Saturday, March 24, 2012

Paper Fashioned.

For a couple of years, I've attended the Art Director's Club of Denver's Paper Fashion Show. It's always more impressive in person. And, this year I had full appreciation for the work that goes into creating a dress out of paper. Not easy.

Our team had a Neenah Classic Crest paper swatch book. We could use 35 sheets maximum. Ninety-percent of the dress had to be created from those 35 sheets. We were also encouraged to make an accessory, so we did a lantern with a light inside.

Unless you go through the process, it's difficult to imagine all the details. Fitting the model, thinking about structure, and getting through those first cuts as you bravely use the scarce final paper. We worked with paper mache, oragami, paper braiding, grommets, and got very familiar with wielding a glue gun.

The dress tends to change as you go. Even if you have a solid plan, it's kind of a crazy science project. What about this? Or that? No, I think that would be way over the top. Uh, have you seen our dress? Yeah, we crossed that line long ago.

It was a great experience and our model was exceptionally awesome. I'm proud to say that our dress came in third out of 53 amazing designs. It was auctioned off for Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA).

Spring Renewal: My team's third place winning dress. Photo by Randall Bellows III.
On the runway with the lantern.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Too busy being busy.

Without any semblance of bedside manner, my alarm clock ambushes me each morning. The grating noise crashes dreams and sets the conscious mind loose. Oh man, it seems like I just contained that thing minutes ago. Here we go again.

What day is it? What are my deadlines? How much coffee do I have access to?

I lay there watching the clock slowly change. One number at a time. You get a sense for the length of a minute when you do that. It feels like a long time, right? Throughout the day minutes disappear at warp speed though. As if they never existed.

Then, like a broken record, my mind runs through projects I'm working on. For whatever reason, this is a key time when I make sense of ideas. The subconscious solutions from the night before are there. Briefly. Waiting to be mixed with clarity.

I've maintained a crazy level of busyness for the last year. Being busy is a good thing, but I'm hoping to find more balance. More mandatory lost-in-the-moment time. Without the damn alarm clock.

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