Monday, October 2, 2017

ORYCON 39 Panel Schdule

Greetings everyone -

Orycon 39, will be held Friday, November 17th - Sunday, November 19th at the Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR. 

I am very happy to have been accepted into the Art Show.

In addition, I will be a panelist. Below is my panel schedule. The rows in blue are the panels I am moderating. I am pleased and honored to be working with such wonderful and talented costumers and artists. 

If there is a specific item or subject you would like me to cover, please feel free to comment or send me an e-mail at See you in November! 
Hats to Spats-
Fri Nov 17
Accessories create a layer of depth and authenticity to the overall look and feel of any outfit. We'll explore finding, making and modifying accessories from top to bottom, including jewelry, gloves, cantes, eyewear, and, of course, hats and shoes. Janet Borkowski, Shoshana Glick, Theresa Halbert, SunnyJim
Sewing Basics
Fri Nov 17
Simple sewing techniques for making costumes. Various stitching and construction techniques. Erica Smith, Elizabeth Fellows, Holly Forbis, Emily Upton, Theresa Halbert
Star Wars Costuming
Sat Nov 18
Exploring costuming in the worlds of Star Wars, old and new. Vincent Vaughn, Clayton Callahan, Theresa Halbert, Erica Smith, Richard Stephens
Costuming Without Breaking the Bank
Sat Nov 18
Costuming can be an expensive hobby, and all the various elements of a costume and the supplies needed to create them can add up quickly. Discuss how to get the most out of your dollar with inexpensive fabrics and discount notions, how to find what you need at thrift stores, and how to plan ahead so you can find time and ways to save the most money. Theresa Halbert, Jessica Walsh, Shoshana Glick, Roberta Monaghan-Christensen, Orchid Cavett
Historical Costuming
Sat Nov 18
What makes a costume historically accurate and how important is it to get every detail right? What are the best resources for learning about fashion through the centuries? Panelists discuss what draws them to this genre of costuming. Ann Ezell, Erica Smith, Jamie Bear, Richard Stephens, Theresa Halbert
Beading 101
Sat Nov 18
Learn the basics of bead work and when and how to use it in costuming Theresa Halbert, Kathryn Brant, Judith Conly, Elizabeth Fellows
Craft as Art
Sat Nov 18
Needle felted sculpture, bead sculpture, embellished bags and boxes, pottery and enameled buttons. All of these things appear regularly in convention Art Shows. Explore the confluence of handicraft and art. Lisa Snellings, Theresa Halbert, Yl WaterSong, Rebecca Lexa, Judith Conly
Star Trek Costuming
Sun Nov 19
Star Trek Costuming--from different uniforms to how the aliens dressed. Roberta Monaghan-Christensen, Jonnalyhn Prill, Clayton Callahan, Sarah Gulde, Theresa Halbert
Group Costuming
Sun Nov 19
How to put together costume groups; either for one entry or as a permanent group, and how to keep them together through thick and thin. Janet Borkowski, Theresa Halbert, Richard Stephens, Vincent Vaughn
Pattern Modification
Sun Nov 19
Drafting a pattern can be difficult, but it's made a lot easier when you can take an existing pattern and change it into what you need. But where do you start? Panelists discuss useful patterns, how to change existing patterns and where to start when making your own. Theresa Halbert, Rebecca Ernst, Richard Stephens, Erica Smith

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hold Fast to Dreams

  4/4/-2017 - UPDATE!! QUILT is FINISHED!! Yay! 

It turned out even better than I imagined!!!

I am working on a new quilt...hoping to show at Norwescon.  With all that is going on in the world, my heart is not into finishing my Mermaid quilt. Don't worry, I do plan to finish it.😊😊😊 

However, during the campaign I was very affected by the negativity from Trump and I felt the needed to put all of what I was feeling into my art. Once I had my concept I was excited to move forward. 

I am naming it after first line of my daughter Nyya's favorite poem; "Hold Fast to Dreams" by Langston Hughs.


I had my granddaughter Mahara model for me...She had a hard time not laughing. 

I printed out the picture and drew what I thought was the essence of of a 10 year girl dreaming. Using the picture as a template. (and a lightbox) 

I then moved her into her bedroom. (I didn't want to make her smaller so I placed her left arm under the blanket.)

I transferred this to fabric using turn-needle applique.  (I still have some details to stitch in.)

Previously I had sewn the "Dreamscape" part of the quilt. (Using turn needle applique and machine embroidery.)  My challenge now is to put all of this together. 

I still have some tweaking to do on the rays, but this is a pretty close approximation of the final top. LOL...then I still have to add the border and quilt it. 

Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967

Hold fast to dreams 
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

Peace to you all.

~ Teri