wondering...about the wonders of this wonderfull...world
foto x arnaldo @MMXIproject
A couple of summers ago, coming home from class, I took the subway with a friend and I told her I was trying to start a blog... then I also told her how time consuming and addicting it had become, and that I was wondering if it was something worth doing... she laughed and asked me to let her know when I was done and give her the"link" so she could read it. Then she left and I kept thinking...why? why should I do this ?
Technology has taken us to a new level and we are now, able to "publish ourselves"! PUBLISH OURSELVES however we want to; if you want to be yourself, transparent and out in the open, or even if you want to pretend to be someone else... YOU CAN! Now you can blog and share your thoughts and experiences with people without having them "altered" by the editors, or "chosen" because of how cool or marketable they are...
This space is for us to share; zaidibirindilindilandia-my own little world, my ingenious- and your thoughts!
"it all comes to an end... but its not just the end... its the road you went through to get there"
The project of the Italian Grandmothers really took over most of our 3rd semester running through the beginning of the 4th... but not only was our time/curriculum transformed, it was our perception of the female body that completely changed|IT WAS rediscovered| understood!
Each 2-3 people group had a lady... ours-not as old(as the other ones) neither of AGE or of SPIRIT-which is what counts the most- Sassy and Energetic, she always made me and Jessica laugh. She would tell us stories of the 50's and how she had a dress "JUST like that one" (the one that was assigned to a different group). And how clothes used to be so finely made before, and how she used to have custom made clothes.... As she spoke and we tried to understand|translate|speak back|be understood... we also tried to do our work... Adjust our drapes, pinch here, take away from there, OMG! how did we come up w that shape??? Did she loose some weight?
In order to be "freer" in this game... we were told to "create" a grandma' body... we stuffed the basic bodice and stuffed the basic skirt we had adjusted... to FORM a new "form". We started off with a "perfect" size 8 WOLF® form, and little by little started padding, criss crossing pieces of batting, then make a whole, add a circle, add more stuffing! Okay, we realized two people=4 hands=one area... is a bit caotic. Jessica would do the back, I would do the front, then we critique... I sculpted the bust(It was so fun)and The belly(make a wish) , Jessica the back, her unbalanced shoulders and her small almost "hump"... her deformations we came up with!
A new mannequin... and our grandmother could be with us in the draping room. Of course, this one was missing the spark and charm our little italian lady had... but we could at least stay in the lab until 8' AND DRAPE AWAY... you half, I half, you the collar, me the skirt.. etc...
Once the project was over, and the show had happened, we came back to the draping laboratory to find a room of "naked, red, black, white, stitched-up grandmothers" silently awaiting, reminding us of the journey we had just come back from... We were asked to let them go... and so we did, our grandmas were gone, and the young ''perfect size'' missies came back... But in our heads, in our hands... the body was no longer a flat, asymmetrical, 34, 24, 32, balanced thing... It was three-dimensional, attitudinal, it had a lifestyle, and it had to move and be comfortable...
insides.all opened up. cut in half
Scratches... all over the place... lets re-organize!
I don't want my blog to turn into something personal, a novel where I post all my feelings and thoughts about life and love... but today I got inspired to share something with you... that -in a way- DOES have to do with my work and my career...
I have finished the academic year abroad about 10 days ago and have until the end of the month to move out of my apartment... asides from the fact that IAM an art student... i have realized how much of a "pack rat" I am ... maybe it is because I am an ART STUDENT... hmm
I've been waking up at 7 am everyday,and of course by 4 pm I am hallucinating- coffee or nap??-
... but I really enjoy those morning hours-you feel so productive- Not to mention I spend the first 3-4 hours hypnotized by the World Wide Web and between emailing FIT NY, creating the ETSY website, updating my blog and figuring out my Summer/Work PLANS and my post-summer study/living plans... there comes a moment where I panic... I remember the temperature outside is lovely, and I am in Florence and "on vacation". I need to get out! Oh... I need to empty the shelves/throw out magazines, clean the bathroom and the kitchen.. move out... Okay! two more hours of work... so I start classifying, organizing, cleaning...andhah! time to go out...
Its amazing.. the sun, the people... I've had quite the BICYCLE experience... we have a relationship.. two accidents, had one stolen and now I ride one with half empty tires and a NEW bell! but I love it! riding it really stresses me.. and makes me think... hah! the breeze!
Ive just realized... as long as I feel productive-not fooling myself, I meant as long as I AM productive- I think... these days have made me discovered that NYC lifestyle is NOT the only way! I could be hapy working from home... creating... as long as I get to "uscire"/escape/salir/ser libre... for about 2 or 3 hours of my day and feel the LIGHT AND THE HEAT mother earth provides us... I am merry!
who would have known... 10 months ago I felt so lazy... I though ALL people who live here were... just because food time is sacred, home time is sacred... and you are allowed to eat gelato more than once in a lifetime... because you burn the "fat/i would say SUGAR"walking and bicycling...
