I thought I’d celebrate the last day of summer break by sharing some photos of the work E did at one of her camps this summer. She took a fashion design camp at South Broadway Art Project and they studied Victorian era clothing and accessories and then created their own riffs on this. I love this camp for several different reasons – I love how they really get into old photographs and catalogs and images of the time period, I love how they study the human body and learn to draw and sketch it, I love how they get to take items they have around the house and create their own designs. Duct tape corset with copper cameo? Check. E loves using the sewing machine and declared ruffles as her favorite thing to make.
It’s a completely different experience from the fairly regular sewing classes that she takes at a local fabric store. In those classes she’s working towards an end result, and learning the basics of sewing on the way. In this camp she’s really free to build on those foundations and make what she wants – the end product can be whatever she wants it to be, and our dress up bin is growing as a result.
Speaking of dress up – man, does that little one like the runway. “Let’s play fashion show!” she yells, ties on scarves and lace from the bin and then struts her stuff. She’s a natural. Fashion camp, look out.