Archive | February, 2011


26 Feb
Usually I do my best to ignore the advertisements that expose the blatant exploitation of our personal information, lining the margins when you log in to Facebook or Google, but recently one of them caught my eye. Good job, Facebook: it’s my new favorite thing, and I want to tell you all about it!
Spoonflower. On their website you can design and order your very own fabrics to be printed up on your choice of fabrics (from upholstery weight to silk de chine) and shipped to you! Design your own fabric: it’s so cool! You can even sell your designs to their customers for a 10% royalty. AND they have weekly fabric design contests in which you can win a few free yards of your design and have your design featured on their homepage for the week.
Next week’s contest: Paisley! When I first found Spoonflower last week, I was playing around with an image of an abstract colored pencil drawing I did a couple years ago, and thought: Hey! This could totally be considered a paisley. A little unorthodox, but I think it counts.
After struggling with the computer for too long to get my design the way I wanted, I ended up with this:
Animorphic Paisley
Not exactly what I had meant it to be, but definitely funky. Anyways, I’ve learned my lesson. My advice to you: don’t bother trying to force your existing art into a repeating pattern unless it does so naturally. Make something new! Make it with the intention of a repeat in mind.
Non sequitur:
I’ve been in my hometown of Mendham, NJ for the past couple days, observing my former art teacher’s classes. It’s been really wonderful, and awful, and insane, and beautiful. But mostly, there’s this amazing old man who stands out at the end of his driveway every morning to wave to everyone on their way to school. I was walking by and we had a nice little chat. Nothing like a good old fashioned friendly conversation with a well-meaning stranger. It really made my day.

Today’s the day!

23 Feb
As you may or may not know, I’m currently studying to be an art teacher. And in one of those wonderful education courses we’re all required to take, we’ve been discussing the effects of technology on literacy and how teachers can use it to their advantage. And, well, it got me to thinking: back to my high school years when my friends and I all kept our LiveJournals updated on a nearly daily basis. I loved that. I took care in writing my posts and pride in them once published. I imagine I wouldn’t be nearly the writer I am today without that experience. And beyond simply writing, it kept me actively reflecting, constantly musing on my existence, thinking, “what can I say about today that will entertain?” Writing helped me to work through my shit, and making my writing public committed me to writing every day, and writing well. And, hell, once I got to thinking back on my LiveJournal days, I got to missing them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought to myself over the past few years, “I ought to start a blog.” Well, I’m finally taking the plunge. I don’t know if anyone will read it, but, as it turns out, that’s not really the point.

So, since making things is just about all I do, it seemed like the appropriate focus for a blog that begs a theme. And I sincerely hope I can help you out in some way or inspire you into creative productivity, somewhere along the line. I plan to document and muse upon my productive endeavors and advise those who wish to try their own hand at them. Including, but not limited to: sewing, knitting, fabric reclamation, fabric design and other fiber arts; upholstery and furniture restoration; sourdough bread, kombucha, pickling, seltzer water, and other wild ferments; music-making; the many household uses of “crafts”; kitchen explorations and experimentation; art-making; and inspiring sources worth experiencing.

Welcome to my world; I do hope you’ll enjoy your stay.