I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
The tree picture isn't totally clean yet--hoo boy, is that stuff resistant to coming off at the bottom.
But mostly what's ticked me off is that the grout did NOT stick well on the sides on these--I've never had it come off completely in chunks in places before. Even after regrouting. I'm going to have to come up with...something...to cover that up. Crocheted frames?
This is an example of working with negative space. I haven't grouted it yet (will on Tuesday), I'm really curious to see if it's going to come out well or crappily. Yes, it's blatantly inspired by this. I kept trying to think of a better example to try than a tree and was coming out blank, so what the hell. We'll see.
And this time I got the idea that I should try some sort of portrait. My students have done a few and they've come out awesome, but I'm working up the nerve. Also, who do I do a portrait of that won't freak if I bugger it up? (Me? I'll be less judgey....) Anyway, I decided to start small, with a portrait of an adorable corgi that I petsit for occasionally. (Which means I can't keep it because the owner will want it, but ah well.)
I think it's worked out spectacularly well so far :)
a (work-appropriate, alas) mermaid costume. Probably a crocheted one.
This is gonna be a stretch considering how late it is from now till Halloween and I'm going to have to come up with 3 pieces (have to not wear just a bra top, have to cover the arms because cold weather). We'll see....
I have been busy setting up my second gallery show, not to mention ahem, finishing something for it. And doing the writeups for it, etc., etc. etc. And my sweater went to the State Fair and is now also in the gallery show.
Well, now everything's up and photographed, so hopefully I can find some dang time to upload everything! But in the meantime, here's a preview :)
Moving Season is fast approaching in my town, and one fellow donated some of his clothes to my volunteer job so as to get rid of them. A few of them were large, long-sleeved, tie-dye shirts. Recently we had a craft fair with an "upcycling" theme and a friend of mine was helping to run a "Scissor Wizards" booth where you could cut up your clothes. I went down there to hang out with her and started flipping through my old Generation T books... and decided to make the gaucho tie-on shorts from book #2. I also turned the sleeves into legwarmers by pinning them to the size of my legs and then sewing them up.
Here's the shorts sewn together at the crotch. Looks pretty weird, eh? I used some leftover T-shirt hems to make the ties, but I wish I hadn't assumed they'd flip over easily--they don't really when you use zig-zag stitch. Oh well.
The fellow who owned the shirts before had ah...some mysterious tiny holes in them around the hems. Not to worry, I just cut out some hearts and sewed them on as applique!
And here they are on a mannequin, tied a few different ways so you can see the options. Note that I put all the holey/heart shirt parts on one leg....so it looks deliberate, hah.
And here they are on me. Don't your eyes just bleed?