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1  California / California: South / 12/19 Hand/Made157 DIY Craft Event - LA (announcement, still need a few vendors) on: December 09, 2010 03:19:03 PM

HM157 in Lincoln Heights is hosting a DIY craft sale event just in time for last minute holiday shopping on Sunday, December 19, 2010: Hand/Made 157.

The event features craftswomen and other unique vendors from all over the Los Angeles area from 10:00am - 6:00pm. Art, food, music & literature will be included with homemade and vintage gift items and clothing for sale.

We'll have tons of entertainment throughout the day including musical artists Emily Lacy, Icy Lytes
, Auriana Lynn Borealis on the saw, Rachel & Robert Kolar from Hes My Brother, Shes My Sister
, Featherbeard
, Pam Shaffer, and ilo mar.  We'll also have karaoke plus tarot reading by Madame Pamita.  Suggested admission donation is $3.

We're still looking for a few more awesome vendors ... Recycled, green, vintage and handmade items are particularly of interest.  The cost to SELL is ONLY $25 BYOT (bring your own table). We also request each vendor donate one item priced at $20+ to the house.  Please email us 3-5 images of the items you would like to sell and site link(s) to your related business to [email protected].  The profits from the event will go towards HM157 Green renovation via the GET INDEPENDENT @HM157 Permaculture Workshop series in January, 2011.

More details are at: http://thechurchoffashion.com/main/calendar/handmade157/

Hope to see you there!
2  California / California: South / Ghost Stories: Pagan Art Camp (Los Angeles) - Sat. Oct. 30 (1-4pm) on: October 29, 2010 04:50:53 PM

When: Saturday, October 30, 2010 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: FREE to attend; $10 materials fee per workshop, 

Remember all those times you got in trouble for making inappropriate art in craft class, or going all tranny on your mom's make-up case? This adults-only afternoon at Pagan Art Camp is a chance to go back and get it right (or perhaps even more wrong), as a group of artists (Laura deLeon, A. McLean Emenegger, Ashley Gibbons, Jessamyn Lynn) lead workshops in altar-decorating, face-painting, found-materials instrument building, and tarot.

Free to hang out, eat something, and check out the DJ.

Beacon Arts
808 N. La Brea Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302


(Image: Laura deLeon - photo courtesy of the artist)
3  California / California: South / Volunteer LA Crafters Needed 4 Community Art Project (Knitters/Gen Crafty Types) on: April 28, 2010 06:34:11 PM
This is a very fun, extremely creative volunteer project with great people and a cool, low-key community atmosphere ... hope you consider volunteering your mad skillzzzzz!!

Songs & Dances of Imaginary Lands Community Arts Workshops

Help create the props, sets and costumes for Overtone Industries' upcoming production, Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands directed by O-Lan Jones, a site-specific contemporary opera, taking place in Culver City in July 2010. In a series of free public workshops, donated recyclable materials will be transformed into sets and costumes through community participation. Looking for crafters, artists, knitters++ All levels from professionals to beginners are welcome.

The goal is to make all props, sets and costumes from recycled materials.  Although the organizers are looking for all level of crafty types, they have a particular need for anyone with basic knitting/crochet skills to knit plastic bag fabric which will be made into costumes.  This could be done at home!! 

Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands takes the audience on a journey with working class Tom and aristocratic Sue, who have lost their identities. The couple reclaims their story by means of a device that allows them to inhabit the "lands" that hold the pivotal experiences of their lives embodied in songs, dances, pledges of allegiance, and rituals indigenous to those turning points.

Saturdays & Sundays til 6/20/10, 12:30-4:30pm (except no workshop on 5/9/10)

Questions, see site or please call: (323) 655-2410 during business hours, Mon-Fri.


Thanks for reading & considering this.  I went last Saturday and it was super fun -- with very cool, down to earth, creative people!!

