I'm a jewelry designer, and my favourite thing to work with is leather. I harvest 100% of my leather from used clothing, mostly jackets, skirts and pants from the thrift store. There seem to be infinite possibilities, tons of which I'm still discovering. The marbling trend seems to have really taken off lately, so I decided to try it out on some leather.
The leather I used was harvested from a light camel coloured coat, with a very even nonporous surface. I purchased supplies from www.Dharmatrading.com, which consisted of Alum (mordant), Carrageenan (a thickener), and Angelus Leather Paints.
Here's the process:
1. Begin by dissolving the alum in water, and applying it to the leather in a spray bottle. I don't know if this is recommended for health, but I took a hot iron to the leather until it dried, and repeated the process a couple times, until I was sure it was completely saturated with alum. Alum is a chemical compound, so yeah, I wouldn't recommend ironing it like I did. Just let it dry naturally, then repeat the process with the spray bottle. 2. I used a large pyrex dish to mix my solution in, but if you have a marbling tub that's even better. The receptacle gets filled 3/4 of the way full with water, then about 2 TBSP of carrageenan gets whisked briskly into the water, careful not to make too many bubbles. Once the solution is thick, the paint can be added to the surface.
3. I used Angelus leather paints for my project. However, these leather paints are not made for marbling, so it took a bit of playing around to get them just right, but I'm quite pleased with how they turned out. Once the paints are floating on the surface, you can take a toothpick and manipulate it, swirling it however pleases you.
4. To transfer the paint to the leather, simply place the flat, prepared leather face side down carefully across the painted surface of the solution. Leave it in contact for a few seconds. Lift the leather, drop it into a cold water bath, and gently shake until the slimy stuff is gone, being careful not to brush any unnecessary paint off the surface. Once it's dry, the paint will be permanent, and the leather can be used however you like. It can be cut into earrings, wrapped and snapped to create bracelets, or sewn into a coin purse.
Check out my pictures below for some project ideas, and to see how the paint floats on the surface.
I've been busy participating in fashion shows over the last year-- too busy to share any of my creations on craftster!
But it's been far too long, so without further ado, here are some highlights from my fashion shows.
I've been playing around with Subtraction cutting- a technique invented by Julian Roberts (www.julianand.com) where the design of the outfit is based on the design of the pattern; not the other way around. People who are interested in pattern design should check out his work. Lots of the outfits here involve the use of subtraction cutting, as well as draping.
--This black upper bodice was draped on a mannequin, and the measurements were taken and used to sub-cut the cotton-silk bottom of the dress. I made the belt out of leather, and my friend Addie Storm made all the jewellery for this show. Her beautiful creations can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AddieStorm--
This one was also made using subtraction cutting- the tunnel technique. It's made out of sheer black organza.
The top and bottom were made using different types of subraction cutting. The skirt uses the plug technique and the top uses the tunnel technique. The top also has sheer organza embroidered onto the jersey.
I originally made this outfit as a joke, but ended up loving it. I call the bottoms "tutu panties" and the top, although you can't see it, is sheer down the middle.
I made the top by stitching a billion layers of contrasting bias tape to a bottom layer. It took freaking forever. And it doesn't even fit me! The harem pants were made by draping, and they're made out of linen.
The top was reconstructed out of a silk nightie, the bottom was fashioned out of cotton sateen, by draping.
These leggings are probably my favorite thing I've ever made- too bad I don't have a better picture. I made them by taping off a pattern, then painting in black with acryllic paint to form the triangle lattice pattern. The dress was made using subtraction cutting, then it was hand-dyed.
More pics of stuff I've made and fashion shows can be peeped at my blog if you like what you've seen here: www.theyukiblog.com (click on "fashion")
School's out for the semester, and to celebrate, I'd like to share with you my draping classes final designs. We're in our third year at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, and started learning how to drape in September. Since then we've definitely come a long way... here are some of our projects:
So I go to school for Fashion Design, and the past year, one of my projects was to create an outfit, made entirely out of used clothing/materials, that emulated the style of an international designer. Since my personal design aesthetic is usually sweet and feminine, I decided to go for a designer who would push me out of my comfort zone. I chose Gareth Pugh (http://www.style.com/fashionshows/designerdirectory/PUGH/seasons/), for his use of geometric lines and his highly conceptual designs.
The materials I used were vinyl records, pleather pants, a mesh nightgown, a thick virgin wool coat and a long, tiered chiffon skirt. Aside from Gareth Pugh, the inspiration for this outfit was "Vultures".
Without further ado, here are some pictures...
Being modeled by the mannequin in our display case at school. The ruff collar is made out of vinyl records, and the bodice is made from a heavy wool coat, with bits of a tiered skirt sewn in there too. I enjoyed playing with the contrast between solid and sheer.
