Sunday, May 20, 2012

Life Imitating Art

 ...or vice versa?

This post is to distract you from the fact that I have not been sewing.  Life is busy right now. Super duper busy.  As it is for everyone, I'm sure.  Work is jam-packed with all the craziness that happens at the end of the school year.  It's fun, but I'm looking forward to the beginning of summer sew-cation- er, I mean vacation.

   My outfit today was inspired by a drawing of moi a student left on my whiteboard the other day.  I took a photo because I though the likeness was pretty spot on. I should start posting some of the drawings kids do of me.  The other day I received a portrait where I looked like I had a beard.  I was looking closely in the mirror later on...

The top is old me made.  A quick and dirty version of the Burda long sleeve tee pattern I so love to use.  I've been doing a pretty crappy job of documenting Me Made May though I have been wearing me made every day.  The skirt was purchased.  In fact, it's the first big ticket item I've purchased in a while.  I did a mental dance over whether or not I should buy it, but eventually I caved.  I, of course, instantly thought I could make that when I saw it.  But the chances of finding electric blue rayon for cheap and having time to sew an eight gore maxi are pretty slim these days.  I bought a size too big- that was all they had left at the store- and altered it to fit with four darts at the outermost gore seams, front and back.  So there was a little bit of sewing involved.  Anyway, I'm rambling...

And now, to distract you even more, I'm posting a few photos of some spectacular sculptures I put on display at my school the other day.  I had to share.  They are just too awesome.  These are all done by fifth grade students.  First, I taught a lesson on figure drawing.  We spent a couple of days sketching classmates as they posed; stick figures, gesture drawings (we called them tornado figures) and contour line drawings.  Then we moved on to clay figures.  They constructed the figure using several clay techniques we'd learned in the past.  The figures had to be reclining.  They are hilarious.  Some of them have so much personality.


Playin' it cool. 

"Heeeyyyy!" (said like the Fonz)


 Those are some crazy detailed Converse high tops.

"May I borrow ye paper when yer through thar, matey!"

"Tee hee!"

Not entirely sure how the snowman came about. But I love his earmuffs.

And one more thing education related since this seems to be the theme of this post...  

I have been completely engrossed, fascinated and inspired while reading Seth Godin's manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams.  If you are at all interested in public school reform, I highly recommend checking it out.

Wishing everyone a fabulous week with lots of time to sew!


  1. Oh to see the world through the eyes of children. Gorgeous!

  2. Great skirt, even if you didn't make it. Sometimes you just have to be realistic about what you'll actually get around to making and what you won't!

  3. You must be the most amazing art teacher ever. The reclining figures have so much personality. And I'm glad you bought that skirt, to color is fab.

  4. How fun! I rather enjoyed art in school (I had an AMAZING middle school art teacher), and I do miss it quite a bit sometimes. But I do like sewing, so that is my creative outlet at the moment. In any case, thanks for posting the link to the manifesto - it looks interesting and I do want to look through it later when I have more time to sit down read the whole thing.

  5. Thanks so much, ladies!

    T.Sedai- I haven't read the whole thing, either. It's pretty long. I've skipped around a bit, but it's numbered which makes that easy.

  6. I love those figurines! I hope the artist of your portrait appreciated you wearing the outfit they created for you, what fun.

  7. Love the maxi-skirt. I really need to make one (or a dress) before they're out.
    And the figurines are wonderful. I worked at a kindergarten when I was in college and my walls were plastered with their artwork. It was so endearing. Giving kids tools (art techniques) to add to their creativity has got to be a great job.