The devil is in the details…

now that all of the pieces are created.  It’s time to look for subtle threads (literally & figuratively) that unite the collection. I love this part almost as much as pizza & champagne when we’re all done. I really like that part.  Elizabeth Bunsen’s dyed fabric, my work in scrap leather and photography and Jane Frank’s jewelry is telling a story just as we had hoped from the beginning.  Storytelling through this collaborative work is maybe the best part of the whole shootin’ match in my estimation.

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The details are details. They make the product.

The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life.

                        —Charles Eames

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Thank you Vogue & Jim Jarmusch.

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I found these at a flea market in Brewster, Mass. The woman selling had stacks of them because her father worked at Vogue in the 1960s.  I’m now working on a collection for a fashion show (STRUT-Burlington, VT September 12th) and these illustrations are my muse.  It isn’t the shapes I’m interested in, but the attempt at innovation.

It’s really hard to be truly original. 

I love this quote by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch:

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

Steal away AND give the object of your theft credit for inspiring you. Karma is a bitch and not worth the risk.

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a guiding principle.

Whenever I’m about to start a big project I’ve discovered that having a “guiding principle” is really helpful.  I always need help narrowing my focus. So if I’m able to decide on a palette or a “feel” I’m generally more relaxed as the work gets more demanding.  I’m about to start designing my collection for the SEABA Strut Fashion Show in early September in Burlington, Vermont  I first need to submit my design ideas for my application.

This painting by Lynne Reed, a Burlington painter has stayed with me since I first saw it.  Lynne is part of a women’s small business support group (Levity Seven) that I am a part of and we recently had a “trunk show” together.  I think this painting and the other photos of mine I found are my design inspiration clothing line.  I love the brush strokes, texture and palette.  These colors have a “mid-century” vibe that I adore.  So, here’s to a guiding principle in whatever part of your life it’s needed.

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The dress I want.

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I need to learn how to sew. I have a lot of ideas for clothes and construction, but I lack the skills. I am a dress size 14 and I have to pay attention to fit, structure and fabric. I see so many designs that I can’t believe stores are even willing to spend the money to make. I see horrible styles, awful prints, small weird pockets where there shouldn’t be any, lots of jewels that you have no idea how to wash, boxy cuts instead of showing a waistline. I don’t understand. If anyone would like me to design clothes for real women, I am up to the challenge. Just call and set up an appointment. OH, wouldn’t that be grand if that was the way the world worked. Hey, universe I would like to be a fashion designer or a race car driver or a musician. Please call. Who knows?