Costumes Designed by Snezana Petrovic
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / microRevolt collective of socially active knit hobbyists on: October 11, 2004 02:29:08 PM
microRevolt projects investigate the dawn of sweatshops in early industrial capitalism to inform the current crisis of global expansion and the feminization of labor.

microRevolt is developing a web application knitPro, a protest tool that generates knit patterns of sweatshop offenders.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Princess Cigar Box Purse/Treasure Box for a Young Girl on: August 01, 2004 04:38:45 PM
My princess crazy niece is having a birthday next week ... Snow White, check, Sleeping Beauty, check, Princess and the Pea, check, Cinderella, check, Beauty & the Beast (she was a Princess wasn't she?) ...  now what to put inside it ... Huh

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mutant Chandelier, $ Bra, Designer Label Survival Gear (new) on: June 04, 2004 07:17:14 PM
Here are some pics/links of a few of my art thingies ...

A room-sized mutant chandelier made of eyeglass lenses

in/security -- bra and thong made of money and thread

Homemade movies (quicktime) -- abstract experimental videos of cleaning activities (sweeping, dusting, washing, drying, flushing ...) here

Speciwomen -- butterfly women "types" pinned into specimen boxes with sewing needles, killing jars here and another version here and here
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stamp "Fabric" Bag on: April 16, 2004 11:43:10 PM
This was really more of a quick experiment to see if I could make stamp "fabric" that was "sewable" from a USPS mail pouch and some stamps ...

I put a few pics of the process in the Stamp thread ...
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Peekaboo Zipper Pillow w/ fabric insets ... photos & tutorial on: March 31, 2004 01:10:22 AM

You'll need:
- nylon zippers in assorted colors
- cotton batting or something else to stuff the pillow with
- assorted fabric swatches in assorted styles/colors larger than each zipper
- colored thread
- fabric for the pillow back (I used a heavy white fabric with some slight stretch to it)
- sewing machine that sews in a straight line and zigzags

1) Cut the fabric scraps bigger than the zippers:

2) Sew the zippers to the fabric, right sides both facing up. Sew on the edge of the zipper, as close to the edge as you can get.

3) Trim away the excess fabric around the zipper as close to the edge of the zipper as you can get.

4) You'll end up with a pile of zippers that look like this.  When you unzip, the right side of the fabric will peek out from the zipper.

5) Arrange the zippers the way you want into your pillow shape (rectangle or square or ?).  Put them side to side and zigzag them together, using assorted colored threads between each zipper.  I zigzagged several times each time to make it strong and cover up the edge stitching.

6) Sew them together into your shape.  Don't worry if some are longer ...

7) As long as you bought nylon zippers, they are trimable.  Just make sure your zipperhead is in the body of the shape (not  on the part you are trimming away).

8a) You'll end up with something like this after you trim.

8b) FYI, the back side is cool too ... an idea for another pillow maybe?

9) You'll need to cut a piece of fabric for the back side of your pillow (the same size as your trimmed zipper front).  Then right sides facing each other, sew them together at the edges leaving a hole on one side big enough for your hand to get into.

10) Reach into the hole and turn it inside out.

11) Stuff it.  I used the stuffing from an old pillow that I didn't like.

12) Carefully sew up the hole.

And now you're done!

The finished pillow:

I'm also thinking of using this technique to make a peekaboo zipper purse or coin purse ... might be kinda interesting?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Everyday Life, Art and Craft on: March 07, 2004 08:52:54 PM
Here are some fun images I found on the net of art projects that incorporate everyday objects and craft.  This sort of thing really inspires me ... hope you enjoy these pics too.

Willie Cole

Ghada Amer

Gaza Bowen

Sarah Lucas

Wim Delvoye

Christian Marclay

Natacha Lesueur

Annetta Kapon

Jana Sterbak

Tracey Emin

Linda Ekstrom

Edited to link to  outside images/pages instead of imbedded images within this post.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / vintage stuffed dog thingie on: March 02, 2004 12:32:34 PM
I've had this since I was a baby ... it was passed down from other family members.  I never continued that tradition of passing it along and globbed onto it ... I still have it! It's been through a lot ... patched up all over the place.  The outside is all sewn up tiny squares of cotton fabric with children's illustrations.  It's stuffed with old cut up nylons.

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