Archive for January, 2011

Making images for the website in Photoshop!

January 31, 2011

I’m working on the main image for the website in photoshop, I inked a drawing, scanned it, cleaned it up, and I’m now coloring it. I have a lot left to do, shading, re-writing the main text, filling in some parts with patterns etc etc….

Except now people are telling me it looks good just black and white, I’ll just need to redo the text,

let me know what you think!

Touring my city for Inspirations

January 28, 2011

Today I was with Chris and Jaja as we walked around looking for inspiration. First was the musée contemporain de montréal, then the area surrounding place des arts. (photos from those outings are coming soon!)
Then last we went to Urban Outfitters which is full of colours, crazy patterns, and inspiration. They sell alot of strange stuff, but there’s a great selection of crafty books, bohemian style clothing, joke gifts and very artsy home items. This place is hipster heaven…

Trying to figure out what you people would like to learn most ;)

January 26, 2011

So Here is a little Poll I’d like you all to fill out, on what you’d like to learn most,
Just one question! Select what appeals to you right away!

Having fun with Pretty Scrap Fabric

January 25, 2011

So one night my friend Niesz and I had a craft night.

She’s awesome, she set out our workspace with scraps of wool, feathers, sequins, netting, glue guns, peices of plastic from old binders etc etc.

So we each made ourselves those cute little hats from the 20s, with the netting covering our eyes.

We made the initial shape in plastic, covered it with wool fabric and a felt lining, and decorated them with feathers and sequins and netting, lots of fun and very nice effect.

Niesz also had some craps of irredescent silk fabric, so I added them to a headband, it kind of looks strange but the colors are so great!

Here are a few photos!

More in depth instructions on how to make these hats coming soooon…. 😉

Continued…

So here is a close up of the mini hat I made,

We used an old plastic binder to make the base, covered it with wool, lined the inside with felt, and decorated with feathers, sequins, and of course the lovely netting. on the inside we glued on two bobby pins and it actually stays on your head quite well. But I’ve seen some of these hats with an elastic so you put it on like a headband.

Inside construction

Bettering my Drawing Skills

January 25, 2011

Today I’m developing new craft ideas and getting feedback from my sister. I’ve been sketching ideas and illustrations for two days straight to use on the site and with the craft kits. Fun fun, I can see a noticable improvement in my drawing skills, it really helps when you practice everyday and challenge yourself (I’m trying weird hard to draw poses)
Anywase here is a sneak peak of the header image!

First Post

January 24, 2011

So I’ve come up with an Idea.

I find that these days people go to school and spend hours, days, years of their life, just absorbing knowledge, a lot of it useless knowledge (Ie. Humanities classes….) While knowledge is well and good in moderation, I find we don’t gain enough practical skill sets.

You may have a history student who’s read hundreds of books and articles, but is there a ton he/she can do with it? How does this apply to our everyday life? How does this help us live and fulfill our needs?

One of my favorite classes in High School was Home Ec. We learned how to cook, how to sew, how to make things, but now they’ve pulled that class out of most schools… Why on earth would they get rid of a class that is actually useful for people? I have so many friends who don’t know how to cook, don’t know how to do minor repairs on their clothing, how to even hem their pants. But not even 50 years ago almost all women knew how to sew, to cook, how to repair things, men usually knew how to build things, etc etc.

Why aren’t we taught these common skills any more?? We just get a bunch of useless classes when we should be learning hands on skills.

And so I’ve started this Blog and I’m in the process of developing a website that will teach people:

 a few common skills (how to sew by hand, by machine, how to draw,),

 a few uncommon skills (How to screenprint, how to make clothing, accessories),

 and different projects you can make for fun (How to make a thong, How to modify clothing)

 or for actual use! (how to make a shelf, tools to help you organise your room)

(These are just a few examples)

So basically, I wish to teach you how to Create.

and occasionally have some of my talented creative friends teach you some of their own skills and projects.

With an emphasis on minimal waste, and not negatively affecting the environment.

 Leave comments if you have any specific projects, objects, you would love to learn how to create!