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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Looking for crafters willing to participate in a long-term art project on: February 26, 2010 12:05:30 PM
He's welcome in Australia if you have time.
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I really wanted to send him around the world, but considering the project only lasts 16 weeks, I don't think I'll have the time. If I do extend the project past the actual assignment (which  was already considering) I'll definitely keep you in mind!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Looking for crafters willing to participate in a long-term art project on: February 26, 2010 12:03:51 PM
Hi all!

Thanks again for everyone who has expressed interest. I am still looking for a few more places to send him, but I want to make sure I have a variety of destinations. The people interested are currently from: Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, Oregon, Rhode Island, Illinois, New York, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Florida and from Canada, Vancouver and Toronto. If anyone from any other region is interested, I'm still looking for a couple more people.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Looking for crafters willing to participate in a long-term art project on: February 25, 2010 09:14:35 PM
(I apologize in advance if this is not in the right forum)

Hello Fellow Crafters,

I am student currently pursuing my BFA in Fine Arts. In one of my courses for the semester, I am to do a 16-week long project of my own design. The project is to show how our pieces progress or change over time. My proposal for the project is to send one of my stuffed monsters out into the world and track his journey through a blog. I am looking for people willing to take him and document his travels with me. The plan is I will make a schedule of where he will go and I will coordinate who gets him when and who they send him to next. Since we are all craft-minded people I thought it would be nice to have the participants make something to send along with him or write in a scrapbook or something.

I was hoping to get my monster to travel as far as possible, but with the time constraints I think residents of the US or Canada would probably work best. Also, people with cameras and, preferably photography experience, would be great since I would post photos you took of him in your town on the blog.

I think this should be a really fun project and if you're willing to be a part of it, please contact me.

Thanks!


(The little green guy is the one who's going to be making the journey)

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fall 2009 Photos on: February 03, 2010 01:20:46 PM
Last semester was really my first exposure to photography. Sure, I've take photos before, but always with a dinky little digital point-and-shoot camera. The class I was taking wasn't actually a photography course, but we did get kind of an intro into using a DSLR and shooting with manual settings. And I really love it. I did a lot of experimenting and figuring out my camera and here are some photos I took during that time.


"Trespasser"


"Waiting for the Storm"


"Paused"


"Easels"


"Painted Trees" (Taken as part of a self-portrait assignment)

(I had to keep a blog for the class (link below) where I posted some more work, if you're interested)
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: February 02, 2010 01:19:33 PM
Just got up the courage to put some things on etsy. Some pointers would be very much appreciated.

www.carnivalgoldfis h.etsy.com

Thanks!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Map of London Journals on: February 01, 2010 08:43:56 AM
Ooooo Pretty! How daunting was it? I've thought about making a journal but the thought scares me a bit... I'm such a wimp.

It was actually not as hard as I thought it was going to be. And not as time consuming either. I don't have a paper cutter which meant I had to cut all the signatures to size with a utility knife and a ruler, but it worked out fine. Plus the coptic stitch is really easy to use and, I think, looks really nice. You should definitely give it a try.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stop Animation Video Featuring Bears and Monsters on: January 31, 2010 07:01:51 PM
I just completed my first semester as an art major and this was one of the projects I did for my digital media class. The assignment was to create a 2 minute stop motion film. For the project, I sewed both the bears, the girl, the background monsters, and the "claw." It took a lot of planning and time (and about 1500 still frames), but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

A close up of the background monsters. (Even though they only show up for about 2 seconds, I think they're my favorites).


And a still of the two bears.


And here's a link to the final video, entitled "Bear Love"





8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Map of London Journals on: January 31, 2010 12:26:47 PM
As I have recently had a lot of time to be creative over winter break from school, I thought I would try learning a bit more about bookbinding. I found a video online explaining how to do the coptic stitch and I just had to try for myself. The covers are made of illustration board covered in a map of London I found at a used book store.







9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mr. Spock Embroidered Pencil Case on: August 20, 2009 02:58:30 PM
I admit that I have long been a fan of the science fiction genre, but never really ventured into the realm of Star Trek. But, since I enjoyed the Abrams version so much, I broke down and watched classic Trek (which I have also come to love). Thus, I was inspired to make this.

I've never really embroidered before, so I just kind of used whatever stitch I felt looked right. The rest of the pouch was machine sewn.


Vulcan high five!


Close-up of the front


The back. (It says "Mr. Spock!" in Japanese. For some reason while I was sewing the front, I kept thinking of Hiro in Heroes who said that a couple of times. I guess my mind made the connection because of Quinto as new Spock. Oh well, it made sense in my mind).


The inside lining.

Thanks for looking!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: A Day at the Doctor's Office on: April 17, 2009 06:08:21 PM
when i read the subject line it got me thinking about the doctors office and how they have toys for little kids there and how they always have the toy that has all the wires and wooden beads that you move around, then thinking of that mede me think of your piece again because of how the pieces wind around eachother =] so long story short, i see how your piece links to the doctors office, even if its not how you intended  Grin

Haha no, that's definitely how I intended it. My original plan was much more ambitious with the knots being separate and they could come apart but that was a massive disaster so when I stuck them all as one unit my friends and I all thought it looked like one of those wire and bead toys at the doctor's office. Hence the name.
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