Friday, December 17, 2010
SO, I haven't blogged in so long that I forgot my password. what an ordeal.
What I've noticed from reading older blog posts is that I have a LOT of ideas....but not a lot of follow through. How does one rectify that? Am I the only one that suffers from this inability to finish anything I start? It seems there are people out there that finish things. There are buildings and bridges and ... open heart surgeries being finished up as we speak! how do they do it?.....perhaps the threat of death is good incentive. My friend Mandy said she was going to silence of the lambs me if I didn't keep producing work. Since I've never seen silence of the lambs I'm assuming it means quite, well behaved lambs are going to keep me company while I work.
That would be nice.
Maybe that's just what I need! a pet. Clearly that's what my life is lacking. If I had something to take care of it would give my life more purpose and focus....because then I'd have to keep my pet alive...so I'd have to make enough money to feed it. I had better not get anything too big to start out with. Just a gerbil or something.
or an ant farm.
I can't deal with this pressure. A pet's a terrible idea. Stupid Mandy.
Monday, October 18, 2010
This post is going to be random funny and or awesome things.
and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3bRPHPQsOs&feature=player_embedded
SWEET jesus. I should recruit these guys for my book. I thought I was gay ... and then I saw these. and my life changed forever. these guys make me look like a trucker named earl.
This is the other thing that I wanted to post today...incredible. The attention to detail is unreal. I'm gonna admit I cried a little when the grey haired woman steps out onto the runway, it was so beautiful and unexpected! There is something about Guo Pei's work that makes me feel...like life can be surreal. The blue dress that I posted a picture of is actually my favorite, and it's all because of the way the model stands at the end on the runway. Look at the line she creates with her body....she's a masterpeice
I was doing research because my friend is having a asian inspired party and i told her i would make her a dress as a birthday gift. unless someone can lend me 300 Chinese children for the week I won't be able to make one of these for her though...
Sunday, October 17, 2010
SOOOooooo it's been a while, how are you my blog following friends? good? excellent. I am also good. Contrary to my last blog that delineated all the drama of the past few months. If you're unaware, let me get you up to speed.
I am now the visual presentation peron at the Bay! yay. I dress all the manikins and its a crazy lot of work but its super fun and its pretty good hours (I'm starting to get used to getting up at 5:30) Although I find myself going to bed at 10 on weekends now because I'm so freakin tired by that time due to my work schedule. Anyways all is well. I think they really like me and it's very creative which I think will be good for my personal practice.
That's enough about boring Bay stuff. I've decided to write a little book! I know you're all thrilled. It is going to be 'things every gay man should know' or something to that effect. My buddy Preston got a book at chapters called 'Things every man should know' and it's really cute. it teaches you how to change a tire, tie a tie, hmm, i can't remember all the things, but it's cool. As we were flipping through it I just kept thinking how funny it would be to make one for a gay man, because it would be totally different.
Here are some of my ideas.
1) How to cabaret
2) advice on male skincare
3) Dressing appropriately flamboyant for every occasion
4) Tweesing your brows
5) Man-scaping (like landscaping but for homo hair)
7) A short concise history of Bet, Barbara, Liza, and Judy- just to throw around at parties
8) Arranging flowers
9) The drag wig that will best suit your face shape
Thats all i can think of right now, I'm sure that there are many many more. I know its clique but it would be really funny. And I probably won't know about all the thinks on my list so I'll have to do research too. It'll help me be a more stereotypical character of a gay man, lol
What are some other ideas guys??? post your ideas!!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
As some of you may know, in the last two weeks I've had my brand new $400 bike stolen, lost my job at the hotel, and almost broke up with Geoffrey.
I believe my status was 'going down down down in a burning ring of kyle' which my clever friend Mry came up with as we drowned my sorrows in bottles of Kokanee.
The last few days have been somewhat better and I've taken action in a few regards. I went back to the hotel on Monday and demanded severance. After calling the Alberta Labor Board and clarifying a few things, I learned that they didn't have 'just cause' to let me go and therefore I was entitled to two weeks paid severance. The terms of my dismissal were nothing short of preposterous (If you're curious, we'll discuss it over coffee some time) so they really didn't have a leg to stand on when it came to severance- I suppose they just thought that I wouldn't look into it....they were wrong.
(Technically my friend Mandy called the labor board and figured it all out....I was a little upset... but anyways...)
Now on to bigger and better things. I have a position at the Bay as a visual presentation person if I want it. It seems like a pretty good job, I would be in charge of dressing all the manikins in the whole store, I wouldn't have to fold or hang clothes, or dress customers or anything. It would be pretty creative as well and I think I would like it.
In other news... Geoffrey and I are still together. It was touch and go there for a bit. But we're okay now I think.
Status update on bike: still stolen.
I have some apprehensions about working full time. That was the nice thing about being a bartender. I made enough money to work part time and then have lots of time to make art. It concerns me that I may no longer have the time/energy to do much of my own work anymore. Sigh. I'm not sure what to do. It seems like a good idea to get experience in my 'field' I put that in quotes because in some ways it's still not really my field ... but it's applicable I suppose. I know I sound like a big whiny baby, I just don't really want to compromise my artistic practice. Someone once said to me, never work harder for somebody else than you do for yourself....and that would be essentially what I'm doing. That being said, I could consider this experience working for myself in a way since I would get a lot of creative control over the way the store looks.
