Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The shaping of the minds.

As some of you know, I am teaching a fashion club once a week at an UWS high school. I go in every Wednesday and do my best to teach 20-25 kids with attention issues how to create a new design inspired by a concept or idea, illustrate it, make the pattern, choose the fabric, sew, and finally present it at their Art Night at the end of the year. Some of them are quicker than others, but all in all, I love doing it because the kids are really awesome.

This year we are doing an Alice and Wonderland (thanks Tim Burton) gone Steampunk theme, titled 'Arsenic and Lace' (this has also lead me directly to my Halloween costume-see the sketch). The proper execution of this concept may prove to be a bit more advanced then their skills, but in the end I think that I will leave them with the impression they can make anything they want to. We are doing everything from beginning to end, including accessories, hair and makeup, styling, etc. Also, we are trying to collaborate with the photography club so we can have it documented this year. Last year we did a Recycled theme and NO ONES PARENTS TOOK PHOTOS AT THE ART NIGHT. In the abbreviated words of my students, WTF?

Mood Board for Fashion Club
Sketch of Halloween costume
I made an umbrella.

...which bores and then frightens Simone, apparently.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

And then there was Wilmington.

The other trip I eluded to in my Slowly post was a trip down to Wilmington. Tim's mother, Linda, had surgery and due to the flexibility of my self-invented job, I was available to travel down to lend a hand. It was more entertainment, comfort, and relief that I was needed for because I found a rather stoic woman down at Kure Beach in spite of the procedure she went through, for which I was happy because I had really been imagining the worst case scenario. As it was, I was free to run around with my two niece-in-laws for half of the days I was down there, while taking care of Linda in the morning/ evenings. We became outrageous tightrope walkers on the beach using only a stick and a looong stretch of sand and rounded off the afternoon playing rousing games of imaginary baseball against Bears and Ponies. We were the Rocks, because we had a rock as a mascot. Then, in the early evening, I knocked them both out by reading The Hobbit out loud, whoda thunk? There was a moment with an Easy Bake Oven which is not worth going in to because anyone who has actually tried to cook with that thing knows that it is as effective as trying to fry an egg on a sidewalk on a hot day. Myth only. Lord knows how may people have been taken in by that scam...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Going to Grandma's House.

One of the places I went over the past month was my Grandmothers house in Hamilton, NY. It was a reunion of sorts for that side of the family and although I ducked out before the actual party, I got to make the rounds and visit everyone. The highlights of the trip were: the Alpaca Farm, Len's suspenders, seeing my Grandpa's grave and the hours and hours spent talking and laughing. I would give years of my life to have had a video of the week.

wind turbines

I am going to be an alpaca farmer

Tandem peeing
the man who made our day
2 month old baby alpaca

he needs his bangs cut

eating beans off the vine

Len. Under that jacket is a pair of suspenders, a tucked in undershirt, unzipped pants and a pig vein.


Fred, Ian and Meriam
Bill making limeade with Uncle Dave's smuggled Texas limes
Elisha and Texas Caviar

Grandpa's grave
The giving of the Man Bib