WedWed - Wedding Wednesday {21}

With the wedding only three months away, I'm finding that we're now in what I call the "execution phase." And no, I don't mean that we're all about ready to kill one another due to some imaginary tension caused by the wedding. What I mean is that it's time to start (and finish) major DIY projects. One such project is party favors but I can't give away the details. I know, I know. I'm lame for even bringing it up. If it makes you feel better, I feel a wee bit guilty about it.

I will tell you this: the project involves stories, food, and photography. Big surprise. 

The image above is a small taste of what I'm working on (following this shot, I roasted the corn and beets for a goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette salad - yum!). Because I've decided to use the Yashika for the photography, I needed to give it a test run. Shooting food with a TLR that flips the subject in the viewfinder and doesn't allow you to get really close took some getting used to. 

I promise to show you other small tidbits here and there! 


Print in Hand

Above: Prints I'm enjoying on the deck tonight - film and summer (and cold beer for that matter) are so refreshing.

I take my film to a small photo lab near my house and each time I'm there I'm reminded of the first photography job I had during high school as a photo assistant for a photographer named Bruce. One of my responsibilities was to print and cut all of his images by hand: I worked in a small, dark closet that housed a cumbersome photo enlarger and a stool barely big enough for me to sit on. After I adjusted color dials and rotated the negatives to get each and every print, I'd fumble with the enlarger in the dark to remove the large roll of exposed paper and place it in a light proof bag. Then, I'd walk down the hall with the bag to another room that contained a machine that developed the paper. I can't remember what this machine looked like because there were no safe lights and it too had to be operated in complete darkness. I do remember, however, that a part of the paper feeder was broken and I needed to reach my hand inside the machine and guide the paper through the developer in order for it to work properly. Once the roll of paper was developed and dried, I trimmed each print with a rotary cutter finally round off the corners with a small, specialized cutter. 

I do not miss that job in the least, but I do miss the weight of crisp prints in my hand. I'd almost forgotten how nice they can look!


Thinking about thinking.

During the next 11 months I will be designing and constructing my first collection of apparel. Expect to see images and drawings of my creative process until the collection heads down the runway at New York Fashion Academy's annual fashion show in April 2012. I hope you'll join me in this intense creative journey!  

Although it may seem quiet around Lavender Honey lately, I've been busy thinking about, well, thinking. To be more precise, I've been thinking about how to think about the collection I'm designing for the New York Fashion Academy's annual Spring Fashion Show. The school requires each student to design and construct a line of apparel from beginning to end, culminating with a runway presentation of the collection. Even though April 2012 is far away, we're already moving into the initial design phases, during which we try to hone in on our design aesthetic and overall direction.

This thinking about thinking thing, absurd as it seems, has proven necessary for obtaining focus. I am, for all intents and purposes, free to design the way I choose. Despite that freedom, I know that I need to establish a framework within which to begin - I can't design for everyone and every situation. So, I asked myself, how should I narrow my scope?

I began with an attempt to define my personal style and shopping habits. For example, what kinds of things do I buy and which kinds of things do I actually wear? Which colors, patterns, and pieces to do I naturally gravitate toward?

I couldn't answer these questions off the top of my head, so I took to my closet and started categorizing my clothing - pieces I just love, those that fit well, or pieces I bought and have never worn. This was the one rare instance where refusing to get rid of old stuff came in handy - I had probably a decade's worth of clothing in there! More clothes equal more data.

What I found was rather interesting. For instance, I have a lot of red-orange and light - almost slate - blue clothes. I always thought I hated reds and was uninterested in blue, but I guess not.

image above: the brightest colors I typically buy. 

Other colors, like yellow, green, and purple, weren't as surprising to see. I already knew that I like those colors. Conversely, I noted that I had an unexpected number of pieces with design details like eyelets, embroidery, and crocheted lace. That seemed unusual, but maybe I just liked the texture. Aside from those details, my clothes were rather minimalist.

Perhaps the most sobering categorization I did was dividing my clothing into two piles - one pile of clothes that Chris has seen me wear at least once, and the other a pile of clothes he has never seen me wear. I decided that because Chris and I have been dating and engaged for a while, we have spent enough time together in nearly every social situation: vacations, graduations, birthdays, weddings, dinner parties, weekend lounging, work. That meant that if he hadn't seen me in a specific dress or shirt, I could reasonably conclude that it's likely he never will.

When I finished, the pile of dresses, tops, and other clothing that Chris had never seen me wear was much, much larger than I'd anticipated. Somewhat saddened as I gazed at my fashion foolishness, I came to two conclusions: 1) There is a disconnect between the clothes I buy and the clothes I wear, and 2) This closet investigation was not a superficial quest! If I keep buying things I don't wear (based on color, texture, fit, lifestyle, or whatever) I'm not only wasting my money, but I'm also wasting the resources necessary to produce that garment in the first place (i.e. environmental costs). 

This "disconnect" is something I'd like to explore as I move forward. At the very least, it should give me something to think about for awhile! (haha).


Image{s} of the week

The first sprouts of our hummingbird garden have appeared! It seems strange, but I'm just as mystified with growing things from seeds as I was when we were learning about plants in second grade science class.  

In other, non-garden news, I've been working on draping a skirt for our Black Dress assignment at school. More on that as the assignment progresses...

Have a lovely weekend!

Images taken with a Canon Rebel XTi.



image above: Somewhere in South Dakota, taken from the passenger seat of our car on our way to Seattle. 

One year ago this evening, Chris and I rolled up to our new home in Seattle. We packed lightly for the cross-country trip; I recall having an air mattress, a couple suitcases, and a Gata in her crate.

image above: Chris carrying the Gata and keys to open the door to our new home. We'd made it!

Happy Seattle-versary!