19 April 2012

Crafts on a Summer's Day

Dear internet, I present to you my first nonclothing craft project in what seems like forever: bottlecap magnets!

I made a set of these a couple years ago, but between breakage and giving them away and leaving the rest in Montreal when I moved, I am out! And I have a packratting problem and a shoebox full of bottlecaps, so making more was pretty much inevitable. They're super simple: bake a layer of Sculpey into the bottlecap to create a raised surface, then hot-glue a round magnet on, like so:

(Sleeman, Moosehead, Boreale, Molson, Keith's...O, Canada.)

I finished those up, along with some mending and laundryfolding action, while watching Jazz on a Summer's Day, a 1959 documentary filmed during the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958. It's mostly footage from the festival, with nearly as much visual attention to audience as performers, and includes some contextual material--shots of town life in Newport, the locals' reaction to the descent of the jazz crowd, and some ironic juxtaposition with scenes of the other major Newport event coinciding with the festival--the America's Cup, a major yacht-sailing race.

I'm including the following excerpt from the film a) because Dinah Washington is wicked awesome and b) to give a general idea of the film's tone. So, uh, watch it.


1) The girl in the couple visible from 0:21 to 0:27 and again from 0:40 to 0:45 looks JUST LIKE ELIZABETH MOSS! An early chapter in Peggy's bohemian adventures, perhaps? Though to be fair, it isn't the Mad Men Moss as much as West Wing era--the short hair and the young face are straight outta the Zoey playbook.

2) The segment from 2:01 to 2:36 where Dinah and the percussionist are "battling" over the xylophone--just such pure fun and awesomeness. I love it.

3) WHAT A DRESS. It is crazy, inexplicably proportioned, but also phenomenal.

There's quite a bit of excellent clothing throughout the film, actually--Anita O'Day wears a giant feathered hat and a sheath dress with a mid-thigh hem flounce, a combination that sounds terrifying but is somehow perfect; and with the crowd featured as heavily as it is throughout, there's plenty of opportunity for "everyday people"-watching, which I always love.

The film in its entirety is available here.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody! I'm off to Northampton to stay with A and S 'til Sunday night, when I'll be heading back cityward to see ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD at the Middle East!

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