September seemed to pass by so quickly however, I managed to squeeze in several simple pairs of earrings. I’ve tried to stay true to my personal challenge in that no new materials would be used (except notions and findings like thread, jump rings, etc.) and all but one pair of these follow the rule of using what I have in the stash instead of stockpiling beads and fabric like I’m waiting for a Craftpocolypse to begin.
Wait…A Craftpocolypse? I like the sound of that!
September also was the month I finished the Fashion Studies class. The instructor was super knowledgable and has further sparked my interest in keeping up with the goings on of the fashion industry. I’ve learned names of designers (and I never keep up names!), turned my nose up at some fast fashion news stories, learned to appreciate the work that goes into clothing and textile manufacturing, and ogled more 2014 runway shows than ever before. That last night, my classmates and I brought in and discussed our final projects (mood board (below), illustration (below), technical drawings and swatches), received a gentle critique of or work, and went on our way! There are only two regrets I have about taking the class:
1. Taking the class for audit. You haven’t a clue of how well (or how bad) you’ve done. Although I’m pretty sure compared to others in that industry I would have a lot more to “show and prove”. On the other hand, learning is ‘spensive!
2. Not trying to “design” a little more. I froze at the thought of drawing collars, draping, layering, texture, dimension, etc. I wanted to avoid a complete illustration disaster so I kept it simple enough for my limited drawing skills.
I was inspired by mathematics, optial illusions, geometry and crisp folds.
Friends are asking me if I have any plans to make these clothes. I’ve entertained the idea, but don’t think I will. At least not yet. Let’s see what happens in the next class: Patternmaking and Construction. Maybe these ideas above are simple enough for me practice what I learn.
At work this week I thought it was time to stop procrastinating and get around to destroying all of my old 3.5″ diskettes. I don’t have a clue what’s on them and even if I wanted to know, there is no way I’m going to chase down a computer with a drive.
The conversation in my head went like this:
Regular Me: “Finally getting rid of these old diskettes. Cross that off the to do list!”
Hoarder Me: “No! What are you doing!? Keep these! You’ll find a drive one day.”
Environmentally Conscious Me: “Oh, dear! What a waste of all this plastic and metal. Recycle it!”
Crafty Me: “Hold on, I have an idea.”
Hoarder Me: “Yeah, listen to the craft idea and keep something.”
And these were born!
Most people probably won’t even recognize this metal piece as the center of a disk. I salvaged quite a few of them to see what sort of fun I could have transforming then into something new. The easiest choice was a pair of earrings. I wanted to do a little more with then than just throw the discs on ear wire so I dipped into the bead stash and pulled out a few faceted beads, aluminum discs, and chain. I also could not resist measuring them. From the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the disk they are exactly 3.5″ in length! How perfect!
I returned my hair to its natural state about 4-5 years ago and I’ve done everything to it: twists, twist outs, puffs, flat twists, curly fro hawk, etc. Well for the first time EVER I rocked the fro last week. In celebration, this big hair calls for big, colorful, crochet earrings!
I don’t know what took me so long to do it. I guess I just needed to finally feel comfortable with my hair! I had years and years self-hate to undo, thinking I would be inadequate if I didn’t have some sort of chemical treatment going on. Chile, I can’t go back to that stuff!
I’ve worn them so much I know folks are tired of seeing them. But earrings are the one thing I hate to leave the house. Big ghetto hoops, dainty dangles, studs, costume, the real deal: I have to put something in these ears or I don’t feel complete.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you who to vote for in this post. I just wanted to share a little experiment I tried over the last couple of days with jewelry and paint.
I started out with some plain base metal earrings (shown disassembled) that I found were turning dark and dull.
And with a little acrylic paint (which I know was kind of unsuitable for metal) I transformed them into this.
This is just a starting point for some other ideas I hope to work on soon.
Rarely do I make a necklace with earrings to match and when I don’t I’m always scrambling for a coordinating pair of earrings. Here, is a simple look I created in copper with chain and crystals.
I’ve been on a jewelry-making kick (as you’ve probably noticed)!
These are made from a Fire Mountain Gems gallery (BB1E). I did NOT use all sterling silver, but I did use Swarovski crystals. I also added a small silver jingle bell above the purple crystal.
(Wasn’t sure which background gave a better view, so I included both)