about that at all. It's so scary and confusing especially at ground zero like I am.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Today was a good day of progress. Sorry again no photo of myself or what I was wearing but it really wasn't interesting whatsoever and nothing made by me either.
I finished the pattern for the checkered Cowl shirt dress. It turned out much better then I could of hoped for. So much still to be done though. I have bits and pieces of many of the looks for the photo shoot but only 1-2 complete looks and now I am eagerly waiting for fabrics to come in. Mostly I need to work on some shirts and get some pants fitted. I also need to start my work in leather. Lot's of finishing ahead of me also. Thank god for my interns Teresa and Emily. I am just barely going to get it all done and without them I had no hope of getting them done.
Full Frontal shot
Full Back shot
There are still a few things to be done on this such as the drawstring cord for the cowl, hemming, and attaching the buttons. I need to work on my knitting machine tomorrow while the interns are in. Also need to prep some handouts for class tomorrow on making a sleeve from scratch.
No photos of outfits today. It was all work today. Above is a view of part of my workroom in the basement. A total mess of muslins and patternsm but very productive day. With my interns we got about 5 muslins done, a men's fitting for dress shirt and pants and started some full fabric pieces. Below is some chronicles of one of the pieces we worked on today.
Diagonal striped pants before cutting
I feel I might need to take myself a little more seriously also and think about being more professional and find myself an actual investor. We shall see how that goes, I'll need some advice from close friends before I do it.