The beauty of uncertainty

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 Have you ever realized the beauty within uncertainty? Once you are willing to let go of your fear and abdicate your desire to control everything, it becomes an organic process of miraculous discovery....the surprise me zone. This is greatly evidenced in our daily lives or when on a vacation.

It is particularly true within creative and fine art circles. Uncertainty becomes the inspiring place where amazing experiences are created and ideas unfold way beyond our limited consciousness. Excitement and joy come to fruition. No artist or designer craves certainty in their work or life. For to embrace certainty is to embrace stagnation. And to embrace stagnation, the creative spirit dies.....the CAT is outta' the bag!

From COURAGE to Divinity

The Path to Divinity is lined with COURAGE

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What is divinity? Is it some unseen hidden place, lolling around in the outer limits of the cosmos? Or is it fulfillment of the creative soul here on earth, physically tangible and attainable?

Divinity is most often referred to as a spiritual source or an elevated state of being, something reverent and elusive....a spiritual existence. But to connect with our true purpose right here, right now. To be courageous enough to seek it out. To lay down our fears and trepidation. To dwell within the spiritual, higher conscious part of our physical creative being is perhaps were divinity can be discovered.

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The path is dotted with parts of courage, trust, and risk. An invitation for abandonment of comfort and a serious bent for adventure becomes willfully invited. So let's go! Take flight, abandon yourself of control or limitations. Fill your backpack with pencils, markers, trust, and a healthy dose of risk. Adventure is awaiting. Oh and don't forget your jar. To be to be filled with all the moon beams you'll discover and want to carry home. 

The principles of design

The principles of design, whether it be accessories, fashion or any other area of design are color, shape, form, and function.

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Color helps convey the overall mood. Brights elude happiness and joie de vivre. Dark colors convey  mystery, sleekness.

Shape is the outline or silhouette of the product. Shape can convey ( but not limited to ) outrage, exaggeration, complacency, and strength.     

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Form refers to the manifestations of technique, embellishment, intricacy, detail, innovation, structure or texture.                          

Function refers to the to the intention of the object as well as the perceived manifestation of the designer ie. to keep warm, to hold, to surprise, to seduce. For all areas of fashion design, clothes -> accessories, interiors -> architecture or any other concept of design these principles must be addressed in order to succeed.

Color. Shape. Form. Function.

Color. Shape. Form. Function.

An Inspiration, a Desire and a Marker.

History is a treasure trove of ideas

History is a treasure trove of ideas

Fashion design can be fun and easy. All it takes is a desire to be creative and the willingness to let go of your fear and need to control. The history of fashion is one place where you can find inspiration and excitement. Go to the local bookstore or select a fashion book that you have on your shelf and skim through the pages. It's important to allow yourself time to do this leisurely and without pressure. I bet you'll be surprised at how inspired you are and all the creative ideas that will pop into your head. Find a period or a fashion object that really fascinates you and focus on that. Envision it in your style and own it. Now begin jotting or scribbling down your creations. Surprised??...No! You had it within you all this time. After all, to begin designing the only thing you need is an inspiration, a desire, and oh, don't forget the marker.

Fashions backlash

'tis the season to pushback🙌🏽

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There may be conservatism in our administration and pervading the US, as well as our European allies. However, fashion, as a result of this, is proving to have an immediate and widely acclaimed backlash‼️ The conservative norm has flown out the window on the wings of ostentatiously embellished coats, suits, jackets and dresses. It has been kicked to the curbside in overstuffed silk sleeping bags, pillows or rolled-up satin yoga mats. It is being overshadowed by dressed up jihabs, helmet cloches, Fred and Wilma Flintstone chic and rhinestoned facial masks. It has been talked over by complete and utter silence and cut-up and dissected showing it's guts and blood. All in the name of FREEDOM. " Hail to the Chief ".

So many ways to draw, so little time

" Express yourself " MADONNA

Fashioning with compasses and rulers

Fashioning with compasses and rulers

Before I learned how to draw freehand, and because there was an underlying, burning creativity wishing to be realized, the use of compasses and rulers proved to be most vital in lending themselves as reliable and cherished tools. They allowed and encouraged that inspiration to come forth. So don't believe that inner voice that's telling you you can't draw because you have no freehand skills. Take up the nearest ruler, compass and T-square, work those circles, semi-circles and squares, and let that imagination soar🏹.

Playing with Fire🔥

The color red makes bold statements particularly in evening gowns. Combined with intricate draping it can resemble fiery embers and shooting flames. But unlike the campfires from your Boy Scout or Girl Scout days which meant to keep you warm, this fiery pit has the intention of attracting all moths to the FLAME!

    
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A Courage to Love

All Cultures are Fashionably BEAUTIFUL!

All Cultures are Fashionably BEAUTIFUL!

My original blog [ http://www.jamiepesavento.com/blog/ ] addressing prejudice and the Islamic culture was written in June 2016, pre-election of Trump. Little did I know that the message from that blog would be more relevant today than back then. The need to revisit the message is quite clear to me. With the advent of increasing internal prejudice how do we uphold the premise that this country is a land of the free? A country manuscripted, word by word and built, brick by brick by foreigners...IMMIGRANTS. Diverse cultures sewn together to create a beautifully textured society. Our national goal is more LOVE and NO hate within our beautiful democracy. Unreasonable restrictions and bans placed upon our society limits exchange of ideas and growth, creatively or otherwise. With all this unnerving animosity within our country and toward our people, we the free people have an obligation to choose LOVE. It's DE RIGUEUR. 

london-show-reflects-global-boom-in-islamic-fashion   How ISIS ‘Fashion’ Sews the Seeds of Terror 

French minister compares veiled women to 'negroes who supported slavery'

Fashion mogul accuses designers of 'enslaving women' with Islamic styles

Finding COURAGE in Drawing .....and Life

Finding courage for the catwalk

Finding courage for the catwalk

So many people tell themselves that they can't draw. That they have no skills in drawing. Even in holding a pencil, or in any form of being creative. So many people lie to themselves.

