I’d rather be sewing!

You know those bumper stickers that read “I’d rather be fishing” or–in Colorado where I live–“I’d rather be skiing”?  Well, when it comes to blogging, I need a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be sewing” or, drawing, or reading, or even cleaning my oven, because when it comes to working on the computer, I’d […]

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Painting a Costume

Most of the costumes I create have embellishments such as ribbons, braid, beads, sequins, rhinestones, tassels, fur and feathers, all of which are attached to the fabric by hand with needle and thread. However, one costume I made stands alone:  its decoration is painted directly onto the bodice, skirt and sleeves. This is “Columbine” and […]

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Display: Final Steps

When the last sequin is secured, the final ribbon tied, and the mannequin is fitted into her costume, there is one more step—preparing the figure for display. Each mannequin stands on a custom-made wooden base, and attaching him or her to that base involves precise drilling into the dancer’s feet and into the wooden base, […]

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Fabrics & Embellishments: The Legend of Azyiade

It’s always exciting to begin a new costume, especially something as exotic and opulent as those worn in this short, one act ballet, with music by Rimsky-Korsakov, who also composed the music for the better-known ballet, “Scheherazade.” “Azyiade” debuted in 1910, with Pavlova dancing the role of the innocent captive and Mikhail Mordkin the barbaric […]

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Research: Some of My Favorites Books

On July 28, 2011, I ordered a used book from Amazon called Pavlova: Portrait of a Dancer, by Margot Fonteyn. I’d always loved ballet, and decades ago had seen Fonteyn and Nureyev dance “Swan Lake”, so it was the author, not the subject, that initially caught my eye. Little did I know that it would […]

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This project was funded in part by a generous grant from The Boedecker Foundation Path to Excellence. Additional funding provided by Boulder County Arts Alliance through the BCAA Endowment Grant Program.