Monday, January 26, 2009

Jason Wu and The Spotlight

Simple. Elegant. And Flowing. Not bad for dresses, words or brushstrokes. Even better for the artist. Can you imagine what Jason Wu's life became once that ivory gown was revealed? I saw the interviews and yesterday I read this article in the paper. He seems much like his gowns. And his workroom is spotless. He was drawn into it all as a child, with dolls to drape his dreams on. Every choice he made led him to that evening and the reveal of that gown. And what is he doing now? Why he is at work. Doing what he was meant to do. Simply, elegantly and flowing.

I bet he has his week all planned out. I am not sewing chiffon, or beading a dress, or fielding calls from the press, but it is Organizing Monday. I know what is at the top of the list, and then next, and next after that. But first, I am taping these pictures up so I can see them all week. Simple, elegant, and flowing. The yellow gown says just that.

Do you put up touchstones and reminders to keep yourself in the zone?

13 comments:

Artist Unplugged said...

Interesting. I was watching the red carpet arrivals before the SAG awards last night and was enjoying some of the drapery and lines on the dresses, was thinking of sketching one, funny you would be writing about it today!

A Brush with Color said...

Yes--that yellow gown does say it all. I love that someone can create beautiful things with fabric. I sew a lot, and can really appreciate the creativity there. Michelle Obama is so tall and lovely, she looks elegant in the things she's worn. He must have been so excited, because he didn't know if she would wear his gown that he'd created for her. Good for him. And good for you organizing things today--I need to follow suit, after a weekend of house guests.

Janice C. Cartier said...

AU-I missed the Sag awards, but will go look online for images. Just making the batistes for these things amazes me. I really love looking at couture gowns. They are moving works of art, the good ones.

ABWC- Oh so right. Your mom taught you to sew. We are going to see some good stuff on Michele Obama I think. it's exciting. I went to an exhibit of Worth gowns a few years back.. I wanted to look inside them. And I don't even sew. It's that's whole making something of cloth that looks so beautiful and works so well in 3-d, not to mention they are just gorgeous. ( As I sit here in corduroys and a sweater. LOL. ) Hope you had fun with your guests

ParisBreakfasts said...

I went to Parsons Sch of Design (among many) but I never made a single gown. I was interested in "Sportswear", which I thought was skin diving outfits and such.
What a dunce!
I did adore the Madame Gres show at FIT - now there is some flou for you!!!

ParisBreakfasts said...

"Very juicy tarts"!!!
You are a card Janice..
Keeping me hangin' I guess :)

Janice C. Cartier said...

I have said drawing of tart. Just got your email. Will sell. Call you later this afternoon.

ParisBreakfasts said...

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Janice C. Cartier said...

Gotcha. Coming up.

Graham Strong said...

Love the photo composition, Janice!

I also love your idea about putting up touchstones (like a ninja figurine...!) to keep you focused. But it occurred to me that a touchstone today is just something that fades into the background tomorrow. You need to mix up the touchstones, change the computer desk, rearrange the office, to keep things fresh.

I'm not taking about a renovation every three weeks, just a couple of little tweaks here and there to keep things alive.

In fact, I think I feel a blog topic creeping into my brain...

Thanks!

~Graham

Janice C. Cartier said...

Thanks Graham.

I couldn't agree more about touchstones. I like to change them up along with some things that are always within sight. Ooh, that will be a good post. I 'll look forward to it.

Words For Hire said...

Jason Wu is inspiring. To do what you love and then have your work recognized on a world stage during a life changing historical moment...wow! I keep myself inspired with photos, vision board and quotes. I change it up but it helps to gaze at the beautiful Hawaiian sky or read "what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" I am very visual so I need that to keep me in the zone.

Janice C. Cartier said...

Absolutely, Karen, it keeps the current mantra intact just by being in sight. there was a post on Lateral Action about the things we creatives keep around that go along with the creating. I'll have to reread it.

ParisBreakfasts said...

Did you see these Kalman drawings in the Times?Smashing!!!