Monday, September 9

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Saturday, September 7

Morphological Analysis

earrings + lace + knitting = Black Camellia

footwear + lace + sewing  //  eyewear + lace + cut & paste  //        

gloves + leather + sewing = Valentino Bow Gloves

handbag + leather + molding  //  belt + leather + cut & paste  // 

ring + gems + soldering = McQueen Knuckleduster

earrings + gems + wirework  //  collar + gems + chainwork  //

handbag + glass + soldering = Glass Purse

necklace + glass + chainwork  //  eye wear + glass + wirework  //         

gloves + resin + 3D printing = Cortex Cast

necklace + resin + beading  //  ring + clear resin + molding  //                

ring + wood + carving = Steampunk Owl

earrings + wood + beading  //  footwear + wood + carving

headdress + feathers + cut & paste = Feathered Salad

collar + feathers + wirework  //  handbag + feathers + sewing  //             

eyewear + flowers + knitting = Just an idea

belt + flowers + beading  //  headdress + flower + sewing //    

footwear + metal + 3D printing = Heavy Metal

belt + metal + soldering  //  necklace + metal + chain mesh  //               

headdress + fur + molding = Mongolian Lamb Hat

collar + fur + sewing  //  gloves + fur + knitting  //

carving + ivory + brooch  //  3D printing + plastic + headdress  //      

Thursday, September 5

X. Millinery

I have an extreme penchant for headdresses, from Medieval Gothic to the Royal Ascot Hats, from Rose Bertin to Philip Treacy. I have designed many, like this year's Miss CT's pin cushion crown, yet my skills and techniques are still amateurish. So, I anticipated this very workshop.

Nina and Ariana showed us a glimpse inside a hat factory, which makes me want to work on the pedal or the mold. Then, we sewn ourselves some berets. Because the pattern was too big, I improved on it and made a panda hat with a stuffed bow in front. Yes, a Goth just made that.

Wednesday, September 4

IX. Jewellery

Oftentimes, people believe accessories is interchangeable with jewelry. But what I learned in Apparel Accessories is that they are different. Jewelry is only an example, yet it covers most of it. And I wished our subject mostly covers jewelry as well, because one workshop isn't enough.

I am saddened that I did not do my best here. My usual problem is wasting [play] money on materials, that I realized later, would be of no use to me. Plus, creative concept takes lots of  my time. I should have brought my crosses. At the last minute, I just hanged pins on a chain.

Tuesday, September 3

VIII. Wirework

This workshop is more of a workout. Sophia and Yana totally got this. In accessory-making, I guess I'm more into hardware. I enjoyed flexing my pliers, bending metal, getting cuts, and lots of hammering. Though the only problem is making perfectly smooth curves.

I was expecting that we create 3D wire sculptures, like Alex's pretty little dream catcher. But instead, we carved our names in wires. Gosh, it's soo 90s! Being a non-conformist, I made an Egyptian symbol, the Wadjet Eye. I have this idea of turning it into a monocle.

Sunday, August 11

VII. Polymer Clay

I've been looking forward for this workshop. It's very applicable to accessory-making. It's basically sculpture. The baking time is quite quick (if only I have an oven). I made a plague doctor mask, most adorable as a ring. Below, it rests on a pompom I made for my Scottish hat.

Aye lass, am frum Scottland! Home of Braveheart, Princess Merida and McQueen. I think the only thing that made this day stand out was the gimmick. Actually, after showing that sweet video of polymer desserts, I wished it was the theme and I'd make this graveyard cupcake.

Saturday, August 10

VI. Embroidery

Needlework is like the textile equivalent of miniature painting, you focus more on the "pixels" and minute details, instead of big strokes and blops. Boo and Buena discussed about the art of embroidery, and I think that field trip to Lumban already gave us enough appreciation.

I love the Lazy Daisy technique because it's easy and there's already a flower for my Dios de La Muerte skull piece. But, yes, it's for the lazy like me. I would love to create my own Gothic lace someday, but I think I'd rather use a computerized embroidery machine.

Thursday, July 25

V. Printing

By the words "Clothing Technology", I expected the course would include something called digital textile printing, where I could design and develop my own fabrics. But in Pam & Den's workshop, we just carved stamps out of root crops. I actually enjoyed slashing that taro.

But my Rococo fleur-de-lis was too intricate to form. So, I reverted to our first plan, silk-screen printing. Just by making a stencil on sticker paper, I made a Gothicized version of Barbie's logo printed on Paloma's shirt, then she recited my Barbie Girl lyrics to class (also a haiku):

I'm a Barbie girl
In a Gothic world.
Life is manic, it's tragic!

Wednesday, July 24

IV. Resist Dyeing

I entered the classroom to see rearranged tables, a microwave on one corner, gelatin packs, and little McCormmick bottles. Someone beat us to the most "effort" workshop. Of course, they were Jamie and Eden, and they provided these to make our tie-dye projects much successful.

It's creative of them to choose stockings for us. I used the dragonfly knot on mine, and soaked them in deep violet food coloring and vinegar. Then, cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. And lo, I now have homemade bacon legs. These stockings are unpredictably gruesome when worn.

Sunday, July 21

III. Dyeing

"Today is for the hippies, not hipsters." Thea, Bea and Shyn introduced us to dyeing fabric, all natural, from backyard leaves to achiote seeds. I was surprised that, though the most colorful in nature, flowers are weak for dyeing. It seems flowers are selfish that way.

