It’s the last day of September and I am ready for it to draw to a close. A new month is a new start. I am ready for this new start. It will require heavy lifting and long, long hours. It will require lots of tea. Lots of tea. And some wicked good doodles.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tis the season for all things wool.
Wool, along with silk and leather, is one of my favorite textiles to work with. Here are some reasons why:
· Natural fiber
· Good drape
· Creates dramatic structure
· Hydrophobic (wicks moisture)
· Warm/Insulating fabric
Wool comes from sheep and has been used by humankind since the Stone Age. There are over 40 different breeds of sheep, such as Merino, that make up 200 types of wool fiber. Wool is judged, a process that is called grading, based on fineness of fiber as well as length. The best quality wool comes from the back, sides and shoulders of the sheep, where as the lowest quality of wool comes from the lower legs.
(Side note: Looks like my wool production would be of poor quality, my best asset is my legs. Thank goodness I’m not a sheep. Bah to that.)
Determining quality of wool depends on the breed, health, climate of the sheep. Merino wool is thought to be the best grade of wool due to the thinness of the fiber, the best drape, most strength, softest hand, best elasticity and most resiliency.
I was lucky enough to participate in a fabric buy with the owner and designer of Garnish Apparel. A wholesaler came to her shop with suitcases full of swatches where she selected fabrics and yardage for future production. One sample hit me and hit me hard. The wholesaler, also known as a jobber, saw the love and light in my eyes and was kind enough to send me 2 yards free of charge, and I have been dreaming of it ever since.
Well the fabric is in. Here she is and she is going to make an extraordinary coat for fall. Super clean lines. Super modern. Super “who-the-hell-is-that-gal-in-such-a-striking-bad-ass-coat,” kind of coat.
Pictures to come.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
There are things I relearn every time I paint. Here is a rough list:
1. Don’t rush choosing the paint color. Having to repaint is twice as shitty as doing it once.
2. Don’t wear your favorite_______________.
3. Don’t wipe your hands on your clothes. The paint just seeps through onto your expensive underthings and your person, leading you to freak out a little hours after you completed the paint job.
4. Don’t soak your roller dumb-ass. If you soak your roller in paint it ends up spattered all over your arms.
5. Don’t imbibe. It makes you care less.
6. Listen to killer jams really loud so when someone comes up behind you and startles you, you end up dropping an over-soaked roller in your lap.
ON A GOOD NOTE:
My new studio is painted. Perhaps a bit too institutional grey, but nothing a shit ton of sketches and artwork can’t cover. And I love me some grey.
Friday, September 14, 2012
When silk (an animal based natural fiber) and lurex (a yarn made from a metallic fiber that has been woven together) make a baby, this is what you get.
I found this amazing textile at my local fabric store for a mere $40 a yard. Using a coupon, yes this smart lady clips coupons when it comes to fabric, bought 1 1/2 yards and transformed it into a pretty snazzy top, albeit see-through, which makes it not just snazzy, but sexy too.
And it should be!
Did you know Julie Numar's Catwoman bodysuit was made out of lurex for the 1960's television series? That was some sexy costume!