How often is it that you land your dream job?
Think about all the careers you wanted to pursue growing up.
Your list may consist of one.
Or like me, it make consist of many.
As a child I wanted to be an actress.
I mean who didn't wish to be an actress/actor some day.
That dream was thrown out the weekend after taking drama class in high school.
I realized I hated acting and was terrible at it.
Since grammar school I wanted to be a Fashion Designer.
So I went to college and majored in Fashion Merchandising.
After college, I realized it would not be so easy landing a job in the fashion industry.
And I was not really interested in the business side.
I wanted to design and create.
Throughout my life I have also wanted to be:
A Makeup Artist.
A Wedding Planner/Event Planner.
What can I say, I'm passionate about a lot of things.
Looking at this list, one thing sticks out to me.
These careers are all creative.
I would just not be happy in a job that did not allow me to use my creative juices on a daily basis.
I must say I may have found the closest thing to my dream job.
I am lucky.
I get to do something I love.
I get to use my creative juices daily.
What more could I ask for!
I'm a Fashion Teacher.
How cool is that!?!
Are there careers on my list I wish I could still pursue.
Maybe some day I will.
This blog has allowed me to dabble in photography.
Etsy has allowed me to share with the world my designs and creations.
Who knows what's next.
But I know this.
I love my job.
I am lucky!
With that said, I thought I would share a little peek at why my job is so awesome. If you have ever seen project runway then you will recognize this as one of the "unconventional" challenges. Last school year, I had my students create a wearable garment using unconventional materials. They were allowed to use muslin to create the silhouette but no additional fabric could be used. Also, no muslin was to be visible. It was solely meant to be a base. The garment would later be worn in a fashion show presented by my students. Let me just tell you, my students blew me away. Unfortunately I do not have photos of every garment or from the show to share but it was a huge success. I do have a few photos taken as the students finished their garments.
Oh and let me just add this. It is much more difficult to create a wearable garment from recycled materials than it is from fabric. Newspaper and magazine for example do not form to the body like spandex would.
This dress was created from hand folded magazine pages which were sewed on layer by layer to create volume to the bottom portion of the dress.
// Materials: magazine pages //
Magazine pages were hand folded and sewed on in layers to create this edgy look. The top portion of the dress was created by putting layers of duct tape over the muslin. Ribbon was used to create a belt that broke the top and bottom portion of the dress up perfectly.
// Materials: magazine pages, duct tape and ribbon //
Napkins were used to create tons of flowers, which were then glued onto the skirt which was created from a cardboard gift box. The top was first layered with duct tape and then embellished with fish tank rocks which were glued on in a chevron pattern
// Materials: napkins, duct tape, a gift box and fish tank rocks //
The complete dress was created using newspaper pages with the added appearance of a belt made from duct tape.
// Materials: newspaper and duct tape //
Strands of garbage bags were braided to create this edgy top. The skirt was made from pieces of tissue paper strategically placed to form a layered, brick-like pattern.
// Materials: tissue paper and garbage bags //
The complete dress was made from layers of duct tape with a peplum made from foil paper. The dress was broken up with a tissue paper belt with a braided garbage bag embellishment.
// Materials: duct tape, tissue paper, foil paper, and garbage bag //
The bottom of this dress was created with hall passes. The were folded in an accordion style and layered to create this fun look. The top, which is not pictured, was made from tissue paper and coffee filters.
// Materials: hall passes //
The skirt was made using paper tissue paper and a trim was added to the top with balloon pieces which were individually hand sewn. The top was made with aluminum foil with an added duct tape trim and flower embellishments.
// Materials: tissue paper, aluminum foil, duct tape and balloons //
The top was first created with solo cup pieces and then layered with duct tape to create a two tone look. The skirt was made from shredded newspaper pieces which were then spray painted. The belt was made from rope pieces that were braided and spray painted.
// Materials: newspaper, duct tape, solo cups and rope //
How fun are these!?! How could I not love my job!
What is your dream job?