Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Notice how the bag is photographed, too, using the wooden texture of the door and the natural light. Taking the time to make sure that your crafts are photographed to their best advantage really makes a difference. I'll do a post in the future on some tips for taking photos of your crafts. It doesn't have to be expensive or hard, just requires a little patience and planning, like any craft!
Classic Elite Yarns have a web newsletter that is worth signing up for, as they release new patterns on a regular basis. If you're someone who can do more than squares and rectangles (uh, that wouldn't be me) and like smaller projects to get through things quickly, have a look at what they have on offer.
Don't miss Kat's amazing stories of life as a modern traveller and confirmed eccentric, and have a look at current instock items at her etsy store.
Check out the site for other DIY geeky accessories.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
They're still in pre-release/beta testing mode, but when launched, the site promises a suite of web-based applications (RIAs) for people who create. From image editing to typography to music to 3D to video, we have a tool for artists of all genres. - from Aviary.com
You can track the development of the applications on their blog, follow the links from the front page to sign up for early adoption/beta testing, or just check out the list of potential tools. There are apps for image editing, 3D modelling, sound/music mixing, desktop publishing and creative writing, each of which communicates and relates with the others. I particularly like the look of Peacock, a pattern generation tool that allows the user to run background textures and designs through various filters to any degree of simplicity or complexity. Very cool.
"Hey guys, wouldn't that make an awesome skirt?"
"Yes. Yes it would. DO IT."
So, compelled by peer pressure, I did. This is seriously easy stuff, people. It's just two equal lengths (the photo above doesn't show it, but there is an identical flap/panel at the back) of the fabric, zig-zagged and then hemmed at each end. I attached a strip of wide black elastic at the top on one side, and a piece of black hook and loop on the other. Literally 5 minutes at the sewing machine.
It goes beautifully over fold-top skirts and pants (as seen in the photo). It's adjustable to fit sizes between about an Australian 10-18, and could be modified to fit in either direction. I get comments from strangers, who look a little taken aback when I say "Thanks! It's a table-runner." I might need to work on my promo skills, there.
I've been admiring these creature statues for a while; with a description like "Ellen's ceramic beasts and other ferocious things", how can you go wrong? In addition to the usual array of winged and fantastic beasts, there are also fantasias on realistic animals with mutations and modifications inspired by the seasons, such as Solstice Bear and Spring Serpent. Ellen works in ceramics, polyclay and resin, achieving amazing affects and detail.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
What kind of outfit to wear with them, however? Black tights, knee length frock? Three quarter pants and kimono wrap? Wide legged black jeans and a spiffy red top, with chunky silver accessories? Who cares, I'll only be looking at my feet.
I love craft projects that tackle unusual themes. We're quite used to seeing beautifully done vintage, floral, even more unusual themes like ocean life in beaded jewellery, but I'm not sure I've seen a conspiracy theory bracelet before! Clever use of lampworked UFOs, goldstone, aliens and all.
Be sure to check out Scoop's etsy store for more themed jewellery, including fruit salads and environmentalist pieces.
Laurraine is proficient at both patchwork/quilting craft and pottery, using her skills to make the forms and the hardware (ie buttons) to match.
Monday, February 25, 2008
"After having this beauty planted in my chest for my chemo infusions, I decided to do something interesting with it when it was removed...so I beaded it...added a swarovski crystal and a tiny peacock feather at the top...I occasionall wear it as a pendant, especially in may, which was the month of my diagnosis 5 years ago..."
Bobbi's work is available on her Etsy store.
So...that's pretty much everyone on our friends' lists! Crocheted or knitted cuffs are a lovely way to display your fibre skills in a dainty and feminine fashion. Gillian's exquisite cuffs are available on her website in a range of colours, mostly in a quasi-Victorian style.
by Angela Bright
Model: Esme Boyce
Photographer: Emily Cooper
Best in Show Award
Pacific Coast Terminals Recycled Material Award
Wearable Art Awards
Port Moody Arts Centre 2007
Oohsome asks...So, how did you come up with the idea for the dress? -
"I like to enter the recycling category hence the used tea bags and coffee filters. Part of it is coming up with something I collect enough of, that is easy to work with, then I was trying to think of a design with stage presence. Last year I made a rather bland dress out of nylons which practically disappeared on stage."
