Room with a View

This is one panel of my entry for the 2016 NeuroCentricArts competition at the University of Toronto, titled “Room with a View”. Technique-wise, the work probably moves more towards mixed-media. Elements of the panels make use of fabric appliqué, iron-on transfers, and – this was really fun – block prints made  of stamps carved from soft rubber blocks.

NCA was an art exhibit on 29 April 2016 and artwork featured themes related to the neuron, the brain and the mind. It was a

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Bond Girl: Gold Lamé Catsuit

Photo credit: Sachin Rao

My guy and I attended a 60s/70s costume party as Bond and Bond Girl. How many times in life do you get the chance to strut about in a gold lamé jumpsuit/catsuit? If you’re anything like me, once. Carpe diem, I say! Besides, it was either that or gold body paint, and this was a family event.

Another good reason to sew the catsuit (reason? you need a reason?) is that my proportions don’t work well with standard-issue pants. Finding the fabric at Fabrictown on the Danforth really cinched the project. This outfit was quite easy to make, which I find very, very surprising.

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Star Trek TOS uniforms: Quick-n-dirty

The kids wanted to go as Star Trek TOS officers for a 60s/70s costume party we attended; the 4yo was Spock while the 7yo wanted to be Uhura (“because her skin colour is the closest to mine”. Indeed.) . The design of these costumes is quite simple, almost pyjama-like. Quick to sew with a serger, and probably also with zigzag stitches on a sewing machine; sure beats shopping around for red and blue turtlenecks in the right size! These costumes were made mainly for one evening, so they are quite slapdash – no hems, no finishing, and the threads don’t match the fabric colour. 🙂

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