The pages are still blank

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible”

Vladimir Nabokov

I am trying to finish writing a book.

It is hard work and I am at the bit just before the end, when there is only boring bits left to do, the deadline is staring me right in the eye and I keep losing sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.

However I have taken a small break from weeping/writing to show you some of my process.


This is how my book looked just before Christmas.

The reason it lives in a cardboard box is mostly because I have moved three times in the last year, everything lives in boxes. Just in case.

However this is my research, 5th scale, standard size patterns, model patterns and so on. And this is the story of how this turned into a final draft of a book

This is my studio


The stuff on ether side of the table is unfinished sewing projects, fabric, packages incoming and outgoing etc.

The first thing I needed was space. Time for a tidy up.


Thats better.

There are 15 costumes in the book each is a section in my research file including historical context, ideas for opening quotes, making instructions, 5th scale patterns, full scale patterns, model size patterns, adjustment notes and toiles. I needed space to coordinate all of this by project so I could work through and type up the needed bits, which looked at bit like this when I was ready to start.


The files go right all the way around the room, leaving only a space in the middle, which spent most of the time I was working in it being filled with finished costumes.


It took a lot longer than I expected to get my studio space back! But it is quite nice now all the the pages of the book are in the computer, rather than being EVERYWHERE.

I only have a couple of days left before I hand in, wish me luck!

About lholmes4keats

I have worked with Museums across the UK for the last ten years making costumes for exhibitions on everything from The Titanic to Tyrannosaurs. I have Run workshops and lectures on costume both nationally and internationally, my work has featured in exhibitions, films and theatre productions both nationally and internationally. In 2011 I curated The Needle is always at hand, an exhibition of dress based on Fanny Brawne's life while she lived at Keats House.
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