New cutting

New cutting

It sometimes takes me a while to make the first cut into a kimono, but once I start, the piece takes on a life on its own, transforming and releasing what it once held.

To see some of the finished deconstructed kimonos click here.

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Cutting away

I’ve become a cutting fiend over the last few weeks. Using small scissors, I’m removing the flowers printed on an old silk kimono. It is a strange and satisfying feeling. So many emotions and thoughts float through my brain as I continue with my obsession.

This all started as a piece about the loss of my ancestors and my disconnection with my culture. Now it has become much more and the messages keep unfolding.

Sometimes I feel like the crane woman who plucked her feathers in the night to weave them into wondrous fabric, but instead of making something, I am taking it apart.

Other times I can’t help but think about the Yoko Ono performance. She presented herself to an audience to cut away pieces of her garment as she wore it.

My goal is to have four deconstructed kimonos completed for a show at Enso Gallery in Half Moon Bay in August…I’ve got a lot of work to do!

If you would like to find out about the first deconstructed kimono click here.

Peddling stitches

I’m fascinated by artists who incorporate old technologies into their art processes.

For example, this team that uses a sewing machine that is pedal powered to make caps at NYC New Museum. Their performance art is a great example of self-sustainability.

Read more about this group based in Madrid, Spain by clicking http://www.ecouterre.com/bike-powered-sewing-machine-churns-out-bicycle-caps-for-nycs-new-museum/pesata-new-museum-bicycle-sewing-machine-2/?extend=1

Creative type

I remember taking typing in high school. I was horrible at it, too slow and too many typos. I used to type my reports on my mother’s typewriter. I always had a lot of white out around.

I am delighted to find out about British artist Keira Rathbone, who uses a typewriter to create her work and she does it in period garb too!

Tattooed baby doll art

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I found this great artist through a craft magazine tweet.

Sherri Wood embroiders tattoos on fabric dolls drawn by female tattoo artists from around the USA. She writes:

I find cloth bodied baby dolls at thrift shops and send them to tattoo artists who then draw original tattoos directly on the dolls. They send the dolls back to me and I hand embroider the images on the cloth bodies. Twelve of sixteen dolls have been completed to date. The dolls, like their artists, are of different races, religious and sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds. Each collaborating artist is asked to consider her response to tattooing the doll along with my feedback and response to embroidering the doll. From there she is encouraged to name and then write a short statement or story about her doll.

Read more about her project here: craft magazine

A functional geek t-shirt

Ok, I’m getting hooked on ThinkGeek now. Another cool find! You no longer have to take out your laptop and set it up to find out there’s a weak signal at a lame coffee shop. Now just put on this shirt and it will measures wifi strength for you!

The washing instructions look like a bit of a hassle but check it out anyway here at thinkgeek.

Inviting, fun, homey

I really like it when a store takes the time to make their environment inviting and creative for their visitors. I happen to be in Berkeley on Fourth Street and poked my head in at Anthropologie. I liked their organic shapes and forms they used throughout the store. Some of you may know that I was deep into retail and merchandising design while I was at Intel for ten years. I can’t help but try and figure out the materials and how things were made and what the store is trying to convey with their design. There are many nooks and crannies to explore at this store and it is kind of homey. Even though their clothes are higher end in price, you feel like you are rummaging through your Aunt Nelly’s closets and attic. I think they may also be catering to the renewed interest in craft because the store merchandise has that hand done appeal.

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So sew why don’t cha?

Since I just got the sewing bug (another post on that – let’s just say it involved the Saul mother and daughter team and a cool recycled sewing teacher in San Mateo) I did some youtube searching and this group called Threadbanger came into my consciousness. They are putting out some great videos and here is one of them.

Summer afternoon deeelite

DAS had a most splendid fashion show and sale at the Woodside home of Jonathon and Miss Laura. Spiked lemonade, a guest doggy, models galore, barbecue, and splashy hot tub made for a wonderful summer Saturday.

Deborah Sciales, the designer herself

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