WIPW

Oh Boy,  I have been out of action for nearly 2 weeks after that injection.  I thought that I was recovering towards the end of last week but it just got worse.  I normally have high blood pressure but the bottom dropped out of that.  I managed to drop 5.5Kg in the week but was able to have an 'invalids' meal tonight.  I haven't done much over the last week.  But, when I could I knitted and that is starting to grow.

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I bought a new 'mouse' for my grand daughter Jasmine, the 9y.o.  I don't think it has a name as yet.  It is a Danish mouse, very expensive because it was imported, but, very cute.  Jasmine has the most vivid imagination so I know this mouse will have amazing adventures.

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She is from the Maileg Company, who I discovered years ago when in Denmark.  I saw this little lady in a gift shop and had to have her.  She sleeps in a matchbox.

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And I was asked for a new quilt and pillow but they had to be different, so I complied.

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And the other request was for some coat-hangers for her clothes, so grandpa had to make coat-hangers and I had to give up a pin box to put them in.

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I have a feeling I might be asked for more clothes for the mouse with no name.


Faces

I still have not moved on with my embroidered faces.  I am searching for that link that will take me from the abstract or sketch, which I have mastered, to the next stage of realistic colour.  To this end I am looking at the work of every fabric artist I can find to find that link.  One artist who's work I admire is "Marlin Lager"  the Swedish artist who uses machine embroidery.  This video on You Tube shows some of her work and her studio.

 

 

But it is her wonderful portraits that first attracted me to her work.  There is an interesting Article about her work here.

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Serendipity

How does this happen?  I write about the Dior fashion show and low and behold, I have a new book about Catherine Dior!

The book is a novel around the life of Catherine Dior, sister of the designer, and her work in the French  Resistance during WW2.

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It is a novel, so I'm sure there is a bit of artistic license has been taken with the facts, but, it is a good story.  The description of what happens in a fashion show is spot on, so good it took me back to my time working in the industry.  If you are looking for an enjoyable read it is a good book.  But, if you are reading it to find information about Catherine Dior you would be better served to do an internet search.  The book is more about her influence on the main characters.  Still, it got me thinking and searching out more information about her.  It makes me think differently about the perfume, Miss Dior, which is said to have been named after her by her brother, Christian.   There is a nice article on "fabric-store blog" about this designer.

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I am sure there are many stories of women who's actions during this time were brave and patriotic.  Maybe we will see some more of them in the future.


Dior Fashion Show.

Did you see this?  The whole set of the latest fashion show from Dior was embroidered.

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They have a great Video of the making, but it is in French

And of course there is the fashion as well.

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As well as a great piece on Couture Embroidery.

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This is the work of Eva Jospin who was inspired by the palace of Colonna  in Rome that has a room in which all the walls are covered by embroidery.

(The lady who explains about the palace is speaking Italian.  It took me a few takes but I was able to understand her commentary.  Anyway the pictures are great.)

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Wow! how amazing is that?

(Postscript:  I see that now English subtitles have been added.)