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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  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!
3  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.
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