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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / altered books for upcoming senior show; IMG HEAVY on: September 03, 2006 10:38:18 PM
My senior show is coming late October/early November, so needless to sy, I am hard at work. These are some shots of completed and in progress works. Just wante dto see what people think, even though they are pretty crappy pics (old cam, sorry). Also, I swear they are each cohesive and have a theme, but I didn't want to show every page of every book.

Here's a shot of my first altered book. It's all painting, text and cutouts. The two kids to the right are thier own pages and have more stuff on the other side.

This one is really simple. One spread, a low relief cut-out. The second picture shows the tiny bits of paper left from me ripping layers out. I individually painted all of them to add depth.

One from the scholarship show last year. This isn't the one that made it in, but I really love this page and may use it for my postcards. I doubt you can read the words, but if you guys want to know what it says, let me know.


Here are two Bibles I saved from the garbage. The top one is getting each page individually watercolored. The second has a shrine cut out (as you can see) where I will add....something. Both will probably go to new homes right after the show.

A terrible pic of a book called Romance. Not even sure if I should post it....but oh well. It's an old paper sample book called Romancing the Darks, so it's been really fun to play with.

Last pics! My fave book right now, all about flight. Since all I realyl want is big, feathery wings. The first spread has a lino cut from printmaking (a.k.a. HELL) I have been holding onto forever. The second shows teh last spread where I have to cubbies, one for a butterfly wing, the other for a parrot wing. I wish all of you could see this book in real life, because it's pretty.

Hope you all enjoyed the mini tour! Feel free to come to my show if you are anywhere near northern Minnesota around October 30 or the two weeks after. Seriously, PM me if you want more info. If you can't come, I will be posting MUCHO pics later.
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 09.01.06 on: August 31, 2006 10:15:24 PM
First yarns ever! Woo-hoo!

Very first, 10 yards brown and blue.

Green with silver and orange with two blues.

And plied together.

Yay! I cant wait to see what else got made!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old altered/resized tee on: August 31, 2006 10:12:36 PM
I got this tee shirt from student art association and it was an xxl. I had no sewing machine at the time, so I cut and sewed it all by hand. It was tons of fun. And it has held up for three years now, so I can't have done a total crap job.

Here's the front with the printed graphic that came with the shirt.

Back with embroidered wings.

Side detail of stiching.

24  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / question about the book on: August 10, 2006 01:19:14 PM
I figured this would be the best place to post since you all would know what you talking about!

I have a long, hellish bus ride ahead of me in a few weeks. I was wondering what patterns from the book you would recommend for riding the greyhound. I want something small, like two skiens or less, that is NOT a scarf.

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / fast/cheap table help! on: July 31, 2006 08:16:31 AM
Alrighty, here's the lowdown. I am going to be completing my final semester at college. I only have 16 credits, but I have my senior gallery show at the end of October and my portfolio presentation late December. I am going to be 100% focused on my gallery show until it is done. I will be in a large dorm room with literally only what I need. I'm not even bringing my tv or extra crafting stuff. Anyway...

I need an extermely cheap, large and STABLE table to paint on. I thought of the whole slab of wood on milk crates things, but I want something slighty more stable. I am a very violent painter, and I will be putting a fair degree of weight on it. I plan on putting it up and leaving it damn near all year. I don't care about height or shape, as long as I have a good area to work on. Does anyone have any ideas?!?
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Tahkli Bowls on: July 13, 2006 11:27:06 AM
What are Tahkli Bowls? Are they to hold a drop spindle so you can kick it?

I'm sooo confused!
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / wool supply listing! on: July 13, 2006 10:53:15 AM
Here's a good site that lists private ranches with different wools. It's mostly American, but there a re a few Canadian and New Zealand listings. There are no businesses or wholesalers, just family ranches. Enjoy!

28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / wool/skin question for hopeful spinner on: July 13, 2006 09:16:22 AM
Okay, I didn't find anything about this anywhere on the board, so here goes.

I have always had a problem with wool sweaters, as they irritate my skin. Consequently, I won't buy anything wool. However, I do have a wonderful wool blanket from Bemidji Woolen Mills that doesn't bother me one bit. So are there certain wools that are softer then others? Or is there something in the process that changes the way wool feels? And what are the pros and cons of spinning other fibers, such as cotton?

The reason I ask is I joined the DIY kit swap round five and BEGGED for a spinning kit and will be getting it. I will spin yarn, come hell or high water, but I want to be able to use some for me. Thanks for the help!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / craft WITH your significant other swap... on: June 26, 2006 08:48:59 AM
So lately, I have been joining a lot of swaps. So Ive been making fun packages and getting fun packages, and all the while my boyfriend has been watching and getting a little jealous (all he gets are bills). So between the two of us, we came up with what we think is a really cool swap. Us craftsters could work with our significant other (or good friend) to create goods for another pair. And then they also get to take part in the crafting process and fun mail! So I introduce the craft WITH your significant other swap!!!

A few notes. I think it would be good for this swap to have around a month crafting time. This is because instead of working on crafts when ever you get a free minute, you have to find time when you BOTH have a free minute. Its also partly selfish because my boy is only home four of every fourteen days, and he REALLY wants to do this. Also, I made a semi-lengthy survey so each person could be matched to maximum effectiveness.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE TO ANYONE WHO ORGANIZES THIS. Eric keeps asking about it and bringing it up, so I really hope there is interest.
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / HELP! museum promos for kids on: June 08, 2006 09:55:24 AM
Okay, there is a long schpiel, followed by my question.

I have a summer internship at a small history museum in Billings, Montana. Next year is the 125th anniversary of our town, so needless to say, we are planning huge exhibits. We will be doing one in house exhibit, 8 traveling exhibits and a whole mess of other stuff. One of our big priorities is always reaching out to kids. We want to create some kind of interactive thing that they can get excited about but still learn. The idea we are going with is trading cards of some kind. We were thinking of putting a historical figure on the front, like Calamity Jane or Fredrick Billings, and then a few scentences about them on the back. DARE does something similar with our high school students. Elementary schoolers trade to get like, five of one persons cards, and then they get to have lunch with them. But no-one can have lunch with Calamity Jane.

So how do I get them excited and give them incentive to collect the cards? Any ideas or links you guys have would be great. I know this isn't exactly crafty, but we are non-profit, so we have a really tight budget and do the bulk of the work ourselves. You are the most creative people I know, so it can't hurt to ask!

Thanks for your help!

Here's our website, if you're interested; http://www.ywhc.org/
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