Friday, December 26, 2008

Dia de los Muertos

My pal turned 30 yesterday.

Dave, bless him, is a crotchety old bastard. He has always seen this particular milestone as an emblem of looming death. To celebrate, some friends and I organised a Mexican Day of the Dead party.
I painted skeleton figurines, and constructed table and hanging decorations. There were also beautiful (and mighty tasty) vegan-friendly cupcakes.

Naturally, I dressed up. I was able to re-use a floral headdress and some embroidered skull earrings that I had made earlier in the year as part of a Cuban zombie costume (note the delightful beaded flesh and guts hanging from the necks).
The masterwork, however, was Senor Dave - a skeleton hand puppet made in Dave's likeness. He went down a treat! I worked on him for several weeks, hand-sewing and appliqueing all the acrylic felt pieces. No glue here, folks!

Friday, December 12, 2008

FIVE images

These are a few of the images that I produced for a publication called FIVE. I shot these from the ground, pointed up toward a pane of glass onto which I had placed cut-outs of paper, transparencies, card and fabric objects. The surface was back-lit by lamps and a flash. I'm pretty happy with how the work developed, and would like to do more of these photo compositions.

I'm not sure how many of the images will appear in the book - i'm hoping that some might be used alongside my written contribution (currently being reviewed by the editorial committee), titled Dressmakers, Designers and Re-made Things.

Below is a description of FIVE's orientation and content:

Five is an upcoming publication in 2009 to celebrate the fashion discipline's 5 year milestone at the Queensland University of Technology. It will represent a body of work by fashion practitioners, academics and educators commissioned to explore their research in fashion theory, practice and pedagogy through five key themes:

mind: a source of knowledge and ideas;

heart: passion and creativity;

hand: an essential tool - crafting fashion

eyes: aesthetics and appreciation

body: the focus and external face of fashion;

This fashion corpus unfolds as a narrative reflecting the process of fashion, drawing on the practice of design - creation and interpretation; revealing how fashion materialises and is shaped to create an interwoven tale of dexterity and creative play.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


"So, what have you been up to lately?"

Guh. For some reason, that question always leaves me stumped. It's not that I don't do much - I'm always working on something! - but rather, I tend to lose track or overlook all that I get up to. My pal Maddy suggested I start a blog, to take stock of all the things that I do but so often seem to forget.

My practice-led PhD centres on commonplace making - fashion design on the margins; non-professional sites of production. Although my undergrad studies saw me trained for design in commercial spheres, my interest keeps leading me toward the fringes of what is popularly understood as fashion. As a hands-on maker, my research is conducted partly through the creation of clothes for myself and those around me. So rather than producing a decisive thematic collection for a commercial application, I make things in dribs and drabs; working with whatever is at hand (primarily through the remaking of second-hand items) for friends and family. While this sort of making is not special to me, it is an area left largely untouched by scholarly inquiry. Which is silly. Really! What else is there to talk about?

I heart makin' stuff.

So then, here it is. I'm going to document all those bits of my research - the things that I write, the things that I make, the things that interest me most - that I often forget to record. Hopefully I'll also form a habit for regular writing, to ease the anxiety that sets in whenever I sit down to compose papers!