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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Sparrow Shoes on: March 21, 2009 02:32:05 PM
I made these shoes about ... a 1.5 years ago.  I had a fibers course in college and we had to come up with a final project that would use 2 techniques we learned (weaving, dying, felting)  in the project.  I am 100% utilitarian and so I decided I wanted to make shoes.  Felted shoes.   I haven't gotten around to adding soles to them yet, because I'm still pondering exactly what I want to use as the soles.  Leather? Rubber?  an old conveyer belt?  old tires?  I just don't know yet.

Anyway, here they are.

This is a front view of the shoes.  I needle felted the sparrows and wet felted a pound of multi-colored wool that I hand mixed. I didn't think it would be enough to do much, but it was.  I used a pattern from a book that I can't recall the title of now, but it was really "fly by the seat of my pants". 

Top view:

I was going to work some non-existent embroidery skills on the sides of them, but realizing that I had no experience with that, and wanted to keep the shoes as nice as possible... I just sewed on some beads i found at my schools annual fundraiser flea market.

The grossest part was felting the shoes...while they were wet.... on my feet.   

Please let me know what you think!!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Punt's Solo Flight Number Too (Pics x5) on: June 16, 2008 11:51:36 AM
Ok, so this is my first post, but this particular pieces was done about a month and a half ago.

This was a special installation piece I made for my Senior Art Show. I love folding origami and the crane is my favorite. So, originally I planned on about ten cranes. Then it changed to twenty, then twenty-five, then forty, and finally fifty. I went out and bought a huge pack of shades of pink paper and started folding. It took me a total of 7 hours (with much slacking involved and a lot of fooling around with my group mates) to fold and paint each beak yellow with a black tip. I'm sure you all are wondering "why? Why paint? cranes are fine the way they are." And this is true. But my group was really carefree and one of my closest friends and I decided on the theme: Air-drying laundry.

Our show was called "Out to Dry" and we hung everything on clotheslines or if they would be too heavy for that, we stapled wire hangers to the back of the frame and hung them on nails. To go along with our theme, we had a running "thing" with flamingos. So, my groupmate/friend Kaylee decided to paint lawn flamingos and, since I already wanted to make cranes, I decided to make them look like flamingos. The umbrella was something I found in the studio. The original color was white with green shamrocks (which I would have loved to keep) but found out that this particular umbrella... well... um... I guess the phrase is "found art". And so I had to spray paint it to hide it's identity. I'm happy with it anyways.

Anyway, long story short, our show was a great success and everyone loved my "Punt" piece. It made me feel loved.

"Punt" is the crane...er.... flamingo closest to the ground under the umbrella. He's named "Punt" because I kept kicking him.

You can see my friends' paintings in the background here.  The one with the toilet has the most vivid shot of a wire hanger.  I really lucked out with two of the most awesomest partners for this project!! (And one... not so awesome.)

Here's just a close-up so you can see the beak. (Note the title.  Some fell so we scattered them around.)

This was the postcard I designed. I blurred their names.

Long story short, it was always my dream to get drunk and name my pieces.  That didn't happen because I had too much work to do, so we got together and made up the most ridiculous names for all of my pieces.  That's why it's "Punt's Solo Flight Number Too" instead of "Number Two" 

I hope you all like.
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