Sewing, LYF

Tattoos & Sewing. One has fascinated ever since I’ve been a small child, the other one is my dearest hobby. Both are all about the right needle (kind of)….. And now one will remind me forever of the other.

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I got my tattoo (first of many – I’ve got so many ideas!) last week, at Vienna Electric Tattoo. The artist is Sam Rulz, a super talented woman – check out her instagram here. I am so in love with her etching style, it’s perfect for my pair of scissors (fabric shears, obviously). I didn’t want regular shading, I wanted something a little more interesting, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

I just I’d let you know, from now on, you will see it in all the photos – it’s quite big, so you can’t really miss it :) Also, I know that not everyone out there likes tattoos, so please, if you hate it, try to keep your opinion to yourself….Merken

Currently – Spring 2017

Stopping by again! I thought I’d give you a little live-update and you fill you in.

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(There was a fantastic exhibition at the Bank Austria Kunstforum recently… I just love these colours, they are my favourites at the moment!)

Good news first – I’m currently working on the women’s costumes for a small theatre production here in Vienna. It takes place in ca. 1935 – I’ve obviously been looking at a lot of vintage patterns and illustrations and really fell in love with that era! Not as loose as the late twenties, but not yet as structured as the 1940ies. I can highly recommend the book “Everyday Fashions of the 30s as Pictured in Sears Catalogs” by Stella Blum, it’s been really helpful and very inspiring!

Now for the not so good ones…. Remember when I said I was preparing my portfolio for the University of Applied Arts? Well, I didn’t get in. They liked my portfolio, but then weren’t convinced of my work during the actual exam. My next chance is the Academy of Fine Arts, the admission tests are in June. I hope I have more luck then!

And that’s about it, I think. I’m seriously looking forward to the easter holidays, because a) school is really going on my nerves at the moment and b) I’ve been in Vienna for three whole months now and I just need to get out! Ever since I moved out of my parent’s home and away from Salzburg, I’ve never been anywhere for three months straight and it’s killing me. Even if it’s just returning to Salzburg for a week, a change of scene is bitterly needed. I also think that all this staying in one place is part of the reason why I’m feeling so uninspired lately: I need some change. Now. :)

I hope you’re having a relaxing sunday evening and a good start into the week, talk to you soon!

For 2017

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Hello there! New year, new perspectives, new ideas, new priorities…

I decided to just ‘start fresh’ and not drag old posts into the new year – there won’t be a december recap for example (nothing interesting happened anyway). Or a review of the whole year for that matter. 2016 was alright, with some highs and also some very deep lows, both personal and in general. But it’s behind us now and I’d rather look forwards than backwards.

So what’s to come, especially regarding this blog? I already mentioned that I want to change a couple of things – I really lost my motivation to continue in the last two months and figured it was time for a change.
For one, I decided to blog less. There won’t be a weekly post anymore (like the favourites, sketches, skies), but I will try to post at least once a week – or more often, depending on my schedule. I always wanted to have more focus, a better concept for this blog and omitting these random posts (which were fun, but just don’t feel right anymore) is a step into the right direction.
That means that the content will be more continuous, more streamlined, specific. I will continue to write about the things I love, the things I make and also about what I’m doing (e.g. the occasional travel post), but my main goal now is to ‘inspire’. There will be less, but hopefully better content. Maybe some tutorials. Inspiration posts. Compilations. I don’t yet quite know – I have a whole notebook full of ideas that are just waiting to come to life. I don’t know when, though, as I have produced hardly anything in advance – so far I just have the ideas. But that’s okay: What I really want is less stress. No stupid, self-imposed deadlines (there is enough of that in my life anyway), no hurry to publish something on a certain day.

So to sum it all up: The main goals for 2017 are consistency and inspiration. Let’s do this!

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November

This November, I …

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  • visited my grandmother in Graz
  • spent a day in Maribor
  • went to the Hofmobiliendepot  (furniture museum, very peculiar)
  • tailored some bootcut jeans into skinnies and now I wear them all the time
  • met some old classmates I hadn’t seen since I graduated
  • lost my blogging mojo a bit
  • and a scarf! It was already unraveling at some parts, but still!
  • finally found an awesome, second hand denim jacket, which looks exactly how I envisioned it
  • read so many Donna Leon novels, I ended up confusing all the crimes/suspects/motives
  • started making some of the christmas presents I’ll be gifting this year

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October

This October, I…

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  • stained my fingers and nails dyeing tons fabric and then some more
  • signed up for a hat-making workshop in december
  • finally got a membership for the viennese libraries
  • bought some supplies for block printing (on fabric) and can’t wait to experiment
  • saw Ödön von Horvaths recently discovered play ‘Niemand’ and it was fantastic
  • had to start heating because it’s getting cold
  • made summer rolls for the first time
  • and burritos! Both were so good :)
  • started to really curate my closet and thought a lot about personal style
  • went to the cinema to see Dr. Strange (rather disappointing)

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September

This September, I…

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  • participated in the #sewphotop
  • started my last year on this school, finally with the focus on costume design
  • celebrated my brother’s 5th wedding anniversary
  • started blogilates and so far, it’s been great and I’m super motivated
  • enrolled in an italian course (finally! Can’t wait to learn this language)
  • re-decorated my room a bit
  • made the decision to study stage design next year (working on my portfolio now)
  • finalized my design for the costume I’ll make in school
  • tried cannoli and I’m in love
  • got some cotton+steel fabric at an amazing discount

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June

This June, I…

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  • started a new internship
  • attended a funeral
  • spent a couple of days back home in Salzburg
  • celebrated Iftar with some (muslim) friends
  • bought some new summer shoes
  • enjoyed the warm evenings outside
  • spent a whole day in bed, mostly procrastinating, hardly studying
  • met a friend from school I hadn’t seen in ages
  • finished the semester and got my diploma
  • started a new series (Peaky Blinders, I needed something after Game of Thrones)

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