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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Artistic derivatives and copyright infringement on: February 09, 2009 10:44:03 AM
Morning all,
Sifting through my email this morning I came across a discussion regarding the law suit AP has filed against Shepard Fairey for the Obama poster- you can see the comparison (with a shot of the full photo Fairey's poster was inspired by) here:
http://la.metblogs.com/2009/02/04/ap-tries-to-shake-down-shepard-fairey/

Of course it immediately brought Boogaloo's amazing portrait to mind, as well as KylaStrong's portrait of Hugh Laurie, Pepsi girl's of Gwen Stefani, and who knows how many other images that were inspired by photographs. Granted, we, unlike Fairey, are not generally making unknown numbers of our works for sale, but I guess we had best be on watch now! You never know if some museum watchdog is going to burst into my bathroom and slap me with a lawsuit for infringement of Josef Albers.

There are hundreds of artists whose primary medium is appropriation art- for all kinds of reasons, too. 

So, I am just curious- what do you think constitutes copyright infringement, and what not? How far is too far? Given that Sherrie Levine takes photographs of photographs, Warhol used trademark products (and faces), Duchamp did nothing more than sign a name to mass-produced pieces of industrial equipment, and Fairey used a percentage of a photograph to create a new image... what makes the work original as opposed to an infringement?

Just curious...
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / spring choker on: January 22, 2009 10:12:13 AM
Happy Thursday, craftsters!

Perhaps it is the insane nesting urges (7 1/2 months pregnant) or the winter blahs that have made me want to leave my job and do nothing but make stuff- or maybe just the fact that I haven't been crafty in a very long time and I feel the need to callous my fingers again. 

So, project number one of many that I have underway- a crocheted choker embellished with Czech glass beads. I was inspired a few months ago by the hemp flowers choker from the interweave magazine- unable to find a pattern (I believe it was a 2005 issue), I made up my own. Much simpler, but I am really pleased with it. A bit of #10 crochet cotton, a 2.7mm steel hook, and the beads, which I love and have had sitting in my drawer for 3 years..... and voila!

I will be donating this to a raffle held at a conference that I try to attend- won't be able to go this year, but I still like to donate fun things for the raffle (it is for a good cause).

Comments and suggestions are always welcome- and thanks for indulging me!





13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / acrylics on unstretched canvas- curling corners? on: November 11, 2008 01:28:32 PM
Hi all,
I am looking for adive about how to keep unstretched canvas from curling at the edges. I have done a couple of paintings on unstretched canvas- a name sign for my son, another for a friend's daughter, and an abstract for my home. I enjoy working with unstretched canvas and would like to do a few things for christmas gifts, but I am reluctant to do so when the corners and edges curl.

When I did my paintings I didn't have any gesso, but I used a good quality acrylic primer and a roller. I know that house paint (even the really good stuff) has a higher water content than gesso, so I am wondering if this may perhaps be the culprit... I have also wondered if my canvas is a little thicker than it shouldbe for this.

Anyway, any suggestions or comments would be welcome!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / more hats on: October 25, 2008 07:33:07 PM
Hi hookers,
As it is gettiing on towards the chilly season, thought I would toss in some hats that I have done- these are from a few years ago, when I was crazy enough to think that I would have time to do craft shows. I had fun making the patterns, though, and experimenting with the yarns.
Hope you enjoy!




15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Yoda revisited on: March 06, 2008 12:55:01 PM
Hi all,
Had to share a little something that I made for my brother's birthday pressie today- he is a Star Wars fan and has a few odd things, so I thought he would appreciate this.

It accompanied a little Buddha finger puppet (purchased, not crocheted), and I thought they could discuss philosophies together.

I am quite pleased with my finger puppet as I did not have a pattern- but he turned out perfectly (well, in my humble estimation of perfection).

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / hooray for zippy pouches on: March 01, 2008 06:42:42 PM
Hi all,
A couple of zipped pouches- my first attempts, and not too bad, I think. I love these, though- I can use all of those bit and pieces and scraps of fabric that I always feel compelled to keep (now 2 storage bins worth.... ).

I think everyone I know will get one of these for Christmas!
Dots n dots


And on the inside... the card slots are a little looser than I had intended, but they work


Stripes and stripes- this was left from one of my absolute favorite skirts. Oh how I loved it! Then I got pregnant.... at least I can use the leftovers for a bit of a purse.


And inside. Better pockets on this one.


Hmmm... which fabric to use next!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flirty girl ;) on: February 29, 2008 08:01:53 PM
Hi crafty people,
Thought I would share with you a few items that I made this week (ok, a little more than just this week...). I am sending a few bags and pouches to a raffle for a professional association that I belong to, and I am so very pleased with how they turned out! had to share...

I have a fondness for the pin-up girls, they are just so sassy, so presto- flirty toteness. I crocheted the fringe and hand-stitched it (ugh- but I like the effect), and used a black ultrasuede for the bag. Not at all washable, but she will always be just as fabulous as she is now.


Thanks for looking and letting me strut a bit!



18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / tutu tote for my niece on: January 08, 2008 08:37:11 PM
Hi fellow bag lovers,
I had to share some pictures of a tote that I made for my niece for Christmas. She's 4, and loves ballet. So, of course I had to make her a tutu tote for her dance classes.

I used ultra suede for the bag (skirt-weight, so not as heavy as the upholstry fabrics), lined it with fusible fleece for body, and yards of pink tulle for the tutu frill. The inside has pockets lined with ballet pink satin, and of course the gorgeous fairy dancers. I love that fabric...
I finished off with a little embellishment of ballet slippers from an earlier project that were perfect for this, and I had her name embroidered in a matching pink.

I am thrilled with the bag, as is she!
Thanks for looking- and indulging my need to share!







19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / any punch embroiderers around? on: January 07, 2008 07:44:48 PM
Hi all,
I am new to the Craftster network, exploring one forum at a time- and thrilled to see some other ladies (and gents, I assume) that still do needlework.

I have recently started punch embroidery, and I am having so much fun! I am just wondering if there are others who do punch embroidery, and have some projects to share (I have seen a lot of traditional styles in my searches- lots of flower baskets, quite reminiscent of my grandmother.....).

I said the other day that I am tempted to leave my job behind and spend all day doing crafty things.
20  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New and inspired on: January 06, 2008 08:47:36 PM
Hi all,
I am brand new here, and pretty much a novice in sewing. However, I have to say that I am sooo amazed by the incredible things that I have seen on this forum- wow and awesome. I have made a simple tote (lots of straight lines, and much like the jordy style), but this really inspires me to try new things.

How I wish that I could leave the day job- I just want to stay home and cut, pin & sew- and then maybe strut a bit.
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