Wow…. Its been a year for the books!

So I come out of a deep hibernation from this blog with a whole new perspective on life and a baby on my hip.  I guess its called motherhood.   I was not sure I was going to be ready for this at first mentally and then physically but here I am.  Finnegan Tiger Flowers came in to life on January 23, 2013 at 4 pm weighing 8lbs 14oz.  He is a really great little baby, very easy, good sleeper and yet this whole thing is still very hard!  My life is flipped on it’s ass and I am still trying to find my new normal, you know.  But Finn, the Finster McCool is a real joy to watch grow, learn, struggle and laugh, well and even watch shit his pants.  I never imagined myself so excited about big baby farts but like I say here I am!  I really thought that I would have all this time off to sew post postpartum…. and the Mothers reading this laugh because its a real joke.  I have been blessed to have a work from home daddy/ tear wiper/ Finn walker so mommy can sew or sleep/ part-time diaper changer to peel me off the floor and deal with MY tantrums with poise and compassion.

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Party Dress Fever.

So… I was at work when I first discovered the book Party Dress by Mary Adams.  I lay down my credit card and took it home that day.  I loved reading about her experiences as an Oregon girl to being a dress maker in New York and then her process is astounding simple and clean and yet so sticky sweet and full of color saturation that I really just started making dresses… and now I cannot stop.  Every page is sooo inspiring.  It started with this skirt (recently sold to a girl in Ireland):

Then I started this quilted leather/wool/ silk strapless dress which is essentially done, just needs some hems and hand stitching)!

Then I got into the silk taffeta stuff which posted here in my last post.

NOW… it turns out that Mary Adams will be in Seattle at Nancy’s Sewing Basket (where i work)  for a book signing November 5th!  And to really get into the mood ALL of the employees are working on there own party dresses that will be on display during our annual sale in September and then we are going to wear them for the book signing in November.  It will be kinda of fun too because customers will be guessing whose dress belonged to which employee!  So I cannot divulge to much but I will tell you Analysis Paralysis has now sunk in completely for some of us because it is hard to decide!

Coyote Central inspired by Nick Cave exhibit at The Seattle Art Museum

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I have been teaching kids (girls) ages 9-13 how to sew and design for a really excellent Non-profit organization called Coyote Central since last October.  I have to say- I have been having lots of fun.  I really did not think that I was the teaching type… or even had anything to say about sewing to children but well- I guess I learned something.  My regular class is called Design Sew and Embellish– and through the school year it is on Saturday morning (all the better for keeping me honest:) but during the summer the class is more like a one week intensive , and it is pretty much full as of now.

Also since October Coyote and I have been talking about and organizing a special workshop in conjunction with (and funded by) the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) for the Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth exhibit that closed this last weekend.  I know, I know… my timing is impeccable.   We held the 2 day/10hr.  workshop for 8 child artist in mid April and  debuted the creations at Community Night on May 5th at the SAM.  These kids were champions not even wanting to break for lunch!!  The Jackets were then displayed at the SAM for the rest of the exhibit and then they will be put in a brand-spanking-new Coyote Central Gallery space!!

Thanks to Chris Barnett for the beautiful Picture of the process and the parade!

More from the theater front….

So this is a new (ancient) play that I am designing for Open Circle Theater here in Seattle.  The story of Ajax is a Greek war tragedy written by Sophecles .  This is an adaptation by a local thespian/writer, Todd van der Ark.  It is a weave of modern and classical text and symbols- like modern desert fatigues mixed with  knife fighting.  One of the things that the director is spotlighting is PTSD syndrome and I think that it is interesting to see that this disease was also a problem in the ancient Greek society.

I also did the graphic design of this post card and the poster for the show!!

Twilight Zone 2011

Fear for your lives!!

The play I am designing costumes for, “The Twilight Zone”, opens next Thursday Night.  If you are in the Seattle area you should definitely come check it out.  The show run March 18-April 16, 2011- Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm.  This years episodes are as folllows:

The Obsolete Man

Time Enough at Last

The Mosters are due on Maple Street

 

Don’t be shy…You are sure to see aliens and have nightmares!!

