I have this (quite possibly) riduculous dream to make quilt for my mom out of all of my sisters and my old baby dresses, that she gave me for my daughter. The thing is ... I really do not even know how to sew. I have a sewing machine that my mom gave me but I dont even know how to use it.
How can I learn to sew, and then eventually quilt?? Can anyone recommend books, websites ect. to get me started - thanks!!!
EEEK, I have that problem ... nickel allergy. The sucky part is it is getting worse and worse. First time I realized it was when I had my belly button peirced (in NYC - BAD IDEA!!!) and the ring the used was not surgical steel (but probably the same thing as what you are talking about) ... anyway first my belly button got itchy, and then the skin all around my belly button got flaky, dry and scaly and red, like 2 - 3 inches in diameter away from the peircing. IT WAS TERRIBLE! I had to go to a real tattoo parlor and have it repierced before it was completely healed, which needless to say hurt like heck. But now it's fine!
And now ... listen to how bad it's gotten. Keep in mind the first reaction was to a peircing, actually inside of my body ... now if something with nickel in it sits near my skin for too long I get an itchy rash ... par example the zipper on the new rather a lot of $$$ handbag I just got - DOH! Or my watch ... or the button on the inside of my jeans, or this really cool bird necklace. DARN IT!!
Sorry I know this really didn't have much to do with your question ... I just felt like complaining. Hope no one minds too much!!
That sounds like a great idea! Do you have a photography teacher? As the other poster said, it would be helpful if he or she would get involved, particularly so you guys can use the dark room if you need to develop pictures there.
I have never started any kind of club, and maybe this is all pretty obvious. But, I would say the first step would be to decide what types of things you will do in the club. Of course you will want to have meetings, maybe once a week after school, and the same day each week. And then you will could do things at the meetings such as give your club memebers "assignments" (like take a portrait photograph, take a black and white photo with high contrast, take a still life photo ... you get the idea!) And then at the next meeting, everyone can show thier work! Another thing that might be cool to do once in a while would be to all meet up somewhere with good subject matter on the weekend, like a park or the beach, because it's always cool to see what a bunch of people decide to photograph when they are all in the same place, you will definitly never get two of the same photo! Then you as the club organizer type person, should also come up with cool photography books and websites to tell your club members about. I also think that the members would find it helpful to have a monthly calender printed up and given to them at the first meeting of each month with the schedule for the rest of the month on it. Lastly before you can actually get the club started you will need to advertise to let people know about !! You will want to tell the main office to talk about it in the morning announcements, and put something in your school paper about it. It's probably also a good idea to have a "joining" meeting at which you have music playing (quietly) and food and soda and little favors of some sort, to get people just walking by to be like ... what's going on in there?? At the end of the year, you should put together a photo album, or pamphlet about all the cool stuff you guys did that year, so that way next year you will get even more members!
I hope this helped you out!! Good luck with it, I think it should be great, and make sure you let us know how it goes!
I've just obtained a giant load of tons of random stuff, pretty much all vintage, paper, photos, ads, stamps, and some misc. doo-dads. I am planning on making some crazy colleges probably on canvas with them. Has any one done this type of mixed media type of deal and have any suggestions before I get started?? I was mostly inspired to give this type of work a try by that guy that did the Green Day insomniac cd cover ... darn it why can't I think of his name. Anyway the first topic I have to collage is a feminist type of "I am not a household appliance" angry housewife thing ... hmm might have something to do that I am dying of boredom in my house after relocating to a new "city", Charlotte, NC - from NY. Oh well.
My suggestion would be to read the newspaper ... and then do more research (if needed) on a particular story or current event that moves you. I think this is a great way to get powerful work, I mean think about everything going on in the world right now, there is a lot of stuff to make you angry, upset, and some to make you happy and thankful.
What I think of off the top of my head, a story I read a little while ago about a woman who wrote a piece (actually I think that was in Cosmo - ussually you don't find moving pieces in there) but anyway, she wrote this piece about her life, particularly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. And it was incredibly sad and at the end she wrote I want you to remember me. Her name was Stephanie Williams, and she died, I think she was pretty young. I don't know if that kind of stuff gets to you, but that is definitly an inspiration to me.
Another thing I heard on the radio today, 700 people being held hostage, I think in a school, in Russia. If you just try to paint your feelings about things that you hear like that, I think it will go well.