Friday, October 2, 2015

Designing again


...and feeling great about it.

I was in a slump for a while, not sure which direction to turn, and then something good happened.

I watched Iris- the documentary about Iris Apfel, the octogenarian New York fashionista. I fell in love with not only her fabulous personal style but her sharp wit and dry humor. Here is a woman who follows the beat of her own drummer and continues to enjoy the idea of fashion and dressing up on a daily basis. I was also quite taken with her husband, Carl, who just seemed to enjoy the ride. He lived to be over 100 years old, and I believe their relationship is what helped to sustain them both.

Her comments about contemporary designers who don't even know how to sew or drape made me laugh. How can a designer not know how to sew? I guess it's not uncommon. I was inspired to take the cover off of my 1955 Bernina and sort through my collection of textiles. And then I just started sewing.





The first two pieces were designed from vintage tablecloths. I'd been saving them for something but I wasn't sure what. I guess their time had come. Those led to several more tops and tunics that I designed from a mix of vintage textiles.  A friend commented on my Instagram post that they looked like "vintage Lorimarsha." She was right! I feel like I've come full circle and have returned to the style of clothing that I started with eight years ago.

We all go through different phases with our work and I love trying new ideas and working with different kinds of fabrics. But my heart belongs with vibrant vintage graphics and designing these new pieces brought a lot of joy.

I've also been working on new jewelry designs- still loving the natural gems but in larger size stones. I abandoned the sterling clasps for a stretchy slide-on style that is so easy to put on and take off.  The bracelets are of lapis lazuli, malachite, onyx, moonstones, African trade beads, jasper, carnelian and one of a kind Tibetan findings. They have a nice feel on the wrist.




I haven't decided yet whether to plan a trunk show or sell the pieces online. That's down the road. In the meantime, I am so happy to be back in the studio!

5 comments:

  1. Welcome back! You were one of my first inspirations on Etsy and I always loved your use of vintage textiles. Now I'm going through a slump period and feel more like painting than sewing. Who knows where I will end up...

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    1. Slumps slumps can be so frustrating, even though they're a part of the cycle. Go with the flow and paint away!

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  2. Slump definitely GONE now!
    Love all the cool new stuff, especially the vintage fabric recreated outfits.
    Those colorful bracelets, also very much fun.

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  3. Wow, what a gloriously creative gal you are. I just meandered through your Flicker album and I was so happy!! I love to find images of happening women, of any age. Your album was a wonderful reminder that ‘looking great’ comes in so many packages.

    I do consulting work and try to balance business-y casual dressing with the fact that I would rather be in funky jeans and boots. Last week, a colleague didn’t recognize me at a volunteer activity – she said, “oh my gosh, you look so much older in your business clothes, I didn’t recognize you.” She reminded me beautifully that it’s probably better to dress how I feel.

    I saw from your blog that you were feeling uncreative and that now you have your groove back. I wanted you to know that you have inspired someone in Canada to kick her own butt and shop my own closet more creatively. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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