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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / DIY Tank Top Night Strawdog Theatre- Craft and Drink yall! on: April 04, 2008 12:42:46 PM
Do-It-Yourself Top Night!
Too many plain, boring t-shirts and tank tops in your closet?  Want some more glitter in your life?  Do you wish you had more skulls on your shirts? Ever wanted to use a Bedazzler but were afraid to try?
Come one come all to
Strawdog Theatre Company's
 D.I.Y. Top Night
(Formerly known as the Tank Top Competition)
this Saturday, April 5th at 8p!
Bring yourself, a plain tank top or t-shirt, any embellishments from home you might have, and money for beverages...(yes that's right...now you can drink our fine beers while decorating your top with puffy paint).  We will have, paints, stencils, studs, trims, and an ironing board available for you to unleash your inner crafty beaver!  Also, an exciting slideshow presentation  on the noble history of the t-shirt/tank top!  Prepare to be enchanted!  There will be plenty of books and images available to inspire creativity in everyone.  And then once your shirt is done, put it on and strut your stuff on the
Strawdog Runway Show at 9:30p-ish
for some great prizes!So get yourself to Hugen Hall and put your painting pants on!
It's the civic thing to do!

Strawdog Theatre

3829 N Broadway
Chicago IL 60613
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fun with Tyvek...Costumes as Art! Lots of Pics on: March 10, 2008 12:30:03 PM
So I got a sweet gig for the Society for Contemporary Art for the Art Institute of Chicago designing/making costumes for four characters performing at the benefit event.  The party was held in the former Carson Pirie Scott building downtown and the theme was 'deconstruction'.  So I designed the costumes for the four characters (Architect, Singer, Painter, Sculptor) using unconventional materials such as tarping, tyvek, thermoplastic, cable ties, memory wire, and sporting equipment and combined those modern elements with fashion elements from the Belle Epoque.  With the help of my two stitchers/crafters Melissa Heischberg and Ilda Marrerro, we created these costumes from scratch adding in a few store bought basics like overalls and trousers. I then painted the pieces and added architectural elements to them. I am quite pleased with the results...

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Magnetic Paperdoll: Dress me Up Aubrey Phreque on: January 22, 2008 10:07:51 AM
Aubrey is one of my comic strip characters from my comic, The Family Phreque, about a traveling sideshow circus that retires in a small midwestern town: hilarity ensues. Aubrey is, obviously, the bearded lady. I drew up the paper doll and colored it in photoshop. I printed up the page and then got a sheet of self-adhesive magnet from the local craft store and stuck it on. Then I cut it out with sharp scissors and an exacto knife without too much blood loss. I already had a swell metal lunchbox to sport her around on...but she also looks great on the fridge! I have a Dress me Up Buffy paper doll started too and will post pics shortly.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My 1st & 2nd Sock Efforts! on: January 21, 2008 11:41:41 AM
I made these in the last two week.  I am loving sock making now and want to move on to tricky patterns now.  For both of these I used  the Hello Yarn Skull Socks of Fury pattern http://www.helloyarn.com/skullsocks.htm

the skull socks are with bernat sock yarn in hot tamale...i think

And these are made with ivory wool and using the same instructions...but instead of the skulls I did a little cable down the front.  Both pairs could do with some steaming and blocking....
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