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1  CANADA / Alberta / Possible Monster/Soft Toy Collective in the Calgary Area on: July 20, 2004 05:22:09 PM
So, during the last year or so I've become involved with creating soft toys. Recently, I've really gotten into it, creating little monsters and animals from recycled fabrics and fleece. Then I got to thinking: How great would it be to form a collective of creative likeminded people who love making soft toys? We could meet every once in a while, discuss design ideas and share our current creations. And, if we become organized enough and create a lot of monsters, we could even exhibit them all together in a group show.

It's so easy to hide away in your own studio and forget the importance of being around other creative individuals. Collaborating is possibly the best creation process around but sometimes we're too shy to jump out and meet people. So, I propose a Monster/Soft Toy Collective for the Calgary area. If you're at all interested, leave a message here. Maybe we can get something started that could have the opportunity to be really great!
Here are some examples of monsters I have made:

Oh- and if you were wondering, here is some information about me:

I'm a young immerging artist currently enrolled in my third year at ACAD where I major in Fibre and Textiles. I love creating things. My work varies from soft toys, to quilting, to silkscreen printing, to cloth dyeing, to felting, to weaving and cloth construction. I also enjoy collecting things, taking photos, and drinking good beer.

Anyway, I'm very eager to start something like this here in Calgary. If you think you'd be at all interested, please let me know and we can start planning our first meeting!
2  CANADA / Alberta / Re: calgary, anyone? on: May 24, 2004 11:05:11 PM
RE: Hillhurst & Craft Sales

I'd be totally up for trying to make the Flea Market more artsy. I don't know how receptive they'd be to local artists though. It's definitely something to look into.

Also, I'm currently on the hunt for craft/art sales in the Calgary area but so far my research is leading me nowhere. I'm planning on going to the library for more information and contacting the Alberta Craft Association (that is, if something like that exists) for as much info as I can get. If you find out anything let me know and I'll do the same!
3  CANADA / Alberta / Re: calgary, anyone? on: May 23, 2004 02:49:31 PM
There is an Art Bazaar being held on June 5th from 10-5pm at the Cliff Bungalow Community Centre (2201 Cliff Street). I'm not sure if there are any tables left for booking but you can e-mail the coordinator and find out! The entrance fee is $1 and there are a total of thirteen tables of local artists selling their stuff. There is also an art show that same evening.

I'm going to be selling stuff there so you better come out and buy all my stuff. Haha. An art student has got to make a living somehow!

The coordinator's e-mail is dreaminversion@excite.com. Just e-mail her for more information!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pretty in pink! on: May 16, 2004 09:12:48 AM
hey pleat.. they are both super duper dresses...

is there a way i can put in an order for some fabric?Huh


I'm hoping in the future to do at least two bolts of fabric using the LOVE/HATE print and even some with the birds and stuff so I can sell it but right now I don't. I don't have the facilities to work the way that I want (as in, I'd LOVE to have a 40ft table for printing and a vacuum light table for exposing photo emulsion on my screens) but once the new semester starts in the fall, I'll be printing up a storm.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pretty in pink! on: May 12, 2004 03:41:16 PM
Thanks guys/gals!

Here's an image of the first dress I made. It's from the same pattern only it's strapless.

I dyed the fabric red (it was originally white) and then silkscreen printed the fabric (three layers of printing ranging from fibre reactive dyes to discharge printing to pigment). As I mentioned before, silkscreen printing is where my heart lies.. sewing is something I'm learning to become better at.

Here's another image of me wearing the dress while standing in an installation I did displaying all of the fabric I printed between Feburary and April 2004. This is an excerpt. There is more of the installation that isn't shown. 

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pretty in pink! on: May 11, 2004 09:48:45 PM

This is only the second dress I've made from scratch. I used this really awful coral-pink material I acquired from one of the many scrap bins in the studio I work in at school--I believe it was originally used to make nurse uniforms or something. I used McCall's pattern (#M4440) to make the halter dress and had to alter the measurements a little here and there because my chest isn't big enough to fill out a typical McCall's size 14. I also silkscreen printed the birds on the front of the dress myself, using an image I exposed onto a silkscreen earlier last semester. I'm huge into small birds in flight, a lot of my work has been focused on that.

Anyway, I'm really happy with how it turned out. I messed up the back a little bit because the zipper sticks out in a weird pucker, so I need to adjust that but it's only trivial. Yay for making new summer clothes!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Simple Lined Messenger-Style Purse on: January 06, 2004 05:20:05 PM
I just recently finished my first messenger bag. I could barely get the detailing finished before my machine decided to crap out on me (it needs to be serviced, silly thing). Anyway, here are some pictures!

I'm going to do up a tutorial for this eventually since trying to describe it in just words is a little hard. If you're a visual person like me, you need photos too!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / you can never have too many handbags on: January 06, 2004 04:57:23 PM
First off: This is such a great community! I was just introduced to it today and I'm in love. Thank you for existing!

Now for the purses (detailed pictures will be linked just so this page is a little easier to load for those on dail-up).


This is the first of the bunch, made from a vintage curtain and lined with coordinating green woven fabric. It's adorned with red buttons just to give it some punch.

See it opened: http://rainy.net/suzen/misc/open.jpg
See it modelled: http://rainy.net/suzen/misc/model.jpg


This one is made in a similar fashion but with white and blue pinstripe canvas and lined with pink snythetic material (silky but definitely not satin). It's adorned with a handful of buttons on the flap to give it some flare (hot-glued) and there's also a tule tuft placed just under the flap to offset the awkwardness of doing the flap on the wrong side of the bag. Also, it gives it that girly feeling it otherwise wouldn't have.

See it opened: http://rainy.net/suzen/misc/pinkopen.jpg
See it modelled: http://rainy.net/suzen/misc/pinkmodel.jpg
See some detail shots: http://rainy.net/suzen/misc/pinktuft.jpg

Later this evening I'm going to be making some more purses in a similar fashion and plan to do a photo tutorial along with them, so be on the look out! I just thought that this would be a good way to introduce myself into the community by showing you kids some of the stuff I've done.
9  CANADA / Alberta / Re:calgary, anyone? on: January 06, 2004 12:55:19 PM
I currently go to ACADI'm a second year Fibre and Textiles major. I know you can take Con-ED classes for printing on cloth, the technician in my department teaches them (at least she did last year). They are expensive, yes, but you get access to unlimited facilities and the instructors are absolutely fabulous (everyone in the Fibre department is nice as pie). This semester I'm taking a printing on cloth course (specializing in silkscreening) and I'm super excited.

And as for craft stores, everyone is right: there's hardly anything good here. If you want great fibres for knitting/crocheting/weaving, head to Gina Browns or Beehive (they're both in the same area of town, just off Macleod Trail). There's also a great fibres store in Carstairs, I forget what it's called. It's a long drive away but it's worth it if you want to get quality stuff.

Also, there's Nordraft art supplies on 16th Avenue, they sell everything under the sun. I've bought quite a bit of my lino printing supplies there.

And! If there's a Stich and Bitch going on, count me in! I'm all about meeting new crafty kids!
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