Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Unfocused and random has been my game lately.

I'm still enjoying a much needed mental break from making stuff for my shop. I know it is woefully short on FQs lately, but I'm gearing up soon to start making some more! I actually have bitten the proverbial bullet and cracked open my photo emulsion kit to try applying it on my screens. And it works!! It's quite magical to be able to transfer a complex design to a screen and have it come out pretty much perfect....well mostly perfect. There was one flub where I think I had my photo light too close to the screen and it ended up burning part of the image overly much so that it wouldn't wash out right. But I think I have the knack of it now. There will be FQs to spare soon for sure.

In other news I am going to do a photo dump of what I've been messing around with lately. Just a mish-mash of things I've made for different people...

First and foremost, SPOOLMAN! I made this little assemblage sculpture for a friend who is a sewing wizard! It was based off another sculpture she had pinned and this is my take on it.

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Also in the altered/assembled vein of creation, I made a funny little Santa ornament with an old paintbrush. He might have looked a little more jolly and a little less starved if I had a bigger brush on hand, but make do with what you have, yes?

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Somehow I find it difficult to stay away from making patches for too long. It's fun to make a few for other people and not be bogged down in the process from start to finish of making a bag or a cover or what-have-you..

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A little jewelry of course. I've cooled off on making jewelry a bit, but mostly because I'm waiting for a few pieces I've ordered off of etsy to come in so I can make a pendant I've been dreaming about for a while...this little steampunk creation is just the right mix of sweet and steam I think.

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Also a little screen printing to try out a newly set up photo emulsion screen! The gallifreyan script, weeping angel, and sonic screwdriver are all new prints!

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And lastly to round out this photo dump, finally a pretty horrible picture of myself wearing my "30 minutes or less" ugly Christmas sweater...I had a the night before so basically had just the morning before work to throw this together. I'm not proud but at least it has lights...if you can make that out in the picture. I swear if I ever do this again it WILL BE BETTER!! (Hard not to be I suppose - ouch, truth hurts.)

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Ok! That's all folks! I'm sitting on a few more projects but I'll share those soon. =)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

hey look i have a camera!

Ever since finishing the massive bag project of doom! I've been taking a much needed break, doing little projects here and there for myself, that I've been putting off forever. I played around with bleach dyeing as well, with questionable results, but that has led to playing with RIT dye which is a new adventure. I'll have pictures up at some point - everything is sort of in a halfway done phase.

Anyway, it occurred to me that while I have shared old projects from my yester-years, I have never shared any of my amateur photography attempts. I used to play around with a camera a lot, even took a number of classes in college. Digital is great, but there is just something magical about a manual camera and snapping a beautiful photo. I especially miss having awesome friends who live within driving distance who serve as willing models (when I tell them to go walk in the lake in their clothes, yes, or sit in a rather uncomfortable bush, it has happened). Here are a few I scrounged up; I'll have to see if I can find older ones I took from way back in high school. These were mostly from my college years.

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