Yes, it is true...I am going to Sisters, OR this Sunday to attend a Design Outside the Lines workshop. The theme this year is Dressing from the Inside Out. Marcy's teaching will focus on these 5 elements-Paris influences, inventive T-shirts (conquering tricky knits), pairing pattern and fabric, making and wearing a dress, and handbags. Diane is focusing on printing your own yardage, insetting (a core technique in her own work), and polishing your look- new combinations and accessories. Like all great teachers, both Marcy and Diane have made it very clear that these topics are starting points for students and that we are free to go in a variety of directions. I am so enthused about this chance to explore my own craft, style and creativity. I'd like to share my preparation with you and some general comments about creativity, learning and development of our personal art/craft.
The past year found me somewhat flat in my sewing. After soul searching, I realized that I had little interest in new techniques, or increasing familiarity with new fabrics, or trying new pattern lines if that study and work was going to result in clothing not suited for me. For example, a Chanel type jacket would give me loads of opportunity to learn, study and apply new ideas...but while beautiful, I really don't wear this type of jacket in my daily wardrobe. I am not a traditionalist, but I am also not able to carry art-to-wear garments with any panache.
My focus for many months has been on crystallizing what I do like to wear, and what is flattering to me.
Thus began my search. Silhouette? Colors? Textures? Fabric choices? Ease?
A giant question was: If I like it, is it wearable? Do I need to get other opinions? Is my taste suspect? Do comments on PR, Me-Made-May and on blogs constitute honest feedback? Yes, it is true...I was definitely in crisis. Happily, I resolved some of this angst and the rest is melting away.
While in this messy emotional place, I signed up on the waiting list for Sisters DOL and thought no more about it. I continued to fine tune my fashion interests, and spent some time each week sorting pictures on Pinterest. I didn't analyze; I just collected what appealed to me, and then removed ones which didn't after a time. Simple-like vs don't like
Here is that board as of today: assembling the elements