Tweens, teens, young adults, middle aged adults and full grown adults do not allow themselves off the hook, or try to release themselves from the disabling negative self-talk. It is believed that during the years 13 - 16 individuals will look at creativity as something they have or if it's just a waste of time for them. In so many cases the individual's creativity is not given a chance to become visible or accepted. There is a very good possibility it will be shot down by theirs peers and their pressure or by an unattending parent. In some instances it is repressed by a teacher who themselves is "creativity closeted" and detests Picasso!

Giving support to your children or inner child is crucial in nurturing something so fragile as creativity and drawing. Congratulate them or yourself on the first step in allowing yourself to pick up a pencil and let your imagination soar. It will improve mental clarity and unblock other areas in your life. Whether it's drawing and fashion, on the playing field, a place of law, or finance, the imperative component is to trust and allow oneself to move forward. The first step toward discovering that courage is to remove any self-doubt, misplaced shame or guilt and embrace the success that is awaiting you....Trump or no Trump!

 

S/S 2017 trend report: Carrying the message of [L O V E ]

Designers here's your chance to....Suit up and Show up. With the word love in every concievable language either printed on, stenciled on, scribbled on, tattooed on, heat transferred on, stiched on, grommeted on, nailheaded on, scratched on, hand written on or 3D printed on. If every designer chooses his or her own way of expressing universal love in their collections, the world will change for the better.

The [ L O V E ] Collection: carrying the message

The [ L O V E ] Collection: carrying the message

Are we afraid of making happiness and peace???? Are we as a nation and a world addicted to distress, prejudice, violence? Do we ONLY think we want peace?

The time is now. Nationally and Internationally the world mourns and is in need of L O V E.

The [ L O V E ] Dress

 Arabic symbol for [ L O V E ] all-over print on jersey/exaggerated shoulders, illusion-lined back

 Arabic symbol for [ L O V E ] all-over print on jersey/exaggerated shoulders, illusion-lined back

With the advent of increasing prejudice, I thought how do we bring cultures together? How do we, as a universally connected fashion industry spread the message of humanity? And so here it is...The [ L O V E ] Dress. Our universal goal is more LOVE and NO war. We want to exchange our ideals and creativity with each other, share our fashion design aesthetics and make it a reciprocal process. It's an openness to learn and build and share with each other, learn from each other whether in the design room, executive office or political haven. Arabic is a language celebrated with love by millions of people. The [ L O V E ] Dress chooses to celebrate those who speak with LOVE.

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With it's beautifully curved lines, sweeping gestures and sharp angels Arabic symbols and writing have always captured my aesthetic. It was my desire to design a dress with a message. Can fashion promote universal healing?  As a designer I find inspiration in all cultures. And so it is, with all this unnerving animosity worldwide, I have chosen LOVE. Fashion initiatives from some designers have chosen to stop violence, like Walter Van Beirendonck’s ‘Stop Terrorizing our World’ tunic. Radical groups propagate terror like ISIS sewing fashion and ignorant perspectives whether by Pierre Berge babbling about the 'enslavement' of Islamic woman or Laurence Rossingnol the French minister disclaiming the modern abaya do nothing but incur skepticism. My position is to promote fashion design with healing power, inspiration and that good 'ole feeling we all say we want and need but don't regularly enact upon..... L O V E.

london-show-reflects-global-boom-in-islamic-fashion   How ISIS ‘Fashion’ Sews the Seeds of Terror 

French minister compares veiled women to 'negroes who supported slavery'

Fashion mogul accuses designers of 'enslaving women' with Islamic styles

Arabic symbol for "L O V E " color block knit/exaggerated shoulders, illusion-lined back

Arabic symbol for "L O V E " color block knit/exaggerated shoulders, illusion-lined back

 

 

 

A still life becomes a dress

Watercolor, metallic pen, pencil, charcoal

Watercolor, metallic pen, pencil, charcoal

The opportunity to begin watercolor, taught by my friend, artist Bill Curran was both exciting and scary. For artists, designers and creatives, the opportunity to experiment with a new medium stimulates the imagination. It also helps one to fantasize and design in new, creative thought patterns. And then there are those old voices.....you've never really done that before, you're gonna mess up, the class is too early. However, our desire to create and expand our abilities, overcome these imaginary monsters. We commence with more enthusiasm than trepidation. The ocassion to express fashion, or my rendition of 'fashion' in a new medium holds an irristable allure. And so it was...a still life consisting of a few daisies in a plastic cup became my opportunity for extravagance, a window for opulence. How can that be? How does one channel their creativity or thought process to transcend the given? How do we move beyond the expected?

 Simple....you make it your own. You grasp it and teach it to obey. PASSION is the teacher here. So whatever your passion is, the next time you draw something, or are making a plan, or are about to initiate upon a new endeavor, here's your chance. Look at it as a golden opportunity to turn your imagination and thinking into the HULK and allow yourself to bust out!!!