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Look of the Week: 280409

Look of the Week: 280409

It has been a while since I took any recent self portraits. In fact, none that I remember from this year. Considering how much I enjoyed and learned from self portraiture last year, I thought I'd give it another go. No schedules, no projects... Just take some photos whenever inspiration hits.

These self portraits are based on a look that I felt inspired to put together today. You see, I've had such an emotional start to my week - one camera lens broke, ridiculous amount of assignments, stress over some silly matters, a story that broke my heart, etc etc. So, I thought playing dress-up would cheer me up somehow. Well, it sort of helped. It didn't chase the troubles away, but at least I liked how I looked while I was feeling down. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, in my attempt to heed my fashionista sister's fashion-blogging advice, here are my notes on this look (from head to toe) -

  • White elastic headband - Cheap as Chips (Seriously! It actually belongs to my two-year-old daughter. Heh.)
  • Sapphire earrings - from Bangkok, Thailand
  • Glass heart pendant with black velvet ribbon - Gift from sister-in-law, based in South Africa
  • Light purple long-sleeved top - Giordano
  • Black vest with faux fur-lined hood - Witchery (Gift from hubby)
  • Beaded bracelet - Gift from my mom, I believe
  • Black lace skirt - Topshop (hand-me-down from my sis)
  • Purple leggings - Target
  • Tall black boots - Not sure where these are from. I just remember buying them at Harbour Town a couple of years ago.

Where To: Grad School lectures

Phew! How hard was that? Haha. Maybe if I keep doing these look-of-the-week posts, it'll get easier. You see, even though I like clothes and dressing up, I'm not really one to take notes and 'talk fashion'. That's why even though my sis has been encouraging me to try fashion blogging, I haven't really gotten in to it. Strange how that worked out because I encouraged her to do fashion blogging to start with. Heh.

In any case, I'm always up for a challenge. So, here I am. Let's see if I can keep this up.

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Self Portrait Box: An Art Project

Shai's Art Project for MTeach (Grad School)

It has been a long time since I managed to sit down and do an art project. With my work and study schedule, on top of everything else, it's just nearly impossible. So, when the students from my Expressive Arts unit were asked to do an art project for the Visual Arts Strand of my Master of Teaching programme, I jumped at the opportunity.

Shai's Art Project for MTeach (Grad School)I thought it was a great time to get in to art-making once again, and to explore some ideas that I wanted to work with for a while now.

Since the art project was pretty open-ended, it was a challenge to decide on a particular idea. How do I choose from all the things that I want to do - but don't have the time to get in to?

Well, I decided not to fret for too long. It's counter-productive when you over-analyse these things sometimes. So, when I remembered this book that I bought late last year called: Mixed Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration and Techniques by Cate Coulacos Prato, I decided there and then to do a self-portraiture project.

Shai's Art Project for MTeach (Grad School)

The idea to work with self-portraiture was also inspired by:

1. the knowledge that children tend to want to make self-portraits when they first start to draw and paint, so I thought that this was very apt, seeing as I'm thinking of getting in to primary school teaching;

2. my initial involvement in the 365 project last year (2008);

3. my growing interest in learning more about the role of self-portraiture in art (think Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, etc);

4. a huge emphasis on self-analysis/introspection, as I enter this world of education, as well as all these life-changing events.

Shai's Art Project for MTeach (Grad School)As you can see here, I've tried to incorporate all sorts of techniques and elements in this project. Most of them are new to me, including: "thread painting" (using sewing to paint pictures), drawing and printing photography on transparencies, playing with shadow/light boxing. Hopefully, you can see the effect of the shadows/lights play in the photos that I share here.

In any case, while I definitely got a lot of inspiration and ideas from the book that I read (especially on thread painting and drawing a self-portrait on transparencies), I discovered a few of the techniques that I used here by accident. I guess, that's why I'm quite excited about it all. And, I can't wait to keep trying different ways to apply those discoveries.

Now, if only I can find another excuse to make more art! ๐Ÿ˜€

Shai's Art Project for MTeach (Grad School) Shai's Art Project for MTeach (Grad School)

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Sew Me {Self Portrait Saturday}

Domesticity {Self Portrait Saturday}

My sewing machine has been sadly neglected over the last few months. However, my pre-schooler who attends an Early Learning Centre is going to be part of a Nativity Play/Concert for the very first time this coming week. And, he's assigned to be one of the shepherds.

As soon as I heard the role assignment, I thought about buying or renting a costume at first. But, in the end, I decided to make him a simple shepherd costume instead. Yes, even if I wasn't quite sure how to make one.

"It doesn't have to be anything fancy, mummy," he told me earlier as I started sewing. Just as well, as I probably can't make anything fancy even if I wanted to. ๐Ÿ˜€ (So, it's sort of good that I don't have to sew one of the three "wise men's" costumes. Heh.)

The costume is not complete yet. And, I'm finding it a challenge to sew one without any patterns at all. But, ah well. Hopefully, by tomorrow it'll be finished anyway. More pics coming when the whole thing's done.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

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Vignette {Self Portrait Saturday}

Vignette {Self Portrait Saturday}

Not really happy with this self-portrait. I was trying to work with light, colour, and angles, but couldn't quite get it right in the 10 minutes that I had allotted for this photo session. I ended up editing it in iPhoto, just using the B & W + vignette options. But, that's it. No cropping, etc. It's okay, I guess. But, I wish I can do other things with self-portraiture. However, I'm aware that in order to do something more, I need to find more time to do this. And, I just don't have that time. Ah, well. Gotta make do with what you've got, right?

Anyway, I hope you all are having a good weekend. I'm trying to take it easy, as I've been hoping to catch up on some chores and rest. Plus, things have been really crazy on my side of the sky lately. Funny how getting some 'down time' can be such a challenge nowadays.

Take care, everyone.

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Summer Feet {Self Portrait Saturday}

Summer Feet {Self Portrait Saturday}

This image came to me when I saw my daughter's ball haphazardly thrown right next to my pink Crocs by the shoe rack. The shapes (how many circles can you see?) + the colours immediately caught my photographer's eye. The words "summer feet" came to mind. That's when I knew that I had to capture that image.

But, instead of simply taking a photo of what I saw, I decided to give it a bit more context. Like a story within a story. A picture within a picture.

So, here it is.

Really a good reminder that summer has arrived here in Adelaide. Yes, we've had quite a few scorching days lately (up to 38 degrees Celsius!).

But, in spite some of these odd heat waves, I can't help but love summer. I enjoy being able to wear skirts and dresses once more. And, to be able to go to the beach again! Plus, all the BBQs we get to do now. It's great.

Anyway, writing of stories, I thought I'd also share the background of these pink Crocs.

When I first saw these shoes a few years ago, I knew that they were going to be quite popular. That's partly why I kept away from them. So, for many years, I avoided buying Crocs.

Last September though, during a shopping trip on my last day in Vegas with the lovely Jeanne and her sweet hubby Jyle post-BWE, I made the mistake of wearing high-heeled shoes. With aching feet and lots of bags to carry, I caved in when I saw these Crocs on sale for $19 at the outlet shop. I even decided to buy my husband a pair too (in a different style and colour, of course ;-)). Definitely ended up happy to be travelling back to Australia in comfy shoes with my over baggaged suitcase. Even if Crocs do make feet look weird and very un-sexy. Heh.

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

P.S. - Just realised that this is the half-way mark of NaBloPoMo '08! Woohoo. 15 days straight of daily blogging. Yay. I hope that my fellow NaBloPoMo-ers are doing well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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