April 2014 Halftees n Chloe + Isabel

 

Pearl Crystal Drops Neclace

Pearl Crystal Drops Neclace

 

A friend noticed my outfit at a “Dance the Wave” weekly dance and she expressed her regret that she was staying out on a farm and therefore didn’t have any cute getups with her. Funny.  If I were staying out on a farm, my lace, chiffon, jewelry, leggings, more jewelry, more leggings, yoga pants, halftees, silver skirts (yes plural) and maybe a PAIR OF JEANS would be right out there with me.  But then I’ve been caught gardening in white.

I CAN put on a paint shirt when I paint but I normally don’t.  However I might start.  BUT, for me, what I wear is always important, farm and home, here and there, by myself or out and about. And I could philosophize about that. I do think we have an aesthetic responsibility to each other!

Halftees for Layering

Wouldn’t it be lovely to see beautiful clothes every day? Wouldn’t it be fascinating to give each other visual charm at any hour, in any locale? Not to impose my views on others, but just to revel in color and fabric and extend my own love of artful fashion out into the environment, especially given i live in Fairfield, Iowa and NOT New York city or San Francisco. Think of India. Women decorate themselves to go buy mangos and zucchini. I love that. There’s never a moment when our appearance isn’t potentially healing, surprising, nourishing and uplifting for others and ourselves. It’s a way of life.

So here’s my new halftees from halftees.com and they are a VERY useful item in the closet because they layer. I’m always wanting a tight layer under my tee, shrug, tank, kirta, tunic, etc. almost always. And I’ve been living in leotards for years, for that reason, but leotards are not the easiest layer to undo at certain times throughout the day. the Halftee or crop top is ideal. they do well with wrap pants and other high-waisted pants that look bad with a long shirt. Its kind of like Indian designs but Western.

 

 

We have the choli remade in the halftee. Westernized and revisited, just as Pyramid Collection’s long leggings refer back to the Indian “chudidar” legging with those wrinkles at the ankle. In their Western incarnation these Indian “pajama” pants are not stretchy, and have an elastic waistband instead of a drawstring and 2 yards of extra material floating at the waist! India now too is redesigning these leggings. I love the Indian look remade with the sleekness and funkiness of today’s fashion.

http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.aspx?T1=P8561%20XS&source=igodigital&pagetype=ProductR

halfteewhite

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April 15, 2014 · 3:56 am

Kathak Fusion – Liking my own works!

It’s not easy watching my own dance videos. If I wait a year or two, it makes a huge difference. I have enough distance to see it with less tension and more generosity. In this case, I had the good fortune to have my friend Cherie Sampson, edit three performances into one video, capturing and overlaying, the best moments into the whole. What a gift. Now I look at it and enjoy it even more. My friend Tim Britton, well known Irish musician and sound guy (and player and maker of Ullean pipes) mixed the two tracks. Sheila Chandra and Zakir Hussein do not know they jammed for me. I put all my new favorite moves in with my beloved Kathak moves and combined choreography with improv. I performed this piece in a show put on by Hilary Jordan, contemporary dancer, health practitioner, Druidess – in training, and a good friend. And the pants are made by me own self, even tho my mother said Capricorns can’t sew. So you get the theme, discovering one’s own talents and rediscovering pieces from a while back that are really nice to savor. Enjoy.

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March Outfits

at Artwalk

at Artwalk

Artwalk this month was extra fun. Cielle said i should die my own hair pink. Anne Clifford didn’t. Noone didn’t recognize me for some reason. It IS amazing what changes a wig can make.

white lace and promises

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October Outfits with Wendy Stegall

Stopped by the store in their skirt.

Stopped by the store in their skirt.

My big Walmart shirt that was in the PLUS section but that I couldn’t resist because of the Indian design and the colors, works well when tied up. I also used this on my bollywood dance dvd cover. The skirt is from Fairfield’s Infinite OM store. I love the store and I love visiting with Savannah the store manager. Fairfield now has three Indian ish stores.

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Daily Outfits – August 2013

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It was cute with the leggings but the knees wrinkled so you don't get to see the whole thing.

It was cute with the leggings but the knees wrinkled so you don’t get to see the whole thing.

Lace

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Shikara Mudra – for Shivaji

This is the 3rd collage in my series. Shikara mudra can represent the Shiva Lingam. It can also mean heroism, masculinity, royalty, virility. The thing about making this piece that stands out is that I intended to make it ornate like the others, but when the center was complete, so was the board. This is the dance of art: the relationship between the mind and the deeper intention. The Self knows how to actualize your vision if you can stay in the presence of it. Also, the pieces moved when I glued them and the result was placement that created the effect I wanted but didn’t know how to do. I was upset that they moved until I noticed there is a feeling and sense of a cave and a mountain, which are symbols of the reclusive nature of Lord Shiva, who is the personification of the impersonal (!) eternal Being or pure, unmanifest consciousness. I was happy when I saw what had happened. Others looking at it seem to also feel the depth of silence in it. More about the meaning:

Purusha, Maharishi used to say is singularity. It needs Prakriti to bing it out. Shakti seduces Shiva (or tires to) and she is Nature and the Feminine. She is his other half. I just like the hand gestures to be set off in a way that reflects my devotion to the beauty and intricacy of dance gesture and the natural meaning you can get from witnessing them.

Wood, acrylic paint, fabric and paper.

Wood, acrylic paint, fabric and paper.

I have since added texture to the background. come see it at The Flying Leap art gallery for September artwalk. The theme of the show is Nature. I worked on this piece partly at the Flying Leap art space.

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Pyramid Collection and Venus and the Dancing Shiva


Oh When will my Venus order come? Oh and there are red fishnet stockings under wraps.

Wrap pants made by me, based on a free pattern I found on Etsy.

And now we offer our love of colors to Lord Shiva – I seem to have the same colors in my garden as in my outfits.

Picked flowers in front of the Shiva in my dining/dance room.

Picked flowers in front of the Shiva in my dining/dance room.

My Pyramid Collection order arrived! I finally ordered the Blue hoodie I’ve been wanting for at least a couple of years. This hoodies is SO soft. I love how Pyramid Collection clothes are so dedicated to a look, to a certain overall style.

Blue Hoodie from Pyramid Collecton

Not all their clothes are “me” but I appreciate their flavor. I suppose you could say most catalogs have a certain style, but to me Pyramid has really zeroed in on a certain channel: Gothic, flowing, lace, bell sleeves, New Age, Tantric “toys” catering to a sort of metaphysical Bohemian Femme Fatale a la Enlightenment and Crystals. When I look at their catalog I get excited about doing a line of clothes that reflects my own taste. Or just about being true to one’s own aesthetic. To go into business you have to have both vision and a product people want. For me, being more of an artist than a business person, my own aesthetic would trump the market research aspect. I think that can work if the timing is right and you are lined up with your own mission. Venus clothes also have that discernible style coherence. The clothes endorse femininity and dignified sexuality. I like that. And I DID get my Venus order, but you’ll have to wait to see those clothes. Next time!

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