December 20, 2009

Art Sale things



Here are some photos from the art sale. Toni and I sold the little clips like wild fire! It was wonderful. I love this little zipper flower I made. It's really encouraging to hear how much people love the things you create. I could not believe how great all of the hair nic-nacs looked worn.

I'm really hoping to do the SAIC Spring Art Sale in April, if I don't get too bogged down with the unbelievable amount of work that some how always presents itself in the spring semester.

I was told by my Millinery Professor that we're supposed to be in a gallery show in February, which means all of our hats need to be done just as the semester is beginning. We are also planning on being in a fashion show at the Garfield Park conservatory, so we're asked to create a hat using the plants they have. I am also supposed to make hats for a friends fashion line (which I am very excited for!) as well as finish all the hats for the BFA show (see last post).

Phew. It is going to be a busy three months. I am fully going to enjoy my "vacation" starting Tuesday!

Toni Mardosz and me in front of our table at the sale

December 18, 2009

cartography (kär-tŏg'rə-fē)


It has been a while since I updated with new hats but I'll have some new photos up soon. We just had our Flat Patterning class final and I made some pretty exciting hats. I will post them once I get the professional photos in. Today I submitted my proposal for a group show for the SAIC BFA show; all very exciting stuff! Our group consists of Jeni Crone, Sabrina Severns, Caitlin Schriner, and myself. We are all working with a different form of mapping, wether it be mapping memory, a lifetime of an object, or just conquest.

Here is the new Artist Statement I submitted:


I am very interested in exploring different cultural hats, the importance of hats and their role in society. Research for my pieces is generally gained from my own life experiences, allowing a strong connection to the piece for the viewer and me. Art and function have always gone hand in hand in my practice and so I. I began exploring millinery two years ago and now it is my main practice. Hat making to me is a form of combining the fashion and fiber techniques I’ve learned at school. I have recently been experimenting with designing my own prints for my hats and that has allowed me to take millinery into a new level. I attempt utilize heat press techniques for embossing and printing on my hats, as well as investigating more sculptural build up in hats. I use a variety of different materials such as straw, rabbit felt, and sinamay.