Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My first ever blog interview: Melinda Cornish

I "met" Melinda Cornish through Margaret's Dress Up project. While posting her March dress, Melinda said she planned to tackle a dress made from newspapers. I was intrigued and began following her blog to see if she could carry off this incredible project. Well, she did!! Isn't this a beauty? And it fits right in with Earth Month, in which I feature something recycled, reused, or re-purposed until Earth Day, which celebrates its big Four Oh this year.

Melinda has several photos of this dress on her blog, and she graciously allowed me to post this one from her post. She has another post detailing when she began the project.

Since this is Earth Month, and everything I do this month should reflect eco-friendly posts, I asked Melinda about the dress she made. She graciously agreed to answer my questions. Here goes my first ever blog interview:

E: How many newspapers did you use?

M: I used two newspapers and then opened them up and looked for pages that weren't ads...I used classifieds, regular pages and weddings /anniversaries...If you click on the picture (in the blog post) and make it bigger you might be able to see some of these...

E: Would you explain the process you went through to turn the newspaper into material?

M: As far as how it was put together, I laid down a light cotton print that I knew I would never use and that had been given to me and then I soaked it down with water..then I laid the newspaper down single layer and went over it with a very watered down mod podge....then I took my hands and made sure it was melded with the cotton underneath...The last step was using inks for color...I chose blue, green and yellow because I was hungry for Spring! I let this new newspaper fabric dry and then I started sewing it together...It is stiff, but it still irons and sews and if I needed to shape it, I just spritzed it with water..... It does all end up being one layer as the paper is melded into the fabric.....

(photo used with permission by Melinda)

E: During the assembly process, did you use a pattern or dress form?

M: I didn't use a dress form or a pattern...I took my sister's measurements and sketched it out and then started cutting and sewing....I gave myself permission to fail because I wasn't sure it would even turn out to resemble a dress as I am not a garment maker by any means...I think sewing aprons helped.........

E: How long did it take you to make this masterpiece?

M: The dress took me about 7 hours total to make....Once I figured out the basic construction, it went together pretty quickly...The embellishment was my favorite part and I have to say, it came out just like the picture in my mind.

E: Where did you get your inspiration for making this beauty?

M: I was inspired by Project Runway, one of my very favorite shows...My favorite challenges are when they use unusual materials! I always wonder " Could I make that"?

E: Is there anything you would like to add about the project?

M: I love to recycle and give things a new use and I knew I wanted to make a wearable dress...My sister is actually going to wear it and looks forward to it....My next dress is going to be made out of a used Air Force parachute....I already have the picture in my head.....

Thanks so much for asking me to do this...I always like to share how I do the things I make so questions are welcome............Melinda

E: Actually, it is I who have you to thank for such a great interview.

As you can see, Melinda is a gal after my own heart. Her love of recycling and re-purposing materials fits in perfectly with Earth Month on my blog.

Melinda is no stranger to fabric. Her small art quilts are whimsical and full of color. They will bring a smile to your face. Her more traditional quilts are also gorgeous. But fabric is not the only thing Melinda has on her blog. She never fails to entertain with her swap entries and lovely photos. Melinda lives in Utah in the US and also shares pictures of her surroundings and daily life. It is with great pleasure, I feature Melinda's Fabric Fancies as my blog of the day. And when you visit her blog today, please let her know that you enjoyed the interview.

11 thoughtful remarks:

Diane said...

She is one talented lady!!

Debby said...

You couldn't have picked a better person. Melinda is so talented and such a beautiful person. Thanks!

La Dolce Vita said...

great post Elizabeth! I am a Project Runway fan too and this is just amazing and great upcycling! great interview! congrats!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I am a big fan of Project Runway AND Melinda too.
Her dress is a real triumph! Nice interview E!
Happy Wednesday and Happy Earth Day Every Day :)!

Healing Woman said...

A fabric paper dress. Wonderful for Earth Day. I may try this for one of my parties here. I'll challenge each woman to make her own dress out of cloth and paper. If I pull this off, I'll post it.
Thanks for the great idea. This gives recycling new meaning.

Lynn said...

It amazes me that it can be worn. She mentions the inner lining is fabric and the outer paper? Came out beautifully for sure!

Marilyn Rock said...

Fascinating! Super interview! xxoo

Terri Kahrs said...

Awesome interview, Elizabeth! It's so interesting to hear Melinda describe her creative techniques and process. Thanks for a peak into her world! Hugs, Terri xoxo

KatW said...

What a beautiful dress - wonderful colours, prints & embellishment. Melinda is amazingly clever & skilled. Wow - I wouldn't have known where to begin.
Great interview, thanks!

Marlynn said...

WOW - Elizabeth - loved your interview and Melinda's dress blew me away.... her next one out of a parachute? Oh, girlfriend, you two must have been separated at birth! LOL. My best to you and the bleu..... hugs

Melinda Cornish said...

boy, I feel like a star, really.....This was my first interview too and you sure made me feel special!!! Thanks so much!