“Consensus”

Mixed Media, 8″ x 10″, October 19, 2017

Back in October, a client of mine invited me to enter an art piece for a gallery exhibition. He runs an arts non-profit called Inwood Art Works and their initiative is to cultivate the rising arts community in Northern Manhattan. You can check out their site here if you’re curious.

The theme was called “Bridging the Invisible Divide.” All artistic pieces had to be 8″ x 10″  and interpret the various divides between communities today. This resonated with me being in tune with mass media’s constant discussion about the fractiousness existing among us. We embrace the notion of diversity and individualism, but when it comes to interacting with others who are different in opinion and thought, that’s where things get ‘lost in translation’ and we turn into cliques warring with one another. Whether it’s about current politics or the movie Batman vs Superman, there is an invisible wall that exhausts more than strengthens.

When I’m not freelancing for web sites (design, develop, maintenance) I indulge my visual artistic tendencies through crafting. Sewing is a favorite of mine and I accumulated a TON of patterns over the years. I look at them and think there is a variety of potential canvases to do something cool and conceptual. I also like the idea of creating art with dual purpose, work that can be used AND displayed at once. For this exhibit’s size dimensions, a zippered pouch was the most practical way to go. The material to make it in was a no-brainer too; what better exhibits an ‘invisible divide’ than clear vinyl? For my image, I wanted it bold, graphic and simple, kind of as a call-back to Saul Bass and mid-20th century graphic design.

It’s about the basic human act of conversation that is over-complicated by the very things that are celebrated and encouraged; individualism and diversity. Two colors on the opposite sides of the pouch speaking the same words to one another and achieving the same conclusion, but they never meet and merge. There is a false sense of consensus due to the clear vinyl and being split from front to back.

The special thing about this piece is that it can be used as a working zipper pouch. I have also installed rings on each end so a wrist/shoulder strap can be attached and tun the piece into a purse. The canvas I hung this on has clasps to hook into the rings for displaying purposes.

I’m happy to say that not only was my piece accepted into the group exhibition, it also got a brief mention in The Manhattan Times’s review of the show. SO EXCITING! 🙂

This has been such a great experience I may produce another one and make this a series exploring the ‘invisible divide.’ Stay tuned!

 

 

Seashell T-Shirt Project

Happy August! This is a project I completed 2 weeks ago and have now gotten around to blogging about it. Just enjoying summer too much I guess. 🙂

Anyway, this was inspired by some recycling on my mother’s end. She handed me some jar lids from Pier 1 air fresheners thinking I could use these as stencils. Good eye Mom & thanks for the next project idea! I even treaded into uncharted territory and video recorded some of the process to post online, just to see if I could. Check it out!

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The Pattern Probe #5: Simplicity 1253 Pleated Sleeveless Top

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I know I can’t believe it either. TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY? She’s so productive. 🙂

Anyway, my next Pattern Probe was inspired by my need for more summer tops. Changing my wardrobe for the warmer months made me realize that I don’t have a great deal of them. Plus, I had this great leopard print lightweight fabric I bought for a song because there was only a little over 1 yard left. After going over my pattern collection, this Simplicity one had a sleeveless design suitable for the limited amount AND I haven’t tried it yet, so this was the one I went with.

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The Pattern Probe #4: Butterick B6296 Pajama Set ***UPDATE***

Here’s an update to this pattern probe of Butterick Pajama Set B6296. Click HERE if you would like to read it.

The first pair of pants I made with this pattern ended up too big for my measurements. Nothing wrong with loose pajama pants since they are for sleeping in, but I wondered if using a smaller pattern size would fit closer to my frame. Since my original plan was to make 2 pairs of flannel pajama pants for the colder months, I sewed a second pair using a smaller pattern size:

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The Pattern Probe #4: Butterick B6296 Pajama Set

Happy Spring Everyone!

After a considerable amount of time, I have jumped back into the sewing game by trying out another pattern from my collection. As a newly minted adult, I noticed that my sleepwear options were pretty dismal. Just old t-shirts and shorts I would wear to bed. And with sleepwear becoming trendy outerwear in fashion, I wanted to created more official clothing items to sleep in. Particularly during the colder months, it would be nice to have some flannel pajama pants to keep warm, and some cute pajama sets in lighter fabrics the rest of the time.

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Copycat Fashion Project #3: Gap Wrap Skirt

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Hello and welcome back to my series Copycat Fashion!

This latest piece is a personal one. I have had this buffalo check plaid wrap skirt for years. I bought it at a Gap outlet for about $10-12 and it has served me well. Of course, life comes in to changes my body, and next thing I know it the skirt doesn’t fit me anymore. Fortunately, I found a Simplicity pattern pack with a wrap miniskirt design that resembled my beloved Gap skirt, so I decided to make a new version that works with my new figure.

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Ms. FixIt #6: Purple Disc Necklace

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Not too long ago, I was at a flea market in Park Slope (Brooklyn), and a vendor had a big cardboard box filled with jewelry. I rooted through it, bought a few pieces and came back the next day to root around some more for potential jewelry buys. The vendor then offered to sell me the ENTIRE box for one price, and I couldn’t resist purchasing it. It was a treasure trove of old and broken costume jewelry that itched my crafting scratch, and this ratty purple necklace was one of them.

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The Gilding Expedition – Pickle Jars

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OK, so since I had a great time gilding my costume jewelry, I decided to do another project out of necessity. I needed some containers for my make-up brushes and any long-container make-up (liners, mascara, etc.) to pull out when I need it. On top of that, I had an abundance of glass jars due to my new-found love for Claussen Sweet Bread ‘N Butter Sandwich Sliced pickles. Everything came together for a new gilding challenge. 🙂

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