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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Production Design Board (props, sets, costumes...) on: October 11, 2007 09:35:05 AM
I work a lot on production designing and art directing for community theater and independent/student films.. I think it would be interesting to have a place to talk about making prop guns, fake blood, turning your ugly apartment into something that looks like a penthouse without spending penthouse levels of money.... The sort of things that are specific to the "illusion" of art direction (since a lot of specific projects on other boards are about making the "real thing")

I've used craftster a LOT in my research for projects, but it would be cool to have a board where you can discuss the illusions we can make with a glue gun and some scrap materials.

Any thoughts?
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Death is fluffy - amigurumi and other crochet questions on: October 10, 2007 08:06:40 PM

Ok, so I'm looking for some advice on designing my own amigurumi patterns. Specifically, I'm looking to make some pieces to auction off or sell as part of fundraising for my rather student thesis film. The film is a short buddy comedy about a doctor who's being stalked by the grim reaper, Death. Death (who wears an ACDC hoodie) kind of follows this doctor around, waiting for him to make a mistake. Hilarity ensues. Anyway, the website is here with more info that might help answer my question.

Basically, I'm wondering if anyone has advice or knows any good resources for designing your own amigurumi patterns. I've been crocheting for a few years now, but I've never taken on the task of designing anything more complicated than a simple scarf. Is there a good book on formulating patterns? Or should I just work off of existing patterns and tweak them? How do you approach designing patterns?

Also, if anyone has any other ideas of crocheted items that might work well with this film, let me know! I was thinking of making graphic potholders or something with Death or scythes. I also considered making a doll of the doctor character, Dr. Hedd, but I feel like it's harder to do without seeing what my actor will look like first (I'm not casting until January.)

I appreciate any advice! This is an important project to me, since somebody once told me "women can't write comedy."
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 17th/18th/19th Century Knitting Patterns? on: February 25, 2007 08:09:02 AM
So I'm costuming for this student period film next year, and in my research I learned that in Puritan New England there were quite a few knits. I was wondering if anyone knows where there might be some free/cheap knitting patterns from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Or possibly some drawings of knits that wouldn't be too hard to figure out.

I'm most interested in Puritan knits, but am also open to knits from Europe, Africa, and Asia... Especially since the plot has to do with the slave trade, so there is definitely an international presence.

I love historical knits, and maybe this could at some point turn into a historical knit KAL!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Window Ornament from Slides on: November 02, 2006 01:05:46 PM
Ok, so the view from my apartment is a bunch of brick buildings. To add to that, my window is pretty darn small. So, to brighten things up a bit, I decided to try to get a stained glass effect from some old slides I had photographed from a class last semester. Simple, but definately added some color to my view:

And a close-up that shows how the light shines through a little better:

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / When pianos try to be guitars on: August 02, 2006 07:14:20 PM
As a long-time lurker, I thought I'd share one of my old stencils. I had seen a shirt at a Jamie Cullum concert with butterflies blossoming from a grand piano and fell in love. Unfortunately, I didn't have the cash to buy it at the time. Later, when I did, I couldn't find it anywhere. So, being the pseudo-crafty person I am, I decided to make my own!

A couple of pieces of clip art, some photoshop, and a paintbrush later, and I got the picture below! It's a well-worn shirt now, but I kind of like the way it faded:

I went a little more cutsie than the orginal, but that's just my love for all things pink and bubbly.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bohemian-esque jump ring necklace on: January 29, 2005 09:43:03 PM
Ok, this was my first try at hardcore jewelry-making. Usually I stick to hemp and embroidery floss, the stuff you learn at summer camp.

Anyways, I bought myself some pliers and some jumprings and this is what I came up with:

Definately a great first project, gets you used to the tools and can be done in about three hours.
7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Arts/Poetry Society Fundraiser ideas? on: August 01, 2004 09:43:41 AM
Ok, we're going to be having a fundraiser booth at a local festival for my high school's arts and writing club. We've had a few ideas (selling berets, journals, decorative pens, t-shirts with poetry on them), but need more ideas and tutorials for the ideas we do have. I already can make berets, and one member can paint composition notebooks, but does anyone have any tutorial/ideas for other methods fo decorating composition notebooks (like using scrapbooking materials since many members of this group are not painters), decorating ball-point pens, and creating other artsy but practical crafts to sell at this festival?

The money goes towards monthly open-mike coffeehouses and occasional art-related field trips that we try to keep as low-cost as possible for highschoolers involved.
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