I'm going to keep my words short this evening, because writing words is hard for me at the moment (There's so much stuff floating in my head, and writing isn't my choice way of clearing the noise.) I made these pants last week, and styled them like this. They're made from the same pattern as my pinecone pants and my daisy jeans. Enjoy the pretty pictures!
Panic! at the Disco are one of the few bands that I still love from my teenage years. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out introduced me to "heavy" music. (I know Panic's not heavy, but for a tiny classically trained Jen, it was super heavy)
I remember when their second album came out. I was super excited for more of their baroque influenced rock/ whatever blend, but was quite disappointed when instead I was presented with the beetles-esque orchestrated rock. I tried so very hard to like that album, but ultimately I gave up on it after a few months of it not quenching my thirst for their previous vibe.
I've not listened to Pretty. Odd. since I was 16. It was in my thoughts after the release of the new Panic! at the disco album (which is a little hit and miss in my opinion) My music tastes have matured quite a bit since I was 16, so I decided to give Pretty. Odd another shot.
I am so very glad I did. It's such a beautiful album. I particularly love the orchestration (although I wish they'd used real flutes/piccolo's/clarinets/oboes instead of synthesised ones). My favourite track (which was one of my least favourite back in the day) is From a Mountain in the Middle of The Cabins. The details in the orchestration are superb, and are pretty similar to a lot of the music I've been getting into lately (Artists like Punch Brothers, My Brightest Diamond and Joanna Newsom that sit on the line between contemporary music, art music and folk) .
Pretty. Odd. isn't the only album I revisited recently, and ended up loving all over again. About 4 months ago I started listening to Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika again. I originally liked this album well enough, but got sick of it. Again, I completely understand why. It wasn't the sound I was in love with at the time (and when you've only got 4 gigs of iPod space to work with, stuff gets culled regularly and mercilessly.)
Something I've been thinking about putting together is a list of what's on my ipod with descriptions of the artists/links so you can hear what they sound like. I've got a rather eclectic collection of music, ranging from super well know peeps to those with less that 300 likes on facebook. So yeah, let me know if you'd be interested in this!
Deviating from the music I've been listening to - This is the outfit I wore tuesday. Originally when I put it together, I wasn't intending to have the second skirt underneath the pinafore. When I added the socks to the outfit, it looked unbalanced, so I popped the skirt underneath. It made everything super flouncy, as well as adding much needed colour balance.
I had such fun this afternoon photographing todays outfit.
I managed to find not one, not two, but three new places to shoot (which is a fairly large deal as I thought I had exhausted the local area of "secret locations" ). There's a fairly concealed walkway in the Narara/Wyoming area called "the glow path" and it's basically a tiny slice of heaven in what would otherwise be just another lot of busy roads and suburbs.
Unfortunately my shoot was quite rushed as I may have forgot to charge my DSLR battery. When I rush, my focus goes, meaning the photo's from the third location (which was so very pretty) were very blurry.
Speaking of sub par photography! Remember those awful photo's I took of the pine cone pants I sewed recently (totally cool if you don't)? Welp, those are the pants I wore today! :D Now you can actually see what they look like, instead of seeing a noisy dark blob.
Not much happened today as far as life goes, but yesterday I played an awesome gig with the button collective and some awesome peeps at Blackwire records, which is an independent music store/venue. There were 5 music acts, and 5 poets. I'm not really in the head space for writing many things (which, you totally can't tell from the bulk of this post :P) so I'll leave the blow by blow concert review for another time. I can say however, that the whole concert was captivating and every musician that played and poet that read did so wonderfully.
The vibe of the concert was also very unique. It was an unplugged session, meaning that no one was amplified. The show was sold out, the venue was packed, and you could hear the music perfectly, because everyone was there to listen. You don't get that very often playing in a contemporary setting. It was really nice.
I used this oily rainbow fabric I got from hobby sew (which is a quilting specialty store)
I really wanted it to have pockets (but I'm pretty lazy about making "proper pockets" so I made these heart pockets.
This shirt I paired it with was the other op shop find from my trip to Newtown. It's such a soft comfy shirt.
Posts will be a bit light from now on. I'm going on tour with the Button Collective, which means I'll have limited access to my wardrobe and the internet. I'll be sure to post outfits when I can :D!
Guess what!? My thesis is finally done and dusted. I actually have time to do stuff like get dressed (ie: Not just throw on a dress and be done with it), shoot photo's, paint, practice non recital stuff, see people (write on my neglected internet spaces...) SO YES! You can expect more content/more clothes of my own creation from now on (because time is a thing I have access to)
I've not really talked about my thesis very much online, but now it's finished I think I'm ready to type a TLDR. The subject was :Advocating Solo Piccolo through Composition and Performance. Basically, the piccolo (aka tiny high pitched wooden flute) is not taken seriously as a solo instrument. I prefer playing piccolo over flute, and would like to be able to do recitals, so I took the first step in making this a thing by 1) analysing composition textbooks/compositions to define what makes a good composition for piccolo 2) composed a 35 minuite program of 5 works for the instrument and 3) performed them in a recital. My Dad was kind enough to film the recital for me, and hopefully I'll upload it in the near future. I'm also going to take a scary first step to being a proper composer type person and construct a web site over the summer break :s. If you're interested in reading my thesis/want to know more about/ play my compositions shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of music! During my absence I've played/found so much great music! I'll start with music from early November! My friend Louise released her first Ep: The anatomy of a wing. It's 6 tracks of folky/art music goodness, and was the sound track to many late night study sessions I had. Unfortunately She's not got it online for purchase yet, but if you send her a message through facebook, I'm sure you'll be able to get a copy :P I was lucky enough to be involved in her album launch, and had an absolute blast.
The next super fun music type thing that happened was playing Mullumbimby Music Festival with The Button Collective. It was 3 crazy days of making music as a 6 piece (aka, the absolute best way to play with the button collective)/listening to music/ hanging out with the boys. I listened to so much great music over that weekend, but the standout band for me was Oh Pep! who are a folk - bluegrass band. Their composition style reminds me a ton of my favourite Math Rock band Maps and Atlases.
Finally, one of my favourite Sydney bands The Squeezebox Trio released their first album: And A Hotplate. They're a gypsy jazz band, with a core group of violin, guitar and piano accordion. As well as being fabulous musicians, they're brilliant arrangers, and really bring new life to the jazz standards they play. The originals on the album are pretty darn brilliant as well (my personal favourite is the cider thief, and not just because of the story that goes along with it).
As I mentioned earlier, while I was being a thesis hermit, I kind of stopped dressing like me, because my brain was just so full of junk and tiredness. I think I've well and truly come out of my fashion funk with this outfit! My Mum bought me the skirt and shoes as a "well done for surviving uni" Present. I bought the bolero from Lady Petrova when shapes visited Melbourne, and I got the shirt from the op shop! I made the belt out of flowers purchased from the fake flower shop near my house (which is a super weird, but really cool place)
It's really nice to be back. I've not done anything completely creative since the end of Septmeber/beginning of October. I'm sure I'll be able to keep up a better routine with all of my new found free time :D