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1  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / The great indie internship experiment on: May 02, 2009 03:38:07 PM
So, I had an idea.

I'm a college student in Jamaica, and I'm moving to New York for the summer to look for internships. I do media and fashion, so I sent out my resume to companies involved in those fields. I've even sent my resume to companies that are involved to an extent in the diy scene, like Bust magazine and Etsy. I have a few prospects, but in replying to them I got an idea.

Indie culture, diy, and independent businesses are one of the only things that fire me up. I love the fact that the diy scene abroad is becoming a movement, which is something that I've yet to see back home. I've always been a fan of indie business through online participation, but I've never really been as physically involved as I've always wanted due to my location.

Here's my idea: instead of interning at big companies, why not intern at several small indie businesses during my stay? I have a strong background in working with the media, and in writing, design and craft, so why not become an unpaid intern to the people I've always respected? I could see small businesses work, make connections between cultures, be a part of a movement, and learn a great deal about myself, other people, the creative process, and the global diy movement.

I could work with a new business every couple of weeks and document my adventure in a blog. I guess, in a way, this my attempt to start making things happen in my life, as opposed to waiting for someone else to determine my way.What do you guys think?

Also posted this on Craftster.
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Crafty temp jobs for working holiday makers in London? on: April 02, 2008 09:56:21 PM
Hey everyone,
I'm planning on going to England for my gap year on a working holiday VISA, which simply means that I can work in England for a year. I'm taking some courses at Central Saint Martins to prepare a portfolio for art school, and as such I'm looking for temporary jobs in the London area- the craftier they are, the better. Please contact me if you have any such information, and I hope I posted this in the correct place. Thanks a lot.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: shrinkydink pendants [kaiju big battel, chanel/alex+chloe, long blondes, etc on: July 04, 2007 09:29:16 PM
These are so kick ass! I'm featuring them on my crafty/DIY/fashion blog, if that's ok Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / International Sellers at Craft Fairs? on: May 18, 2007 02:47:40 PM
Hey, I was just wondering if it's possible for international vendors to take part in Craft Fairs like Bazaar Bizarre, Renegade and so on. I guess you'd need some kind of permit, but as most of the applications for these fairs are closed, I can't really see any application forms to see what's required.
Thanks for your help.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Super cool Saosin hat! on: April 21, 2007 08:00:44 AM
Thanks everyone!

You guys won't believe what happened today- he (boyfriend) was travelling in a bus to work and then a gust of wind blew the hat off his head and out the window- he didn't even relaise what had happened until he was some distance away, then he stopped it and frantically went looking for the hat! He eventually found it in the middle of the road though, it was totally untouched! He even said when he went to pick it up, a car narrowly missed both of them!

Such a weird experience, lol...

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! My sewing machine suddenly stopped working. on: April 13, 2007 08:33:13 PM
I fixed it! It turned out the belt that makes the machine go was loose. I just stuck it back in around the... spinning thingie. Thanks for all advice, and I hope that this post makes sense!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Super cool Saosin hat! on: April 13, 2007 05:39:57 PM
My boyfriend's birthday is Sunday so I decided to make him a hat featuring his favourite band, at present. I couldn't wait so I gave it to him today. He was soooo happy, jumping up and down and squeezing me and then pretending to be cool to pose for the pics  Smiley. He thinks it's so great having a creative girlfriend, but he had better come good on my birthday!

Hat is made with bleach and vinyl patches I cut with an exacto knife (well, actually, an exacto blade and some paper wrapped round it 'cause I couldn't find my exacto). I used black fabric paint to splatter the patches before I glued them on. I also used album artwork as a guide.

What do you guys think? (I hope I put this in the right category).
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: WTF IS THAT AROUND YOUR NECK! on: April 07, 2007 02:04:16 PM
I don't get their reaction- it's not like the necklaces are horribly grotesque or anything... in fact they're really pretty and would sell well on etsy.

I hate when people have reactions like that to stuff I make, though... it realy lowers my confidence Sad

unless the WTF was meant in a happy, make one for me too! kinda way Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Ebay? on: April 03, 2007 07:15:46 AM
Read guides on ebay. I believe if a seller flaked you could send them some sort of warning, and that officials from the site would step in to sort out the issue.

I'm addicted to ebay. I've purchased and received goods about three times so far, with no major problems. Always check feedback and ask any questions if you have doubts! I bombard sellers with questions and sometimes I don't even end up winning the auction- but it's always worth it in the end.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help! My sewing machine suddenly stopped working. on: March 25, 2007 12:59:04 PM
My sewing machine is a Brother.. it's a couple years old. It was working fine, then suddenly it stopped. I don't think it over heated, because I used it a couple days later after turning it off and it still won't work. You can hear the motor running but the spinny thingie (what is that called?) won't move. It won't sew no matter how much I push the presser foot. Please help me! Perhaps something is slack/loose? anyone have similar problems?
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