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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fashion Shots

I just got my five shots back from Steve Di Monte of CYL Photography. Steve was once again at the Wearable Art Show taking pics of the fashion show and of our work. He was offering five shots for $40 right at the show and had three models with him. I took this offer last year and really liked the shots.  http://theartofwool.blogspot.ca/2013/11/a-fun-thing-that-happened-at-recent.html.






This is a shot of my LBD (little black dress) which I knit with the Garter Carriage in Cannele Mercerized cotton. I sat in front of my machine working the shaping as it came up. The set in sleeves are elbow length I worked some beading at the top front and back. It has a boat neck and I found that the texture of the knit hides a multitude of sins (bra lines and so on).

It looks great on me especially when I tried it on before I had knit the sleeves!

This little number took me neartly a week to make.


This shot is of two of my recent jackets....I love the hot pink one as it ruffles a bit at the hem and has silk along the edge of the hem front and back and on the left pocket edge. It has four buttons.

The purple one has a felted spike closure and a ruffly v neck.

Both of them have holes cut into their hems...for fun!




As an old wearables maker I have had photos taken before so the only think I didn't like is the eye contact made by the models with the camera...it detracts from the garment and makes it look like its supposed to be a photo of the people. However, Steve did have a great location to work in...lots of room, depth of field and no rain....last year it was raining and he only had the front steps of the building.

I am glad that I have shots of my work on others that I can use...you can't do that with everyone without permission. I have a shot of my niece taken years ago on my web site (archives page)...where I've tried not to use her face too much.

Anyway, I can't do everything and I was grateful for this opportunity and will take Steve up on it next time it comes up!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holly & Ivy & Logos.

This weekend is my last show of this Holiday season...the Holly & Ivy tiArts Show in Rockport Ontario.


I'm the member contact for the location - Rockport Rec Hall - so I'll be there for set up day all day making sure no one overlaps other artist spaces or takes up too much room, has the spot they want and to referee fights (just kidding!!!).  I'm in with a great group, some returning and some for the first time...check out the artist list online.

Though I have been knitting and sewing this Fall my big thing is learning to use a vector drawing program for illustrations. I'm not paying the big bucks and spending the time to learn Adobe Illustrator, my Inkscape for some reason wouldn't open on my new laptop so I clicked around and found iDraw for Macs. I've spent a number of days learning to used it and it's been fun, I also think that learning something completely new will help keep my brain healthy (my Mum died with Alzheimer's).

Old Swirl.
I am starting a new business (well one I've done for a while) building web sites....so I needed a logo! I also need to revamp my old logo on my old cards. It's locked in a JPEG so isn't so adaptable to different formats and resizing....so I've been working on a new one. It's just so fun!



Prototype
The old one was done at least 10 years ago!!!


One thing about running your own business is that you are the chief cook and bottle washer. I had someone else design my first brochure (an illustrator colleague...in exchange for a dinner or two!) and I still have them. An old buddy back in the '80's drew 'knitting' for me and that was on my first business card...yes he used pen and ink! This is one of my first ones...the very first one had my name in a handwriting font....written by the artist friend.

First Card - 1984


Well, back to the 'drawing board', perhaps I can get a bit of work done while the others set up after I have my own booth set up....and maybe I can shoot down to Cornwall's Pub for some fries!

Hope to see you along the Thousand Islands Parkway this weekend.