paintings & drawings

// when I wrote that post the other day, I got a chance peek back at some of my old drawings.  and thought, “hmm, those are pretty good.  and they are sitting in portfolios in my closet.” and then I thought “maybe I’ll go look at them” & pulled them out of the closet. and…

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aesthetics of imperfection.

(embedded video from ted.com above) I loved this video.  The speaker, Dan Phillips, says perfectly things I’ve always felt about the beauty of mistakes. he calls it the Dionysian aesthetic, and contrasts it with the Appollonian. My process of designing clothing (or really doing any art) has always been very forgiving of mistakes.  If a…

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passion/focus

Young and I have been redoing my studio recently, with more changes planned for the slow months of january and february.  really, he’s been doing the work & conceptualizing, and I’ve been agreeing to the costs.  because, left to my own devices, nothing would happen. because I don’t like interior decorating.  the only things I…

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change

I saw some paintings yesterday by a woman on etsy.  I don’t know the artist, or anything about her, but the images struck me as exemplifying creative freedom.  and it struck me in a sharpish way, enough so I felt as though I don’t have that sort of freedom. and I know why I don’t…

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minimalism vs making

I have a fascination with the idea of minimal and nomadic lifestyles.  There are various web memes regarding these subjects, such as the one of living with only 50 or 75 or 100 possessions (those numbers exclude furniture and shared items such as kitchen tools) or spending one’s life in a nomadic fashion, through perpetual…

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reality tv

I’ve gotten quite a few emails in the past few weeks regarding Project Runway, including some from Bunim Murray, the entity responsible for casting the show. Some background:  I have a retail store combined with my sewing studio on wharf street in Portland.  At least once a week, sometimes everyday, someone walks in for the…

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