Well, it’s that time again. I’m off to Burning Man!
I don’t know any better way to say it than this: thank you. I have had so many great encounters with new clients and old clients; I’ve been given so many opportunities to deliver work and service that I am truly proud of; I have pushed myself so hard and so long, and while I’m mostly exhausted at this point I also have next month’s rent paid, and am looking forward to my little break.
If you see me at Burning Man, please say hello! Last year I met several blog readers and online customers on the playa, and it’s one of the most unexpected and rewarding experiences I’ve had at Burning Man.
I spend a lot of time on the Sensatron. My camp is Post Nuclear Family and we’re placed around 4:20 & E. I’ll also be hosting a workshop at the New Orleans CORE project in the Souk. On Wednesday from 2-4, I’ll be teaching how to make fabric necklaces.
See you on the playa!
I’ve been working like a rhinestone zombie. So much sewing to be done! Some of it is Burning Man related, but much of it is just other small jobs for other clients, not really interesting enough to blog about. I’m leaving for the playa in 6 days and I haven’t had a chance to do any prep work. Eep! So I’ll let this post be mostly images, because my brain ain’t so good at processing words lately.
This was one of my favorite projects in a long time. Nando is a very playful and sweet guy, and he wanted to bling out his plain peacock-blue matador jacket. Obviously this was right up my alley (which is where these pictures were taken, appropriately).
I just loved this project. It was so much fun to work on, and he was so pleasant to work with. It was an ideal project.
I made the cat heat using some fabrics we picked out together, some fabrics from my stash, and that heat-fusible bond paper stuff (I told you I’m not good with words).
The epaulet is constructed from that awesome silver vinyl applique, a red velvet pad, and orange tassel trim.
I made a cat toy necklace from some of the leftover trims.
I also made him a set of booty shorts, complete with crotch gusset, out of the copper kitty fabric, but apparently I didn’t give Nando enough rum to model them in my alley.
If you see Nando on the playa, tell him you recognize him from the internet!
This cooler was once solid black, with a Harley Davidson logo on the front. Could you possibly imagine me carrying that to a party? So off came the logo, on went the paint, a damnit all if I didn’t have to replace the zipper! Luckily I had a big pink one handy. The cooler was free, the paint and zipper were in my stash.
The original purpose of this cooler was for Burning Man, to carry on my bike or on our art car, the Sensatron. Since 2013, it’s also come on numerous trips around, and was perfect for bike riding at the beach for Independence Day.
Nothing’s cooler than a black light, especially when you might already be losing your mind for whatever reason, and so I created a collection of zipper masks for just such an occasion. These materials were carefully selected for an awesome neon experience.
You can check out these zipper masks in my Etsy shop. If your heart is set on a design that’s already sold, contact me about a custom order!
Burning Man is held out in the desert, on a prehistoric lakebed. The ground is covered in a powder-like dust and strong winds off the mountains can create dust storms, possibly leading to whiteout conditions. It’s essential to be prepared and carry some sort of respiratory shield, and there’s nothing more fabulous than a zipper mask!
These masks are sewn by hand, and each one is a unique combination of fabrics. Clearly I love playing with colors, and I love making these!
I created this mask custom for a friend. She’s totally got the personality of a puppy who loves to chase a neon party.
I really love the elements of this mask that don’t glow. It’s positive and negative space, in light!
Lately I’ve been spending time in Monterey, which is a friendly and beautiful town. One of our favorite parts about being on the peninsula is eating at il vecchio (which is actually next door in Pacific Grove). They make their gnocchi fresh daily, and their pesto is just about the most flavorful and nuanced that I’ve ever tasted.
And the point of this is: I made a couple vests for the restaurant. The proprieter and I went shopping at Beverly’s together, and picked out this damask batik quilting cotton, which I think is such a funny combination. I like to imagine that the fabric was dyed with wine.
I made one male sample, and one sample for ladies. Besides size, the only difference is a bust dart. Both versions have back ties, lined front panels, facings at the back neck and arms, and buttons.
In the end, the staff declared the fabric a little “Mississippi Riverboat Gambler” which I totally see, and then they decided to scrap the vests altogether.
I know this project isn’t terribly exciting, but such is the life of a professional seamstress. And now, back to work!