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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Black and White Photography on: June 10, 2009 10:25:00 PM
So last quarter I took a photography class (the second I've taken in college) and I really enjoyed it. I used a Minolta SRT 101, a Holga, and didn't use a camera for two of these, and processed the film and printed the photos in the darkroom at school.

There's more photos and some information about where these were taken or of what, and about the printing process for some of them on my blog http://modaveloce.blogspot.com/2009/06/photo-2.html
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Campaign slogan shirt + bonus political buttons! on: February 09, 2008 12:36:33 PM
My state's caucus is today so yesterday I decided I needed a shirt to show my support of my candidate, Obama! I wasn't really feeling the idea of his face + Obama '08 so I decided to use one of his campaign slogans instead.

I've been really into big letters filling up an entire shirt lately, and although this doesn't quite achieve that I'm still pretty pleased with it. The colors in both these pictures aren't quite right, the shirt is really a teal color with dark blue lettering. I'll try to get a better picture today.

I'm totally stoked about today, this is my first time ever being able to take part in the whole election process. I'm totally obsessed!

Speaking of which, I made these buttons on Super Tuesday. (Late at night, I had to work that day, but I was listening to the radio for news of the results on all my breaks.)

My mom has been giving them out to everyone.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Sailor Moon Shirt! (now with action shot) on: February 03, 2008 01:54:46 AM
This is the first shirt I've made in a long time. I used to stencil all the time but I haven't had time to craft really at all lately. It was really nice to get back into it. I made this shirt as a christmas present for my friend, but only finally heat set it and gave it to her this afternoon. I'm horrible, I know. It was made using freezer paper and fabric paint.

She loves sailor moon and got me really into it a little while back. We weren't quite as into it as before, but luckily right around the time I started the shirt she got all excited about finding some old toys and got into it again. Good timing, eh?

And the back has a little logo on the bottom corner.


The shirt is really a navy blue although it looks somewhat black in some of these pictures. There's a little bit of bleeding, not too bad. The yellow bled the worst over the white moon. The first coat of pink actually bled a bit too and I was using a darker pink for that (I changed my mind and thought it would look better lighter) but I think it actually looks kind of neat and maybe intentional.

I finally got an action shot!

Sailor V pose:
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Knitters' help needed! on: January 23, 2008 10:37:42 PM
I have an excellent source of interesting woods and have been thinking about making handmade knitting needles to sell. I'm sure I'll have more questions later, but before I even start making them, I need to figure out what sizes to make. Eventually I'd like to have a full range of sizes, but I wanted to start with maybe . . . . 5 or so sizes. So, my question is for knitters: What sizes of needles to you use most often? And in what lengths?

Additionally, what do you think the market would be for this? Would you buy handmade wooden knitting needles? And how much would you be willing to pay for such a thing?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prom Dress! Vogue 8360 (lots of pics) on: June 03, 2007 03:52:08 PM
I made my dress for prom! My grandma helped me a bunch so I could get it done in time. Prom was last night, and super fun.

I'm in the red dress on the right. Yeah, we all look kind of awkward.

We had a picnic at a park instead of blowing all our money at some fancy restaurant. It was really fun, and we got to play on the playground after we were done eating.

yeah, that was way a lot of pictures! But they were so much fun, I couldn't resist.

And, finally I remembered to scan the professional pictures!

Yeah, my date looks really sad. I'm not sure why. And both of us look awkward. But that's ok because I am awkward. Yay for akwardness!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I'm embarassed to admit I made this messenger bag.......... on: May 12, 2007 12:55:57 AM
Not because of how it was constructed or because I did a bad job or anything, but because it is the stupidest looking bag ever.

My friend's boyfriend wanted us to make him a bag, so we had him pick out fabric, and try as we might, we could not dissaude him from this.

He's going to think it's funny for about a day and then never use the bag again.

I also decided to make him a wallet, to make up for how long it took me to finish the bag. And because I decided a matching wallet would be quite funny.

