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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wild Animal Altered Notebook on: April 16, 2009 02:42:43 PM
I haven't been doing much bookmaking lately, and to get back into it, I decided to make a little pocket journal para El manzana de mi ojo, de la semana. . . (the apple of my eye this week...)
 
I had a good roll of butcher paper that I planned to use.. but left it at home when I went to the studio to work. Instead of riding back up a hill, I stopped in the Antique Junkie, and bought a book entitled "Wild Animals I Have Known", for its lovely imagery and conveniently large margins!

the book is about 3.5x3.5 inches, covers made of matte board, covered in a beautiful batik (made by the recipient, he hated it but I knew I could transform it to something lovely). only 3 signatures, 32 pages. Coptic stitch binding... the inside coversheet (what's that called?) was printed by me from a sweet woodblock from India.

I'm happy! Sorry that the pics were taken on the mac photobooth, its the only way!










so those are a few samples of the pages; some have text, images, and blank pages as well. The story from the book I used was about a crow named silverspot and all the quirky things he did.
Now you make one =)
-Sham Kablam

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Chim chiminey, Halloween with Mary Poppins on: November 03, 2008 08:25:34 PM
This year for Halloween, the greatest holiday of them all, I decided to dress as Mary Poppins. She is my hero, and it was wonderful to have an outfit that looked good and kept me warm at the same time =)

The entire costume was bought from various thrift stores, and I redecorated the hat (it used to be plaid!)
I know it is not as wonderful and probably not as laborious as some of the costumes on this board, but I was very satisfied with it.. in fact I think its rather supercalifrajilisticexpialidocious!


My darling boyfriend was Alex from a Clockwork Orange, and I made his costume and did hsi makeup as well. (if you look closely you can see the eyeballs on his sleeves =) such fun!

Anypoop, thanks for looking!
happy post-halloween, & keep it crafty everyone
-Kablam

[[p.s. if you don't vote for me.. at least vote for Obama]]
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Autumn Thigh-highs Anyone? on: October 06, 2008 11:42:05 PM
I have a desire.. nay, a NEED to knit some thigh high legwarmers for the coming winter.
Does anyone wish to knit along?
I was thinking... Lion Brand has a free pattern #70782AD for 'thigh high socks'
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70782AD.html?noImages=



If anyone sees other excellent(free) patterns similar to these, post here!
I'll be starting as soon as I get my sock yarn in the mail, hopefully by wednesday =)

Because riding a bike in wintertime can still be sexy...
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mandala-inspired pendant on: September 16, 2008 06:23:11 PM
A recent swap partner sent me a great mandala coloring book, and I've been continuously inspired by the patterns. This clay pendant was produced on the cover of the book, using the cover pattern as a template. Then came a black backing, and some shimmery pigment powder. This thing is my pride and joy of the week, for sure.


Hope it inspires you all as well!
-sham, kablam-
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Boycott - Inspired Bus Stamp, and more! on: August 06, 2008 08:40:12 AM
I read a wonderful book recently, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started it .. it inspired me to make this stamp. I usually work with linoleum but the rubber easy-cut called out to me this time.

I like it so much I put it on some notecards, so it doesn't speak too loudly there... but in the context of my zine, it is accompanied with these other social/historical statements: (all the rest are carved on lino)


Comments are welcome, thanks for stopping by.
-Sham
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Paint ON Rocks! ET cetera on: April 13, 2008 11:22:52 PM
Hello Artsy folks, I call on thee... to paint on things that are not paper!
Then post images here =)
I picked up a nice smooth rock as i was walking today, and painted on it, a snail. The elephant on a shell is inspired by Ganesh!


This shall be ongoing, as I enjoy small image dealie-o's, and hope to see your stuff as well.
java java dance dance,
Shammykablammy
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Farmworker's Rights Poster - Reduction Linoleum Print on: April 04, 2008 09:58:42 AM
So! This was my first attempt at a reduction printing. This is when you use the same block to print different layers for one image. Escher used it a lot, and its always blown my mind.
It still blows my mind, but I took pictures of this attempt to demonstrate that it is possible!  Mostly, it took me quite some time to get my head around the fact that the images will be in reverse, AND you need to think of shading backwards as well (carve out the white parts rather than shadow, as most of us are used to drawing the positive, not negative of what we see).

Anyhow- the subject matter is inspired by the coalition of immokalee workers, farmers in Florida who pick tomatoes (mostly for fast food corporations. burger king. ) and get paid below poverty wages. www.ciw-online.org for more info. I want to make art with a relatively strong social message, so let me know how this comes across to you....

I found the initial image of a worker picking tomatoes, posterized it in photoshop to visualize my 3 layers.
I sketched the first (lightest) layer onto my block and started carving away, leaving a textured background.

Here he is, upside down, locked into the vandercook press: the best way to be sure each layer is registered properly if you're doing multiple prints.


The first layer- I did about 35 or so, mostly on newsprint so I could post em up, raise awareness and such.


I didn't take a picture of just the second layer but its the brown color. Then I carved away everything but the tomatoes (so sad to see all that work disappear, but it's not called a suicide block for nothin)


This is the finished poster, about 11x15 inches.
The border and top half are silkscreened from a photoshopped image of workers standing in front of a pyramid of buckets. Each would weigh about 35-40 lbs filled with tomatoes, equalling 2 tons. Which is how much one worker will need to pick and haul to a truck in one day to receive $50 dollars.

Thanks for looking, a lot of work went into this project but its rewarding, I wish i could just do this stuff all day every day.
Comments are loved!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Daft Punk 2 layer Silkscreen on: February 21, 2008 09:55:09 AM
Hey crafty buddies! I haven't posted in a while, been busy with school but here is something I'm rather proud of that  I made recently:


Its from an image i found online, messed with in photoshop, and cut out using black out paper. I just kept both parts of the stencil so i could print 2 layers. My first real silkscreen attempt (aside from some tshirts i made a while back). I like that it doesn't match up perfectly, they look like shiny robots this way Grin

let me know what you think!
9  Washington / Washington: Peninsula / Olympia Crafters! on: February 05, 2007 01:34:04 PM
crafty kids in olympia ---i know you're out there, so come, speak up. i'm a student at evergreen and i like to create wonderful things- if you do too, we should collaborate and have a whole lot of fun!
 Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first hat =) on: June 27, 2004 05:05:47 PM
so basically i bought some circular and double pointed needles and went at it! i totally didnt understand how to use the double pointeds, but figured that out and it was smooth sailing the whole way through. i <333 the pom pom. haha. of course its not perfect- i should have decreased in the same spot every time or more evenly, because you can kind of tell, but ohh well it was a prototype.

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