When preparing to attend the 2015 Oxford Conference of Corsetry, the organizer and corsery fellow Julia Bremble suggested we think about doing forms for our corsets for display. I have seen this done in museums before, where they use lightweight plexi-glass forms to create an insert into the corset. I loved seeing corsets suspended from the ceiling, floating in space with no mannequin in sight.
As I gear up for the 2017 Oxford Conference of Corsetry (OCOC) I am reminded that I have yet to post about the 2015 event, not for lack of desire but because it is hard to start to explain the overwhelming amount of information and interaction over that weekend. I can say it is a big deal when I focus more on enjoying an event than documenting it (although it is hard to get a camera out of my hand unless you replace it with a corset or a dance partner of course).
After you sign up for the event you have an option to sign-up for a photoshoot on Sunday. You receive the model measurements ahead of time so you can bring or make items to fit. The conference never fails to bring in the best models and photographers, and of course the location is such a good backdrop. For my model, Ella Rose, I pulled a piece I had been working on and finished it up on time!
Wisteria in Velvet:
I was super excited to work with Ella Rose this year and with Chris Murray who shot my work on Evie Wolfe during 2014 OCOC. Being a photographer myself, it is so rewarding to watch others work and have them give you a piece of their vision.
Here are a few images:
The weekend is packed with learning opportunities including the photoshoot but so much more! I can’t even start to explain but I hope to make a few more posts about my experience at 2015 OCOC.
After all is said and done, you get to walk (train, bus, fly) away with the anticipation of getting the proofs from the photographer. Then it is a bright little reminder of all the people you met and all your hard work paying off to share the final images.
Here is a shot we did with the Solstiss lace yardage I picked out from the 2014 Oxford Conference of Corsetry at a huge discount. I actually wanted this in the blue/brown colorway to use to make a corset influenced by the brick work but plan to use the white against a black or navy blue velvet instead.
Photographer: Chris Murray
Model: Ella Rose
I like to take photos before I lace up a corset because it is a view you can not get without the corset being unlaced. As I was adjusting the lacing I got frustrated and put it on my legs to get some tension and my husband thought it looked cute and took a pin-up shot of me with a corset on my legs. Leg binding spat? Kinda works for the picture:
Since I was not at home with my mannequins I decided to lace her onto a flat pillow, not the most flattering but it worked to fill her out a bit:
And here is the love of my life ignoring my shenanigans with my dolly:
I haven’t had much brain space to actually sit down and write about my trip to England (my first) to the Oxford Conference of Corsetry. I’m going to start with the local icon who also came across the pond, Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden. Her keynote speech left a lasting impression. Continue reading OCOC Keynote Speaker- Autumn Adamme
The beach was great but I did want to rush back to my fabric and sewing. I even got new fabric this week!
Yes I am in Hawaii this week! Yes I took a plane here. Yes I did have handwork with me that didn’t include sharp pointy metal objects that may or may not have intimidated the airline security people ( I never know when they will take away my tools).
The bindery is down stairs behind another building:
Milliner’s shop front window:
We left our car at the visitor’s center and took the bus and walked the rest of the day around the historic center before hitting one of the museums. I really wish I had more than one day there :( So I guess I’ll be planning a trip back!
*Nov. 9 2008 visit
I promised photos of our audience with an enactment actor playing the Duchess Elenora di Toledo back in December so here are a few from that event:
The day started slowly with the realization that a lot more was closed in Colonial Williamsburg than expected. Not a single tavern was open this winter. Winter programming started Jan. 1st. and a lot of repairs and construction were happening in the “off season”. There was plenty to do in one day though! I’m so glad I made it down there while out on the east coast. Continue reading Colonial Williamsburg: brief overview