WOW…. has it really been since November?

So obviously I have been ignoring this here blog.  Soooo Sorry!

Here is what has been taking precedence:

http://www.coyotecentral.org/

I have been teaching a design, sew and embellish class for middle school students.  We have been doing lots of sewinging.  I will also be having a workshop for “Nick Cave inspired” art in conjunction with an exhibit of his work at the SAM called “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth”.  I am really excited about this and have become quite a fan of Nick Caves work and those of you who know me can probably see why:

I will keep you posted on how our own Soundsuit inspired art goes.  One of these days I will actually take pictures of my class and how much fun we have for you as well!!

I have also been sewing:

I made this dress by quilting recycled leather,  recycled wool and silk for the bodice with silk organza skirt.  There is a fully boned corset inside and a heavy exposed zipper down the back.

I am also costuming a play for Theater Schmeater here in Seattle.  It is The Twilight Zone 2011.  I am really getting my Mad Men fix off of this one.  It opens on March 18th and it is sure to be a fun time!!  We are doing three episodes:

The Obsolete Man

Time Enough At Last

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

And it is going to be done pretty much to that late ’50s early ’60 feel even for Obsolete Man which is set in the future.

Stay Tuned!!

SteamCon 2010- I am not a convention virgin any longer

So before we get to SteamCon, mom wants  to see Halloween Pictures.  So drum roll please:

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So this last weekend I attended SteamCon 2010 a convention for Victorian Science Fiction and all things that revolve around this concept from clothing to l.a.r.p. ing* and all thing between.  I went to model in a fashion show for the afternoon tea party, for Tamara Lily and Marie Cooley .  Here is my analysis:

1. us geeks are freaks. 2. really awesome costumes. 3. geeks know how to party… all night long (I think, I went to bed).  4. REALLY AWESOME COSTUMES!

This is what I made for my self to wear. The jacket is an actual Edwardian jacket I just hand stitch some steampunk trinkets to.

Here is AnamoAng the Victorian Cyborg's cheast plate. All recycle leather.

I was in the fashion show both days so did not have a huge amount of time to run around but the Art Exhibit was cool and Mercantile gave me tons of ideas a churnin’.

Here is the reel from the fashion show on FLICKR.

*live action roll play

Me in Stitch Magazine.

Fall 2010.

I recently had the wonderful (paid!) opportunity to write for Stitch Magazine put out by Interweave Press. I wrote out instructions for my Shadow Applique Wool Pillow for their 1 yard gifts in the Fall 2010 issue.  The magazine came out on the 14th of September so go pick it up at your nearest specialty magazine shop and try out my project!!

Shamless plug for Dave.

So my husband recently got his real estate license. . . so there is another pot on his stove!

He also built himself a website, FlowerRealEstate.com. I think it’s a super sweet site and I hope you will think so too.

I have learned a lot about real estate throughout his whole process and I might feel that owning a house is not as far off as I thought it was!

Its been a while.

WOW the summer is almost over and I have been sewing up a mad storm… of Other Peoples Projects (OPP)!

Damn I hate when that happens.  I seam to always get OPP bogged down in the summer time.  I recently read this funny little article written by a fellow WordPress blogger Selfish Seamstress in the new Vogue Sewing Mag that deals with how to say NO to these projects which was great advice I should head too.  But with the current economic times I feel gilty not taking gigs, especially the more artistic, better paying ones.

First client De Jour is my friend Fosse Jack (yes a stage name). He and his co-host have monthly cabaret/burlesque/vaudville show at the Rendezvous called The Jack and Wood show.

I also made a dress for my beautiful friend Michelle who was an absolute JOY to work with and the perfect 1950’s style bride… I cannot wait to see pictures.

In other fun news… I will be teaching Fashion Design to middle schoolers for a non-profit called Coyote Central.  It will be Saturday mornings October 16- December 12.  I am SOOO excited to do this kinda thing!!!!