Making of a silk dress with a wing painted on it.
With dye in color blue black.
Realistic feathers placed unrealistically.
A long story told as is.
By artist/escapist Yuko Nagai, currently Miss Sore Thumb in a rural Japanese town
who rambles about random stuff as well.
Read on.
Thank you.

May 14, 2008

a chicken in harbor

while digging up piles of papers
i found a cartoon i did back in circa 2001
for a postcard to a friend

lovingly teasing my own cowardice...



thought i'd share that with you


that's all

timidly yours,
yuko

May 12, 2008

tied and dyed for my mother

talkin bout tee shirt i made for my ma
as a mom's day gift


first step:
general idea drawn in a line



grew into something like this

since the giftee (my ma) does calligraphy-
the japanese, charcoal/ brush type of affair

i was naturally drifted toward the
"brush/ ink partially fading" feel



in detail

the plan is to
stitch on short, side-way lines cutting across
long winding lines...



fast foward
stitched up
(gotten into trance stitching
i forgot to snap a shot in the process)

hairpin curves were a bit of challenge
as they often are



dye solution, boilin hot in stainless steel pot
big enough to give large sized kitty a hot bath

(pls be noted: i'm loving/ kind to animals)


the kind of dye used for cotton 100% is called

direct dye

i mixed blue and a bit of purple
without having a clear picture of what to expect



below: post dye, half dry
color turned out to be plain but pretty blue


removing the thread
high on anticipation



done!!

i'd say i feel alright about it


of course i am being modest

the ribbon goes around to the back of neck
and fades there like brush stroke would



although the tie-dyeing was a
side tracking one-time project at first
i got on a roll with it
on a detour roll

and started another one
what do you think how it will look
when it's done?



i have some visions loosely held

of course i will post it when it's done
thanks and bye!!

May 11, 2008

pizza for wimpy ladies

momma's day special:
cooking post


(who thought of such day anyways
whoever it was
come over here lemme spank you)


so...

happy mother's day
to those of you who do bother to celebrate


well,
i bothered

ahem


decided to make my ma pizza
from scratch, mind you

got to get the stuff
like, pizza stuff
that can be a
bit of effort
at where i reside


below:
road to mozza(rella)



opted for somewhat wimpy pizza

dough made of wholewheat flour
what's not visible here is anchovy



baked
in small oven
without pizza stone

what you can't tell from these photos is the taste
and of course i'll tell you it was super

you'll just have to
take my word for it...



she (mother) got a
tie-dyed tee as well
of course i did it myself
you will see it on my next post

that is, if you bother to visit this blog again
i hope you will
til then

(((wimpy smile)))

May 8, 2008

wing dress update: shapes of things

firstly,
happy 1yr anniversary to this blog
thank yu for letting me babble on and on
without even punctuating

(((big smile of appreciation)))



now onto the subject

i've always dreaded pattern making
this "always", in fact, lasted for few decades

but you live on dreading (and dragging on with) something and
one day, walla, something miraculous happens

well this time around i got into the craft
so much so that i almost forgot i had a blog


but not completely so
see, i snapped few photos here and there


below:
fishing for inspirations in
my mother's notes from early 70's

why early 70's?
well,
tight-fitted shoulder lines from that era
goes well with what i have in mind



far right:
the basic pattern ("sloper", they call)
i made almost a year ago




fast foward to the midst of
experimenting this and that



below:
test-assembling the dress
using cotton "sheeting" material



too short, too flared
(tennis, anybody?)

plus the sleeves too wide

the dyed swatch pinned on shoulder
to get in the mood



adjusting the shape/ length,
first on the sheeting fabric model



re-done
and okayed by me

the knee-length "shift" dress
with slight flare



transferred the changes
onto the pattern and here, you see
the finished version of it



below:
the one on left is made from fabric
with texture more similar to that of the dress-to-be

the object of the labour:
just to see how it hangs
i wish to avoid both
"bulky" and "too tight fitted" look


very arbus-kubrik ala "shining" look to the photo, by the way
....and they are in my room!!


(cold chill down my back)




now onto the next piece
i told you i'm on a roll

below:
my plan for the piece
as of now



that's arm hole cut in middle to fit
the lines must connect in smooth curve



i've always wanted to experiment with the
luxurious "thea porter sleeves"

(i named it)


drawing the curvy line's a delicate matter
i went for free-handing at first
although it's not what's commonly suggested

(but worked well here)



fast-foward to the completion



made 2 pieces, just as i did earlier



below:
that's my twin sister
my holy guardian ghost

okay, that's me
trying (the right piece) on and
showing off the sleeve



getting ready for the next task that is
to decide the placement of "wing" patterns

the task that demands me to be
"in tune + in the groove" the most



thank you for reading