Monday, July 21, 2014

Drawing: Sketchbook Journal

One of my favorite classes this past year at SCAD was my Drawing 2 class.  The class explored a lot of mediums, and we were given more creative freedom with assignments than in other classes.

As a part of homework everyone had to keep a sketchbook journal based upon a theme that we came up with.  The theme that I chose was the word nostalgia.  To convey my theme I walked around Savannah and drew the different houses around town.  After I drew a house I would write a fictional story on the same page of a memory that could've happened in that house.  The journal was relaxing for me, and it became what I looked forward to most during my week.


For the class's final assignment we had to create a piece of artwork inspired by the theme of our journal.  I decided to recreate one of my journal pages into a larger size with more detail. 
This class made me love sketchbook journals, and I now try to draw at least once a day.  It forces me to slow an hour of my day down, and also they're a lot of fun!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Painter's Studio

All photos from this shoot are self portraits taken by myself.

Lately most of my inspiration that I've been looking at have been paintings.  My mom is a painter and she still has all of her painting reference books from college in our house.  I've slowly been reading through them and have found so many amazing artists.

One painter who I've been looking a lot at, and also inspired this photo shoot is Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec.  He painted several different portraits of a red headed muse named Carmen Gaudin. Her portraits feel so relaxed.  It's almost like you're getting a glimpse into a time of day when she's taking a break from work to reflect.  

Also, I need to mention that Lautrec painted a whole series of posters and paintings for the Moulin Rouge in Paris.  I'm a huge fan of the director, Baz Lurhman (he directed the movie Moulin Rouge), so looking through those paintings completely brought me back to how visually magical that movie was!


White shirt - H&M
Black suede maxi skirt:  DIY Esther from the Sticks
Necklace - My mom's hand me down

I made my maxi skirt specifically after looking at the above paintings.  It's just a simple gathered skirt with a 1.5 inch waistband, but I added hidden pockets in the side to make it a little special.  I hardly ever make a dress without pockets.  I made a tutorial for the Drifter and the Gypsy a while back showing how to sew hidden pockets.  You can check out the tutorial here.

These photos were shot in my mom's art studio in our house.  When I was younger I always loved spending time in her studio and watching her paint.  I thought it was magical watching how color came out of her paintbrush.  Even now I get good feelings whenever I walk out into her studio, even when she's not painting.  Here's a link to her website if you'd like to see more of her work.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tutorial: Kaftan Throwover

Good afternoon!  Today I'm going to share with you how to make your own kaftan throw-over.  A kaftan is such an easy garment to make, and you don't even need a lot of sewing experience to make one.  If you can sew a few inches, then this will be such a fun, short project to make!
Step 1.  
First you'll want to choose a fabric that's lightweight and has good drape.  Some awesome choices would be chiffon, silk, or a jersey knit.  Also, be sure to check out the scarf section at thrift stores!  Sometimes you can find some beautiful vintage silk scarves that are wide enough for this project.

Once you've chosen your fabric, cut it into a rectangle.  My fabric measured 38x45inches.

Step 2.
Find the center of the top edge of your fabric.  This will be your neckline.  With a piece of chalk or something you can see, mark the center.  Measure 5 inches down from the center and mark again.
Step 3.
With chalk, mark 4.5inches into the side of the top edge of the fabric.
Step 4. 
Now connect the two marks so that it makes a neckline that looks like a boat.
Step 5.
If you're using a fabric that frays easily finish the raw edges by either sewing a 1/4 inch hem, or take a cigarette lighter and burn the edges.
Step 6.
Now make a new mark that is 22inches down from the top side.  Next line up the top mark (4.5in at the top) with the side mark (22inches down). 

Pin and sew a line that is 1 inch in length to connect the two pieces together.
And look at that, you're finished!
Try experimenting in different fabrics like jersey knit, or for the chillier months, try using a lightweight wool with a good drape.  Maybe add some lace or fringe trims to the bottom edges.  Experiment and make it completely your own vision!  And if you do, be sure to post photos somewhere and send the link to me.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Secret Garden

All photos from this shoot are self portraits taken by myself.
What I was listening to while editing

 It feels wonderful to be doing more with photography again.  While I was in school this past year all of my time went into drawing assignments, and I didn't have a lot of free time for other personal projects like photography.  I forgot how much photography is still a big part of what I love to do.

My inspiration for this shoot came from this Robert Lewis Reid painting.  He has other beautiful paintings that I recommend looking up as well! 


Dress:  Sheinside,  boots: thrift store,  jewelry: vintage hand-me downs.

Next week I'll finally be posting the kaftan tutorial that I promised a while back.  It's great to have a summer break where I can catch up on all of the blogging that I've missed!