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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Magical Marsh Nymph *with Kokeshi doll dragonflies* on: May 02, 2006 01:19:19 PM
Hi everyone! This is my first challenge, and although I am sooooo intimidated by the amazing entries in this challenge so far, I was so excited I stayed up until 5 am working on my art just to get it posted before I went to bed.  So, a couple weeks ago, I was sifting through the decaying works of art in the back of a used furniture shop here in Japan, and I found this:

It was in a frame, but I removed it for the photo, whoops.  Also, terrible image quality...but no worries, because I saved the good photos for the final product:


I repainted the background a bright blue, added pink fabric flowers from kimono fabric, washed the glass and painted a sort of design overlay on top of it, featuring more lilypads and pink flowers. I left empty spaces in the design on the glass to showcase parts of the original artwork.  (That's a little turtle biting the nymph's tale by the way, framed by the big pink flower). For the Kokeshi dragonflies, I cut and folded origami paper into little kimonos, and added tiny painted heads and black hair, backed by green paper wings to match the lilypads. I attached two of the dragonflies to the original art, and the littlest one to the glass itself, because I like the kind of 3Dish foreground/background effect.

Here are a couple more detail shots, of a Kokeshi dragonfly and a kimono fabric flower:


Thanks so much for looking!
2  ASIA / Japan / I live in Japan and can fulfill all your 100 yen or kawaii needs. Swap? on: March 21, 2006 07:42:02 AM

I really want to do a craft swap with someone.  I live in Japan and unfortunately, although the crafty resources available to me in this country are beyond enumerating, I have very little time and space to make use of them, thus my plea to you.

What I can offer is this: so many wonderful Japanese crafty things unavailable to all you US/UK/Canada craftsters.  The Hyaku (100) yen shops here are chock-full of potential...wonderfully abound with strange/funny "English" phrases, mod-looking accessories, kitschy housewares, cute stationary, stickers, tons of fabrics/yarns, and just great stuff all around, stuff you never see in US dollar stores.  I've seen so many talented craftsters on here who are obsessed with anything Japanese.  I really want to share this stuff with people who will make good use of it.  I sent a boat-load of stuff to my best friend and I could send anyone else whatever they want and more.

In return I'd really like to find someone who can sew...or crochet.  I would love it if someone could sew me a really simple, lightweight fabric dress that I could wear all during my upcoming travels through Southeast Asia.  I can't seem to find one that's a suitable size or price range here in Japan.  Maybe like this, but of course with cheaper fabric, and probably not orange:


...OR I would love a delicate crocheted necklace/crocheted pendant. If it could be anything like these, oh my:

In the meantime, I'll look for an appropriate ongoing swap that I can contribute to.  But in case you guys want Japanese stuff and you can make me something like one of the above items, please let me know!
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