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2D to 3D: Artist Room Studies, Jennifer Hawkins Hock

To emphasize a captured moment in the daily life and environment of these artists is my goal ; to spotlight their appreciation for the art f...

Friday, April 7, 2017

19th Century Slat or Prairie Bonnet - an Everyday Hat

Attracted historically, not aesthetically, to this bonnet which seems clever in its functional design. Wooden slats helped the bonnet frame and shield the face from sun during work outdoors. The back flap or "bavolet" shaded the neck. 

Gardening last summer, I wore a large cloth sunhat anchored to my head with a rectangular silk scarf tied beneath the chin - but this bonnet seems preferable.

Slat or Prairie Bonnet, 19th C. - at Macon County Historical Society Museum, photo JHH

Slat or Prairie Bonnet, 19th C. - side view showing wooden slat channels. Photo JHH

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Fashion Show

Tremendous Thank You to my excellent KFW show models who brought the clothing to life with their creative and unique presentations. Show theme: Kamama Hanamichi. Butterfly Flowerpath. Emphasizing life cycles and metamorphosis... transitions. After 2.5 months of nonstop designing, drafting, wrangling measurements, altering, sewing - and then navigating the logistics of the show itself, I didn't have time to photograph those hard-working models... so for now, my only fitting mannequin - and Nature - will have to suffice. After viewing individual garments, you'll find behind-the-scenes workroom photos at this Toile La La link.
Art Fashion Creation Kamama Hanamichi Dress with Flower Train

Art Fashion Creation Kamama Hanamichi Dress with Flower Train

Art Fashion Creation Kamama Hanamichi Dress (Train Detail)

Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Caterpillar Ensemble

Blue Monarch Caterpillar Mask - Art Fashion Creation
Pink Paris Moth Dress with Sparkling Scale Bodice - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017

Midnight Butterfly Frock with Wingtip Bow - Art Fashion Creation

Midnight Butterfly Frock (Bow Detail) - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017

Sunset Butterfly Frock with Wingtip Bow - Art Fashion Creation

Sunset Butterfly Frock (Wingtip Bow Detail), Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017
Apricot Shot Silk Kabuki Skirt with Upcycled V-Back Cobweb Sweater - Art Fashion Creation

Kabuki Ensemble - Art Fashion Creation, Spring 2017

Midnight Butterfly Slip Dress with Thorax Panel - Art Fashion Creation

White Fog Butterfly Slip Dress with Lace Thorax and Transparent Sides - Art Fashion Creation

Obi Bow Detail for Blue Sky Butterfly Slip Dress with Piped Thorax - Art Fashion Creation

Blue Sky Butterfly Slip Dress with Piped Thorax - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017
Golden Kamama Slip Dress with Transparent Sides - beneath Cocoon/Corn Husk Cape  
Golden Kamama Slip Dress with Veiled Cocoon Headpiece - Art Fashion Creation
Angel Butterfly Sheath with Fluorescent Floral Obi Bow - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017

Art Fashion Creation Brocade Seed Necklace - Spring 2017
Pink Butterfly Empress Slip Dress with Obi Bow - Art Fashion Creation

Pink Empress Veiled Perch - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017
Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Butterfly Wingspot Capes
Model consensus: Wingspot capes were itchy...
Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Accessory Details: 3-D Monarch Hairpin and Glitter-Scaled Bodice

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kabuki Skirt

The idea originally came to me after reading about Kabuki garments, and then resurfaced in the form of one of my Toile La La collages. Initially, I planned to pad the hem layers - as in the construction of the collage, but the actual skirt would have been too heavy with 12 padded layers, so they are instead folded. To counterbalance the sheen and ornamentation of the elegant fabrics, I created texture in the skirt body by handwashing and air-drying. Wabi sabi. I imagine this worn with lovely, block-heeled but lightweight and lady-like powder blue or lavender velvet pumps and a tatty black avant garde airy-knit sweater.
Hem of Kabuki Skirt - JHH
Kabuki Skirt - Toile La La collage

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Artist Room Studies in Miniature

You'll see all 15 Artist Room Studies in the Art Fashion Creation feature post. The Dufy room study is an average size: 5.5-inches high by 7-inches wide, but the studies vary in size - with the largest, Hammershoi, at about 12-inches wide. The boxes had diverse previous lives as storage for jewelry, tobacco, and spice. All have doors and some have several doors and even windows. These details though are reserved for viewers who stand before them to have a look and discover.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Malcolm Rice Dollhouse, 1929

Displayed within the Farragut Folklife Museum in Tennessee, this Malcolm Rice Dollhouse is well-engineered, imaginative, and exudes a rather mysterious aura. Rice, an architect, built the house with electric lighting and it withstood three generations of play. Several details reveal the builder and creators involved were thinking out-of-the-box: a couple of the walls have very detailed, large murals depicting flamingos and either alligators or crocodiles. One room has an elaborate and modern-for-the-time recessed ceiling light. The door at the top of a staircase looks stern and gothic - with studs and metalwork. In its entirety, the dollhouse has a feeling of something created by many hands and eyes imbued with an awareness informed by many cultures and by history.  The Rice Dollhouse offers plenty of charming details - such as a courtyard fountain which has for a base a now-very-antique shoe polish tin, three cats: including one nearly as big as the boy descending the stairs - and another perched on the kitchen table.  The curtains on the four-poster bed depict what appears to be an Asian batik or block-print fabric.  In the papa doll's room is an alcove or shrine.  A pillow on the four-poster bed is hand-embroidered and the curtains, though now worn and slightly ghostly, look to be made of women's fancy handkerchiefs - the kind with silky stitched florals or decorative borders, now to be found in a grandmother's handbag. On one wall is a framed photograph of a young woman in a chequered dress - her legs crossed and I wonder if she is someone who once received the spark of imagination from this dollhouse, but that for now is a mystery. I'm so glad to have seen this dollhouse - which tells many stories in its details and which has been so lovingly preserved as-is.
Malcolm Rice Dollhouse, Farragut Folklife Museum - TN. Photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock

Malcolm Rice Dollhouse, Farragut Folklife Museum - TN. Photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock

Malcolm Rice Dollhouse, Farragut Folklife Museum - TN. Photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock

Malcolm Rice Dollhouse, Farragut Folklife Museum - TN. Photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock

Girl in chequered dress, Malcolm Rice Dollhouse 1929 - photo JHH

Knox Asian Festival 2016 Photos

Beautiful day, great performances, music, and costumes.  Free hand-held fans to welcome cool air.  Excellent event!  Such pretty fabrics - would loved to have seen the kimono show, but fortunately met this very nice kimekomi dollmaker. What a lovely smile! 
kimekomi dollmaker, Knox Asian Festival 2016 - photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock

kimekomi dolls - back bows, Knox Asian Festival 2016 - photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock

Knox Asian Festival 2016, photo JHH

Knox Asian Festival 2016, photo JHH

Knox Asian Festival 2016, photo JHH
Knox Asian Festival 2016 - Thailand, photo JHH

Knox Asian Festival 2016 - Thailand, photo JHH

Knox Asian Festival 2016 - Thailand, photo JHH
Enjoyed a dragon and lion dance so lively it raised the hackles and barks of onlooking dogs. Sans photo, you'll have to imagine this: Young martial arts students slipped into ferocious furry costumes and climbed on each others shoulders, then glided, jumped, and tumbled around the stage. Separately, the boys and costumes brought no response from the dogs - but the instant the boys brought the creatures to life - fierce barks galore!