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Sewing: A Tutu’s Construction

You know, I thought I was crazy when I bid on a wedding dress two years ago and I wasn’t even engaged and marriage was not on my horizon. But because the dress was a simple silhouette and was made with a linen and silk eyelet, I justified my purchase by claiming it could be worn outside the confines of a wedding – “I could dip-dye it or make it into a skirt!” My character really came into question, not only by myself but by others, when a year after I won my first wedding dress, I bid on another. And there was no justifying this purchase. Poofy and featuring a giant bow on the skirt, the “sweeping taffeta ball gown” was ridiculous, a costume really, and there was absolutely no way it could be worn as everyday wear or even evening wear. I brushed off the laughs and questions I received for months afterwards with, “Well, if I have a Britney Spears moment and need to get married immediately, I’ll be ready with not only one dress but two!” Until a couple of weeks ago, I was still muddled as to why I purchased the gowns and was saving up for the next opportunity to get another. Then it hit me – wedding dresses are the epitome of sewing. Just like a Porsche, they represent the highest level of craftsmanship and require both hand work and work done by machines. The amount of hours it takes to make a single wedding dress far exceeds double digits. Wedding attire aren’t the only garments I have an intense hankering towards. Tutus also top my list of coveted clothing because, just like the wedding dress, their construction is incredible. “My mother started out sewing me very simple tutus. When you are in…

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tags: Construction, Fashon, Her Story Comments: 14

Meet Janel Hill: Owner of Janet Hill Studio

My art style is an odd one – a mix of Impressionism and 1950s Realism. Edgar Degas meets with Edward Hopper. I say it’s an odd combination because in Impressionist work, free brushstrokes took precedence over meticulous ones while in Realist work a la 1950s, the opposite was true. Despite their differences in how paintings were made, both artistic movement depicted fleeting moments that had small doses of nostalgia, elegance, and wag. So when I happened upon Janet Hill’s online shop, a studio filled with just this type of artwork, I made the little hearts next to images of her pieces shine bright red. Always one to strike up a conversation, I sent her a message asking if she would be willing to answer a few questions for me. Agreeing, she gave me her clever answers to my clever questions below. We have never “met” but she really seems like a gem of an individual. I encourage you to check out her work and make those little red hearts shine as well. Maddie: Can you give a brief description of your work? Janet: My work is best described as oil paintings that are typically narrative and don’t take themselves too seriously. Maddie: What or when inspires you? Janet: Movies (lots and lots), books, magazines, blogs, walks with my dog. Maddie: If your work was a person or a place, who or what would it be? Janet: A crazy little old lady’s closet. The kind of closet that has endless pairs of shoes, fox stoles, figurines, birdcages. Not sure what kind of visual that brings to mind…. Maddie: What is on your Christmas list? Janet: A bottle of Cognac and a Diptyque ‘Feu de Bois’ candle. My favorite scent in the world. Maddie: Pretend you have an amazing event to attend…

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