Friday, December 3, 2021

Lolli Fox - Workshop Ready!

 As I shared in my last post, the design concept...doesn't all start from there? A fleeting vision comes to you and if you are aware in that (precious) moment, you can grab it and create it in your own voice.

So, dear Readers, this is now when I can "indulge myself" a bit by sharing what this workshop will hold for you!

I know all of us taking or giving workshops really concentrate on the How to Do It! All devoted Teachers strive to create to the best of their ability. It is a continued learning lesson for us all- Teachers and Students alike.

As I rolled the concept of Lolli around in my head, I thought what would take this workshop to the next level?...(tell me Divine)...

...and THAT is when it came to me...

And this is when it dawned on me, how many people out there get confused or intimated by mixing colors and then add prints on top of it!
So I thought how can I break this down into a workshop that would be fun to create something whimsical and at the same time learn how to combine colors and prints together into something really intriguing!? To open my student's minds...to expand through thoughtful guidance.

WHY do colors and prints work together? 

I needed to break it down into an easy to follow concept for my beloved students.


And I got it! I am so so excited to share my thoughts with you! We will jump right into it in Lesson One!

Can't wait until the end of this post? Click here for more info

I so hope you can join me to find WHY things work together.
I truly believe that this workshop will change your entire perception of print and color...which will open doors, windows, your own wings of creativity!
AND you will learn how to put together (what I think) a gorgeous design of a Fox!

Lolli with Coat

Boot soles and Pantaloons

Coat with interior

Lolli in her dress!!

Want more information??
Workshop start date January 10th 2022.

So hope you can join Lolli and me!

xoxo
Leslie












Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Lolli Fox : Workshop Concept

She came to me while looking though a fashion magazine, spotting a coat that had patch work. 
I LOVE patchwork...well actually, I love fabric, and color, and prints!
 

INSPIRATION:



And this is when it dawned on me, how many people out there get confused or intimated by mixing colors and then add prints on top of it! So I thought how can I break this down into a workshop that would be fun to create something whimsical and at the same time learn how to combine colors and prints together to become something really intriguing!?

LOLLI:

I had FOX (and rabbit and owl and...) up on my projects board for the last year...and now was her time.

Of course, my Lolli was to be inspired from this coat not a replica...so I set out and gathered my first "draft" of fabrics!
My main fabric of choice is the one in front- the navy with flowers...the rest will feed off of that. Her fur is of panne velvet. I had this beautiful panne that has been over-dyed and was a bit more textured than most pannes...but any stretch velvet will work!

SIDE NOTE: One of things about creating an online workshop is supplies. You need to consider where everyone in the world will be able to get the supplies you are working with! OR have a great option for your students.

The other necessity is that you have great photos/videos. I have found that my usual "in person" patterns went from hand illustrated of 15 pages to about 200 pages with detailed photos.
At this point Lolli body photos/videos are at 150! I want my online presence and workshops to be spectacular and find that I am really enjoying connecting with so many from around the world in ONE class! Where else could we do this??

I always create the head first, this makes the path for her body and then her clothing!
In creating her head, I wanted it to be different than any other head I had done...So many variations were drafted and then sewn in paper towel to see approximately what she would be.

As my years of designing grow, I have found that my understanding of what fabric can do has expanded.
My biggest challenge at this point in my career is to keep it simple straight forward while have a beautiful aesthetic outcome! I probably create five heads- one was so fun but really really complicated...think origami on steroids!

So this quote below, is so very true, keeping simple yet create a great learning expereince! I love learning and I LOVE teaching!

So step one Lolli's head!

I can't tell  you how excited I am about this workshop- I have loads of info on color and prints that will all be added in as special presentations and lessons!

PS- Some of you have been asking about what fabric to start gathering for her body- 1/3 yard panne or stretch velvet in a color and 1/4yard white for muzzle and tummy area.
Check out Etsy for over dyes!

Stay tuned!
xoxo
Leslie





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