By the time the night before the studio anniversary show rolled around I felt like I'd been altering costumes forever, before even tackling my own.It wasn't forever but I had altered three costumes for my dance partner and had a student who'd bought her first ever costume. It was new to her but previously owned … Continue reading Let’s hear it for good workmanship!
Last night and tonight’s art is dance and altering dance costumes. I’ve confirmed that my health clinic treats ADHD as well as anxiety/depression, but my next appointment is still a week and a half away. As much as I want to I can’t drop everything and deep dive into ADHD learning right now. And I … Continue reading Partners in mind
I know I will need to create some structure for a year of art...because making (or writing about) creating/changing physical art objects everyday isn't do-able. I'll burn out. I do consistently create (dolls, clothing, useful objects, decorative objects) every week...it's just somewhat haphazard. The mood and inspiration strikes often but how much am I feeding … Continue reading Parameters
I totally forgot to show you finished costume pictures from RomaFest. But you need to know that I got there nice and early for pre-show rehearsal and spent times napping dressed like this. The show was huge, those of us dancing in a Turkish Roma influenced style were but a small part, probably making up … Continue reading Finished Costume Pictures.
It's Sunday afternoon and I've moved my private dance lesson so my body can rest all day. The last two weekends have involved evenings with back-to-back restaurant gigs in a single night. How not-glam is that? Three solo shows in two days on top of dance lessons can be killer...and I haven't modified all my … Continue reading Sunday damage report.
Today brings me to sewing I don’t really want to do but need to do. I have two jobs. One as a mild-mannered English teacher (for Japanese children) and the other as a belly dance teacher/performer (for Japanese adults, Turkish restaurants, etc.). My English teaching is within set hours that don’t fluctuate from week to … Continue reading Costume Alterations.
Ok, catching up on two months of crafting is showing me how godddamned much stuff I make. A Japanese bellydancer I'm friends with on FB JUST posted a photo of a Pullip Nah-Atto she saw in a Book-Off and I replied with a picture of my before and after...and was going to send her the … Continue reading Nah-Atto part 2.
I'm a belly dancer. I teach and perform and study belly dance. I also make belly dance costumes. There was no doubt that I'd combine dolls with dance. As soon as I saw a used Pullip Nah-atto doll I had to have it. But let's be honest, Nahh-ato is all Orientalist tropes. Genie lamp, harem … Continue reading Dressing to Dance. Nah-atto part 1
Yesterday, Friday, was not great. I could get into it all but I won't. This is a huge change from my early Live Journal days when I would reveal all intimacies (with certain filters in place) and find it therapeutic to do so. I've already told this story to a few close friends and will … Continue reading The mail contains bad news and a head.
I've been thinking this but not typing it...for fear of jinxing it...it's nice to be writing. I used to blog daily...yes...Live Journal. I'm older than you may think. A lot of things squelshed it. Depression hitting new lows after 3/11 the Tohoku quake and everything at Fukushima. The great NEED to write for emotional reasons … Continue reading Gratitude and pictures.