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Without love, it cannot be seen.
In the beginning…..God created the heavens and the earth….
Most of the people I have spoken to say they like to create because they want to share what they have made with others. To show them how they saw a particular event and how they choose to interpret it. To invite people into their way of seeing things. But not only that, we create because really it is just a pure joy. That’s why we got into this stuff called “art” in the first place.
We have this urge to communicate!
We say, “Mom, the wave… it went like this!” And so we draw it out boldly or subtly or how it made us feel.
Or we say, “Dad, the song, it went something like this…Bum, bum, BUMMM!”
Or, ”Grandma, the tree branches rocked back and forth like this…” So you motion it with your hips.
Art is created by reacting.
We didn’t think first. We did it.
As we grow up, we mature. Our bodies as well as our thoughts.
But that first spark…that creative energy can either lie dormant or continue to show itself once in a while or it can just be a lifestyle.
This is for the artists out there..
Lets not get overwhelmed by creating a masterpiece.
Lets just make something….just because…
well, just because we like it.
I guarantee you that we don’t have to burden ourselves by becoming work-a-holics.
What are we racing for?
Why are we trying to be better than others?
When there will be something else to take its place…
I mean just observe… isn’t it already true?
Long story short…
Go from your gut.
Draw from what inspires you and how it affects you personally.
Your the one signing your work at the end of the day.
Now is the time to make personal work, not tomorrow or the next day or the next day…
But on a side note~
God created this earth, so that he could invite us into his creation. Its all so beautiful too. We are apart of it. Basking in it. Sitting in it.
He created out of deep love. Creating all we see so that we could know that it comes from a dad that seeks intimacy with his children.
anytime a guy says “that’s what she said” always reply with “not to you”
Film Meme: directors (1/7)
I’m not going to make movies that tell children: ‘You should despair and run away’. - Hayao Miyazaki
Sailor Moon key animation.
Oh my god Ikuko Itou key animation…..
she should return to do the whole new series.
I wanna go here
Places we could only imagine cause were so caught up in our own little world. :(
"Junkyard" by Hisko Hulsing
Pretty intense short film, with an interesting blend of 2D/3D. It was pre-selected for Oscar last year. Warning- if you suffer from epilepsy-triggered flashing lights, you may do well not to watch it, as there are two-three moments in there.
Also, depiction of violence-blood, drug use, abuse.
Thank you again, Catsuka, for the heads up:
Synopsis : A man is robbed and stabbed on a metro train. As he lays dying, a friendship from his youth flashes before his eyes.
“Nature is a haunted house - but Art - is a house that tries to be haunted.”
― Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages. Whew. And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.
This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use! It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows. First things first, how about a little:
ADVICE FOR RESEARCHING HISTORICAL FASHION
- Read, and read about more than just costuming. Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design. Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
- Expand your costume vocabulary. When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research. Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research. What’s a wire rebato? How does it differ from a supportasse? Inquiring minds want to know.
- Double-check your sources. Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr. I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation. Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help! Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.
Okay, onto the links!
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books! God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced. Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.
Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES. Libraries. You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.
GENERAL / SURVEYS
- British Costume from Earliest Times to 1820
Fine book with lots of first hand sources, but be wary of the photography in the book- reproduction costumes and thus somewhat less reliable. Though hilarious.
- Corsets and Crinolines
Norah Waugh’s invaluable survey of corsetry and corset patterns- used the world ‘round by modern corsetieres.
- Costume in Detail: Women’s Dress 1730-1930
Elaborate line drawings/diagrams of extant period garments! A fantastic survey.
- Cut of Men’s Clothes
PDF available online! Patterns for men’s period garments.
- Cut of Women’s Clothes
Patterns for women’s period garments.
- Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History
This is a library find, unless you have a pretty three hundred bucks lying around- a great, general resource.
- A History of Costume
A lot of good text and info, to be taken with a grain of salt. Be wary of any reconstructions and or “supposed” patterns that aren’t directly based on extant garments or firsthand accounts.
- Fashion (Taschen 25th Anniversary)
A survey of the Kyoto Costume Institute’s fashion collection- broad but beautiful. On every fashion student’s bookcase.
- Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style
Great overview of fashion history from the Smithsonian and DK publishing.
- The History of Costume: From the Ancient Mesopotamians Through the Twentieth Century
Broad costume survey, second edition.
- What People Wore: 1,800 Illustrations from Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth Century
this is one of those “I am putting this here because I used it a ton when I was younger” but man, mixed bag. Really cool survey to browse through, but also work that is a copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy in most instances and thus not necessarily trustworthy as a resource.
- What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society
A collection of Racinet and Hottentoth’s costume plates from the 19th century. A beautiful survey but, since these are later illustrations, to be taken with a grain of salt.
Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out. Pretty amazing stuff.
- Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, C.1560-1620
- Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction C. 1660-1860
- Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction C. 1860-1940
- Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women C. 1540-1660
Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there. Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise. The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.
- Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
- Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail
- Underwear: Fashion in Detail
- World Dress: Fashion in Detail
The one non-western entry in the series.
- Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915
LACMA’s response to the V&A’s series mentioned above, also an invaluable resource for historical fashion detail.