|Auditioning fabrics in my studio Photo: Margaret Braun|
Oiy! I can't help myself! I have begun Project Runway Season 5! Please don't tell Glenys.
Like any good mystery I can't help but wonder "what's next"? The garment challenges and reactions of the designers makes me laugh and/or groan within every series.
I ask myself, "How can I translate their exercises into my artmaking?" This has become an interesting and stimulating venture for me, too. The possibilities are endless.
Keeping with my reuse, recycle, repurpose and upcycle theology I chose fabrics and paraphernalia from the Edmonton Reuse Centre. It is always exciting because of the unknown contributions donated by a multitude of local gifters.
I have decided to begin with an abstract concept which will eventually take on layers. There are several obstacles to overcome: colour unification; combining different fabric weights -- transparent next to upholstery next to satin next to velvet; prints containing white or light valued-colours may pop too much so I may have to stain them; and integrating intriguing details, accessories and illustrative assemblages. Blending all these elements together in some engaging way can be perplexing.
Well, off I go.
As Tim Gunn would say, "Make it work".