Almost ten years ago some online friends and I were discussing the newest thing on the internet – the blog. It’s hard to imagine today when there are millions of blogs, including quite a few “written” by cats, that a mere decade ago most people had never even heard of blogging, much less had read or written one.
But we were looking for a new way to share different aspects of the things concerning fashion history that interested us. I had started a journal in which I recorded the things I saw and loved at fashion exhibitions. Originally this blog was only scans of the pages from that journal, along with a very few comments. I only posted once a month or so.
Soon I began thinking about the other things that I was learning that ought to be shared. I began showing my vintage finds, along with pretty much writing my thoughts out loud. Not that anyone much besides my fellow blogging buddies were actually reading the blog, which was originally called Lizzie’s Vintage Travel Journal.
Time passed, my friends went on to other adventures, but I kept blogging. Eventually I stopped showing my journal pages. I can’t say exactly why, but it was probably because I was doing reviews of all the exhibitions I saw anyway. And even though I stopped showing the pages, I’ve kept on making them.
I find that physical journaling is a very different activity from writing a blog, even though a blog is a type of journal. My journal contains many different types of work from drawing to cut out pictures to collage. Many of the drawings are done on site, and if I know that a particular museum is drawer-friendly (in other words, there are places to sit) I’ll take my journal along on the visit. In cases where I know I’ll not have time to stand or sit and draw, the journal stays at home and the pages are made there.
In celebration of my ten year anniversary I’ve decided to reinstate the original concept for a day every month or so. I have a lot of exhibits to catch up on from the years when I did not post them. Some are better than others, but all show what I found to be of interest in each exhibition. You can see my older entries by looking at the “Journal” category in the side bar.
The first exhibition I’m showing is one that I did not really like, Punk: Chaos to Couture, at the Met. I even had a hard time coming up with a concept with which to work in the journal. Finally, I decided to just focus on two things I found to be interesting.
From the box at the top which you can’t read:
The very early punk tees by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren were fantastic, but Widow McLaren claims most of them are fakes.
Should I go into the fake punk tee business?