Casualties, part 2

Where do we even begin here?  A week ago, I was plowing ahead, dead-set on making $10,000 by the end of April, and I was pretty on-track to do so.  And then, by Thursday, the whole city was being shut down, and I ended up losing most of my gigs for March and April.

I’m not really going to complain about it, because it’s definitely a necessary step, and precautions are very important, but it does leave one feeling quite isolated and useless.  And, in point of fact, I’m actually in a privileged position… As I said, I’ve lost *most* of my gigs for March and April, but, unlike most of the people I know working in the arts and entertainment, I have not lost *all* of my jobs.

But what’s a girl to do when she’s stuck indoors in a studio apartment with her partner and her cat?  Take the opportunity to revisit more posts that were deleted in The Great Restructuring of 2019.

My focus this time is the infamous White Dress.  Also known as The Christmas Dress.  This was the first time I decided, on a whim, that I wanted new clothes for Christmas, and I was going to come by them myself.  The fabric came from the textile outlet in Pilsen, the buttons from an antique store.  I mentioned in our last look at this dress that I chose the fabric and bias tape specifically to match the buttons.

…And in the summer of 2017, I got the opportunity to have a photoshoot in this dress, shot by Edgar Wang, on the (seriously) UIC parking garage on Taylor st.

The only drawback to this shoot was that it was August, in Chicago, and both my dress and the petticoat under it were polyester, so looking at these photos, I can still feel the sweat running down my legs.  But how bright and wonderful and colorful the city is, and how badly I wish I could still be running around and shooting lovely images like this.

One of my greatest desires in life is that I get to keep making photographs like these, and that I get to keep making and acquiring this type of vintage wardrobe to share with those of you that are interested in it.  After however-many years of writing this blog, I feel I still don’t really know what I want it to be, or what of my journey might be useful to other people.  I’m sort of rotten at taking in-progress photos of my makes, mostly because I’m terrible at switching gears between projects.  I have to focus on one thing at a time to sort of drown out all the outside noise.  I don’t have a lot of confidence as a teacher, so instructing other people to do what I do is out.  And just showing off my talent at finding wonderful photographers to sucker into shooting my beautiful wardrobe feels kind of self-indulgent.  If there’s something I’m missing, or something you’d like to suggest, I’m so open to hearing it.

Until next time.

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