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Today I'm home from the art gallery. I'm basically taking a sort of pay-cut to be home on these days and work, but unfortunately, at this point, it is necessary for me to finish all my homework and final projects. I'd really like to graduate, and today is a schoolwork day!

This past week, I gave my final presentation and handed in my associated paper for my Modern Textiles class. So, that is another class finished. The Louboutin exhibition class is finished. I still have to do a catalog entry for an ensemble, finish the edits to my MSU thesis and all of the paper work/presentation associated with the bonnet (as well as actually finish sewing the bonnet). FIT is different than MSU - you can attend graduation without finishing your thesis. My thesis is the bonnet - and it is actually a class project as well - since I'm a conservation concentration, the Adv. Conservation II class is set up for you to work on your thesis object in class all semester. So, finishing the work on the bonnet sets me ahead on thesis work. But, I still need to finalize all my paper work and write a thesis on what I did in order to officially graduate...even though I will have already attended graduation. It's a bit different than what I am used to. At MSU, as soon as I graduate, I will be completely finished with my schoolwork there. At FIT, I will still be a "student" until I finish the thesis.

You've all read what I've written about the bonnet, but I don't think I've showed any pictures of it. In fact, I hadn't shown my mother any pictures of it at all until last night, and I talk about it daily!!

Before pictures:

The front.

The back

Neck flap in shatters

Stabilization patch before it went in the front proper left neck flap.

The bonnet could not be opened at all. All of the reeds were popping out of their locations, and the fabric that encased each reed had completely disintegrated. Every time the bonnet was touched, a chunk of silk would fall off. The bonnet is from the 18th century.

This is the bonnet as of yesterday. The entire body is encased in net and has a new, strong interior lining. The ruffles were placed on top of a new stabilization ruffle, and all encased in net. The neck flap had stabilization fabric filling in the areas of loss, encased in net, and then the I stitched around the shatters so they won't move.

It doesn't look beautiful, cause there is so much fabric loss, but at least it opens and closes now and won't completely shatter when you look at it the wrong way!! It was so flat and brittle before, and not even evident that it was a bonnet. Now, you can actually see the original intended shape. I'm pretty proud of myself, and thrilled that it is almost finished!

I remember when I found the bonnet in the Graduate Studies storage. I was looking for a project that would keep me busy in class and could possibly be a thesis. I found the bonnet, and it just intrigued me. I think accessories like this are 'cute' and it that it would be fun to learn more about 18th century fashion accessories.

Well, it's been a lot of work, but I'm so glad I found that bonnet in storage that day!

So, today I'm going to finish up as many assignments as humanly possible. Wish me luck!


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May. 9th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
what a neat project! i still don't know how you have managed to do two MA programs at once - super impressive.
May. 10th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
That's pretty darn cool! I can see how you've spent so much work on it. What a big project to tackle! I think I would have been afraid to even pick it up for fear the whole thing would have just fallen apart in my hands. Good job!
May. 12th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
So many chunks fell off while I was working on it! I've also probably inhaled more green shattered silk than I'd like to think of...
May. 10th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Hey! It's May from Karass/RD. I just added you, and I'd like to be added to yours too... I decided to switch over to get back in touch with all my Karass/RD people. :)
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