Peace and Light Family!
So as you may know, I am working currently on my new clothing company, Goddesque Co. The best part about that is I get to do what I love, even more, until I cant stand it!! (lol) Which will take two life times. I also wanted to join in with the cultured mood this year, with the new movie, Black Panther blockbusting like it is! (we needed another classic!) I am consistently on a art trip and i’m ok with that. It defines who I am.
So follow me thru this creative process of going off the dome, and making couture!!
I choose what I have been wanting to work with, and do when I can, and from the beginning of my style challenge on social media where I challenged myself to make original designs every week!
African Wax print/Ankara!
I love the fabric, because unlike polished cotton, it has weight and stiffness for elaborate projects. It folds perfectly as well as conducts the heat from my fingers well while hand sewing. Not too pricey..but not cheap either, it runs about 10$ a yard.
The print was hard to choose , however, because it was not any particular aspect (at the time) that pointed in the direction of the “right fabric” for my February design. I simply need what resonates with my soul. I ended up choosing a burgundy wax print with a bright baby blue lotus flower/ sacred geometry design of the hexagon. I know..whos thinking about all of that while shopping for fabric?? I AM.
Next, is style. I cannot tell a lie. For designs for myself, I never use patterns. Its simply not nessecary. I do a freeform style in which I choose a dress or shirt I already like that fits well, and use as a pattern to make pretty much anything along those lines. Same for skirts and pants. Its just natural to me at this point. See how I first cutout the design below.
Get in formation!
Next, is formation/creation/ and production. I handsew my pieces according to sacred geometry and the lines of the body. Its that simple. I am thankful to have a body that allows me to use natural lines and build garments around.
While in the “sewing mode” I am relaxed, peaceful, and contemplative. But perhaps thats because i’m staring at SACRED GEOMETRICAL SHAPES AS I WORK. Who can say. At any rate, fast or slow(and I am pretty fast, about a full seam an hour) I complete the job I started).
The Limitless Lotus!
Here is more on the fabulous , metaphysical diamond, the Lotus flower. Below is a great article that explains its meanings.
‘Anybody who has taken a look at Egyptian culture cannot fail to have noticed the significance of the meaning of the Lotus flower in their culture.
In ancient Egypt there were two main types of lotus that grew, the white, and the blue (scientifically a waterlily, but symbolically a lotus). Further to this another type, the pink lotus flower was introduced into Egypt sometime during the late period of their civilization. If one is to observe the many hieroglyphics, it is easy to see that the blue Lotus flower is the most commonly portrayed.
This Egyptian artwork shows the Priest Nebsini holding a blue lotus flower (Art not my own)
As mentioned in the introduction above about the meanings of the lotus flower, this plant is known to be associated with rebirth. This is a consequence of it supposedly retracting into the water at the night, and emerging a fresh in the Sun the next day (see the introduction for how a lotus plant actually comes into bloom). The Egyptians therefore associated the lotus flower with the sun which also disappeared in the night, only to re-emerge in the morning. Therefore the lotus came to symbolize the Sun and the creation. In many hieroglyphics works the lotus is depicted as emerging from Nun (the primordial water) bearing the Sun God.
As something that is associated with rebirth, it is no surprise that the lotus flower is also associated with death, and the famous Egyptian book of the dead is known to include spells that are able to transform a person into a lotus, thus allowing for resurrection.
Another interesting fact about the lotus flower meaning to the Egyptians was the way that it was used as a symbol for the unification of the two Egyptian kingdoms, that is to say the bonding of upper and lower Egypt. For a long time the lotus had been used in the hieroglyphics and art of upper Egypt, whereas in lower Egypt the Papyrus plant was notably in abundance. Therefore pictures of lotus and Papyrus that had grown up together and become inter-wound with each other came to be a symbol of the bringing together of the two kingdoms.” https://www.lotusflowermeaning.net/
Below is the finished two piece dress jacket and dress. I really love how I feel in it. Adorned with glamour sleeve and long lines. Think I can get Lupita Lyongo in it!?
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