More other news- I'm designing pocket squares! The little bits of colored fabric that men put in there jacket pockets. I did four designs and have been hired by a new company just starting out. The designs are being manufactured and sold internationally! Pretty jazzy eh? Maybe I'll only work at the Bay until I'm a full time pocket square designer. .. . it seems very likely.
i better start wearing pocket squares...
A couple posts ago I talked about making me and Geoff unicorn costumes for Montreal based on the image I posted... Well, they're done! (They've been done for a while... and we've worn them and ..stuff. but anyways, here they are) Geoff made us hula hoops to match. We were the cutest unicorns...definitely the gayest.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Oh idea monsters. how you haunt me. As I fall asleep at night I think of all the beautiful things I will make when I wake up in the morning. Then I wake up... and do yoga, and eat, and bum around, and my idea monsters remain fictional. I went to school today to try and make art. I succeeded in failure. dammit. I'm home now, and I've brought what I'm working on home with me to try and keep going with it. I'm not going to tell you what it is just yet....because I don't know if it will work, but if it does it'll be awesome! (this isn't the unicorn costume, I haven't gotten the stupid fabric for those yet)
Who here has heard of Elie Saab? Damn I like his stuff. It's so flowy and pretty and interesting. I seem to have a hard time with flowy things. I really like structure and when I design it always seems to be very structured silhouettes. I need more flowy in my life. Yes flowy is a word. Don't judge me. I was thinking about using the word flouncy but that seemed too gay.
Anyways, if you're interested, check out more of his stuff, it's pretty epic.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Okay, so it's officially been a REALLY long time since I've blogged. I kept thinking about it and then got scared and then wouldn't. What was I scared of? retaliation? That's silly. It's not like my blog is going to angrily retaliate like ..library books, or student loans, or house plants, when you neglect them. . (okay, house plants don't really angrily retaliate, they just die....which is sad for both of us...and the books themselves don't either....just their bitter lenders..) I'm not a big fan of structure since I tend to be quite negligent (you may have noticed) I probably should never work in a bank...or a hospital... with my 'it's good enough, I'll finish later' attitude.
At least I'm aware of these follies. Anyways, the purpose of this blog is to talk fashion, and talk fashion I shall. I just (almost) finished a wedding dress for my hairdresser. She's getting married in a refurbished barn near Canmore. The dress is entirely lace, with a low back and deep V in the front. It's quite lovely, and looks really good on her. Her mom and grandma came over to see it last week and cried with happiness. I was really nervous....as with most brides, mom's opinion means everything, luckily, Amy's mom loved the dress. Some minor changes and final fittings and I will have completed my first wedding dress! weeee. What next you ask, well if you must know I am making Geoff and I unicorn costumes for gay pride in Montreal. I've ordered baby pink and baby blue PVC vinyl online and am going to make them as soon as I get it. I'm going to be pink, geoff will be blue. I ordered the stupid fabric online and payed the astronomical shipping fees, only to the next day find the exact same fabric in the same colors at fabric land in the NE. I was so fucking mad. Anyways, I've enclosed a picture of the costume....
I realize I don't have this guys body... Although maybe if I carry my car to work and only eat celery for the next 3 weeks I might. But, if that doesn't happen, my current body will have to make due. What do you think bloggers? good idea? Any recommendations on how to make the hooves? I'm still trying to work that one out...
Kyle the Negligent.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I got lost in my brain and haven't emerged in a couple weeks, sorry. This has been a confusing month. I finished my 40 day yoga challenge. Now I can float and buddha and I have tea on a higher plain of existence.
...well, not exactly I suppose. I can only float on weekends, and only during a full moon. This is what yoga teaches you-those of you who have never done it.
I jest of course. But it was enlightening. I feel........enlightened. Boy this isn't easily deciphered...I guess as I've said before, the journey is the goal. Finishing is rewarding, but it's not the goal. I really had serious up's and down's. I definitely crashed and burned one week in a big weepy mess,...but was pretty much okay after that happened. It forced me to look inward and reflect on what I really want for my life, my body, my well-being. I'm going to keep it up...not everyday, but several times a week. I like taking the time out of my day to connect. I think it will make me a better artist in the long run. Speaking of art....I made hats for jessica's wedding. They turned out really well I think. Very pretty. I now am working on a wedding dress for my hair dresser. It's pretty, off white lace....very flowy, I'll post pictures when it's done.
I'm also getting my head shots done tomorrow for that acting class I'm taking. I need to try and look....handsome. Tricky. I researched what to wear. Apparently solid bold colors work best, black for a more dramatic look ... *puts away sequence vest, and feather boa....* I was so wrong....
okay, now go make a wedding dress! but first get coffee and have a little nap and text dear friends and paint toe nails and have a sandwich and sweep the living room. Wait wait. make a wedding dress. why is this so hard?