Saturday, March 24, 2018

The After Class Begins

The workshop ended yesterday and now the after class begins - that time between this workshop and the next when I put into play all the ideas that are dancing in my head. I find the easiest way to transition back into the studio is to begin working with a take-away. This time, I have many of them - the beads I made, the concept of inseam buttonholes, and a partially refashioned garment. This is good.

Last night, I curled up on the bed with The Art of Mistakes and read it cover to cover. It wasn't new information and I hadn't expected it to be. It was reinforcement of what I've already experienced in my own studio, what I already believe. It was wonderful encouragement to go home with. The author writes...

Creativity is not just about art. Often it has nothing at all to do with art. Creativity is about how we think, the possibilities we allow into our thinking and our ability to follow through with action. In just about all we do, we can think creatively or not.

Creative thinkers, whether they're artist or not, are willing to fight conformity and are willing to take on the continuing need to reevaluate what defines conformity. They don't need a degree in anything from anywhere to do that; they just have to believe in their gut that it's what they must do. 

Christine taught us about several forms of draping including Japanese draping which is used for making a pattern that will be copied. It's a very simple system of gently moving the fabric into the shape you've pre-determined and is the method taught in Draping: Art and Craftsmanship in Fashion Design. I will most likely order the book at some point although I can't see myself designing patterns for mass production and I don't sew for other people. Perhaps I'll borrow it from the library first.

Free-form draping is about gently folding the fabric this way and that, creating seams and tucks, until the fabric takes on the shape of the garment you're developing. This detail is of a skirt I started using Diane's method of piecing fabric from fabric and Christine's method of draping it into a shape. I love the tucks. I'll get a better picture of the entire skirt when I'm back home.

Refashioning takes an existing garment and develops it into another garment that may or may not be the same as the starting point. These pants are becoming a skirt. There is not enough fabric in the one pair of pants so I will need to either include yardage or another garment. I'm looking for something that goes with. The long line in the back (right picture) will allow for a zipper which may be how I get in and out of this piece. That's important to keep in mind or it may never come off the mannequin.

The first project I did was to turn a skirt with a back zipper, a fitted waistband, and four godets - two front and two back - into a vest. The waistband has become the neckline and center back has become center front. Initially, I wanted sleeves using some fabric I made a couple years ago and then I opted to leave them off because I didn't want to spend the time it was going to take to get them to fit the way I wanted them to fit.

I cut the button off a sweater before leaving home and have two left for another piece. I bought several garments at the thrift store here in Ashland that go together so I can create a souvenier of my workshop and trip.

At a nearby used bookstore, I found this book - The Artist Unique - and plan to read it tonight and hopefully use it as a study guide for my journal time. As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I'm finding it harder and harder to find books to study since I've done so many already.

And I might knit. And I might work on the beads. And I might watch TV. Tomorrow, I'm spending the day with a friend and on Monday I'll start heading for home.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - inspiration and good food


  1. Draping: Art and Craftsmanship in Fashion Design costs between $259 and $1256 Cdn on Amazon. It's not at the Vancouver Public Library – hope you can find it at your local library. I'll check out the other book too.

  2. I love the vest! The skirt is looking good! Thank you for the book suggestions!

  3. DOL is creative dynamite! I wish I could go to all of them. I would especially love to learn Diane’s way of fabric piecing and draping. So happy for you for your return to the Well!

    1. The thing for me has always been to take Diane's - or the guest instructor's - way of doing _______ and making it mine. I think with piecing fabric from fabric, I'm getting closer to what feels like me by using monochromatic color schemes. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind well. I'm looking forward to coming again.


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