(I) started saving tea bags and coffee filters (in) Sept 2006, started sewing in Jan of 2007 but it was the odd day here and there - ended up bashing it out the two weekends before it had to go to the gallery July 2007.
I work as a costume designer for film and theatre - most of the time it isn't very creative and designs are controlled by scripts. These days you spend more time in malls then fabric stores. The wearable art awards are a fun way for me to do whatever wacky thing I want.
I'm working on this year's dress now - I have two ideas and they are both not getting the attention they deserve. I'll probably end up doing them the weekend before AGAIN! I don't know if they can top the tea bags. I really want more people to enter. The more people, the better the competition, the better the show!!!"
The photo above shows her "clippies", divine wee morsels of hair accessorisation. Other favourites of mine include her darling clutch purses and geek chic "gizmo guardians", constructed of handmade felt, silky ribbons and bright buttons, giving the range an air of vintage, feminine sophistication. Check it out at her Etsy store.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Her blog is a delightful view into the life of a creative mama, illustrated with serene photos. I particularly admire her talent of letting nothing go to waste; old linens and clothes are recycled into a new, more beautiful life.
This piece is a Raku Pendant with Crystals and the bead is a stoneware clay bead. In this instance the colors live well together (IMO).
They are strung on a silk ribbon, this one in particular is from Marsha Neal Studio.
Lisa Peters is an American clay and porcelain artist who makes an array of pendants and beads using the Raku technique of firing to achieve the beautiful crackled clay look above.
Emily Berezin's dress is a very clever use of plastic bags...wonder if they would make good raincoats? Is the plastic too fragile after ironing? Could it be lined perhaps with cotton to make it more comfortable...and less transparent! The only other question is how do you recolour the plastic?
Saturday, February 23, 2008
From this tututorial (har) here, at Plumtickled, you can make a basic fairy skirt or tutu for your little Maenad in half an hour, and customise it with ribbons, flowers, or, in the case of my kid, Hot Wheels cars. I was lucky enough to find rainbow tulle at my local Spotlight, then I added streamers of thin craft ribbon with rainbow bells on the end, which both amuse the wearer and function as a kind of location device for Mama.
And they're not prohibitively expensive, like so much commercially available wearable art.
Cephalopod by Helle Jorgensen is beautiful enough to display in your home, thoughtful enough to provoke discussion of the often unnatural objects that we bring into conflict with nature.
Organically interesting pendant that almost reminds me of bubble tea pearls! Tone on tone is a great way to go when doing clusters of objects because what could be a very 'busy' object becomes simplified by the use of just one colour family.
Artist Statement: 14k Gold filled wire, Rainbow obsidian, swarovski crystals, 14k gold filled beads
Exquisite wire wrapped piece by Wire Your World, who is a jewellery sculptor/creator from Florida, USA.
I could imagine wearing this piece on a black satin strapless dress in a style reminiscent of the 50s. The artist has taken some very familiar swarovski crystals and turned them into something absolutely beauitful and original.
In the award-winning Garland light, he combines soft woodland romanticism with manufacturing techniques created for the U.S. Air Force. Head to his studio website, and poke around the "Projects" section; don't miss the Icarus and Dedaelus lights! An in-depth designer profile is also available at dedece.
Artist Statement: Trashion dress made from ties and a secondhand corset. The top part of my dress will look something like this. I´m making this dress for my first real fashionshow. The theme of this show is "Paradise birds". My dress is supposed to be the peacock...
Outsapop is a Finnish fashion blogger who loves to recycle material to make new clothing.
I only wish that I had the figure to be able to wear something like this. The dress is so deliciously steampunky. Im already constructing ideas in my head about cogs and watch parts to create some kind of bracelet or hat accessory to go with this item.
I hope that as the craft revolution evolves, wearing clothing like this becomes more and more popular. Couture fashion for normal people - that's the promise of the Craft Revolution.