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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Joyous Noel & the Doppelganger

Yesterday was amazing. After weeks of just futzing around being stuck in one place I finally found my mojo again and got back into the studio. In fact I finished one project for someone else's book, booked my flights to Australia (yay, only one stop in L A) and my daughter/friend Shellie came over and wrapped me in duct tape to make a dress form.

John shot these mercifully blurry photos of the procedure. There are many, many videos showing how it's done; we plunged in with me wearing a shirt of silk underwear, sleeves cut off, and a wrap of saran wrap around my hips and neckline. First Shellie wrapped me in the black tape.

My goal was 3 layers of duct tape for rigidity but after 2 layers and a mounting feeling of claustrophobia, we stopped. I didn't have the silver tape so I used a bunch of colored tape I had instead.

If you decide to do this, don't do it 2 days before Christmas after a month of eating pumpkin pie unless you want the water retention version of your body. ha ha. There is a lot of laughter and personal humiliation involved.

Here she is, stuffed with a pillow and lots of packing bubbles. Mounted on a big Christmas tree stand with a paper tube pushed through a layer of cardboard at the bottom. The whole thing came together in around 2 hours but I already had the stuff together before I started. Now I'm set to make amazing clothes like those divas on Project Runway.

Two more journal layouts. In the first one I am floating, dreaming, sleeping in that lull before the holidays. Full of pie and sugar plums.

I'm attending Mac classes and learning learning learning my new computer. Things will probably look a little wonky for awhile. Thanks for coming back here even when my posts have been sparse. Things will pick up for sure. xo

12 comments:

Sandra said...

Happy Merry Christmas to you Judy : ) and hope your New Year will be the best ever !! Love your form, great idea, hmmmmm, I'll have to wait till ?? June to loose the sugar/plum/pumpkin, etc. weight of this too much merriment holiday season, hahaha : )
Blessings, Sandra in AZ

femminismo said...

The dress form routine was fun to see! I thought you could do everything, and now know I'm right. You're a seamstress! Love the "Happy Holidays" photo. We've been in icy fog wonderland over here and I'm sure east of us, you are too. Good luck with the Mac learning. Can't wait for more journal pages. Yours are inspirational! - jeanne and p.s. send some mojo my way

Jennifer White said...

I think I'm feeling claustrophobic just looking at the process much less being a participant...just not sure if I'm ready to see my body in this form yet ;-)

Merry Christmas Judy...as always, loving getting a glimpse into your world of journaling.

xo

Sarah said...

I love the duct tape dress form-what a great idea. Not sure if I would want it done to me though!
Have a lovely Christmas!
Sarah :)

Denise said...

That's just hilarious, getting wrapped in duct tape would be so humbling. Wow! and you agreed that's even more amazing. Just kiddin! I have to admit when I read this a was lol.

Ocean Lotus said...

happy holidays to you ms. wise...
i can't wait to see some clothes from your new line - project runway has nothing on you...
best wishes for a fabulously fruitful and light-filled year...

lilasvb said...

very creative dress and all

Ro Bruhn said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Judy and see you in March, yeh!

Lorri Scott said...

Hey I just posted on my blog about wanting to do this and here you have done it! I had some people tell me the end results are awful and others think it's great so I guess it depends and I'll have to try it?!

xxox
Lorri

guy said...

I think you should just wear the tape and forget the dresses. the colors choices are endless. You could just add a new layer of color or colors each day for a whole new look. Your thoughts? I guess it should be cool where ever you plan to wear the clothes. I don't think the tape will breath very well unless you punch a lot of holes with a hole punch for that crucial air circulation we are crave. Happy Holidays and colored tape searching.

lk moonwood said...

Woo hoo! You look like one hot mama in that black duct tape! I can't wait to see the clothes you create!
; ) lulu

MB Shaw said...

Way cool having a dress form of your own. I have this crazy hankering to make clothing too cause I can never fine anything I like in the stores. Of course it might be kinda challenging for me as I barely sew, hahahahaha.
Can't wait to see what you make.
Happy New Year!