About Me

I’m currently an accessories designer in NYC, recently graduated from the Accessories Design program at FIT.

I’m a small-town girl from Western NY.  I worked for some years in the theatre, as a costume and wardrobe tech at a LORT B theatre in Buffalo, NY.  I have a love for costuming, particularly hats and leather goods.

This blog is to keep my friends and family up to date on what I am doing–though I welcome anyone who is interested in costuming/fashion school/crafting who would care to read it! 🙂

I also welcome any suggestions or feedback you may have regarding my projects!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robert
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 18:23:11

    Hey S-n-G,
    Thanks so much for coming out to the show on Tuesday. We really put alot of love into hosting this event every year. I did want to reach out to you to address two concerns that you have.
    First, I don’t think I can express how difficult it is for many people to get up in front of 400 people and show something they worked very hard on. Some people feel that a few beers might help and some express it as being nonchalant. Daisy is that way(the latter). She is a very talented jeweler and for her, the “gothic” recreation was honoring her grandmother, rather than disrespecting. we all have our ways of keeping people/animals alive.
    second, it is really important for us that the event is open and positive. It would be easy for it to turn critical and negative or elitist however we all love natural history and want to be open to whatever comes. Even though I have been in the community for 6+ years, I never stop learning from people’s unique takes on taxidermy, animal preservation and design.
    Finally, I just want to express that concepts like perversity and grotesque are absolutely in the eye of the beholder. I realize this is your blog and your opinion (which I totally respect), but I believe that it is the diversity of the work presented that allows for certain pieces to shine.
    Good luck with your work, and if you make a hoof boot I would love to see it. I assume you have seen iris’, but if not here is a link:
    holler if you want.


  2. starsandgarters
    Dec 11, 2010 @ 23:07:35

    Thanks for the mild scolding, Robert. I must say I’m flattered at your allusion to “elitism.” I had no “concerns” about the event at all (in fact, I’d have to say the two concerns were yours): it was simply something to go see. I was hoping to learn and see new things, and I did.
    Then I came home and wrote about the things that touched me most. I stated what I hoped to find at this event, and then went on to talk about how I felt it fell short.
    Please note no offense was taken at the contest entry itself, only the way in which it was presented. I would try not to call anyone out by name if I was critiquing in a negative light. I guess I give my readers more credit and assume they will only take my writing as my opinion, without having to write a disclaimer or apology every time I write one.
    Furthermore, you brought up my usage of “perversity” and “grotesque” as if you knew how I feel about the perverse and grotesque–which, you don’t. As you stated, they are “absolutely in the eye of the beholder.” … And the writer of the particular blog you are reading, in this case.
    Truly, I don’t feel I deserved the above lecture on how I’m supposed to approach any event that I pay money to go see. I feel that if you did “totally respect” my opinion, you may have simply commented under my “Carniverous Nights” entry.
    If I made any assumption in error, please forgive me.
    And yes, I’m quite familiar with Ms. Shieferstein’s work. Her shoes are incredible, though I’m more interested in functional pieces that can be worn about town.
    ‘Preciate the time you took to let me know your opinion.


  3. anon
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 23:44:47

    this is your blog and you can say whatever you want about anything you want. Definitions of blog”A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.” and “A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who you get to know. There are many guides to choose from, each develops an audience”.
    So someone who doesn’t appreciate what you have to say need not read it. It be like someone reading your diary and saying they don’t appreciate what you wrote that’s bull___.I mean your taking the time and energy to write it if someone disagrees write your own blog about your own opinion. Sometimes I hate people……………..


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