Something you may not know about me is that I love fashion - I always have. I remember designing clothes in high school so that my wardrobe would be unique. I have a degree in fashion design and textiles and I taught fashion design for years. I don't do much of it anymore, but rather have transferred my skills to crafting and decorating.
I tell you this because today I played hookie and went to Syracuse University to hear fashion designer Mary McFadden give a lecture to SU art and design students about her recent exhibit entitled Goddesses, which was inspired by ancient cultures and civilizations, as well as promote her book "High Priestess of Fashion".
If you have ever heard fashion designers speak, they are often enthusiastic and exciting people. Well, not Mary. Her presentation almost put me to sleep. College students were yawning, texting and checking email on their Blackberries, and some even snuck out the back door. She read directly from her notes, her powerpoint photos were often blurry and she never smiled once - not even when she described herself as a "party girl" or told us that she has had 11 husbands. I imagine she bored each one to death.So what did I learn? Mary was inspired by shapes, colors and images she has seen in her extensive wordly travels, she no longer designs, she is writing another book, wears only her own designs - and she looks darn good for a women in her 70's!!