I return home.. at the border of a proudly owned -heat- headache... to an evermore empty room.. I am moving once more- CITYSCAPE here I come... I hope you don't reject me... but if you do... it doesn't matter... I am ready... I am becoming more "hybrid"/mobile"
living abroad for a year has been incredibly amazing. breathtaking and a previously unimaginable experience... but definitely somewhat unreal!
When I moved to NYC on summer of 2006, I started working like there was no tomorrow. I worked for a stocktraiding/softwaredeveloping firm where I was -basically-the only female. I went to school-FIT- on the evenings and on saturdays and life was just a bit insane. On the summers and winters following, I took courses at FIT and had about 3 jobs at a time.... you become a jack of all trades(I worked as a "sales associates" at BEBE stores, as
a waitress-in two restaurants at the same time-, a bartender, and my favorite.... a freelance sketch artist!... )During the following school semester I realized I was not enjoying my work as much as before and i reduced my hours at one of my jobs and started working also in school as a student ambassador and became the coordinator of the program....to sum it all up...
NYC life = work life...
I♥it... don't get me wrong! That is why I went there...
But coming to Italy for a year and knowing that I was not going to have working permissions etc.. I saved and relaxed... But money is running short and I have decided to stay here-well, in Milano- for another year, so in founding money problems solutions... I've decided to join ETSY.COM and have created my own little shop:
One more chapter... a very new and unexpected one...
After a long debate with myself, friends and colleagues (believe me, more intense than I thought) I have decided that I will be attending the POLITECNICO DI MILANO next year for my 1st semester of Bachelor's degree and will specialize in Knitwear... Yes, I know. a 360˚ turn, but the decision is made and I am so up for it.
You see, I've been in FLORENCE this year and loved being abroad so much that I really didn't want to go back to NY yet...I know its an amazing place to be, but I want to explore the unexplored a bit more before deciding to stay in the BIG apple for a couple of years..(we were all afraid that this would happen)-my mom said that I would never come back- >.<
...so I applied for the Central Saint Martins (a very good art school in LONDON) program through FIT; but considering they ONLY recommend 2 people (including the applicants from NY) I was selected as a "stand by"-- which means I am the ONLY person on a "one person waiting-list" because every year prior-one of the two people selected has bailed out last minute...
THIS IS what I REALLY wanted to do- but I had to plan as if ''I wasn't going'' to be more realistic.. and if the spot opened up... LONDON HERE I COME-its just for a semester- but a great one!
However > > >
As A SECOND and last minute option, I had also applied to the MILAN program - in case I didn't get in to LONDON- This one lasts for a whole year and its specialization specific(and takes place at The Politecnico di Milano). Initially, I have to admit, I was disappointed and very much uninterested in the MILAN program. But little by little it became more attractive AND I considered:
On the YES side:
-I WOULD LOVE to stay in Italy for one more year -since I am already here,
-I could perfect my italian,
- I already understand how things work, know my way around, could travel MORE, etc....
- Milan is not only one of the main fashion capitals of the world but also the economic capital of Italy!
- Knitwear can be a broadening of my "surface-able" horizons, meaning its a completely NEW material/dimension/texture, that contributes to my visual and tactical repertoire... also, to become an expert in ONE more field... is not BAD at all! as the director of the program here in Florence said:
"Anything is possible in knitwear that is possible in sportswear, and even if you intend to go into sportswear, in depth knitwear knowledge is an enormous advantage for the sportswear market, as all sportswear collections include knitwear"
(It is the work of British Designer Sandra Backlund, one of the most directional knitwear designers currently)
On the NO:
-I am a bit scared about not taking full advantage of my time in MILAN because the program maybe isn't as great (challenging/well organized/resources...etc) because its fairly new!~5 years?
-The other thing is that there was only space left for the KNITWEAR SPECIALIZATION... which is something I had never considered doing but definitely maybe worth exploring...I would have to do knitwear for 2 years and was not so sure of wanting to commit to something I don't know if I will love- In NY, we to choose our specialization on 6th SEMESTER and I would probably choose "sportswear" because Its more vesatile and broad... however there is the risk on not getting it (because of number of spots)
-Also...The milan program makes me spend more (because in NY I pay in-state-TUITION. And considering I pay for school myself-Unless I found some job/even if its selling stuff on ETSY (online); Milan would be a bit harder...
BUT coming back at another time (TO Italy) might not be that easy and investing a bit now might be well worth for the future!!!♥
taking ricci's -and Olivier Theysken's-haute couture|eveningwear airs... my collection takes up on exceptional materials, structural details, bold spirit, and wonderful darkness.
-harmonious| color tints
very inspiring... quick| experimentation... a fastly concepted collection and one of my best illustrations yet. I decided to draw on brown canson® paper. I drew on tracing paper, then passed it to the dark paper with indigoblue carbon paper(the one i use for draping)-and colored with guache|watercolor|colored pencils. Unfortunately, I did the head, torso and skirt on different format|sizes|pieces of paper... thinking I could make a photomontage... but instead when you put it on the computer.. you loose the crisp, texture of paint|paper....