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October 05, 2007
There are some good discussions going on in the comments here, and I've been getting lots of feedback and questions to ponder; whenever I respond to your comments I'm also placing my response in the comments stream so that the conversations can remain public and others can join in if they like. Peter set me up with a feed for the comments on this weblog so that anyone interested in following along may now do so more easily:
In case three to five posts a day just isn't enough.
September 10, 2007
september 10, 07
I printed the second layer on this dress in the same green colour as the first, only less transparent. I'm toying with the idea of continuing to print on this one dress in the same colour, rather than the haphazardly multicoloured approach I'm taking with the other pieces. Perhaps when it's almost filled up with green I'll switch to orange.
Yesterday I was sitting having lunch with Mouse outside a local burrito place when a young man and his parents came out from inside; the mother came over to me and said "he was telling me about your skirt!" (gesturing towards her son). Turns out the son is a student in my colleague Jessica Mills's drawing class, the class I spoke to about my work last Friday. If he was interested enough in me and my work that his mom asked me about it, I guess that means that my talk went well.
August 30, 2007
august 30, 07
I keep saying I'm going to carry around a little notebook to keep track of what people say whenever I get asked about my clothes (or have any other conversations relating to my project that are worth recording). But as I keep forgetting to actually stick that notebook in my satchel, I'll record some of that stuff here instead. I'm not sure yet if any of this information will prove useful to me later on, but better to save everything and whittle down later than to find myself wishing I'd kept better track of things. I'm interested in knowing which aspects of the project catch people's attention and hearing what they have to say about it.
Before class on August 21st, my second day of teaching, one of my students (RH) asked me if I had made my skirt and printed it. I very briefly described my project, and next he asked if my knitting was part of the project (I had knitting in my hands at the time); I said, well, yes. He then told me about the time he learned to crochet, and what he was making before he gave it up and forgot how (I resisted the urge to invite him to knit night but did say that if he brought it to class I would show him how to finish it; always proselytizing the way of the knit).
This one isn't directly related to my project, as I haven't shown or talked about my own work in the classroom: my students were proofing and second-etching their litho stones in class today, and one student (CK) asked me if she could run a few extra prints on fabric to use later. We talked about the impermanence of the inks in fabric, I pointed out my skirt and told her that it's etching ink and will fade and break down over time. My student wants to print on fabric and make stuff, and possibly do something three-dimensional in fabric for her final litho project. It's pretty exciting to me that I've got students who are already thinking about how they can combine lithography with other media, and that I've got kids with textilian leanings in my class to boot, when I haven't really given them any indication that this is an area of interest for me.