Archive | June 2014

Fashion 101


Nina and I both attended FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), but at different times, and I studied fashion design, while she studied textile design (which actually would have been a much better fit for me too).  I ended up in textiles because I had taken one course in knitting, but that’s a story for a future post.

I came across some of my fashion sketches from FIT, and I did use this skill when I later worked doing sweater design, even though I was primarily doing the knitted pattern on the sweater, not the garment itself, in most cases.  It was always a good way to show ideas and give alternatives to choose from.

research comp

One of our assignments as students was shopping the stores, and sketching garments we saw that reflected fashion trends.  I suppose now students just use their phones to document this, but back then we had pencil and paper as our tools.

jeans comp

I still like the 12-page “History of Dungarees” (when have you last heard that word?!) I did and kept.  Four of the sketches are pictured above.  This was 1973, but you probably wouldn’t look twice at anyone dressed today in any of them except perhaps the exaggerated bell bottoms.  OK, nobody really does the patchwork look I guess now, but the holes underneath are manufactured as a look anyway.  Denim will always be with us (thank God!).

Paterson painting again

I photographed a few more of these to send to Kerfe. She offered to photoshop these pieces into one page, like her talismans. Kerfe is way more advanced than I am technologically. I guess it’s because she is younger than I am!

The Whole World is Watching

world cup s

penalty kick.  stop.
the whole world in one.  moment.
in one.  breath.  holding…

African Penguin


Who knew there were penguins in Africa?

Oil spills and overfishing of food sources have reduced the penguin population in South Africa and Namibia from three million to 50,000 in the last century.

Another Paterson painting

I found this one in my portfolio, done in the same series as previously posted. I really like the simplicity of the composition. It’s made of my Grandfather’s old textiles with some ads from a 1950 Paterson Morning Call in which the textiles were wrapped.


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I just finished this collage which I titled “Divine Embrace”, after the Tibetan sculpture that inspired it.  When I went to pick a head from my collection of cut out faces, Barbie just seemed to fit the best.  She is a cultural goddess I suppose, much more than the anonymous humans I had to choose from.

myth sm

I also used Barbie in this one, “Birth of the Hero”, that I did awhile ago.  The butterflies reminded me that I’ve been seeing a lot of butterflies here in the city this year.  Everything is really green because of all the rain we’ve been having, so maybe that’s part of the reason why.

These are for sale in my etsy shop:

Textile Design

Another oldie from the Fashion Institute of Technology. My style stayed very similar to my painting style which is probably why I did not succeed in the field. I will always remember and respect the Asian women in my class who had the ability to paint for hours without ever looking up from the piece. I am way too antsy to do that.



Hands, not faces:
don’t look at each other.  Smile


woman man

I’ve always liked to draw faces.  These are painted, but really more like drawing-with-a-paintbrush, which I like to do too.

Over the past 30 years or so I’ve been trying to get back to doing art on a regular basis.  I found this woman in a sketch book that reflects the stops and starts:  I would hopefully write down the year and begin and then lose the thread.
1989  7 pages done in various media
1992  4 pages, mostly drawn with brush as this one is
2010  4 drawings

And now in 2014, so far I’ve done 9 drawings.  My goal is to fill the sketchbook this time, before 2015 rolls around.

I did the painting of the man above last week, and I think it complements the woman from 1992.

And I like to draw hands too.


The Dreamers

I knocked this out yesterday. It is just a stream of consciousness kind of little painting. My love of silver gouache knows no bounds and I wanted to try scribbling on the silver tree branches with pencil as in the plaid design from the day before. When you start painting again you realize how much fun it is so even if what is coming out is basically crap, it doesn’t matter. That is what I forgot during the years of no painting.