November 8, 2010

The Craft of Corsets

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: , — *aly* @ 9:37 pm

The concept of craftsmanship, meaning both something executed excellently for the sake of the work and something masculine, is not new to me. Having a feminist mother teach me the wiles of my own sewing craft introduced me to this idea at an early age.

I was interested in sewing because of my mother. At Halloween, I was the luckiest kid, I could actually invent WHATEVER I wanted to be, and she could make the outfit. Her skill meant that I would wake up every Halloween morning with a sense of anticipation unlike that experienced for any other holiday. One year, she worked on my costume well after my bedtime and I awoke to find my (not quite as big as me) Wile E. Coyote wearing my fuzzy black cat suit. (Not to be confused, of course, with the catsuits I’ve made in subsequent years.) (more…)

September 16, 2009

Recontextualize what?

Filed under: Frame by Frame — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 11:22 pm

For my first Frame by Frame assignment, I felt like making something (sewing yay!). So I pulled out the amazing faux metal floor pvc I’ve been holding onto for … um, about 9 years and made a corset out of it. Why? Well, the corsets I make are recontextualized by their very nature. The corset was a restrictive undergarment, a form of control, certainly a taboo subject to discuss. And in this case, I’ve flipped those concepts on their heads–my corset is intended to incite comment, be worn on the outside, and flaunted. And of course, it’s made out of non-traditional materials (pvc, poly-pro webbing, plastic zipper, etc.).

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June 9, 2009

vloggin’ two

Filed under: Video for New Media — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 10:02 am

Here’s the second installment… more collections & obsessions… corsets! joy! and by the way, I made ALL of ’em. (and again, this is only a fraction of the entire collection)