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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / shipwrecked waif corset on: March 09, 2008 04:13:36 PM
spent a along time daydreaming of this, my idea was that someone crafty, clever, elegant, satin wearing girl was lost on an island... thus adding scraps and shells to her original bodice over time.
i used a pattern--made a mock-up and fitted it to me, then made my own.  it has zip-tie boning, which worked wonderfully.  the outside is brocade from a little set of 4, all golden.  the inside is pirate Smiley  my original idea was to wear it with a brocade skirt, deconstructed to look like seaweed and ocean had crept in, these pictures are how i wore it in the desert.
the close up pictures are post burning man, so dusty, but i suppose that adds to the effect?

not easy to hoop in, couldn't feel the hoop Smiley

details... there are shell designs running up the front seams, beads and patches sewn on here and there...








and the secret fun part... pirates on the inside

it can be worn inside out... the skulls glow in blacklight Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / shell hina dolls for girl's day (japan) on: February 26, 2008 03:15:47 PM
these are dolls my friend made for me... they are clam shells with kimono silk and paper. 
you can see the paper ones i made and more about the tradition at this posthttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230174.0
the princess in her many kimono layers...

the happy couple Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / hina dolls... japanese princess and prince for girl's day on: February 26, 2008 03:09:52 PM
these hina ningyo are made only from paper... oh and matches!  
they are traditional from japan and some of the simplest of a what can be a very elaborate display.  i was taught to make them from my friend's mother--she entertains kindergardners, so we get along great Smiley
the princess

the whole crew

i need some peach trees and mochi for the bottom tier.  bigger displays often have musicians and more goodies. these guys are each about half the size of my thumb, so the whole thing is pretty tiny.

similar idea... made by my friend from shells http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230176.0

from wikipedia:
Doll Festival (Hina Matsuri)
Date: 3rd of March
Other Names: Sangatsu Sekku (3rd month Festival), Momo Sekku (Peach Festival), Joshi no Sekku (Girls Festival)
Information: This holiday is also known as the Peach Festival because peach blossoms herald the coming of spring and are the symbol of courage and feminine beauty. Young girls put on their best kimonos and visit their friends' homes. Tiered platforms for hina ningyo (hina dolls; a set of dolls representing the emperor, empress, attendants, and musicians in ancient court dress) are set up in the home, and the family celebrates with a special meal of hishimochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes) and shirozake (rice malt with sake).
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet mini on: February 16, 2008 10:30:40 AM
is it spring yet? made of recycled silk and organic cotton and modeled by my lovely sister in law...
and chester the goose, who is apparently a girl Smiley

up close, the waistband has two parallel ties

and action shot
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / silk kimono in kyoto img heavy on: February 10, 2008 09:47:33 AM
i learned to sew kimono and yukata from an 87 year old woman in my village.  she doesn't speak any english and in the beginning i spoke no japanese.  but sewing is universal and she first taught me to make a yukata, then i made this one layer kimono.  it's silk handpainted fabric (just the fabric cost over $500), all handsewn with silk thread using different stitches for different parts. i picked out the obi fabric (cherry blossoms), but it was made for me as the kimono sewers are usually different than the obi makers.  i also studied how to wear kimono over several years, including the trickiest part of tying your own obi  Tongue
every spring my friends all get together and wear kimono and go on a tour of somewhere nearby... these pics are from kyoto, spring 2006.  we visited many gardens and temples including Ryoan-ji with the famous zen rock garden.
the front...

the side... my sleeves are a bit long because i am taller than most, but these are considered short sleeves.  combined with the fabric quality, print and coloring, the sleeves and style are the modern standard.  perfect for tea ceremony, visiting friends, etc.  not fancy enough for a wedding, funeral, or really fancy party.

at Ryoan-ji

it's amazing to think that the wood floors are worn smooth by centuries of tabi socks brushing over them... i love these walkways.

seeing temples and gardens in kimono makes me feel like i'm part of the place rather than an observer

and you know you're a foreigner in japan when students on their field trips want photos with you  Smiley

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / green lady ceramic fountain on: February 09, 2008 10:35:50 PM
after spending a semester throwing teapots, i took a break to make this sculpture (coil built, high fire ceramics)... turned out she has 'i'm a little teapot arms'  Roll Eyes
water builds up in the head (which comes off at the hairline for access to the hoses) and comes out the top roses and crown in a circular spray, also you can turn it down to that water just runs down...

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / river water bike on: February 09, 2008 11:10:02 AM
my bike was a shiny blue and i wanted it to be more natural looking... so... i painted it!  it has lasted two seasons without any problems.  my idea was for it to look like a river. still thinking about how to decorate the basket. any ideas?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / om cuff and seashore necklace--IMG heavy on: February 05, 2008 10:22:47 AM
i started this cuff long ago, inspired by the knitting chart (and scarf) here on craftster.  gathering up other elements of ocean journeys created the necklace for the set.  i also made earrings, they use the glass and wooden beads that are on the necklace.
both pieces:

the cuff:

cuff close up--the texture is made from working the bracelet off-loom

the necklace:

center close up (the shell turns, this is the inside) a shell from mexico, a nut from a friend, glass, shell, and wooden beads from various stores...

favorite raven bead from washington coast, pearls, and garnet

lastly, the white beads are super special to me--my dad made them from fossilized ivory one at a time and i only have a few left Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / horizon flag book...valentine on: February 04, 2008 01:35:52 PM
this is a little book (about 3" by 9") i made for my boyfriend as a valentine, mostly collage from our adventures together and poems.  it's my first try at a flag book and first try at collage in a long time... but i think i'm hooked now! i especially liked working on all the little pieces and then trying to arrange them to work together.
the main poem inside is 'Prayer for Horizon" and also has some Wallace Stevens, ee cummings, and Mary Shelly (from Frankenstein Smiley)...

15 cards...

this is one of my favorite cards--the heart swings on the brad and has a message under
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / firefly/serenity swap on: January 23, 2006 02:59:33 PM
the packages are flying! post your goodies here Grin
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