The horse is cut out of the fabric we used for the lining of the bag, and the lining of the wallet is the same. There's large pocket for cash and two for cards. My seams are really shitty because I was really sick of sewing with such ugly fabric.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / All my work from last semester Adv Painting (lots of pictures and lots of words) on: February 18, 2007 08:07:21 PM
Well, except a drawing of chair that was supposed to "represent myself." I think I lost that. Silly assignment anways.

In our class we had to do a total of three main paintings of whatever we wanted:

My first was a portrait of my friend Justina. I intended to embroider flowers in the background (She was in front of flowered wall paper) and also do some embroidery in her hair and scarf, but never had time for it. If I ever do that, I'll post an updated picture.

My second was this random painting of an old woman. I was doodling in class one day and came up with this hunched over old woman and liked it. I painted it on a piece of wood with a cool grain that I put a purple wash over first.

And close up of her face and such.

And my third was inspired by this "communal canvas" we had in the classroom. Anyone could paint anything they wanted on it at any time. One day I painted white lines like I have in this piece, and really wanted to add the big black swoop, but decided alot of people would get really mad at me because I covered up soooo much of other peoples stuff. So instead I did this. The background is dictionary pages with water color washes over them. I used mod podge to stick them onto our old coffee table top (It was all effed up and my stepdad made a new one) and then painted the lines and swoop over that. I added another coat of mod podge on top, so it's kind of shiny and reflects the light a little in the picture.

Then, we had to do social, personal, and physical pieces.

My personal piece started as a random abstract representation of "Our Favourite Place" we had to do on the first day. I just sort of played with the texture of the paint, because that's what I felt like doing. It didn't look very nice as a composition, so I cut it up and stiched it back together with yarn. Still didn't look all that nice, so I painted over the whole thing white, and painted my silhouette (A little exaggerated, my nose isn't quite that pronounced. Although it is pretty intense) on it. This was the best picture I could get of the texture and everything.

My social piece is probably my favourite of all the things I've done this year. I was inspired by this post http://www.browniepointsblog.com/2005/11/23/a-thankful-project/ I came across while reading the archives of that blog. They are the last meal requests of four different death row inmates before they were executed. I stamped their name, prison ID number, and date executed on the top, but they're a little hard to read. The food is done collage style, I printed pictures off the internet and stuck them on with mod podge.

And the physical piece, well that was that drawing of the chair I mentioned up at the top.

Jesus, sorry this post was so long. I'd love to hear what you all think of any of these, I really enjoyed myself in this class this year and am a little sorry it's over now. (But not too sorry, now I get to take printmaking! Expect some linocuts from me eventually and some silkscreening over on that board.)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New Sweatshirt! Yay! on: January 17, 2007 07:25:52 PM
I had this GIANT sweatshirt I used to wear ALL the time. It was really unflattering.

Seriously, 2XL. Scary, huh?

Anyways, I slimmed it down, and got this:

Just took off the sleeves, put the thing on inside out, figured out how skinny I wanted it, and sewed it up and cut off the excess. Then I slimmed down the arms so they'd fit the new, smaller armholes and sewed them back on. I didn't do anything to the hood or neck.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Kurt Halsey stencil on Pillow on: January 11, 2007 07:09:18 PM

It was a present for my friend for Christmas. It looks a little different in real life. The green is different. And works better with the brown. I sewed the pillow case out of an old sheet, and got the stencil from stencilry.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purple Crochet Camera Case with Sparkly Button Closure on: January 09, 2007 06:31:53 PM
I've got to start with saying, I have pretty much NO experience with crochet. I made an octopus a couple months ago for my friend's birthday, and I had to re-teach/teach myself how. However, I think this turned out fairly well.

It was a really fast project, I did almost everything in my classes today, and just added the button when I got home. It fits my camera perfectly, because I started over like 8 times to get it perfect. (I had to borrow my mom's camera, which doesn't take as nice of pictures, so I could have the camera in the case.)

Anyways, I'd love your opinions on it!
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