Waxing Hysterical

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  1. Congrats on not killing anyone! Some weeks that’s all you can ask for.

    I just discovered your blog recently, so I apologize if this is something you’ve discussed before… I was wondering if there’s any overlap between your work clothes and your steampunk wardrobe? I think my goal for my sewing is ‘office appropriate steampunk’; I’m good enough at what I do that I can be a little eccentric in how I dress, but I don’t want to cross over into costume territory. I picture some of your SWAP pieces mixed in with more 21st century clothes and being worn out and about. I just haven’t been able to find many examples of it anywhere (in your blog or elsewhere), and was hoping you could give a proto-punker a bit of guidance.

    Thanks!
    birdmommy

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  2. I love the African fabric riff. While my (ex) son in law (of Jamaican origin) would not be seen dead in African fabrics, and my (Ghanaian) designer friend thinks wax prints are too cliched to every appear in his collections, I think they are tremendous fun and should be used widely. I love dressing up in them. I also have a Kente (Ghanaian woven) scarf that I wear with a purple Vivienne Westwood coat that get so many wonderful comments. Great plans Fairy.

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      1. Cool idea- I’ll be in the lead this time! I was inspired primarily by the fact they did a challenge like that on the Great British Sewing Bee. Most of the results were, however, uninspiring to be honest…I’m such a mean old lady!

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  3. Start of term…….best bit is that it only happens once a year!
    My sewing has had to take a back seat to prepping, thank goodness the marking hasn’t begun yet. Mind you, fabric shopping sounds like a wonderful alternative.

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    1. Amazingly therapeutic- oops, I just did it again. Gotta love eBay! My marking has started, just doing the assessments that kick a few kids straight off the AS course. A shock coming for the unprepared…

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  4. There’s an artist with a name I can’t remember who made a Victorian dress out of African wax prints: I believe this is known as #postmodernism or cultural repropriation! I took a photo years ago and may send it if I find it.
    I love your jodhpurs outfit very much. What kind of (lovely) hat is that?

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    1. Thanks for reminding me, I’ve just edited the post, I meant to include a reference to Yinka Shonibare’s work. It’s there now! The hat is a pith helmet, otherwise known as a sola topi. I got it from eBay, at a good price.

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  5. Hope you’ve managed to keep the blood thirst in check this week as well, I’m looking forward to seeing your wax print dress. Very interesting about the artist, he does great work. What a great commentary on imperialism and the inevitable cultural exchanges, which we at times seem to be completelt blind to.

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      1. Not hard to catch a wax print bug, is it? They are totally gorgeous, but hard to come by here – which in some ways is a blessing. Otoh, we’re off to Berlin next week and I found a shop that should have wax prints. If I can get my family along, that is. It might just have to wait until I get to London…

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