Quotes for National Sewing Month

Although my sewing projects aren’t as frequent or as prevalent as they used to be, I still have respect for National Sewing Month this September.  Because of my costuming work, I’m aware of how much work sewing is and I continue to advocate for artisans all over the world, no matter their medium.  This belief is what makes National Sewing Month resonate with me even more.  And, as a supporter of sustainability, I believe everyone should learn to sew.  Like most people, you are probably very apprehensive to pick up a sewing needle and thread.  To inspire you to pursue your inner sewing creativity, consider a few of these unique quotes to discover what possibilities may be in store for you (even if that means you only attempt to replace buttons on a shirt instead of taking it to a tailor). Continue Reading ›

William Shakespeare: Fashionista

If I were to ask you whom you would consider a fashion expert, you’d probably respond with top name designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel or Edith Head.  The last person you’d think of is famous classical English playwright William Shakespeare.  Most of the time, Shakespeare is associated with memories of English homework you didn’t want to do or yet another assignment about Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet.  It may surprise you to find that Shakespeare was actually quite fashion savvy.  As a current staff member for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I’ve found Shakespeare has numerous clothing and fashion references and what better time to share them than for the Beverley Center for the Arts opening July 7-9 in Cedar City, Utah?  In honor of this festive occasion, here are some of Shakespeare’s fashion observations from Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V and Julius Caesar, the three Shakespeare productions at the Festival this season. Continue Reading ›

Pantone Spring 2016 Jewelry

Since digging into my interests in graphic designs, Pantone, the color dictionary has become more than a series of monochromatic and complementary colors.  So far this year, the colors have become my discoveries from favorite fashion companies as well as symbols for my journey in life.  Last spring, the Pantone colors symbolized something different for me as I determined my next steps after leaving my job as a costumer in Denver.  This year, they hold entirely different meanings and lessons.  For the first time in a while, I have a focus and am eager to pursue a specific career path as a member of a Master of Fine Arts program for Arts Administration during the next couple of years and my recent Costa Rica travels opened me up to possibilities and provided me seashells for the perfect pendants in my latest jewelry collections inspired by Pantone colors.  Join me on my latest colorful journey to see exactly where I’ll be heading next. Continue Reading ›

Luck on Chinese New Year

My grandmother is getting ready for Chinese New Year after a Denver Broncos Super Bowl victory, carefully placing red and gold envelopes on the dining room table covered with oranges, candies, Chinese sweets and a vase full of red roses. The red accoutrements adorning the table are all to bring good luck in the New Year, and I’m happy for any opportunity to rope in a little good fortune. Although I agree most people make their own luck through hard work and dedication, I decide to work on a Lucky Knot to make my own rabbit’s foot. My grandmother asks if the game is over, but for me it seems like it’s all just begun. With multiple applications for jobs and school in the balance and two possible places to land for a while, I wonder if not washing my hair and refraining from eating meat on Monday will give me a little bit of hope I’ve been looking for. Continue Reading ›

Art Vs. Craft

On the final day of my drawing class, a classmate eagerly pursued me and asked, “Can I draw you in class today?”  He seemed intrigued as his eyes looked over my features, not that I got the sense he was necessarily pursuing me romantically.  Instead he seemed to be taking me on like a challenge, but I wasn’t sure what the challenge was.  “Sure,” I responded, shrugging my shoulders and not thinking much about it.  I didn’t think more on it as I concentrated on drawing another classmate, until I saw the final result.  It hit me hard.  It wasn’t that it was terrible.  It was that the drawing was so accurate my heart jumped.  I couldn’t believe how I looked.  He perfectly captured my large dark brown Italian pupils perched in the narrow Epicanthic folds of my eyelids.  I always thought I looked Mediterranean, but never Asian.  “I look Japanese,” I replied in shock.  He took this as an offense, but that wasn’t the problem.  It surprised me that someone could capture me so well.  Other students tried, and some were close, but none had drawings like this final result.  Continue Reading ›