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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Looking for crafters willing to participate in a long-term art project on: February 25, 2010 09:14:35 PM
(I apologize in advance if this is not in the right forum)

Hello Fellow Crafters,

I am student currently pursuing my BFA in Fine Arts. In one of my courses for the semester, I am to do a 16-week long project of my own design. The project is to show how our pieces progress or change over time. My proposal for the project is to send one of my stuffed monsters out into the world and track his journey through a blog. I am looking for people willing to take him and document his travels with me. The plan is I will make a schedule of where he will go and I will coordinate who gets him when and who they send him to next. Since we are all craft-minded people I thought it would be nice to have the participants make something to send along with him or write in a scrapbook or something.

I was hoping to get my monster to travel as far as possible, but with the time constraints I think residents of the US or Canada would probably work best. Also, people with cameras and, preferably photography experience, would be great since I would post photos you took of him in your town on the blog.

I think this should be a really fun project and if you're willing to be a part of it, please contact me.


(The little green guy is the one who's going to be making the journey)

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fall 2009 Photos on: February 03, 2010 01:20:46 PM
Last semester was really my first exposure to photography. Sure, I've take photos before, but always with a dinky little digital point-and-shoot camera. The class I was taking wasn't actually a photography course, but we did get kind of an intro into using a DSLR and shooting with manual settings. And I really love it. I did a lot of experimenting and figuring out my camera and here are some photos I took during that time.


"Waiting for the Storm"



"Painted Trees" (Taken as part of a self-portrait assignment)

(I had to keep a blog for the class (link below) where I posted some more work, if you're interested)
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stop Animation Video Featuring Bears and Monsters on: January 31, 2010 07:01:51 PM
I just completed my first semester as an art major and this was one of the projects I did for my digital media class. The assignment was to create a 2 minute stop motion film. For the project, I sewed both the bears, the girl, the background monsters, and the "claw." It took a lot of planning and time (and about 1500 still frames), but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

A close up of the background monsters. (Even though they only show up for about 2 seconds, I think they're my favorites).

And a still of the two bears.

And here's a link to the final video, entitled "Bear Love"

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Map of London Journals on: January 31, 2010 12:26:47 PM
As I have recently had a lot of time to be creative over winter break from school, I thought I would try learning a bit more about bookbinding. I found a video online explaining how to do the coptic stitch and I just had to try for myself. The covers are made of illustration board covered in a map of London I found at a used book store.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mr. Spock Embroidered Pencil Case on: August 20, 2009 02:58:30 PM
I admit that I have long been a fan of the science fiction genre, but never really ventured into the realm of Star Trek. But, since I enjoyed the Abrams version so much, I broke down and watched classic Trek (which I have also come to love). Thus, I was inspired to make this.

I've never really embroidered before, so I just kind of used whatever stitch I felt looked right. The rest of the pouch was machine sewn.

Vulcan high five!

Close-up of the front

The back. (It says "Mr. Spock!" in Japanese. For some reason while I was sewing the front, I kept thinking of Hiro in Heroes who said that a couple of times. I guess my mind made the connection because of Quinto as new Spock. Oh well, it made sense in my mind).

The inside lining.

Thanks for looking!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Art from Printer Paper: Mice and Pirate Ships on: April 02, 2009 07:33:39 PM
I'm not really sure where to put these pieces, but I guess papercraft is the closest thing. I was inspired by some images found on the internet a long while back of an artist who works exclusively with 8.5 x 11 printer paper and makes these incredibly detailed 3D pieces from them. these are nowhere near as amazing as his pieces, but I thought I would try my hand at designing and cutting some of my own. I found thinking in 3D from 2D is a bit more difficult than I expected. But I liked the challenge.

(This first one is supposed to be of mice if you can't tell)

From the side

Looking down from above

And this is my pirate ship

Thanks for looking!

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / A Day at the Doctor's Office on: April 02, 2009 07:27:21 PM
This is a piece that I was photographing for my portfolio and thought I would share it here. The assignment for the piece was to simply make anything that did not resemble something in the world. This one gave me a lot of grief (it is surprisingly difficult to get clay to fight gravity) and had it fall apart completely about 4 times during the making/drying process. Unfortunately, the glazing got messed up, but structurally, I really like this piece.

Front view

From the side

From the back

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Earl Grey is a Rock Star on: April 02, 2009 07:23:22 PM
This piece is one that I made in my beginning ceramics class last semester. The assignment was to make a teapot using slabs. Unfortunately, the spout doesn't work too well and tea would go every where, but it was fun to make.

This is a shot with all the cups stacked up. Together, the whole thing is about 21 inches tall.

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Gnawma-Jean on: April 02, 2009 07:20:22 PM
It feels like so long since I've posted anything that I've made! I recently took some photos of ceramic pieces I've made in the last year for my portfolio (I'm currently trying to switch my major from bio to art - big change, I know) and thought I would show some stuff that I made last semester in beginning ceramics.

This piece I've affectionately named "Gnawma-Jean." The assignment was to make an organism that does not exist in the world. She ended up being a cross between a dinosaur, a grasshopper, and a praying mantis. I don't know, she seems to be a bit like a Rorschach test because everyone who looks at this piece seems to see a different animal. Ah well.

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Tree Stump Tea Pot on: November 04, 2008 10:21:41 AM
This semester I am taking beginning ceramics and this is my first completed project. It's my first ever ceramics piece, but I really like how it turned out. For the assignment we had to make two coil vessels, one that was at least 7 inches in diameter and one that was at least 10 inches tall. This one was my wide one, obviously. (I made a british phone booth for my tall one but it came out brown after it was glazed and fired  Sad ). So, yes. First teapot! It actually pours, too, just not a lot at a time.

Thanks for looking!

The top and the pot

Close-up of the top

I don't make much tea, so I filled it with candy!

Without the candy

Detail of the bark and the leafy spout

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