This year, I wanted to step up my designing and sewing skills and present at least 4 pieces to the fashion show associated with Somerville Open Studios. I used the opportunity to get over my lack of confidence as a sewist. I’m primarily a surface pattern designer, but couture and costuming has always fascinated me. Collaborating with fellow artist and Open Studios partner, Linda Jung of Studio Chartreux, we created six outfits. Once again, the experience, the other designers and models, and all of the technical folks involved, were great.
Special thanks to models Honey Pie and Goddamn Glenn, Kristina Kehrer, Linda Viens, Mary Greenfield, Sean O’Brien and Linda Jung. I even strutted down the runway, wearing one of my new maximal skater skirts. A joyous and empowering experience in itself.
Photos by Ron Newman for Somerville Open Studios.
See the Collection and purchase the designs on a variety of substrates at Spoonflower.
What a whirlwind. Thanks to everyone who came by to check out my latest work and the gorgeous art from Linda Jung and Lisa Phillips Markham. I set a huge challenge for myself creating the outfits for the fashion show and items for SOS. I no longer dread the sewing machine. ?? Feeling good but exhausted.
Suitcase of Love and Shame, a film by Boston filmmaker Jane Gillooly, had it premiere last Saturday at the ICA. I created the poster and identity for it, and assisted Jane with her website. The premiere was packed, S.R.O., which was heartening, since I sometimes wonder who goes to see independent films these days?
Suitcase of Love and Shame is the kind of film that could only be made by an independent artist. Its intimacy would be corrupted by any attempt to make it a “big picture.” Its existence at all is only because there are filmmakers like Gillooly, who seek to tell the amazing stories of unknown people. Thinking she might make a film about collecting, she stumbled across a listing on eBay for the Suitcase, which had been purchased at an estate sale. Inside were 60 hours of audiotape.
The film chronicles an extramarital affair between Jeannie and Tom, mid-western professionals who used the reel-to-reel technology of the 1960s to send “living letters” to each other as well as share their most intimate moments. It is both sad and funny. We hear but never see them, only their tape players, glimpses from slides they took of each other and their hotel rooms, bits of ephemera they shared, and moody shots of places near where they lived. Jane gives the viewer just enough and purposely leaves much to the imagination. I can imagine that Jeannie looks like Joanie and Tom like Don Draper from Mad Men and it doesn’t matter if that’s true or not.
The film with be at the IFFB on April 27, 2013, and is currently being shown at festivals.