Welcome to my garden party of one!
For my 23rd birthday, I decided to make myself a dress. I like the idea of making my own clothes because I feel that they are catered to my style and ensure that I'll be wearing them again (and I needed a mental challenge, since it's been a while). I was inspired by IU's Chat-shire EP from 2015, most notably because one of her songs is called "스물셋 (Twenty-Three)." The EP itself was inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which I think fits perfectly with the idea that life is a puzzle. IU's "스물셋" explores the loss of innocence and the way life can seem nonsensical.
"'Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!'" (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Ch.II)
From idea to finished garment, it took about nine days to bring this dress to life. I love turning a flat pattern into a 3-dimensional piece. Though I only ever say I enjoy the creative process after I've completed the project, I truly do love working through problems that involve conceptualizing form from something 2-dimensional.
Thanks to the Pattern Making for the Theater class I took in the spring of 2020, I was able to better understand garment construction and fit (though it is quite difficult to fit yourself when you cannot reach your entire back). This course was hands-down my favorite class during undergrad. I've been talking with a coworker who advocates for finding your passion and pursuing that, even if it's not your full-time job. If you're not passionate about your work, you cannot contribute fully to society. I'm not sure if this is my passion, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to explore the things that bring me joy.
*Playing photographer, stylist, and model is very difficult when you are extremely self conscious and need to take photos in a public park by yourself and don't have a camera timer remote control. But one cannot grow if they are always comfortable. . .