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Spending my 25th with Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

20 Jul

I turned 25 this year, it’s hard to believe I am a quarter of a century old, or think of all the things I have seen in my life thus far and what I will be able to witness in my coming years. I can only hope its amazing!

For my birthday this year my mom and I took the Megabus up to New York City for the day. It was her first time visiting the big apple. We went to all the girly places: the Hello Kitty store, Sephora and finally The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to see the retrospective show celebrating the mad genius that was Lee Alexander McQueen. To say Alexander McQueen was a major influence on me as an artist would be a major understatement, he was like the big bang to my tiny solar system of ideas and influences, everything kind of fell into place with him in the middle of them. He had a clear vision, he knew what story he wanted to tell and when I looked at his clothing I was always able to get it, get his story and understand what he was trying to put out into the world. This is something as an artist I struggle to do, I’m sure Alexander McQueen struggled with his vision(s) and how to make them come alive, and It’s something that I have to work on…..very hard on.

The line for the exhibition was an hour-long and wound around all the way to the ancient near east section. It was a long but totally worth while wait. The exhibition had everything from his masters collection to his time at Givenchy to his last collection: Plato’s Atlantis. I was in sensory overload just walking into the first gallery and completely overwhelmed by the time I reached the Kate Moss hologram recreation.

But the clothes the clothes. I would have killed for those clothes. I especially loved the coat with gold bullion detail from his Dante collection once owned and worn by the late Isabella Blow (who discovered and helped cultivate McQueen’s career).

Coat from McQueen's Dante collection

Another item I was really excited to see was The Oyster Dress. I have been in love with the Oyster Dress since 2003ish when I saw it featured in Vogue. The story behind the Irere collection the Oyster Dress is from, is one of a shipwreck. However when I first saw the dress all I could think about was Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus for some reason. The way the dress was constructed is just amazing. It was created from hundreds of thousands of organza circles stitched together to give the skirt an oyster shell detail. This dress gives a whole new meaning to time-consuming detail work. I want to wear it soo bad. Occasionally I daydream what my wedding dress will look like and The Oyster Dress always, always, always comes to mind. The dress is romantic, it ripples and moves like water. I have no other words to describe the Oyster Dress other than beautiful perfection. I want it, I would even be happy with a Barbie sized version of it, at least my Barbie will look fabulous.

Oyster Dress from Alexander McQueen's 2003 Spring/Summer Irere Collection

The exhibition ended with five ensembles from Plato’s Atlantis, the last collection Alexander McQueen showed before his death. It was a good ending to his retrospective.  I would have liked for them to carry it on though, through to present day, to see how Sarah Burton has continued to carry McQueen’s torch. Staying both true to his sense of design and  her’s. Maybe mentioning that Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is a McQueen, and how it has set bridal trends for a new generation of women who want to look like a princess.

The  rest of the trip was good, other than the fact that I did not realize NYC subway stations are not all handicap accessible. I think my mom just about killed herself trying to climb all those stairs. It was rough. I guess I have just been spoiled by the Baltimore and Washington D.C. subway stations. The ride home was okay, Megabus was late by like and hour and a half and then the bathroom on the bus was broken and sloshing…can you say gross?

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Super-Fantastic Sketchbook Exchange Program 2.0

20 Oct

The Summer Sketchbook Program feel through. I mailed out two and only received one in return. Sucks because I was really looking forward to getting mine back after everyone had worked in it. Good news is that a new sketchbook program has started. There are only six people involved this time, which is good because it makes us accountable to each other. We were each required to make our own sketchbook. I created mine with plain white drawing paper and bound it in a traditional 5 stitch binding with wax cover hemp thread.

Below are some picks of work I created in my sketchbook.

cover of book

asu and car sales men

a friend to sit on

Summer Sketchbook Exchange Round One

1 Jul

First Round of the Summer Sketchbook Exchange has come and gone. I didn’t work in it as much as I wanted to because I spaced on it for a week. Here are some of the things I created.

blue sharpie, ink and crayon. These are doodles/pattern thingys I draw a lot. My senior thesis was kinda based off of doodles like these.

Ink and watercolor, I was inspired by the book Hello Cupcake and the technicolor cupcake wrecks I see in WAL-MART occasionally

Crayon, stickers, chalk and photo. I keep hearing that Lady Gaga song Alejandro on the radio all the time. I want it to go away. Also an aunt of mine has some pretty kick-ass 70's wall paper and I drew some of it.

knit knit knit knit knit

10 Dec

I started making christmas presents tonight. It feels good to make again.

Happy Halloween!

1 Nov

I finally put those creative juices to good use and carved pumpkins for halloween. I think they turned out well 🙂

I forgot how bad pumpkin guts smell, and that the bigger the pumpkin the thicker the shell...ooops

All four pumpkins (l-r) Hello Kitty Pumpkin, Where the Wild Things Are Pumpkin, Spock Pumpkin and Snoopy Pumpkin

Hello Kitty Pumpkin. This one I etched the image onto the pumpkin using a lino cutter.

Boo!

I let my inner geek out and carved the live long and prosper hand. Yes I am that big of a dork. If I had, had one more pumpkin I probably would have carved Yoda's head into it.

I carved this for my grandma for her churches harvest party and forgot to get a decent picture of it before it went all ookie

Getting that Itch

16 Oct

I’m getting that itch again.

That itch to make.

It feels good.

It’s been along time since I have had the want to make.

What do I want to make?

I should really be better at this

8 Oct

I’m sorry faithful readers, if there are any, that I have been so bad about updating this regularly.

I have been looking for a job, and had no, zip, zilch, nada bites yet. Not even and interview. WTF? JC Penny’s didn’t even want me, again I ask WTF?! seriously? I have a college degree. I can fluff and fold with the best of them. I shop at your store. What’s wrong with me? And another thing and this is to ALL employers out there what’s up with this putting up a “WE’RE HIRING INQUIRE WITHIN” sign and then telling the perspective applicant to go home and apply online. WTF?!!!! Do you know what apply online means to those of us desperate for work it means 20 minutes-hour of time we could be doing other things like looking for other jobs filling out your online app and stupid personality test! It means a guaranteed we will not call you, a because of the volume of applicants we can not tell you why you were not chosen and a don’t call us.

Another thing what’s with this “accepting applications” stuff. Do you know what that means?  It means I just spent 30 minutes filling out your application for a NON-EXISTANT position, and that you may or may not call me if something becomes available, And just incase something does open up you’ll keep my application on file along with 4 billion other ones. Maybe my name will come up one day……..when I’m 50.

I’m sorry dear readers I had to get that out because looking for a job has been the most demoralizing, self esteem killing experience I have ever had. I know a lot of people out there are looking for work. People like me who are college educated, skilled employees who don’t want to throw in the towel and work at Wal-Mart and who shouldn’t have to say do you want fries with that? just to make some money. I realize I am young and new to the work force, but competing against people my parent’s age for the same job is not fair to me or them.

I’m going to climb down from my soap box now………..