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Yesterday. . .
I was only supposed to be cleaning/organizing my drawer and probably the rest of my room when I found a piece of fabric I had cut off when I was upcycling some old “home shorts”.
I took out one of my old Barbie dolls and wrapped the fabric onto her the way I always did when I was a kid.
Yeah, I guess I missed dabbling into fashion. . . but I can never call myself a fashion designer because I do not have any formal training. It was sort of tackled a little back in college but it was more like a preview, for me. It wasn’t enough. I have to learn how to make clothes if I want to really do it. (That, I do not have money for, yet.)
But at least I have one client: Barbie!
Barbie was unhappy with her wardrobe and she wanted to wear something different. I gave her two options, since the fabric I found is a bit versatile.
I made a new logo for my business card. It’s much like the old one but made intricate.
my first logo
and this is how my business card looks like:
business cards. . .
I know, right? Bad choice of font style. *facepalm*
It looked great and readable in the digital version:
Alright, so it’s still a bit confusing. I wish I’ve put some spaces in between the letters. When you are working on it in front of the PC, seriously, it looks clearer. I really like that font style. Spaces. Tsk. And I was far from the print shop where it got printed, I just sent it via email and claimed it later. I even asked if the fonts are readable and I didn’t get a reply. So I thought that silence means yes. I was wrong. I ended up paying for 50 (was it 50? or 40. . . I forgot) pieces of unreadable business cards. I wanna cry. Hahaha, now I have to write down (or print and then cut) the details in clearer detail at the back of the card. OF EACH ONE. OF EACH OF THE REMAINING FROM THE 50 (I’ve given some cards before, hmm, I counted 28 pieces left). Tedious. But I have to do it. Most of the people I gave it to were all just trying to be nice, so they didn’t really comment about it.
Oh come on. This counts as an “artwork”. Haha!
I’ve been busy today, cleaning my room after maybe months of mess.
And my “Day 7” has already ended minutes ago. I hope this won’t be a sign that I can’t continue fulfilling my promise (to myself, actually. But I’ve been religiously doing it for the sake of practice and developing a sense of commitment)
And so, I have been cleaning my room. While doing so, I rediscovered a plastic basket filled with all the dolls that have survived misuse in my childhood years. They are mostly Barbie dolls. Then an Anastasia doll (from the animated film), two Bratz dolls, and two Betty Spaghettis. . . then some miniature Barbie dolls from McDonald’s Happy Meals.
I found some old swimwear tops that Mom wanted to throw away that I salvaged. I saved a lot of random fabrics from old broken clothes for this purpose. So I sat down and picked my fabric. It’s a spandex bikini top (too bad I didn’t take a photo of what it used to look like before I started cutting it)
this is what’s left of the bikini top
What I did was just to wrap it around a certain way, punch some holes and tied up the string. I used one of those ordinary Barbies with little pink shoes painted on their feet. Her limbs allow only a few poses. I wish Gymnast Barbie wasn’t broken. She would’ve been the one I used (unfortunately she lost her other arm and her legs became limp).
I obviously enjoyed my little photo shoot. It seems like Barbie did, too. And it’s her first time she saw banana trees outside my window, so she didn’t mind her bad hair day.
After the shoot, I checked my other dolls and realized that some of them looked better than the one I just used. *facepalm* Anastasia is more poseable, I just fixed her headlessness.
This has got to be my very first fashion design sketch. July 13, 2001. I was twelve years old.
I have always been interested in fashion ever since I can remember. . . Ever since I had Barbie dolls.