As you well know, Corey has been working extremely hard on his part of Buoyant Echo: the music. Last week he sent me this lovely piece to be used at the beginning of the performance companion to Buoyant Echo. We are keeping this work under wraps until the performance … Date to be announced soon! Don’t miss this amazing spectacle of costuming and sound!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by The Straits Times about being interviewed for Bookends in the Life section of the newspaper. The lovely lady writing the article found me through the Handmade Movement website. A small section of the article talks about Buoyant Echo and how it will be performed in Singapore in 2014. So let’s celebrate this first bit of Singapore press! (Unsolicited to boot!) Yay! And, thank you-thank you Ms. Sarah! To continued success!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by The Straits Times about being interviewed for Bookends in the Life section of the newspaper. The lovely lady writing the article found me through the Handmade Movement website. A small section of the article talks about Buoyant Echo and how it will be performed in Singapore in 2014. So let’s celebrate this first bit of Singapore press! (Unsolicited to boot!) Yay! And, thank you-thank you Ms. Sarah! To continued success!

There is so much inspiration in this video clip from Beyonce’s Paris show that I don’t even know where to begin. For starters, the beginning video backdrop shows Beyonce dancing with handheld fans, interspersed with graphically styled botanical imagery. The colors, the movement, everything about the video is enchanting. I loved it! It’s definitely safari-infused, but some of the very same imagery can be found in Southeast Asia. Then she begins singing and dancing with several ladies and two gentlemen on the stage in front of the backdrop. The belted bustle skirts and mixtures of patterns help to inspire the quick-change costumes I am hoping for with Buoyant Echo.

What’s great about the quick-change piece of the project is that I will be collaborating with Fictive Fingers on printed material to be used in combination with manufactured materials to create some of the costuming. Working with Fictive Fingers to make these pieces will solidify a direct and physical link to Singapore through hand-fashioned piecework and collaboration. Once some of the mock-ups have been created, I will post several images here to gauge response. Looking forward to this new and exciting collaborative printing and sewing project!

Since before moving to Singapore back in July, I have been obsessed with large banners and flags. (You can see my hand fashioned flags from the Deliciously Happy project with quotes on them, above.) And—lucky for me—there is a plethora of inspiration for banners and flags in Singapore, right in my neighborhood.

My hope is to create sections within the larger gallery space that can act as celebratory vessels: places where viewers can go to commune, dance, pray, or meditate. I am purchasing fabric for these items towards the end of May, and the sewing begins during the first weekend of June. I’ll report back on how the sectional banners and flags begin to take shape. Very much looking forward to this part of the project!

Buoyant Echo will combine spontaneous music making alongside composed pieces … I’ve been collecting glass water bottles from my travels around Southeast Asia, and I will be purchasing about 100 various sized glass pieces from Goodwill and The Salvation Army. I’m excited to see what happens when close to 200 clear glass stemware, tea glasses, and bottles are played all at once: beautiful!

Thought this was a real treat! On Saturday, I began toying around with marketing ideas for Buoyant Echo. Especially since we are getting so close to go time! I began with a test poster print using an old school printing press. I set all of the type and borders myself. And then I filled in all of the spaces with wood and metal blocks to keep everything from slipping. It took me about 2 hours to set everything up—it’s kind of like putting together a puzzle, only backwards and mirror imaged.

The aim is to have the poster resemble a vintage circus poster. This is by no means the finished product, but I thought it resembled the style I am going for. I am designing a large metal plate with the date, place, and time to be cut that I will then print 200 posters off of. More on the finalized design coming soon …

I found a palm branch on the way home from school a few weeks ago. It was nearly as tall as me and shaped beautifully. So I brought it home and starting thinking about how I could transform the gallery using real and constructed items. Using the paper I bought at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, I began cutting out fronds.

One of the walls in the gallery will be almost entirely covered in layers of real and constructed palm branches. The real palm branches will have yarn and material woven throughout the fronds, as you can see in the top image. The constructed palms will be made of a variety of colored papers, creating almost a muted rainbow effect. If it looks half as cool as it looks in my head, it will be awesome to see!! Can’t wait to show you more!

Over the past two days, I was lucky enough to go camping with my fourth grade students at Stamford American International School. They were thrilled to be able to take part in some fingerweaving activity that will be used in the upcoming show at SKyPAC.

Buoyant Echo wouldn’t be complete without fingerweaving … While this technique will definitely not be a focus in this project, it will play a part: be it through accents featured on some of the costuming, or through engagement workshops within communities. For the upcoming show at SKyPAC, fingerweaving will help bring to life various textural images being adhered to the gallery walls, as well as some of the decoration on Rooster, the elephant.

So excited about some of our audience participation items … Looking forward to sharing them with students in an upcoming workshop at SKyPAC in the States in June!

So excited about some of our audience participation items … Looking forward to sharing them with students in an upcoming workshop at SKyPAC in the States in June!

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