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Fw: shoes and other clothing questions


From: KPRS (KPRS_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 24 2003 - 05:17:13 PDT

> > <<how long do some of you hold on to your clothes? Do any of you
> > wear the same outfit for a few years? Do you care if students recognize
> > outfits from a couple years ago?>>
> Boy oh boy is this a SORE subject at my house! I have tons (and I mean
> of clothes and shoes because in my mind I feel an obligation to
> (for lack of a better word) the idea of function and fashion and aging to
> art students. Over my 28 years of teaching I have tried to show kids that
> design comes in all kinds of forms, and that with a little bit of
> one can put together a functional "outfit" that is eclectic, sensible, age
> appropriate, and above all fun. While the high school I teach in is
> relatively small (900 students), everyone in the building knows who I am
> (visually), and kids to do come up and say things like "great glasses,
> did you get them " (can't see without them, so naturally I have 20 pairs),
> or "were YOU really on Trading Spaces?" (when I wear my Trading Spaces
> when working on the sets for the play), or "where did you get that African
> dress (when I wear the dress I designed and made from scraps of material
> given to me by other teachers who are interested in seeing what I will do
> with them)...
> In a way, teaching is my art, and how I "fit" within the "space" of my
> "painting" is also an art form.
> (does this philosophy make me a better art teacher? Perhaps not. Have I
> always dressed in my own way...absolutely....I've been sewing my own
> since I was 9 when I just couldn't 'find' what I was looking for in the
> stores.)
> San D