Throwback Thursday – Design school projects – Balcony Scene

Design School projects - Balcony Scene

Design School projects – Balcony Scene

In the efforts to clean up some of my sewing and crafting area, I’m going through a bunch of my old projects from Design School. I’m going to end up pitching the old posters into the recycling bin (because they’re large, and I need the case I’ve been storing them in for other things) but I thought I’d take a moment to go through them, take a few photos for the memories… and why not share some of them here too?

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Teal kimono-style top & finding the straight of grain

Teal kimono-style topper

Teal kimono-style topper

A number of years ago I was at Blame Betty (Or was it Rite of Ritual?) and saw this really lovely Kimono-style top.

Unfortunately… it was rayon. I don’t like rayon for garments that are going to get wear from things like purse straps etc (it tends to pill a LOT, and fast) and it was tie-dye (which I REALLY don’t love). BUT… I loved the cut, took a photo, and kept meaning to make a similar loose, boxy, flowy topper kind of garment.

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A cage without a bird

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

What is it that fascinates me about bird cages?  I don’t mean actual bird cages, but rather the iconography of them; the metaphor.  I don’t even love birds.  (I like birds well enough, but I’m a dog-as-a-pet-person, not a bird-as-a-pet-person… ifyaknowwhatImean.)

Open birdcage with soaps…

When decorating my bathroom, I selected bird cages to decorate with.  There are mini bird cages holding soaps, bird cages holding make up, and bird cages perched (get it?) on the very top of my shelf too.

The bird cages in my bathroom started their lives in a craft supply store discount bin (and later I saw them at the old Inglewood Suzie Q Beads too, as part of their decorating scheme) and then they were spray painted silver, followed by a dusting of copper spray paint.  The result is something that feels vintage rather than metallic – like something that has started to tarnish rather than something new and shiny.  The copper warms up the silver too, which I really like.

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Costumes for travel

From inside the castle courtyard looking towards the castle entrance

From inside the castle courtyard looking towards the castle entrance

When I started making my packing list for my last trip to Finland (June-July 2017) I started to think of garb…

I would be attending one day of the medieval fair in Turku, plus visiting some castles and things… and thought it might be fun to get photos of myself in garb in these lovely places… (I also unexpectedly found myself at the Tallin Medieval Market in Estonia too!)

Ok… I’m just daydreaming about travel again… it’s a long time before I’ll be going back – or will even be able to travel at all I bet (given finances and Covid…)

So first the question – would this make sense? Would it make sense to bring an entire outfit just for one day and maybe a few photos?

Once my bag was packed, I figured I had room in my suitcase to bring a simple outfit – so I was going to go for it! But then the next question – which outfit?

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Throwback Thursday – Design school projects – Midsummer Eve

Design School projects - Midsummer Eve

Design School projects – Midsummer Eve

In the efforts to clean up some of my sewing and crafting area, I’m going through a bunch of my old projects from Design School. I’m going to end up pitching the old posters into the recycling bin (because they’re large, and I need the case I’ve been storing them in for other things) but I thought I’d take a moment to go through them, take a few photos for the memories… and why not share some of them here too?

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