Friday, 29 November 2013

the proposal is done and handed in...

final revisions were made this past Monday and yesterday evening I handed the last copy to the Grad co-ordinator.  Now I wait.

In craft related things, I've been making a new dress to wear to the Christmas party this Thursday.  Silk chiffon, oh. my. goodness. but it is fluffy!  Big skirt to wear over a big crinoline.  It needs the lining stitched down to the waist and a zip put in and maybe a belt of some kind.
Next up is a winter coat.  I've been making do with a very nice raincoat with a polar fleece sweater underneath, but I'm getting tired of being cold all the time, and this winter is already a cold one.  Early for here in Nova Scotia.  So this weekend I'm heading to the fabric store to get the things I need to make that happen starting this week.

We are almost done Christmas shopping, I just need to pick up some gifts for Pierre.  He needs to pick up the kids gifts and something for me.  I also have one more gift for Mum to go out and get.  Christmas will explode Sunday evening here, once we get home from our living heritage AGM.  Christmas tunes will blare and lights will go up.  I need to find some Christmas spirit, I am feeling a little overwhelmed with life right now.

I am looking forward to some serious quiet time over the holidays.  The collection work will get started then, with a mood board, design sketches, flats and a look-book.  I have two outfits already in my head wanting out, my advisor on this part of the project, Gary Markle, thinks just one more after that and I should be fine.  I need to get forms filled out this week too, to bring both Gary and my second reader Dr Jayne Wark on board officially.

Lots to do this week, but first, cleaning the house, because we have company coming for the weekend!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

after much editing...

I went through this round of edits with a very fine tooth comb, then asked mum to red pen what I had done and went over it again, making the changes she suggested.  I think I now have a working document that I am proud of.
I sent it off this morning via email to Dr Randi.  Hopefully she will approve it and we can send it to committee.  I am excited!  This means that in the first weeks of December, I can defend and then next term it is writing thesis all the time!

My hair appointment for today has been rescheduled for Saturday.  Pierre is on duty for the next 24 hours, he gets home tomorrow evening.  Today I am going to read some of the book Lipstick Traces by Greil Marcus and knit.

Have a great day all.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Thesis proposal, final round

Dr Randi said that this round of edits are probably going to be the last ones before I submit it to Dr's Westhaver and Wark for committee.  Today, one of my classmates is defending her thesis proposal, so I am feeling pretty good about things.  Though it is giving me motivation to get it done and get on to the defense.

I am also starting my politics and philosophy paper for Dr Howard.  Soon, I will be reading and writing about nothing but punk.  I am so done with class work, it's not even funny!  At least the politics paper is also about punk, I only have three weeks of other philosophers to read.

In my own class, Fashion Construction, we had a bit of a meltdown last week, when only two students of 15 turned in their work by the due time.  Only half by the end of the day.  As of yesterday, two don't get a mark for the October sample binder and skirt project, that's a chunk of points...I told them how spectacularly disappointed I was, all of them.  Maybe I'm too nice, I don't know.  I wanted them all to do well, but I can't force them to turn stuff in to be marked, I can't hold their hand and tell them to do it over again, a week late, and I'll give them a better mark.  I just don't know how to handle this.......

In other news, I make my last student loan payment today, 20 years it took to pay that sucker off.  I also have enough saved to go and purchase my loom this weekend, if we want to make a little drive.  I really need a studio...

Monday, 4 November 2013

still here!

It has been a busy couple of weeks, and I have one more busy week before things quiet down for a bit and I can buckle down and work on my politics and philosophy section/paper.  I have been revising both the politics proposal and the thesis proposal.  I have also been chatting about textile stuff with a friend from the costume society, attending SCA events, weddings...been busy.

I have four weeks of school left in this term.  My politics paper is due the day before the Ship's Christmas party, and then I have another week or so of teaching my construction class.  Studio classes get a bit more time than regular academic classes.  My students will have another week or so to complete their final project, which is a garment of their choosing.  Sewing projects for me?  I have just one, creating a dress to wear to that Christmas party that will do double duty as the dress I wear to the kids wedding in the early spring.  It is going to be pale blue sheer silk with silver accents that I can change out for wearing in the spring.

Thesis project wise, I have completely thought out one entire outfit for the collection.  I really need to sketch it out and colourize it.  I have started on the thinking of the second outfit, got the skirt planned for that one, and am thinking on the jacket.  I am also thinking on the wool plaid outfit too.  My pinterest board is filling up with inspiration images, check it out...