Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fabric Porn



Yes, you read it correctly... Fabric Porn... I don't know how else to describe it... my Visual Obsession and insatiable Love Affair with Vintage or Antique Fabrics, Trims and Fibers!!!   Surround me with mounds of them and I'm in ecstasy!  




Visually anything with Old Fabrics will draw me in like a Moth to a Flame.  Even if only a small swatch of tattered remnants remain, I will Lustfully want to procure it and add it to my stash... my Fabric Porn stash, which is considerable.  Everyone has their Kryptonite, mine would definitely be Fabrics!




Start layering them and I'm a Goner, the Less is More mentality definitely does not apply for me when it comes to luxurious Fabrics!   More is more... and sometimes too much is never enough, Visually I can handle a lot of layers when it comes to Fabric Creations!




It is an incredible Temptation to me anytime I discover an Antique Fabric piece that blows me away, regardless of price point.  I have been Lusting after this Antique French Theater Curtain at a Shop... like Forever!  I desperately want to Own it, right now I'm satiating myself with just fondling it during rare visitations!  *LOL*  If someone else were to buy it I'd be devestated, so it's super Secret location won't be disclosed!  *Smiles*




There are pieces in my Collections that I Saved up for so long it was ridiculous.  One time a Gal bought something I'd been Saving up for a very long time and years later I was still so Fixated that when she was ready to Sell it I had to not let it get away again!!!  Usually I won't pay the End Of The Rainbow Price, that time I had to suck it up and Pony Up so I wouldn't have double the regret of it getting away twice!




I still have that piece, I will probably Die Owning that piece and I might just come back to Haunt whoever Owns it after I'm gone!  *Winks*  Hey, you've heart of Spirit Attachments to Stuff, well, I totally 'Get It', there are just some things you'd like to be able to take with you into the Afterlife!  *Smiles*




Now any Family and Friends reading this are probably Wondering what the Hell is it so they don't end up with it and risk a Haunting!?   *Bwahahahaha!*  NO, I don't want it, YOU take it, she said she's coming back to be with that shit eternally, we shouldda just buried her with it!!!   *LOL*  Kidding aside, mebbe I just will and won't be able to help myself, I just dunno til' I hit the Pearly Gates without it!?!  *Smiles*




Or mebbe my version of Heaven will just have a ridiculous abundance of it all so I'll easily be able to detach from my Earthly stash, I dunno?  I just know that even simple Fibers, all bound up together, make my Heart flutter!   I will likely be weaving Fiber Creations I am determined to learn how to construct, into my Dreads!!!


Source: Etsy and Pinterest

But until I figure it out and what Style I want to Create them in, I ordered one Fiber Dreadlock extension from a Talented Etsy Vendor that I saw first on Pinterest, that will have Cute little Charms woven into it.  I just can't afford to buy several so necessity is therefore the Mother of Invention... it happens.  I'd rather just buy a bunch, but you know, damned Budget constraints!




Same with Beading of Fabrics, I know how to do it but I'm a lazy sod when it comes to tedious handwork like Beading.  That's why the Elders never could teach our Generation these dying Lost Arts before going into the Afterlife.  We were a lazy bunch not willing to learn the Old Ways of doing things and so a lot of that skilled level of Craftsmanship is becoming Forever Lost over Time!
  



Just like Antique Millinery, which I'm totally Obsessed with, the Modern versions suck compared to the Real Deal Vintage and Antique pieces!   They just can't hold a candle to the Quality of Fabrics nor Workmanship.   I have never met any Antique Millinery that I didn't have a Love Affair with and wanna take Home with me!  *Winks*




Now there are some types of Fabrics I'm not as Infatuated with as others, just like any other Love Affair you do have your preferences and you're quite aware of what they are.   For me it's Antique Velvet, Metallic Trim, Old Silks frayed and tattered to Perfection, hand dyed Seam Binding, Old Lace preferably Tea stained, Exotic Tapestries, Vintage European Feed Sack Materials, Victorian Crazy Quilts, Old Hemp Burlap, Colorful Fibers, Retro Tablecloths and intricately Beaded or heavily Embroidered pieces... DIVINE!!!




But if well done by a Fabric Artist, then I can fall in Lust with almost any combination of Fabrics and Trims that constitute Fabric Porn.  *Winks*  The Design of a piece is almost as crucial as what it's made out of.  Sometimes if the Design is Perfection I can Forgive a multitude of lesser Fabrics and Trims that might have been used in the Creation of it.




