June 4th, 2013
April 20th, 2013

A paper partially in defense of the Master of Fine Arts, Boston University, 2013

Resounding victory! I successfully defended my thesis today and am officially an MFA. I’m still going to distress two of the guys before my public showing in early May, and am trying my best to get them onboard the Constitution to get a series of on-boat pictures for my portfolio. 
Until then, have Greg (Bates) and Scott (Stevens) doing their best Blue Steel. 

Resounding victory! I successfully defended my thesis today and am officially an MFA. I’m still going to distress two of the guys before my public showing in early May, and am trying my best to get them onboard the Constitution to get a series of on-boat pictures for my portfolio. 

Until then, have Greg (Bates) and Scott (Stevens) doing their best Blue Steel. 

April 18th, 2013

And latest, a final fitting with Broke. He doesn’t have buttons on anything but the coat, and he’s missing his shirt ruffle, but the general idea of it all is there. When he wandered around the theater like this, people were amazed at how “right” Andrew looked as a model. He claims it’s because he’s British.

This is an oops on my part- I was setting up to do the gold outlines around each vent button, but when I looked at my research on Lawrence’s existing coat, the gold lace outline was around the enter vent instead.

Amusingly enough, after looking at the existing ones at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, I realized that although a lot of the sharp corners on the rest of the jacket weren’t sewn as mitered corners, these were. They may have been sewn directly into the seam of the coat, but I chose to sew mine, then line up the seams with the seams on the coat to mimic the effect.

This is an oops on my part- I was setting up to do the gold outlines around each vent button, but when I looked at my research on Lawrence’s existing coat, the gold lace outline was around the enter vent instead.

Amusingly enough, after looking at the existing ones at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, I realized that although a lot of the sharp corners on the rest of the jacket weren’t sewn as mitered corners, these were. They may have been sewn directly into the seam of the coat, but I chose to sew mine, then line up the seams with the seams on the coat to mimic the effect.

More gold bits going on Lawrence’s jacket. The first and third are the solid gold Orris lace around the edges, and the second is the final two buttonholes on the stand collar in progress.

Working up the roll collar on Broke’s jacket.

April 9th, 2013

And the same finished object shots for Bates. (Excuse his face in the last one.) I have yet to put a hem on his work frock and do the embroidery on the collar, but it’s still on my list. He’s also wearing the least period suspenders ever, with the little clippy ends, but I wanted the look for the photos. 

Now for the fun stuff. Here is Stevens all duded out but for his hat. I wanted to get pictures before I distressed him.

Last but certainly not least, Broke’s vest pre-collar and buttonholes. It’s essentially the same as Lawrence’s, but I for some reason put it together in a completely different (and more time consuming) way. No points to me.

Last but certainly not least, Broke’s vest pre-collar and buttonholes. It’s essentially the same as Lawrence’s, but I for some reason put it together in a completely different (and more time consuming) way. No points to me.