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Florals and Faeries | The Articles

As I clear up my space and put some order to the madness, I found that I have a nice collection of artificial flowers. By nice, I mean I had so much that these just needed to go! This is one of the creations I was working on during my time off.

I started with making a simple strappy dress using a green and white floral fabric . I gave it a pointed hem. I was limited on how much fabric I had with this, so I gave it a bottom layer of a light olive colour fabric. I wanted something slightly adjustable in sizing, so I ruched the waist with several rows of elastic. as well as a zip on the back. This was going to be my green faerie.

The leaves and flowers on this dress were hand sewn onto the dress. I could have opted for a much faster solution by just using my trusty hot glue gun to attach them, but I was afraid that I’d be too indecisive with the placement of the flowers. I didn’t quite build out the layout that I wanted. So hand sewing it was just in case I wanted to change things up.

I changed it up at least three times.

The edges are raw for the time being. I might distress them a bit more to make it a little more whimsical. Other than that, I think the one thing that’s missing now is a headpiece. So that’s something to consider adding to my list of projects!

This was a fun piece to create. The hand sewing was a bit time-consuming, but looking at the final results, it was worth it. This is definitely something I’d like to create more of. I still have plenty of leaves and flowers left over, so why not!


Lee

Turning It Off and On Again

It’s been a few weeks now since I started my social media detox. It wasn’t really planned. It sort of just happened, and I think it was really for the best. I just wanted a little break from it. So I figured a few hours off of it one day would be awesome. Hours turned into days, days turned into weeks., and I just kept on going. I suppose that’s just the way it goes sometimes, yes? So apologies for the radio silence.

Last year, I found myself pulling away from social media-ing a bit. Last year, it was more of a feeling of being jaded by it and just trying to ‘find my way,’ that I just felt like I was just going through the motions…with a lot of things. I found myself scrolling through feeds just out of habit. I was wasting time, and I wasn’t feeling excited about creating. I didn’t like it. Then something kicked me into gear, and things needed to change.

This year feels different, though, compared to last year. A little wiser, perhaps? Haha maybe.  I have more of a sense of direction that I’m heading towards, and a lot of it seems to just focus on being creative and losing myself in the process. As great as it is to have all of these outlets to share my art, there’s just been a part of me that just wants to devote a lot of time to just creating. No sharing right away. Just focusing on creating…and appreciating…and growing.

Create first. Share later. For awhile, I fell into the trap of immediately sharing my latest piece or photo. I was so busy uploading it to social media, that I just forgot about the one place that I felt should be the first place to share it on – my website. I know I’ve said it a few times before and I most certainly did not do it. Here’s hoping that I actually follow through this time.

I’ve also been tackling clearing up my work space. Clean space = Happy place. By the gods,  it’s working! The floor has been cleared and remains clear, so it’s definitely a step in the right direction. There’s still a bit of a ways to go, but baby steps. I’ve got a lot of fabric! Speaking of fabrics, I’m notorious for hanging onto scrap fabrics for ages. By ages, I mean years. I’ve been working on clearing up some of it…by making zip pouches.

Behold!

By making these, I’m clearing up small pieces of fabrics as well as small zippers that I rarely reach for. I get new things for my shop, and I make room in my work space. So, it’s win-win. These will be available in my shop shortly.

I found plenty to keep me busy and creative during my time away, but I also took some time to just step back and relax. For instance, I’ve had a growing collection of mangas and other books just piling up. It felt wonderful to finally sit down and read them and re-discover my love for reading. It’s been awhile, old friends!

Am I leaving social media completely? The short answer is no. I’d still like to hop on now and again and see fellow friends and artists growing in their respective fields as well as getting the chance to interact with fans. However, I do like what all this social media time out has done for me as an artist. I’m feeling refreshed and inspired. I’ve created some fantastic new pieces (it’s more than just zip pouches, I swear), and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. With these new pieces comes inspiration, and I’m motivated to create some dreamy photo concepts. Perhaps my little break from the camera is coming to an end…


Lee

 

Petals in Denim | The Articles

I call this creation Petals in Denim.

This dress has been on my list to create for awhile now. Apart from the lace, the dress is made out of a pile of old jeans that’s been sitting in my sewing space for quite some time. I knew that I wanted to transform them into a dress of some sort.

The initial idea was to turn each pair of jeans into a one-of-a-kind dress. The more I thought about it, the less I was motivated to create a small collection of denim dresses. It just wasn’t the most appealing idea at the time. Well, it still isn’t an appealing idea to me, really…

The idea behind the design didn’t come to mind until a few weeks ago. Most of the jeans were varying shades of blue, so I thought it would be a cool idea to give the dress an ombre effect. Despite having several pairs of jeans to work with for this creation, I didn’t want to get too carried away and end up having an unfinished dress on my dress form, so the petals were an ideal shape and design to give it length and coverage at the same time.

The v-lacing around the neck was a last minute addition to the dress. I thought the neckline was a little too strong and wanted to soften its intensity.

Overall, I’m quite proud of how this turned out. I currently don’t have a particular concept planned for this (as with most of my designs when I create them), but I’m sure I’ll dream up something.


Lee

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