Story last updated at 2/11/2009 - 12:02 pm
So, it's the middle of February and ticking down to the big V-Day. You're either madly crafting crates of valentines, or you're hunkered down with three boxes of Whitman's waiting for the pink to pass. Or perhaps you're like me - you forgot to do anything until today, are madly scraping together a gift for the sig. other and e-carding everyone else (you're saving the environment that way, right?). Well, not to worry, card-carrying members of CPA*, I have the solution to all your woes in the form of a ticket to crafting paradise: Wearable Arts 2009, hitting Juneau Feb. 14-15 - got a date, anyone?
I will have a date this year with the catwalk. Yes, that's right, I will be pushing my toosh down that runway in full regalia for my first foray into the backstage world of the WA, and I'm bringing you along. I have found in my first year on the other side of the fence it helps to know a few things in advance.
Power in Numbers
For three years now I have tried to get in gear and create something for the WA show. With a degree in theatrical design and years of craft addiction you would think this would be a no-brainer. But not until this year, with a team of friends/motivators, have I actually gotten it together. Company helps you brainstorm, brings new skills to the mix and motivates you to continue. Plus, for procrastinators like me, someone is bound to fill in the paperwork for you!
This year's topic for Juneau's WA is "Altered States," making it a perfect fit for scavenged, up-cycled materials. Fodder can be found in the unlikeliest of places and can lead to unexpected and fantastic results. Just using a new material helps me think outside of the box and reach beyond my realms. Plus, no one minds the price tag on a recycled creation: free!
Have a Gameplan
One mind block I've had over and again is TOO MANY ideas! This year working with a team - and a theme - has nearly eliminated that problem. Following through on a theme by sketching a plan, making a timeline, gathering materials that tie in and using music that complements has made the whole process run fairly smoothly. Every time the panic of decision-making starts to sink in, I go back to the game plan and refocus by getting the big picture finished and cutting superfluous ideas.
Got the wearable arts bug but you're not in Juneau? Never fear. Start prepping now for next year's shows in Ketchikan and Petersburg, or join Sitka's show coming this March with the theme "First Impressions." If you're madly ambitious, enter the Port Moody, BC Wearable Arts by March 6 for a chance to win some of the $5000 in prize money. Otherwise, reach for the stars and sun in New Zealand, at the original WA. With up to $100,000 in prizes and sunny days, I'm having someone fill out my application right now.
*(crafty procrastinators anonymous)