Friday, March 30, 2012

I am a nerd and should get myself to England

... that's what the guy who taught us in the screen printing class we did for fashion school said to me. And he's kind of right because all the designs I brought with me were both kind of nerdy and England-related. Oh well.
Screen printing is SO much fun and now that we had the class, we can use the rooms on our own. All my friends and family will be getting printed stuff for every birthday from now on ;)
Also, I might make some things for my etsy store (which I have had set up ages ago, but haven't used yet). I'll let you know when that happens :)

Here's the shirts I made (I printed some bags as well, but with the same designs):

Tolkien! Didn't design this myself, obviously. It's the Tolkien monogram. I'm not a tattoo person, but the monogram is the only thing I could ever imagine getting as a tattoo. Tells you a lot about my love for Tolkien ;) For now I have it on a shirt. The book I'm holding is the Silmarillion.

My dear Oscar. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is one of the most brilliant books ever written (in my opinion) and also, Oscar Wilde was just a genius. How can you not love a man who has said and written so many, many beautiful things? It seems like every word out of his mouth was quote-worthy.
I did the design in Photoshop, the quote I used is "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." and the book I'm holding is "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (seriously, read it, if you haven't).

And good old Shakespeare, also a genius. I don't care who he actually was (and I find the discussion kind of ridiculous), the plays are wonderful either way. That's also the idea behind the design: Shakespeare has an "anonymous" black bar across his eyes, on which it says "The Bard".
I'm holding the complete works.

I'm having a Doctor's companion moment here. A girl can dream, right?
I think I mentioned before that I love Doctor Who...

... so now I have I shirt with the TARDIS on it! The writing underneath says "Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey". Also, the return of the Sonic Screwdriver ;)

I can't wait to get back to do some more screen printing! Have to work out what designs I want first, though. Any requests? ;)

In other news: new haircut! You like?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Collar Craze

I'm on a roll! Three posts in three days!

This one's something from fashion school again.
Remember when we did the historical paper dresses? It seems like they like this kind of project at my school because now we had to make paper collars! And being the historic costume fan I am, I made something historically inspired.

Here you go: my sort-of-Elizabethan paper collar :) All the folding drove me almost mad and I used up 1,5 metres of paper, but I'm happy with the outcome. Also, it was good practice for when I make a real Elizabethan costume in the future (which is on the list, but it won't be the next one after the Rococo gown)

The bright white isn't great for taking detail pictures, so this is all you get ;)

Have a good weekend, if I keep up my posting craze, you'll be getting a "fabric haul" post soon! :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dot dot dot

Another one of those things that are just lying around here...

I made this skirt before Christmas. The yoke is a thick wool in a mustardy colour (it's cozy warm around my belly and ) and the skirt part is a navy blue knit with tiny yellow dots (which you can't see in the picture, sorry)
It's a really simple little thing that came together in just a couple of hours. I stole the yoke pattern from some burda pattern I had lying around and the skirt part is just a gathered rectangle.

Here ends the really quick post, I'll get back to my current project that I took a break from while writing this ;)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Remember when I told you last summer that I was doing costume design for a short film? I promised more info later but completely forgot.
Now something incredibly cool has come up and I just had to share that with you :)
First of all, if you're interested, you can find out more about the film "Mondnacht" here. There's also a trailer there, only in German though.
The premiere of the movie was at the beginning of February and since then it has been shown at a few short film festivals. And now the absolutely brilliantly totally awesome thing: "Mondnacht" has won "Best Student Film" at the International California Short Film Festival! It was a really great project to be a part of and I'm really happy for Eva (the director) about this award. Who knows, maybe I'll be famous now ;)

And so this isn't just me jumping up and down and doing a happy dance in textual form, here are a few behind the scenes photos from the shoot, taken by our lovely set photographer Carl von Einem.

I'm the one in the obnoxiously orange jacket. I was so stylish, especially when I paired it with my bright turquoise on-set emergency bag (stocked with wet wipes, safety pins and handy stuff like that). I don't have any other really waterproof jacket, though, and at least you can't lose me in that thing ;)

I have to admit however, that my jacket paled in comparison to our beautiful ballroom set at Schloss Ratibor.

Here's probably the best shot of the costumes for our numerous extras for the ballroom scene. I didn't make all the costumes (only used a few of the ones I had already made anyway), but handling twelve extras and the two main characters was quite the task all on its own.

Our two main characters (I made her blouse, which you can't really see)

When you're doing costume, there are unfortunately not that many cool pictures of you "in action", because all you really do on set is tug at people's collar or brush lint off people's shoulders or something. I really envy the make-up people, they always get cool photos of them touching up someone's make-up with a stern look of concentration. But I digress ;) This is actually the only clear shot of me on set and as it happens, it's one of me in my Victorian gown, from when I was filling in as a "ghost in historic costume", scurrying through the background.

And here, last but not least, what is probably my very favourite photo, because it cracks me up. We had a late shoot one day (hence the darkness) and this was taken right after the last scene, directly before we were packing up for the day. And while basically the whole team is checking out the final, very cinematic and beautiful shot of the day, the make-up artist and me (far right) are typing away on our iPhones, faces creepily illuminated by the screens :D It seems we're all like "Why should we care? It's dark, nobody sees our part of the job anyway." ;)

See you soon, my darlings!