Ok, so I went ahead and created a myspace group for my idea:) Here's the bulletin I just posted about it!
I just started a new group devoted to Dayton crafty folks, so if you are crafty, know someone who is crafty, are in a band that thinks it would be fun to play at a crafty event, or if you like to buy crafty things, please join my group or pass the url onto others.
What I want to accomplish is the organization of a Dayton-based group of people who make stuff to get together and sell their wares, either by having craft shows of our own, or sharing booths at festivals, or if this goes well, even having an actual store or website we all share someday.
And of course people from anywhere are welcome to join, if you are willing to travel to do shows and stuff. I set up at a few flea markets south of town, closer to Cincinnati really, and would love to find people to set up with (or at least next to!)
I'm really excited about getting this going! Please pass this along! ~Lissa Lush
I'm also confused about how the slats are folded, if "corner to corner" means diagonally or vertically. But at the same time, I'm wondering if that would even matter, and maybe the weight of the paper would distribute better if folded diagonally?
I've also never used mod podge (I know, what kind of a crafter AM I? ) so I'm off to look for tips on how to use that as well. I'm thinking it's some sort of complicated multi-step process which is why I've never done it.
But these are SUPER cool and I look forward to trying it out once I'm clear on the best way to do it. I'm also a little worried about the tape showing up on the slats that you use to secure it while rolling them.
I think there's a DEFINITE need for us Dayton crafters to get together! I've never been to that craft mall on Alex Rd. I think mainly because I never see much advertising about it, or cars in the lot.
I think we need to form some sort of "Dayton Craft Mafia" group and have shows. I've done a few local art shows now, but I feel sort of like I'm the craft, and others are the "art," ya know? But if we were to share a booth at some of the local festivals it would be affordable for all of us. I'm just not sure how to work out the sharing part, since a lot of the juried things have rules about that.
But, the non-juried stuff tends not too, and lots of festivals, like the Americana Festival in Centerville, the Popcorn Festival, etc. are not, and splitting a $50-$100 booth fee 5 or 10 ways isn't so bad.
Plus, we can organize our own events. I've been finding some local bars tend to be open to this sort of thing!
If anyone is interested, PLEEEEASE send me a message and we'll network more. I KNOW we could get to the point where Dayton is hosting it's own Indie Craft Fairs!!!
I did a couple of projects with some yarn I tied together, and they look cool (I think) and novelty-yarn-ish. I'm really enjoying this.
One of my sweaters I thought had "good" seams, and that was the last one I had to take apart. I still had issues with it, though. But, I know what to look for from now on!
The last one that I bought to take apart is such a cute sweater I think I am just going to put it on ebay or something as is. I'd wear it if it fit me! It's an Esprit, very 80's, and made from a thin mohair blend. I think it would be too much of a challenge to take apart.
I have a different sort of artsy job- I'm a landscape designer.
I'm 31 now, and I have been in the field since I was 16. I started out being an assistant to the other designers, just inking, coloring, and labelling landscape designs.
I went off to college under the guise of getting an teaching degree, but planned to switch to majoring in art once I got my parents off my back. I didn't even get that far- I missed my job, thought long and hard about my options, and came back home, went to school for horticulture, and have pretty much stuck with that ever since.
The thing I like best about landscape design is that it combines art with nature. I hand render all of my designs, so I get to get somewhat artsy with it, but since rendering other's designs is what I did for 10 years, it's not as exciting now.
And now, what I really want to do is be a full time professional artist/crafter. I work very part time with a landscape company right now. I have my office set up at home so I can work on designs at 3 am if I want to. Depending on where you live, it's also a very seasonal job, but it works out great for crafting since I have Christmas time free for craft shows, and I also have weekends off for fairs in the summer. Actually, I totally make my own schedule.
I could go on for hours and hours about my job, schooling, the plants I like to use, projects I've done, etc...but I won't do that here! If you want to know more though, I'd love to help you (or anyone else) out. I take a lot of pride in being able to drive past places I have designed and see them thriving (or not thriving!) years later, and seeing how they change, it's very fulfilling.
What's NOT good about my job is that I hate it when someone wants to rip up something that's fine as it is just to keep up with the neighbors. Sometimes the customer wants to do things to their property that make me ashamed! My ideal customer is one who wants to add color to attract wildlife, or in some way enhance what they have. Luckily, I get a lot of that. I also have major issues with sprawl, and my environmental ethics have started getting in the way of my job enough to the point that I just won't do that type of thing anymore.
See, look how I continue to go on.
In closing, I just want to say that if something like this appeals to you, also look into landscape architecture. That's more of a city planning/commercial type of thing, and requires much more schooling than I had. Different companies specialize in different things, so if you wanted to be more of an environmental artist you could do that.
I just bought a few sweaters from the thrift store to take apart and reuse the yarn. The first one I took apart went well, since it was handmade.
I didn't think about it at the time since I am new to this, but the other ones I bought are all made so that the front, back and arms are not only separate pieces, but have seams in them. The arms are not done as "tubes" that I can take apart, either.
Well, I can take them apart, but not in a way that I get reasonably sized pieces of yarn. So I'm going to end up with a lot of sleeves that could be crocheted onto other things (I think...I haven't tried that, either).
So, I guess I have several questions. Has anyone else done this, and how did you handle it? DId you only take apart things with no seams, or is there a way to take those panels apart and still get decent sized pieces of yarn? By "decent" I mean a few yards or so. I have no problem tying them together, but not 2 foot long sections.
Also, what to do with all of these sweater parts?
And, in regards to the smaller pieces of yarn: I want to get into spinning, too. Can I use this stuff for that? I'm really clueless as to what that entails.
I bought an old folding quilt rack at a thrift store that works great for displaying, plus it folds up and fits in my car nicely. The bottom of it is hinged, so when it is set up, it curves concave and is quite sturdy.