Entry for May 23, 2009
So, it's been awhile since I checked in. I've been making costumes for my Renaissance music group. It is quite a bit like making sculpture. You have the fabric and you have to figure out how to make it into a fitted bodice and a skirt with cartridge pleating. Then you have to figure out how to make a bumroll and wear it with the skirt to figure out how long your hem should be since the bumroll raises the hem in the back. Don't forget, if you are wearing a hoopskirt, or farthingale as they were known then, it will raise the hem up even higher. These things always seem easier to make during the conceptual period. I think, a corset, yeah, that should be easy. But lots and lots of handsewing and shoving little plastic rods into channels for stiffening. It's crazy. But when you end up with something that actually looks good and what you intended, it's very gratifying. It is amazing the amount of clothing one is expected to wear in these re-enactment settings. Bumroll, corset, farthingale, shirt, bloomers, bodice, skirt, hose, hat, underhat thingee, and shoes. Lots of tying of laces. When wearing all that, it does make you feel and act differently. Does gentility spring from not being able to move easily? Well, as for art of the usual kind, I went to the artists' reception for the ceramics show (17 artists!) in the diminutive Solomon Dubnick 25th street location. I don't know how they packed in so much ceramics without it looking like a jumble sale, but they did. Shirley Dubnick was there, looking deceptively frail, buying up pieces for her collection. Mike Solomon bought one of my pieces and complimented me on my work. I really appreciate it when someone who has been around a lot of art likes my work. I decided to pass on most of the juried shows coming up, but may try to get the State Fair entry in. Also, I'm not sure about KVIE art auction. Many people have been dissing the way they run the auction, though I've never watched it, so I don't know. They always put my piece on around midnight, so maybe the hype is over by then. Tomorrow Grass Valley closes the downtown main drag for an arts festival. I'll definitely check it out.