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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, October 28, 2016

Toile La La Blog

Art Fashion Creation is now my main blog, but I also author and edit Toile La La (named with a nod to fashion design toiles - it's pronounced twahl-lah-lah). The Toile La La URL was sewatoile.blogspot.com originally - but I've recently changed the TLL URL to toilelala.blogspot.com. If you are one of the rare and few Toile La La readers, I'm hoping it will appear in search engines soon, however - it seems the change of URL is the reason you're not seeing my Toile La La blog. During these few days of floating around in cyberspace, I've added a few Toile La La posts. One proclaiming my love of old sewing patterns. Another post with an illustrated tutorial for a T-Shirt Dress using Recycled Denim and made to be worn with a Jimmy Fallon Blazer-Cape. Here, a link - I hope, to my Toile La La T-Shirt and Jeans Dress tutorial. And another Toile La La blog tutorial from May 2013 - a DIY Overalls/Salopettes idea croquis.
Toile La La at toilelala.blogspot.com

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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BLANKFest, Knoxville TN


We made a beeline for BLANKFest after a futile search for live music and performance in our own vicinity.  Two more incentives drew us to Knoxville the same weekend: the Knox Asian Festival and the 1929 Malcolm Rice dollhouse on display at the nearby Farragut Museum.

Friday PM, happy to find a couple of non-smoking environments, we settled into two of the four BLANKFest venues - Scruffy City Hall and Cocoa Moon. Arrived too late for The Pinklets, unfortunately - but agreed the trip was worth it for Guy Marshall's set: simultaneously languid, haunting, and energetically charged with a passionate sense of the present, the past, and the stories in-between. Listen for Guy Marshall's Never Seen Again and Cigarette Smoke.

Cocoa Moon knocked our socks off - partially due to the sequins, tassels, and fishnets, but specifically by a mysterious, angular, avant garde mask-dance and by an unabashedly alluring singer with a magnificent set of blasting pipes.

Saturday PM, 6:30 till 1 AM, we perched on the top bench of Scruffy City's balcony and enjoyed all seven bands: Magnolia Motel, The Monday Movement (great soundspace manipulation),Bark (swamp-surf / bayou-burlesque) Gillian (listen for Kym Hawkins' percussively rhythmic vocals in House Boat), Hudson K (brought me to my feet... excellent electro and stage presence... see video You Are My Moon), Baby Baby (my husband's favorite - they broke the sound barrier of our handrolled tissue ear plugs to win his heart), Crumbsnatchers (hear Rubituckin - and hope to someday catch this band at its loudest and best misbehaviour, cacophonously harmonious).

We're glad to have experienced BLANKFest - a dream, with a soundtrack, envisioned and organized by Rusty Odom. 
Hudson K, BLANKFest 2016 - Scruffy City Hall, Knoxville TN. Photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock
 
Gillian, BLANKFest 2016 - Scruffy City Hall, Knoxville TN. Photo Jennifer Hawkins Hock

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Photos - Asheville Fashion Week 2016: Grand Finale

Front row photos expressing the beauty, imagination, diversity, and talent which converged to present this August 6, 2016 fashion extravaganza. From collection start to finish - Kristin Alexandra Tidwell to Angel Blanco - the designers gave a strong show, with an eclectic display of clothing suited to any occasion. A perfectly-chosen playlist set the tone and pace as Gage models brought the clothes to life, with hair and makeup ranging from natural glamour to creative fantasy. All told, a fashion success for Asheville, NC.
Asheville Fashion Week 2016, Grand Finale - all photos JHH
Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH
Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH

Asheville Fashion Week 2016, photo JHH