And of coarse I have my preference of Artisans and Designers that I happen to like certain bodies of Work of.   I have Collected certain Lines of any Creative Genius that blew me away every time with their Aesthetic of certain Collections they Showcased during specific periods.   I am always Open to discovering something or someone New, but I have my Staple Aesthetic that I gravitate to solidly and that is my own preferred Style.




I can't always be swayed with Fads and what is Trending or Fashionable right now, if it's just not Me and I know it's deviated from what I happen to Love and Lust after I'm just not interested, regardless of who Created it or how Good it looks on someone else... usually some frail Waif or Sprite of a Model.   And shit, they can look Good in damn near anything, right?!  Doesn't mean I would! *LOL*   But the Fabrics, they tend to abide... and if I like what something has been Created with then I might Invest in it just to deconstruct it and make it into something else that suits me more and is more my Style.




Yes, I have cut up and cut into things just to Create something different with them!  *Gasp!!!*   I know to some that seems like sacrilege, like Painting Antique Furniture, but tho' I do have respect for many things and can't bring myself to do it to all things... there are times when the End Result was so Worth It as to be the Right thing to do in my particular case anyway.




I also have not been beyond buying something I knew wouldn't fit, just to Display it as a piece of Fabric Art, like a Fine Painting.  To me Fabric Art can be just Enjoyed Visually and doesn't have to always be worn to be a good Investment.  I have never had Buyer's remorse from buying any Fabric Art I Own.




I am always on the Lookout for those Orphaned pieces, those tattered remnants that are no longer a part of something, those cutters and Fabrics too damaged to Salvage, but which can Create Wonderful Fabric Art pieces when incorporated into a New Creation.   No piece is too insignificant, too small or too far gone not to be worthy of use in the right Project.




I find it very Inspirational and Uplifting to surround myself with Beautiful things of all kinds actually so I don't mind having amassed a lot of them.  If you truly Love something and have a deep Appreciation for it, then you really can't go wrong surrounding yourself with whatever it is or however much it is.  My Saturation Point for Fabrics so far has known few bounds.




I've also Enjoyed years of Creating Fabric Art, both to Keep, to Give Away as Gifts and to Sell... kind of in that order actually.   Initially I made some to Keep as a practical measure, if I make it then it's usually way cheaper than buying a OOAK Artisan piece Created by somebody else.   Then if close Friends and Family really fell in Love with my Fabric Art, I then began Gifting pieces.  And finally, when random Strangers or people I knew who wanted to Buy pieces asked me if I would do Commissioned Pieces for them, I did that for a time.




I found I didn't very much like that last part tho', the Selling of my Fabric Art... because nothing stifled my Creativity quite like Deadlines or feeling pressured to Perform, to Create Art for the sake of Selling and Profiting from it.   I thought I'd be Happy making Bank off something I just Loved to do whether I got paid or not for it... and having it be in high demand was flattering for about a minute.  But I found I have an aversion to being Creative for a Living because you have to be "On" all the time!  That was exhausting and took the Joy right out of it for me!




In fact I Hated it so much I just quit Creating for a very long period of time just to be able to say, No, I don't do that anymore, Sorry, not Creating those now.  But I secretly missed it, the Creating of it part, not at all the Selling of it part.  So if and when I begin again I just want to do it exclusively to Feed my Soul... to revel in the touch and the visuals of the mounds of Fabric Porn I have and which await being chosen perhaps for a piece being Created.




They never have to belong to anyone or even be seen by someone other than myself actually.   They don't have to even be used, tho' I suspect I will use some.   And those stashes of Fabric Porn that never, ever make it into any Creation, well, they can remain in their Luxurious Raw State of Being.  I will not Enjoy them any the less for just being piled around, draped over or stashed away just for my own Enjoyment and Visual or other Sensory Pleasure.




Yep, we all have our Kryptonite and for me it is mos def Fabric Porn my Friends, what is YOURS?!??!   It's Okay, your Secret is Safe with me and my Supporters here in The Land Of Blog so you can Come Clean!  *Winks*





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Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian





2 comments:

  1. Oh, I can SO identify with the fabric porn. . .Velvet, REAL Lace (antique), Silks and Satin. . .and Antique/Vintage ribbons! And yes, I do horde these, too. Buttons that are obviously old/vintage are starting to have an interest to me, especially if they're bakelite.

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    1. I have some jars of old buttons and I enjoy the various textures and designs of the old ones and some of the materials they used to make them out of. Dawn... The Bohemian

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