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Happy crafting!
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TBT! Handmade Nation

Here's another gem from my art history craft. We spent the final lecture class on handmade and indie craft and it was a total time capsule. I go to a lot of handmade sales as a shopper or a seller and noticed that the vibe of the shows has changed and I couldn't figure out why. That's because the "urban hipster aesthetic" has grown up some and the styles that were kind of out there and grungy are now mainstream. The markets have gotten slicker and less DIY seeming...and if other markets are like our original hipster market, the table prices have gone up up up. It used to be $160 for a table ten years ago, now it's over $300!

Anyway, my instructor highlighted a couple of problematic things with the video. One is that the guerilla knitting group Knitta Please which appropriated urban culture. The young folk in my class thought the group was trying too hard to be edgy with the name. Another is the artist that makes latch hook rugs out of pornographic pictures. The problem there is not so much the nudity, but there's something cringy about making a product featuring women's bodies that gets walked all over. As my instructor noted, sometimes there was a lack of criticality in the projects. Some of the artists featured are still quite active in the crafty scene. It's fascinating to go back in time.

There is a companion book of the same name. The documentary come out in 2009 - this clip is from 2007.



Weirdsville!

I didn't know what else to title this post. If you scrap and stamp a lot, you have probably seen thin metal dies for die cutting with die cutting machines like the Big Shot. Apparently the maker of Sizzix has a lawsuit going on against five companies regarding the designs of the dies. If you buy dies that have matching stamp sets, you might notice a difference down the road in the way the dies look.

https://www.scrapbookupdate.com/2019/04/05/ellison-sues-5-companies-alleging-patent-infringement/

'Dragon's den' plaque.
Woodburning pen and watercolor paint on a blank wooden plaque.

Spring Crafts

Have you made some? Are you in the process of making some?

What's trendy these days?

I'm so craft deprived! I took one class a semester this past year at art college and both did not involve making anything! I'm madly prepping for the comic expo at the end of the month, so I'm looking forward getting back in the swing of things.

Throwback Thursday! Afghan War Rugs

Hi friends, I'm going to be posting some stuff from my art blog (purpleponyart). I just wrapped up a four month history of decorative arts and crafts course and it was SO fascinating. We covered ceramics, textiles, design, architecture, glass, furniture...you could easily get a PhD and spend a lifetime studying it. TBT to February when we went on a field trip to the Nickle Gallery at the University of Calgary.

The Nickle Gallery has a huge Islamic rug collection that was donated to the gallery by a collector. You can browse the collection online. The bonus of going on a tour is that we were actually allowed to touch the rugs. This is a huge deal for textiles people who tend to be very tactile.

First we looked at a handmade red and black rug that had a high pile and was made entirely from wool. Rugs are everything in Afghan culture - a symbol of status and the product of a culture based on wool bearing animals. The rug was ornate in a simple way - it was made of symbols that could be easily memorized by a weaver.

When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the content of the rugs changed from non-representational symbols to well rendered motifs and scenes. A cartoon, or background drawing, would have had to be used due to the complexity of images. The newer rugs seemed like souvenirs. The amount of time and skill that went into these rugs is amazing. You would swear they were machine made, but they are not. It's good to know that there's still a place for handmade objects in this world :-)


War rugs

Friday Night Craft Time

Hi crafty friends, I haven't done much crafting this year as I returned to art college while working full time. Even though I was just taking one class a semester, it was a lot of reading and writing. I write my final exam next Friday and I have been feeling stressed and squirrelly and I realized it's because I haven't been crafting!

Last night I got together with my friend's service club at her church. She brings all the materials, we just have to bring the creativity! I ended up making five cards. We're making generic cards that a local women's shelter can give to clients. So win win!



*blows the dust off the ban hammer*

Hello ya'll. I checked my email today and saw that ya'll have been dealing with a spammer. I'm so sorry. I banned her and deleted her posts. I also turned on moderated membership in hopes that it will help to prevent future spam bots. Since neither I nor parasite girl are around much anymore I promoted calzephyr77 and m0rbidm00n to mods.

hope this helps
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A real post! Stitch Fiddle

x-posted to Crafty on DW - https://crafty.dreamwidth.org/14707.html

I started using this website called Stitch Fiddle. There is a free and premium version, but the free one will cover a lot of needs. I needed some cross-stitch software and somehow I stumbled across this site. It works on mobile and desktop and is very responsive for a mobile program. I ended up paying for it because I found it so useful and I love not being tied to my desktop. You can use it for knitting and crochet patterns too.

https://www.stitchfiddle.com/en

Spam update

Hi crafty friends, LJ can't help with the spam problem.

Thank you for your inquiry.

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So we would need parasitegirl, ilea, genericgirl or exquisitegeek to help.

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