Becoming A Belly Dancer: Kickstarter Premium Assiut Bras

July 21, 2017

Hello Gang! Last fall, the team I worked with to produce our epic book, “Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage,” hosted a super-successful Kickstarter campaign to help us take the project from the document stage to the finished product.  We were thrilled with the outpouring of support from our community of friends, students, […]

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Is that Gloria Swanson wearing Assiut?

July 10, 2017

Hello gang! Recently on the assiut discussion group over on FaceBook, several of us carefully analyzed the shawl worn by Gloria Swanson in the role of Norma Desmond in the seminal film, Sunset Boulevard.  In the scene where she dramatically descends the stairs “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.” Although at first glance […]

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Blast from the Past: Costumer’s Notes Magazine

February 13, 2017

Memories – Oh how time flies when you’re having fun! After my co-author Alisha Westerfeld and I finished up with my book “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut,” we had a great big party!  We also launched a beautiful “behind the scenes” full-color magazine, entitled “Costumer’s Notes: Behind the Seams – The Making of […]

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High Speed Design – Pinning on Applique

February 6, 2017

Throughout the month of January, I’ve been working on enhancing my workspace by installing lights and a camera mount over the table to shoot still shots and video from above.  My mission for 2017 is to make video instructionals and digital workshops. My goal is to “show not tell,” and take the content that currently […]

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Sources for Assiut, Fall 2016

November 16, 2016

Hello Gang! I’ve been PUMMELLED by requests for assiut!  Not my book, The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut, but the cloth itself.  The truth of the matter is that I buy assiut and I use it. I simply don’t stockpile to resell. However, in the past year, I have been purchasing modern assiut panels […]

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