My outfit is pictured on the far right. The other two are Jean Paul Gaultier and Pierre Cardin, by other students.
A close-up on those leggings... they were constructed from a pair of pleather pants and a sheer mesh nightgown. Sewing this was not an easy feat, I must tell you.
Close-up on the vinyl collar, modeled by my friend (whose face I have obscured, heehee).
Back view of the bodice. Yep, that's her real hair.
Thanks for reading! Comments are much appreciated!
Okay... so I know people generally post before and after pictures here, but I couldn't find my camera in time to take a before picture, so let me just describe it to you. Before it was a tube-shaped dress, with side bust darts, a scoop neckline with a short slit in the middle, a back zipper closure and long full sleeves. I re-used the same zipper in the same location, and fiddled around with the seamlines until I came up with this:
...and from behind
Is this the most hideous fabric you've seen or what? There is something charming about puke green mixed with mustard yellow and cardinal red though.
I made this for my boyfriend for Valentine's day. Yeah yeah yeah, I'm a little slow posting, but I've been busy moving, working, etc. So I basically traced the shape of the bodice for one of his existing tees, and sleeves, and voila... instant shirt! Well, not quite instant, but 3 hours tops. Enjoy! Comments/criticism appreciated.
I think the title is pretty self-explainitory. The dress is a linen/cotton blend, and I made it by draping it on my dressform. For some stupid reason, I cut out the middle piece of the bodice a little off, so I tried to distract from that by putting strips of bias tape down the bodice as princess lines. The middle piece still bugs me though... oh well. Here are some pictures!
These pictures were taken at Gonzales Bay in Victoria. The weather in Victoria was so nice... a lot better than it is here in Vancouver
The recipe is really big... a full recipe makes about 30 rolls, so I halved it, and stuffed each a bit fuller, and ended up with about 13. Still a lot... one roll is quite filling on its own.
Less Fattening Deep Fried Cheese Cake Recipe:
For Cheesecake: 1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 1/2 cup Sugar 1 tsp Cinnamon 5 tbsp melted Margerine 2 packages of Light Cream Cheese, softened at Room Temperature 3/4 cup Sugar 3 eggs 1 Banana, mashed
For Deep Fried Rolls: 1 egg 1/2 cup Milk 30 Oriental Spring Roll Wrappers 2/3 cup bitter chocolate, chopped 1 cup Light Sour Cream 1/3 cup Brown Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Chocolate syrup for drizzling (optional) Oil For Deep Frying
-Preheat Oven to 350 F. -Melt margerine, and mix with graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Once it is well-mixed, press into a 9 inch springform pan, or any glass baking dish of relatively the same size - Bake until crust is golden (roughly 8 minutes) - Mix the remaining cheesecake ingredients until smooth, and pour on top of the crust, and bake for 45 minutes. - Remove from oven, and cool. -Cut cheesecake into as many pieces as you would like (typically 25 to 30) about 3 inches by 1 inch. - Beat the Milk and egg together. Place springroll wrapper on a flat surface. place piece of cheesecake in the middle of the wrapper, sprinkled with about a teaspoon of the dark chocolate. Wrap the cheesecake in the springroll wrapper, using the egg mixture to seal the corners. Make sure all the corners and edges are sealed well. - Once deep fryer has reached about 365 F, put the rolls in, 4 at a time. Cook until golden, and cool on a paper towel. - Mix Sour cream, brown sugar and vanilla together, and serve on top of the rolls. If you would like, you can top it with chocolate syrup as well. The sour cream mixture can be substituted for Ice Cream or Whipped Cream.
And now, just for the sake of it, here are some other dessert-like things I've made in the past few months.
Here are my PANTS! Drafted, designed and sewn by me! These are the prototype for my actual pants project, but I messed up on the waistband and it's too big, so it fits me! Normally, I wouldn't fit a size 8 pattern, but my mishap turned out to be a blessing. I think these pants would translate well into kids wear... the original will be acid green with blue accents. They don't fit me perfectly, but I am pretty excited they fit me at all!
Other side view:
Back View- note detailing on pockets, and lots and lots of topstitching!
So I made this dress a while ago... in early October, but haven't gotten around to posting anything for a while. This was fully draped, and done with much haste, so the fit or the quality of the dress doesn't really do justice to my GORGEOUS silk satin I bought when I was in Hawaii. But It looks very good against the rusty wave-like sculptures at the Seattle Olympic sculpture park, no? My cousin's wedding was at the Olympic sculpture park, which served as a beautiful background for taking pictures. Here are a few more:
And this is my original muslin (well... Harry Potter fabric and blue crepey yuckness) drape, from which I made the final dress.