The class were to make ombre bags. Our group made a Margherita bag: red sauce + white cheese + basil green = Italian flag. I'm curious now how to dye darker with berries, overcooked annattos, or maybe even blood (the peace-loving hippies won't like that).

Saturday, July 20

II. Fabric Manipulation

It's Trish's birthday, my pastel marshmallow counterpart. She and Jolina announced their workshop theme would be the Japanese festival, Matsuri. I was excited to see the two dress in kimonos or sailor fuku. And it was my chance to dress up as a Wa Lolita with pigtails.

They taught the class how to make origami pieces using fabric. The pin cushion was such an adorable project. So I wanted more. I wished they could've demonstrated the others. Origami is a unique concept; its folds and symmetry are enough to decorate the garment.

Thursday, July 11

I. Fabric Construction

Paloma and I are the first group among the accessory workshops. Incompatible? Well, merge pink and black together and we get Candy Goth. We came up with the Chinese knot because of its tassels and ornamental details. I will make and present the Powerpoint, and she will demonstrate (even master) the knotwork. During the library work, Angeli joined us and helped in the history of the zhonggou jie.

I planned to provide everything for the class, from the chords to pins. We went to Quiapo, to the many candystore-like accessory shops, and our materials cost less than a thousand. Everything was well-prepared, even the well-chosen pictures. It's all up to the very day. The fork pompom was a good start, a quirky little ice-breaker. Fabric construction shows that even from yarn, we can create such awesomeness.

Macrame by Jay Barry Matthews

And then, we go to the Chinese knotting. Good thing, we decided to present just two knots: dragonfly and Pan Chang, instead of the 8-petal flower, and good luck knot. Unfortunately, the Pan Chang was hard enough for our pupils to follow. We didn't foresee this right. They say the Chinese knots are for good luck, but first, you need good luck to make them. In the end, the workshop produced such gorgeous pieces.

From left: Trisha, [Dee, Kendi, Dan], [Jamie, Eden], Alex, and Nina.

Saturday, July 6

Material Board

"Who am I?" That question has been pondered a lot in my past GE courses. Usually, I answer it in two-page essays. I find it easy because I already know who I am, my aesthetic and attitude in just one word: Goth. This time the question is answered through a fashion material board. No words, yet I also find it easy and very fun.

A black leather skull, with red rococo fabric eyes, chain tears, and my iconic spikes. How much Goth could it get? "It is very Kim", many would say. Who I am is indeed unique, and yet, I realize, my distinguishable style has become predictable. The spikes and skull have lost their shock factor. Or maybe my audience still expects them.

Must I verge away from Goth, or must I venture deeper into it?

Tuesday, June 25


20 slides, 20 ideas, 20 seconds. Boo, Buena and I each came up with 6-7 new and unique accessory ideas, either designing for a need or designing a need. The drawing style used is like that of patent illustrations. My first three ideas are just some eccentric novelty items.

Kimberley Mine - is an idea out of decadent whim. It's a stingray leather collar studded with 36-carat diamonds, and fastened with a platinum buckle. It's the most expensive Gothic accessory ima-ginable, and also the deadliest, since diamonds could cut through anything, and blood couldn't stain its lustre.

Medida Laureat - is inspired by seamstresses wearing their tape measures around their necks. So, here's a fancier version, with fancier colors and fonts. This medida drapes well, and doesn't deform like ordinary ones. It is equipped with a ring to turn it into a laureat necklace when not in use.

Craine de Lapin Bag - /krahn-du-lapahn/ or "skull of rabbit". It's a clutch bag shaped like the rabbit's strange skull. The handle is its mouth, the magnetic lock is the side teeth, and the hinge is the jaw bone. There's a zipped pocket on the nose bridge. The bag has a hard lining to retain its skullish shape.

The next ideas are now innovative and functional, 
and a bit technologically advanced if you will.

The Heliophilous Hat - inspired by the sunflower who always looks at the sun. The wide brim detects where the sun is, and adjusts itself automatically around the hat's crown. Thus, no matter which direction the wearer walks to, there would be constant shade without any fuss. The under-brim is made of UV protection fabric.

A.F.V. Zipper - a zipper with automated fingerprint verification. It would only unlock if the thumbprint matches the rightful owner. The zipper can be attached to valuable objects like bags or wallets to prevent a successful theft. It can also be used in pants to prevent rape. This idea became a favorite in class.

Terpsichore's Heels - there have been musical shoes, but none yet for the party girls. The chunky heels or wedges are equipped with speakers. There's a USB port to download the songs. The shoes are shock-proof to protect the gadgets inside during extreme dancing or stomping. The main control buttons are on a matching bracelet.

Saturday, June 15

Diagnostic Project

Polly Pocket was my entire childhood, proof that I was a spoiled little girl in the 90s. I have ten of these little wonderful toys, and someday I would add more to my town, which are now very valuable since Mattel no longer uses the "pocket' concept of Bluebird.

I made a pillbox hat inspired by my frilly childhood. Inside the pillbox is dollhouse furniture. It's  then covered with a black hairnet, referring to my introversion and possible Gothic tendencies when young. I used to pretend one of my Polly Pockets is haunted.