Saturday, January 26, 2013

Goth-tastic 2013! Journaling

First I'd like to thank everyone for their kind support of my recent art show. Your kind words meant a lot. Thanks as well for your patience while I took a break from blogging to get everything done. :)
As I talked about in December, I want to start a goth positive project - Goth-tastic 2013!



I hope you will join me in making this a positive year! Of course you don't have to be a goth to join in on the fun. This is really all about being yourself - whatever that is.
The first assignment is journaling! I have journaled since I was a girl and not only find it a great outlet but that it helps one to know themselves and can be a great source of inspiration. Here's my blog post showing my gothy journal. :)

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If you'd like to join in on Goth-tastic 2013, please comment below and include the link to your post. You have all week, as I will list them all in my next Goth-tastic post, next Saturday.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bonnets?

In my explorations around the tumblr-verse, I have been looking at various styles, including lolita for inspiration. One item that is generally not worn anymore (except by babies and religious groups like the Amish), but I see worn by some lolitas is the bonnet.



Bonnets have been worn in some variety since the Middle Ages, but what we tend to think of as bonnets really came into fashion in the 18th century. They started first as a brimless head covering, that was secured with ribbons under the chin. It was worn to keep the hair tidy, and keep dust and dirt out.
In the latter half of the 18th century, more loosely styled wraps like those below, became popular.



In the beginning of the 19th century, what is sometimes called the Poke Bonnet became fashionable. These were head coverings, with a stiff brim, that framed the face. Some brims were so long and narrow that when worn you could only see what was in front of you. This apparently allowed the wearer more privacy, but also hampered their vision.






A caricature of the Poke Bonnet.

Summer bonnets were made of lighter material like silk, and winter one from wool. They were stiffened with straw to keep their shape. This is where the phrase "Easter Bonnet" came from. As women would switch from their winter to their summer one at this time.


Various bonnet styles.

After the 1840s bonnets became smaller and sometimes accompanied by decorations. Some had to be pinned to the head and were more akin to fascinators then the earlier ones.


In the latter decades of the 19th century the bonnet began to fall out of fashion. Parasols and hats were the favoured way to protect one's delicate features from the sun. Bonnets became to be worn primarily by widows, and by very modest women, giving it a matronly, old fashioned reputation.



A widow's bonnet

While these items have been out of fashion for over a century. The loli set seems to be bringing them back, with their own twist on them.



Classic lolita style bonnet.




A sweet lolita style bonnet.




Gothic lolita.

What are your thoughts on the bonnet? Can this be incorporated into a wardrobe? Or should we leave it to the under 1 set?



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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Solo art show

I'd like to thank everyone for your patience in the past while, as I haven't been blogging much. I was preparing for an art show, my first solo show ever! I have been in lots of group shows, but a solo show is so much more work. The last month or so my free time was completely taken up by making sure everything was done. Last night was the opening, and it went really well. I'm so happy I had a good turn out, especially even though it was -20 or so outside. So many friends showed up, and I even sold a painting. :)
Here's my outfit for the night.




And I received a gift of flowers from the lovely ladies at the office where I work. :)




I made a little video of the gallery when I was setting up the show on Wednesday. Hope you enjoy. :)


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