November 18, 2012
Thanks to all of the fine people who came out to see me at the Made in Windsor holiday sale over the weekend! The venue (the newly renovated Walkerville Brewery) was lovely and the turnout incredible. Most of what you see above was sold at the show, but what’s left will be listed in ye olde etsy shoppe once we’ve returned from our Americanthanksgiving vacation. See you soon!
Posted by jodi on November 18, 2012 at 10.34pm
November 13, 2012
This woodblock isn’t fully cut yet but I printed it anyway, first in blue and then later in gray. In addition to printing it on fabrics for bandannas and cowls for the shop, I also printed it on some jersey material for leggings for me! Which have to wait until after this weekend’s show to get sewn up. I’ve now printed cut-out pattern pieces for four pairs of leggings, with three more pairs cut out and waiting to get printed, so stay tuned for the inevitable parade of outfit photos coming soon. Some of these leggings are going to be truly hideous. I can’t wait!
Posted by jodi on November 13, 2012 at 10.46am
June 24, 2012
This is the Lululemon running skirt I extended to calf length with a cascade of new ruffles. Surprise! It was for my beautiful new sister, Sonja, to wear at her wedding to my stepbrother, Kela.
I worried that the 4-way stretch spandex fabric I used, while fitting well with the sporty garment it was being added to, would look silly and terrible in a wedding where the groom was wearing a tuxedo. But I was wrong, it was gorgeous, and Sonja will be one of the few people who will ever be able to comfortably compete in a triathlon in her wedding gown.
And just look how adorable they are. This is a good looking family all right.
Posted by jodi on June 24, 2012 at 5.32pm
April 11, 2012
Posted by jodi on April 11, 2012 at 9.00pm
February 16, 2012
A friend of mine needed a white, fancy summer dress for a tropical beach wedding, but try and find such a dress in Canada in the middle of February (even if you are that person who easily fits into anything off the rack, which my friend, like almost every person in the whole world, is not). She found an almost suitable dress that we made some minor changes to in order to make it perfect. It’s a bridal dress (the idea of wearing a bridal dress as part of someone else’s wedding party thrills me, as I’m not really all that big a fan of marriage in general). I forgot to get real “before” shots, but here it is with the hem and the two long back ties shortened from floor-length to knee-length:
Then I added a layer of organza fabric, pleated on underneath the bodice band and finished off at the bottom edge with a narrow serged hem. So pretty!
Posted by jodi on February 16, 2012 at 8.55pm
December 24, 2011
Here are a few of my favourites.
Lots more, right here!
Posted by jodi on December 24, 2011 at 8.43pm
December 19, 2011
Part slutty, part frumpy, part art student, part rock star. (Also apparently apprehensive about something and unable to coordinate colours).
That’s me on my 40th birthday, on which I had at least 4 discussions in which I was told “oh, you don’t look 40″ and in which I replied that I am indeed 40 and this is what I look like and that perhaps those people need to readjust their perception of what 40 looks like. People don’t seem to like to hear that. But seriously, if I don’t look 40, and the other people I know who are 40 don’t look 40, then who does look 40? 50 year olds? 60 year olds? I have a sneaking suspicion that this is just another way in which the Baby Boomers’ self absorption and fear of death is trickling down and infecting the rest of us. (speaking of self absorbed: ahem. THIS WHOLE BLOG POST).
Guess what? 40 looks like this.
And like this.
I’d like to gently suggest that everybody just be a grownup and stop clinging to what they believed when they were 20. 40 is awesome because it is 40, not because of the convincing way in which it pretends to be 30. The 40 year old me could easily kick the 30 year old me’s ass into next Sunday. I wouldn’t be 30 again for anything.
Posted by jodi on December 19, 2011 at 2.18pm
December 10, 2011
I missed this in my weblog feeds while I was away on vacation and when it finally came to my attention, it blew me away! I’ve been following Sandra’s weblog for a while, from back when I used to troll the Wardrobe Remix group on flickr looking for people with fun and quirky style. Last month she bought a couple of my woodblock printed bandannas from Ye Olde Etsy Shoppe The Second, and look what she did with them!
This is totally adorable and an idea I’m thinking about stealing. How cute would it be to sew four of these panels together instead of two, throw a belt over it and presto, instant dress? It’s a casual, easy style I’ve long loved, reminiscent of the clothing designs of Russian avant-garde artists Varvara Stepanova and Liubov Popova, which are constructed to make the most of whole, uncut cloth. These designers also influenced Andrea Zittel’s Personal Panel Uniforms series, and all in turn influenced my masters thesis, The Wardrobe Project (I mentioned them all in my thesis report, which you can download and read here, if you like). Now I need to crank up bandanna production so I can try out some dresses!
Posted by jodi on December 10, 2011 at 3.41pm
November 16, 2011
This ugly old wedding dress is the raw material for a new project prototype: creating new and useful items out of what would otherwise sit folded in tissue forever, slowly fading, creases setting in permanently. You spent thousands on this dress, and possibly even dreamed of wearing it your whole entire life. Don’t store it under the bed where it’ll get knocked around every time you sweep the floor. Don’t store it in the basement where it’ll get ruined the first time you have a sewage flood! Instead carry the memory of your special day with you always, in the form of such practical items as: grocery totes. Placemats. A laptop case. Diaper soakers! (because after marriage comes the baby carriage, amirite?).
Any suggestions for practical and irreverent items (that people ACTUALLY USE) to add to the list will be welcomed and considered. I am especially excited about the grocery totes, but there must be something that can be done with all that lace. Kitchen curtains? Car rags? Ooh, car seat covers. Do people still use those?
Posted by jodi on November 16, 2011 at 1.56pm
November 1, 2011
My new (second) etsy store, where I’ll be listing all of my printed clothing, bags and accessories from now on. Click on the banner. CLICK. ON. THE. BANNER.
Today I uploaded a selection of the woodblock printed bandannas I was working on last week. Here’s a peek at a few of my favourites:
Posted by jodi on November 1, 2011 at 8.18pm