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Spring 2013

Sewing

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When I started planning my exhibition I decided that I wanted to incorporate live models into my show. Although they will only be present on the opening night, I think it will make a  big impact on the overall feel of my exhibition. I will need to come up with an alternative display plan for the jewelry for the remainder of the exhibit when the girls are not present but I will address that issue later on. Incorporating people into the show brings up two additional aesthetic and conceptual elements: how will they look? and where will they be placed in relation to my other display objects? This post is dedicated to how they will look.

Because I want like the girls to be dressed uniformly I have decided to make dresses for them. I’ve chosen a dark grey linen [which is actually made from navy blue and taupe warp/weft threads] that will provide a dark back drop for the jewelry without being overly harsh. One of the biggest aspects of my work is contrasting material and visual qualities [hard/soft, pattern/plainness] and I am very interested in the way the richness and warmth of this fabric will play off of the white, cold porcelain and silver jewelry.

I’ve gone back and forth measuring my own level of craziness for diving into such an important, impactful, expensive and time-consuming undertaking because I’ve never sewn a garment before. I’ve never used a sewing machine. I’ve never used a pattern. But I spend a lot of time looking at clothes and I have a lot of faith. Plus, I have an amazingly generous person helping me decode my mothers sewing machine [which prior to this past week had not been turned on in my lifetime]. Meghan Grey has been a wonderful help in getting me better acquainted with the in’s and out’s of my machine [who knew that the thread needed to go through so many little loops and hooks?] and I am extremely gracious of her generosity.

I ordered a pattern offline, printed it in sections on standard 8.5×11″ paper and pieced the pattern back together by hand. I’ve started cutting the linen this weekend and plan to complete the three dresses by the end of this week. It’s a short timeline but I don’t have time to waste.

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One comment on “Sewing

  1. Jessica
    November 13, 2013

    How did these come out? Such an ambitious project, but well worth the effort. I could absolutely see you using the skills you’ll develop for further projects. Have you ever considered working multimedia with your jewelry? I see a lot of potential. Also, I know you were having some issues around the neck-lines and I wanted to tell you about bias tape in case you have experimented with it yet. Its wonderful and there are all kinds and tutorials on the internet.

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