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2D to 3D: Artist Room Studies, Jennifer Hawkins Hock

To emphasize a captured moment in the daily life and environment of these artists is my goal ; to spotlight their appreciation for the art f...

Friday, November 3, 2017

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light cast through stitching of facing page

coptic-stitch binding detail, recycled book - Jennifer Hawkins Hock 

peek inside at pages - with handpainted edits and stitched wordsmithing

stitched and collaged additions to the original book's artwork

stitched wordsmithing - Jennifer Hawkins Hock at Toile La La

reworked book with coptic-stitching - Jennifer Hawkins Hock

paint-edited text with collage - "Existential ebb" book, JHH
Her 19th century voice sounded to my ears - both 1990s Goth and filled with the sorrow which current events might cast upon a sensitive heart. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets sat upon a shelf in a secondhand thrift bookshop - unread. Her voice perhaps unheard - because, like life and culture, language shifts to mirror conditions. Barrett Browning's words, written during a time of courtship, are primarily odes to love - but some sadness dulls the shine. E.B.B. weaves within her words an appreciation of life - as well as studies of existence.  In examining each poem, I wanted to snip away the frill of Romantic literature and glimpse something more Zen... minimal. Edited, E.B.B.'s sonnets lend a perspective which feels current. Edited, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets are like a text message from today - sent to a 90s goth.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Landscape and Emotion - Painted, "Sentient Cartography - Entries" Series.

"Sentient Cartography: Entry 1 - The Lamp", acrylic / collage - topographical painting. Jennifer Hawkins Hock May 2017 - (Detail)
"Sentient Cartography: Entry 1 - The Lamp", acrylic / collage - topographical painting. Jennifer Hawkins Hock May 2017 - (Detail)
"St. John's Bees and Stokes Aster" and "Sentient Cartography: Entry 1 - The Lamp". Paintings by Jennifer Hawkins Hock.
"Sentient Cartography: Entry 1 - The Lamp", acrylic / collage - topographical painting. Jennifer Hawkins Hock May 2017 - (Detail) 

Friday, April 7, 2017

19th Century Slat or Prairie Bonnet - an Everyday Hat

Attracted historically, not aesthetically, to this bonnet which seems clever in its functional design. Wooden slats helped the bonnet frame and shield the face from sun during work outdoors. The back flap or "bavolet" shaded the neck. 

Gardening last summer, I wore a large cloth sunhat anchored to my head with a rectangular silk scarf tied beneath the chin - but this bonnet seems preferable.

Slat or Prairie Bonnet, 19th C. - at Macon County Historical Society Museum, photo JHH

Slat or Prairie Bonnet, 19th C. - side view showing wooden slat channels. Photo JHH

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Fashion Show

Tremendous Thank You to my excellent KFW show models who brought the clothing to life with their creative and unique presentations. Show theme: Kamama Hanamichi. Butterfly Flowerpath. Emphasizing life cycles and metamorphosis... transitions. After 2.5 months of nonstop designing, drafting, wrangling measurements, altering, sewing - and then navigating the logistics of the show itself, I didn't have time to photograph those hard-working models... so for now, my only fitting mannequin - and Nature - will have to suffice. After viewing individual garments, you'll find behind-the-scenes workroom photos at this Toile La La link.
Art Fashion Creation Kamama Hanamichi Dress with Flower Train

Art Fashion Creation Kamama Hanamichi Dress with Flower Train

Art Fashion Creation Kamama Hanamichi Dress (Train Detail)

Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Caterpillar Ensemble

Blue Monarch Caterpillar Mask - Art Fashion Creation
Pink Paris Moth Dress with Sparkling Scale Bodice - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017

Midnight Butterfly Frock with Wingtip Bow - Art Fashion Creation

Midnight Butterfly Frock (Bow Detail) - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017

Sunset Butterfly Frock with Wingtip Bow - Art Fashion Creation

Sunset Butterfly Frock (Wingtip Bow Detail), Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017
Apricot Shot Silk Kabuki Skirt with Upcycled V-Back Cobweb Sweater - Art Fashion Creation

Kabuki Ensemble - Art Fashion Creation, Spring 2017

Midnight Butterfly Slip Dress with Thorax Panel - Art Fashion Creation

White Fog Butterfly Slip Dress with Lace Thorax and Transparent Sides - Art Fashion Creation

Obi Bow Detail for Blue Sky Butterfly Slip Dress with Piped Thorax - Art Fashion Creation

Blue Sky Butterfly Slip Dress with Piped Thorax - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017
Golden Kamama Slip Dress with Transparent Sides - beneath Cocoon/Corn Husk Cape  
Golden Kamama Slip Dress with Veiled Cocoon Headpiece - Art Fashion Creation
Angel Butterfly Sheath with Fluorescent Floral Obi Bow - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017

Art Fashion Creation Brocade Seed Necklace - Spring 2017
Pink Butterfly Empress Slip Dress with Obi Bow - Art Fashion Creation

Pink Empress Veiled Perch - Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017
Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Butterfly Wingspot Capes
Model consensus: Wingspot capes were itchy...
Art Fashion Creation Spring 2017 Accessory Details: 3-D Monarch Hairpin and Glitter-Scaled Bodice

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kabuki Skirt

The idea originally came to me after reading about Kabuki garments, and then resurfaced in the form of one of my Toile La La collages. Initially, I planned to pad the hem layers - as in the construction of the collage, but the actual skirt would have been too heavy with 12 padded layers, so they are instead folded. To counterbalance the sheen and ornamentation of the elegant fabrics, I created texture in the skirt body by handwashing and air-drying. Wabi sabi. I imagine this worn with lovely, block-heeled but lightweight and lady-like powder blue or lavender velvet pumps and a tatty black avant garde airy-knit sweater.
Hem of Kabuki Skirt - JHH
Kabuki Skirt - Toile La La collage

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Artist Room Studies in Miniature

You'll see all 15 Artist Room Studies in the Art Fashion Creation feature post. The Dufy room study is an average size: 5.5-inches high by 7-inches wide, but the studies vary in size - with the largest, Hammershoi, at about 12-inches wide. The boxes had diverse previous lives as storage for jewelry, tobacco, and spice. All have doors and some have several doors and even windows. These details though are reserved for viewers who stand before them to have a look and discover.