I found this Main Street photo of my hometown in Burke, South Dakota. I wanted to create a parallel universe of sorts, playing with the way our memories fade and shift.
This photo was taken way before my time. However, because of family stories and photographs, it’s somehow familiar to me…even with a vintage wallpaper sky and a black and white tiled road. I didn’t get too far in my cleaning and sorting project. Oh well, the mess will still be there tomorrow.
I always like the less posed and candid moments in life. Here are a few of my favorites from the fashion show last Saturday. I was told this week about someone getting to be a secondary photographer at a fashion event in Berlin, I believe. Wow, to get to shoot the underbelly of an event and not the be the chief photographer. I can’t hardly imagine a better gig than that—well, perhaps naming lipstick and paint colors. That was my dream job as a child.
I will have much better shots of the SEABA (South End Arts & Business Association) STRUT fashion show from Saturday night in a few days. The evening was blast and I am already planning what I want to work on in the studio this week.
I would guess a lot of you have poured yourselves into projects and when they’re over a little malaise creeps into the psyche. This usually happens to me on a much greater level after a big creative push, but this time I feel so inspired to keep working on a process I developed that it doesn’t feel like a let down at all. I am all about using scrap in my studio (wood, leather, fabric, paper) to turn it into something either beautiful or useful. I began working on this for the show not knowing exactly what it was…a bracelet, a headband, a belt, a choker, a dog collar or a strap for a bag…the possibilities are endless. I learned so much by the process that I think I can now work smarter, a little bit faster and way more deliberately when I know exactly what I am creating. I have an idea for a sculpture. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been working on the last few weeks. I have two more days to finish everything up. Today I am making another bag and finishing all of the jewelry for my models. Oh, how I love a deadline that keeps me in creative FLOW. That flow is a fickle gift though, it may all be over by Saturday midday when we show up at the fashion show. Here’s a great TED Talk about being in FLOW.
When I looked at the photos again from this series I began to see more of a narrative emerge. I hope you aren’t getting tired of them. I shot a lot of photos that overcast August day on the back roads of South Dakota with my Mom.
I’m working on my projects for one of Burlington Vermont’s big art events STRUT a fashion show on September 6th. I am down to 9 days to complete my looks so my work needs to be very intentional and organized. I’m going for a laid-back bohemian, modern prairie vibe. Here are a few influences and one of the completed projects. I might show you more of what I am working on, however there’s a pretty good chance that I lose myself in my studio for the next week. I’ll show you all of the finished projects though. I wish you a creative Thursday, however that manifests in you.