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?
For whatever insane reason (since half the population I'm around doesn't remember the 80's), I decided to go as Rainbow Brite this year.
For the first time in yonks, this required actual sewing for a costume. Which is to say I found a thrift store dress and sewed on the requisite decorations.
I was going to knit the whole dress, but I started this about two months before and it took me over a month to work out how to knit the arms, so there you go. On the other hand, it made it easier to do the legwarmers/boot tops. I got a pair of Converse and painted them up a bit.
No, I didn't really get a better picture until the dead last minute of Halloween, why do you ask? Also, I thought I WAS smiling :P
Another Hawaiian-themed one, with different types of flowers. Orchids on top, plumerias in the middle and hibiscus (attempts) at the bottom. Did two different grouts on it.
This is a mosaic I did last year where the grout just came out terribly. Would NOT come off certain pieces (the joys of textured ones), and it came out weirdly white in places, and just...ugh. So I painted over it instead--pained brown for the tree where it's weirdly white and also painted over the glass pieces. It looks a lot better now.
So in July, I was teaching mosaic class again and got an idea. There's a mosaic artist around here that I love who uses words in her mosaics. I decided to try doing some collage underneath mine instead and work with clear or clear-ish pieces of glass on top of them. Here's the first one I tried, with and without glass atop in the process.
I think it came out very mystical and mysterious. However, note for future reference: if you casually start placing pieces of glass while the paper's still drying, the glass will end up stuck there a bit prematurely! Ah well.
Here's a second experiment at this, using fabric scraps instead:
I grouted this one with two different kinds of grout my students had been trying out, what the heck. You can't really tell in the finished work.
I didn't get ANY of my projects into the state fair this year. I found this out right before leaving on vacation, but didn't really notice/process that uh...if you didn't get in, you had to pick up your items a LOT sooner than I was planning. Which is to say, on Saturday I got a phone call saying, why didn't you pick up your stuff? Uh....because I am hours away right now? Shit. I actually started dreaming that night that I'd forgotten my stuff, but at that point there wasn't shit I could do about it and couldn't even check the due date without say, downloading a giant PDF on my phone (which is not cool with that). Anyway, the lady I talked to, Julie, was extremely nice and went above the call of duty about letting me pick up my stuff on Monday after work, even though I got caught in whopping traffic (despite my doing some kr8tive driving to get around freeway clogs in certain places, there's only so much you can do) and didn't make it exactly by 6 p.m. She said she'd liked my stuff and was surprised it didn't make it in. However, they have different judges every year, and apparently this year they only handed out one honorable mention per category rather than more than one. I don't know if that's a permanent change or not, but...ack.
Anyway, I got home and got my scoresheets in the mail. The fairy garden was "the scale isn't right." (Uh...for fairies?!) The handspun yarn one mentioned my "Bavarian twisted stitch" (I have never heard of this before and I don't know what it is) and said the yarn was too thick to wear--okay, there's some merit to that, though I've done it. The Desert Bluffs one nitpicked my weave-ins and said that the position of the sun in the logo was "problematic," which is to say uh...I didn't notice it was over the crotch. Anyway, I can't really argue with the critiques too much. I wasn't good enough. (Note: last year's note on my winning sweater on the sheet was "Needed better blocking," so whoever's judging this year was more nitpicky.)
And if they're only going to have four winners from now on--I asked Julie and she said she didn't know if that was just this year or what--then I'm clearly not going to be good enough to make it. Since I paid $10 per item to have them judged, if I'm clearly Not Good Enough to make it into the top four...well, maybe I should just save my money. Or become a lot more nitpicky with my knitting, but I am not super super picky about my crafting, so that might not happen. Either way, I don't think I'm likely to enter fair any more. Sigh, but there it is.