Just found out that Inspirare is sponsoring a little knitwear competition for their store launch. Since that's what I do, I obviously had to enter! Below are the designs I have submitted so far for the competition. If you like them, or me enough, head on over to Inspirare and vote to have it made and sold! Then, you can buy one of your own and everyone wins :)
Hand-knit Rodin Capelet
Oh, and....a little sneak peek of my next project:
I'm considering re-doing the third figure from the left completely. I don't know if it's the odd angle, but I keep thinking it looks like she's getting her head blown off and not the whimsy, dreamy attitude I was hoping for. What do you think? Work on it, or re-do?
A couple of posts back, I shared photos of an earlier version of my senior thesis work, documenting the nighttime atmosphere of the streets of New York City. Well, those photos were really just the starting point of the project.
After editing down all the pictures I had taken, I then collaged them into prints, as well as cutouts of garment silhouettes.
So, the beauty of being a freelance illustrator/designer is that while I don't have a set dress code for work, I do have to be wary of what to wear at impromptu meetings with my employer. So...what to wear when the event is professional, but not quite an interview, and the setting is casual yet public?
And to add to this mind-boggling style puzzle is the fact that the weather in NY has been unbearably hot and humid lately and the fact that I often have about a 30 minute subway commute to get to these meeting spots.
I present to you my outfit of the day, worn under such circumstances:
Staring at Stars Dress, Urban Outfitters belt, Rag and Bone Vest, Cole Haan loafers
My noble attempt at professional, yet casual. To be honest, there wasn't much thought process going on behind this look, just a few mix and match attempts. I wanted to stick with neutral colors, to wear a dress in this weather, and to definitely keep closed-toe shoes as an option. Perhaps the key is to mix one casual garment as a base layered with pieces that would fit into a professional dress code. In this case, I've used a casual day dress (making sure the length is not too short) as my base. Then, the loafers and black vest add a dressier work element to the outfit.
Anyone ever encounter professional situations like this? What do you wear then?
And...I still obviously need to figure out a way to capture photos of myself. Lame self-shot pictures and self-timers capturing myself at odd angles are clearly not doing the trick. Any suggestions?
I'd like to introduce to you all one more piece from my thesis collection, known as the Cabled Cables Sweater. One of the entirely hand-knit garments of the collection, it is an exploration of variations of cable knit stitches all intertwined in a complex manner that comes to resemble a basic cable construction as well. I had based the initial design of the sweater off of the traditional Aran sweaters of the fishing cultures of Ireland. It is knit with a luxurious blend of corded baby alpaca and merino wool blend yarns, along with a mix of textured boucle, silk tape yarn, and cotton twine lace yarn in the back for a modern element.
Some sketches and illustrations of the sweater...
From this, we move on to initial fittings:
And then an exploration of mood/inspiration boards and photos of the finished product:
I'm currently working on a variation of this design in a machine-knit version, as well a simplified, more ready-to-wear one that will be hand-knit. Both versions, if successful, should show up in the store later on, so stay tuned!
Last post I mentioned the tremendous amount of inspiration that I got from the works of Brassai. I am still working on a post detailing the result of my nighttime explorations and photography into one of my design projects, so this should hold you over for a while.
While I have left the inspiration for now, I am still in awe of the work of Brassai, and thought that it was nearly impossible to understand the essence of what I wanted to create with my Night project without being exposed to the very work that set it off.
So, I present to you some of the images that I have kept for my inspiration throughout this entire process. Be inspired!