Note to self ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพ

โ€œEverything that Iโ€™ve ever done I can still relate to, and feel connected to it in a way. Thereโ€™s no part of my life that I look at and go, โ€˜I donโ€™t recognize that person at all.”
โ€• Ian Mckaye

โ€‹I came across a quote the other day, about not being ashamed of your work. At some moment in time this body of work  gives life to an experience, something I went through. It freezes the moment in time, evoking similar emotions whenever revisited.
I’m at the point were I won’t say its shame but more so judging… Guess when it all boils down to it, its all just fear. Fear of my work not being good enough, nor coming out the way I envisioned. Or even worse, messing up and having to start over.

So its an on going process of reminding myself, although I’m not ideally where I want to be & not producing my best quality of work. I keep in mind that’s how I get better, just keep working. Build on my craft, nobody is great when they’re first starting out.

Thats what’s so magical about art & engrossing one’s self in their craft. Sure it may not come out exactly as envisioning, but always leave wiggle room. Allow yourself permission to slip up, recover and find your way again. Keeping in mind imperfections means character, and the spontaneity challenges lead to fun. 

Thanks for stopping by

     โœŒ๐Ÿพ & ๐Ÿ’—

Peace & Love 

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2017 Menswear

Hey peeps, happy 2017 to all.ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย how has everyone been doing? …. I’ve been putting forth such a strong effort to being committed to my goal and “staying in action” of accomplishing goals.

I wanted to tackle menswear for the longest…. So I did just that!

slaving away on creating the pattern pieces

I made my Menswear debut in a tailored single breasted blazer with double welt pockets, breast pocket, two piece sleeves, lining, complete with lapel and collar.15967176_10101621145693227_276405023_o15942883_10101621066736457_926944746_o15942913_10101621067804317_445071363_o15942983_10101621067440047_355666747_o

My first Menswear piece Pattern and sewing all done by me ๐Ÿ˜Š ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย I couldn’t be any happier or more proud of my hard work and dedication.

Thanks for stopping by, Peace & Love

Drape Success ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜„

I don’t usually post my progress with Draping because its so tedious & its a lot to try to explain over a typed text…… But some times when you do exceptionally well & surprise yourself, you just have to tell someone. Well all you someone’s I have great news๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜Š.

We were working on draping a blazer, & life has left me feeling a bit overwhelmed these past weeks. But I stuck it out {& so glad i did.} Gaining more motivation after each stage of the drape.

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This was right after I created the lapel, but right before all the difficulty of the collar set in.

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I’m draping a 4 panel blazer

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Back view, with collar pinned & semi rolled.
I would have to say the part I found the most challenging was the collar.

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There’s a fashion show coming up next month, thinking about constructing this blazer, or one similar. Because I’m so excited about the whole thing. I really want to see how it would like fully done & on a model.

Thanks for stopping by
     โœŒ & ๐Ÿ’—
Peace & Love

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰Progress ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Its always awesome seeing progression on things you’ve been working so hard to achieve. & I for one am super pleased ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜Š Im getting better with facial expressions, it wasn’t that long ago I would feel the facial features I illustrated were {lack of a better word} bad.
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Most times I would just avoid them, not even bother with an attempt. But after dedicating the appropriate time to, researching different techniques, & countless YouTube videos…. I really started bettering my craft. Which is so satisfying, I am elated with progress. Truly can’t say it enough.

Which reminds me of this fabulous quote:
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So as I walk down memory lane with these illustrations & rejoice over the development of my skills. I have such strong faith for where it may lead me.
๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠQues confetti & exciting exit ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Thanks for stopping by
Peace & Love
โœŒ & ๐Ÿ’—

Presentation Prep. Collection I

Presentation prep.

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Gearing up for my presentation later this week. I’m showing illustrations for a collection. & the biggest huddle is color rendering. The print fabric is satin, & probably the biggest challenge is doing the appreciate downsize of the print.

I’m using mix media on each girl. The first croquis is primarily marker.
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Her hair however is color pencil. Its a bit rougher than usual because I haven’t work in marker for some time.

The original was fully in color pencil, but I got the sense of moody & sad.
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& decided to scape this image & keep the marker.
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My second image is a halter top with a key hole cut out, & slack made from the print. For her face I switched it up & used ink. I am a lot more pleased with using the fineness of the ink to capture the facial details. I always used ink on some of the braided bun of the hair
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For both the 2nd & 3rd image I used color pencil & ink for the face. Its a work in progress but I’m really loving the results. Feel really confident about this one ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜„

Thanks for stopping by

Peace & Love
โœŒ & ๐Ÿ’—
Have a great day ๐Ÿ˜Š

Draping Horrors ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

After having such a huge “step back” {which felt more like the ultimate setback}, with draping these pants. I was so frustrated and over everything.

In class, i got up to the part of changing the dart into a yoke & decided to put the front & back of the pants leg together before clipping the back to attach the yoke….. & That. Was. When. Disaster Hit {pause for dramatic effect}

Before I even put the pant on the dress form, the side seam of the front was going up as the back layed straight. I initially thought there may have been an error due to me rushing, so I decided to undo it & assemble it on the form. {Didn’t get any better} in fact, it got worst!! The grains {Grains= the threads of the fabric} were pulling every direction, fabric wasn’t laying flat & was extremely tight. {I’m making tapered pants}.

It was a complete mess. I know you must be thinking why didn’t I take a picture, would be a lot easier to explain…. Which definitely is true, but I was so flustered & aggravated I took the whole thing off and left. Was so bummed nothing added up & would have to start the whole thing over. I was PISSED ๐Ÿ˜ˆ.

So that was yesterday, {brighter days} Today ๐ŸŒž. I prepared the muslin, took my time {more like the appropriate time, this is due on Tues. After all ๐Ÿ˜‚} & proceeded to drape. Figuring out where I went wrong which was pulling both sides of the fabric against the form. Instead of gently gliding my hand to feel for the side seams.

Today’s progress is so much better & I feel a lot better about the pants. Have a deeper understanding of tapered, skinny jeans & pants as a whole.

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& believe me I have enough horrors with pants to fill up a trilogy set of novels, cover to cover.
So glad I stuck with it, didn’t give up & learned so much through my experience.

As always thanks for stopping
Peace & Love ya’ll
     โœŒ & ๐Ÿ’—

Its CARNIVAL!!!! :)😄

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Carnival time, time to play ah mas, wuk &whine. Finished my mas boots just in time too. Can’t wait to be chipping down the road in full costume. {Mas is nothing without feathers & proper footwear ;)}

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How it all started, 12 hours ago…

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When the hot sun hits these babies are going to glisten, sparkle & shine. Wouldn’t have it any other way :)😄

Have a wonderful Labor Day everyone.
Thanks for stopping by,
Peace & Love ya’ll
โœŒ & 💗