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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Revolution is Handmade! on: April 14, 2009 07:18:39 AM
I wanted to share an interactive instillation piece that I did for a sculpture class this past fall - knitting circle meets woman parts! The womb-like knitting basket intends to provide a nurturing forum to bring women together and discuss social and political activism.

for a better sense of what I'm going for, here's part of my artist's statement for the piece:

The craft of knitting and yarn-work has been an integral part of women's interaction for centuries. In times when women had no voice in social and political matters, knitting circles have served as a traditional space for storytelling, discussion, exchange, and protest. The purpose of this piece is to inspire a community of people to work together and create in a collaborative manner. Women can rise up and embrace their crafty skills, using them to be proactive about societal change.








2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewelry from the shore :) on: August 27, 2008 11:19:05 PM
I am a seamstress by nature, but I thought I'd give jewelry a whirl. When I was on vacation I gathered a disgustingly large amount of shells and sea glass to make charms and other things out of. Here they are:

top of the shell pendent:


whole shell pendent:


clear sea glass:


red sea glass:




Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 t-shirt recons and high waisted shorts! on: August 26, 2008 09:21:23 PM
here they are!



unfortunately i sat in some ink while working on my etching final last quarter so now there is some shmutz on the bum..



from a salvation army tshirt..

and now the pièce de résistance...



my first pair of shorts! they are soo comfortable. i drafted a pattern based off some low rise shorts, and went from there, raising the waist and elongating the hem. i still have the pattern so i will be perfecting it and sharing the results of course Smiley

thanks for looking.. and please let me know what you think!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / victorian print weekend bag on: August 21, 2008 11:34:20 PM
EDIT! (12/25/09) I made a new bag based off of Logsio's Funky Weekend Bag Tutorial! This time I kept her same proportions, but made it smaller. It's 15 inches long, so it's a little baby Smiley It's a delayed Christmas gift for my boyfriend's mother. She saw the one I made last year and liked it, so I used the same fabric. It still needs a zipper, but I needed to email her a picture of it and decided to go ahead and post it here anyways.

Pictures






Thanks for looking! The original bag I made is below if you're interested. Smiley



I play water polo at school, and our tournaments are always weekend long overnights. Needless to say, I just had to make a new bag for our season Smiley I saw a post here on Craftster where a girl made a similar bag and was immediately inspired to make something like it. Unfortunately I can't remember her username for the life of me...so if by some chance you remember a bag similar to this in design let me know and I'll give her credit for my inspiration Smiley

edit: the bag that inspired this one was made by Logsio.. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0

onto the bag...


the side


top


open


I used a parka zipper (meaning it zips from both ends) and I still need to add a lining with interfacing. (I was too excited to use it so months later I still have not done that! haha)
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / intimacy comic and silkscreen... suggestive themes! on: July 22, 2008 02:51:51 PM
This is a comic I did for a drawing class a couple of years ago. Pen and ink... It's done on white illustration board, although it looks cream in the photos. After I finished the drawings I was dissatisfied with some of the cells, but still liked one of the images so I decided to reinvent it in a silkscreen.  I plan one reworking the first three cells because I really rushed them to get the assignment finished. Anyways here are the photos...

The pen and ink drawing:



detail:







here's the silkscreen:


detail:



thanks for looking!  I realize that I need to find a better place to take photos of my artwork; the lighting in these is poor but I think you can get the gist of what's going on Smiley
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / bird intaligo print! on: May 29, 2008 11:15:47 PM
here's a print i did in my intaligo class this quarter...it's all done with aquatinting and printed on 11x14 rives bfk



close up:


thanks for looking Grin comments/criticism encouraged!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hand pulled banana leaf paper and hand bound sketchbooks on: May 23, 2008 12:05:10 AM
I absolutely love making my own sketchbooks because they feel more personal than the store bought ones.  These are 3 (almost) identical ones I made last summer.  The paper is hand pulled from abaca (banana leaf) fibers.  Each book has 12 signatures and is bound with a coptic stitch.  The front of every signature has a Japanese image silk screened onto it.  There are three different images and they rotate throughout the books.  Anyways, here they are!



My favorite thing about these books is the deckled edge you get, with the little uneven jibbies you get poking out of the cover Smiley  The bottom left-hand picture is a view of the inside cover and first page.



These are the images that are silk screened on the front of the signatures.  The paper is actually all the same cream color that came out in the first photo.  (I had a hard time photographing the prints)

Thanks so much for looking, I would love to hear your comments and/or criticism!


8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 3 Paintings by a Newbie! on: May 20, 2008 08:25:57 PM
hi all, I'm Elaine..this is my first post on Craftster!

I'm a seamstress and printmaker by heart, but last quarter in school I decided to try my hand at a painting course.  I used oil paints in all of these...

Our first project was to set up an object and paint it in four different color schemes.  My favorite was one using my entire palette...it's about 11 in. x 17 in.



Narrative, Fight!, 2 ft. x 3 ft.



Metaphorical Self-Portrait, Delayed Gratification, 2 ft. x 2 ft.



I think I'll end up touching up some spots in the last two once I'm done with school and have more time...the hockey painting could use a more effective background and I kind of slacked off on the flesh of the pomegranate.  Overall I'm happy with my first attempts

oh, and I apologize for my photos - the pomegranate is so much brighter in person!
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