I am someone who loves seeing a work in progress – sometimes even more than I love seeing a finished work. Sketches are my favorite kind of artwork because they emit such an energy of creation, if that makes sense. You can almost feel the decisions being made by looking at the page. The same is true for dance: a friend and I once got to see the San Francisco Ballet in rehearsal which was far more thrilling than seeing a polished performance. I love seeing and feeling the work that goes into creating something. And sometimes, sewing can reveal the same thing.
I meant to post these photos as part of Natalie Chanin’s Q&A last week. But in my enthusiasm for her work, I forgot. So here is my process so far of cutting, stenciling and readying my tunic. My own dress rehearsal in a very literal sense.