Sunday, March 30, 2008

A container? Yes. Of what, I'm not sure...

So I finished my next part of my current sculpture project, but I am not exactly sure what it is. I sewed my red linen to foam and chicken wire to make a container, which was what we were told to make. It turned out to look like a few things. I have gotten, one of those Alaskan baby pouch things, a mouth of a worm, a phallic symbol, among others. I think I have an idea of what I am going for when I combine the three pieces, but I will have to wait until after I make the final component. I have to connect my components with the last material I chose, which was aluminum foil. I think I can make it work...

Lovely decoration in the background, no (I see my toe made it into the shot as well...)? Well actually, my room is currently a mess because I am getting ready to move all my crap from room to room. My parents graciously piled all of the stuff I will need for my next semester (I am working on campus over the summer) in my room. I also made sure that my mom's old sewing machine was brought back with me, so that now I can be the weird roommate who sews on their machine in the common room. I am alright with that. I mean, I have to wear the name of Campus Crafter with pride, right?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sculpture Monday

Our current project in my sculpture class consists of 3 different parts. We have to make 3 separate pieces (one per week) and at the end of 3 weeks we have to put them together in some way to convey our concept. My concept is mainly about how I have felt lost and awkward during my first year at college and it is only until now that I have integrated myself into a social group (oh woe is me...). My first part was due today and we were required to make a closed abstract shape and cover it with any unique material we chose. I chose steel wool, and after purchasing what seemed like 20 pounds of it, and covering 3 pillows with it (who knew hand sewing steel wool would actually work), I made this awkward piece:

For next week we have to make some container-like piece that we will cover with our latest material of choice. I got a lot of bright red fabric to use this week, and I think it might actually make something interesting. If not, then I guess I am screwed. It could go either way. I could make a masterpiece, or I might end up with something that I wouldn't even be able to give to the needy.

I also have to choose a new material for next week. This could end in disaster. I will update next week.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


What a better way to spend the Easter holiday than finishing a new project. I finally finished a project that I started over my Christmas break. Mr. Ming was once a sumo wrestler, but he has since retired and has taken up the highly sought after position of manager at the local used car lot. He is part of a (hopefully) new set of plush characters called Little Mingers. They are based on the random strange and sometimes gross people that we see on the street in our everyday lives, and their made up life stories. Mr. Ming may have to change his name, because I don't want it to match the title of this wonderful cast of characters, but we will see. In the near future, I hope to make many strange, politically incorrect characters. The next one in the works is a Hell's Angel who makes his living as Santa Claus in a year round Christmas store.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring Break

Unlike many drunken college spring breaks, mine was not spent at the beach with a beer in each hand. I instead sat in front of my mom's sewing machine with a project in each hand. I didn't get as much done as I wanted since I only had access to a machine for 3 days. However, I did work on several projects, and I only finished one. It is a handy little iPod cover made from a sock (of coarse), with some embroidery embellishment. I was going for a rugged, used look, but I'm pretty sure that that is difficult to accomplish with embroidery, to say the least. I made a different version for my friend as well, who was kind enough to drive me to and from the sewing machine's residence.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sock Creatures

Thank you to John Murphy for his wonderful book, Stupid Sock Creatures which inspired me a year or so ago. These creepy, yet oddly fun creatures are made from socks that I have found our bought from stores. I started with a few of the designs in the book, but I now I design my own. Who wouldn't want one of their socks to be turned into an ever-so-lovable, umm, monster?

Is it weird that I actually ask for socks on various gift giving holidays? I might not sew quilts like my brother and my mom, but I think that these things can be just as interesting and sought after...right?

Intro to Sculpture

I was pleased to discover that I had to take a Studio Art class for my Art History degree. I could choose between Drawing and Sculpture, so obviously, the crafter in me was drawn to the sculpture class, so that is where I ended up (I guess it also had something to do with my lack of drawing skills...). I have no problem saying that I was scared beyond belief on my first day this semester. I am by no means a Studio Arts major, but most of the people in my class have an emphasis on drawing, so as it turns out we are all struggling through the world of contemporary art together. Great. I have a great teacher who certainly knows her stuff, and for this reason, I am proud to show some of my work.

For our second project (my first project was pretty much just a catastrophe of paper bags, wire, glue and paper...) we had to choose one emotion and construct it and the emotion's opposite. My semi morbid brain choose disgust as the main emotion. I made this blob-like form entirely from chicken wire and plaster, but the icing on the cake is definitely (its hard to see) the petroleum jelly which highlights certain areas of the piece. Yes, I for sure made people touch it and they were grossed out. Job complete.

The other emotion I chose was excitement. My intent was to make the piece seem as if it was bursting out of the wall, kind of like it was rushing towards something (I presented the piece on a wall in our "Installation Room": a room consisting of 4 pure white walls). The form is made from chicken wire and plaster bandage, but the surface is not as smooth as I would have liked it. During critique my professor mentioned enamel to give it a slick, shiny surface. This would have been nice, but I am not made of money! However, it is fun to venture down to the hardware store and watch as the workers give me, a clueless, puny guy the weirdest looks.

I am not sure what our next project is, but apparently that is the point (?). So we'll see how this next piece of art turns out...

The Beginning

So I suppose you could say that my craft exploits really developed during college. I am currently wasting away in my second semester, but the crafts help me to get through it. Why this room itself has helped me great through 2 different roomates

It all really started before college (I did a lot of hand sewing in high school), but my mom and I got really bored one summer and we went shopping for my future dorm room. Needless to say, it is probably the most decorated of all the guy rooms on campus. It makes for good small talk.

Many of these goodies came from family members. My mom and my brother both made pillows for me and I made the small rug that can be seen under my backpack. And certainly I have to send many thanks to my mom for her hours of sweat shop work on the quilt. It is after all the focal point of my room. Yes, I guess my family consists of some crafting freaks. My other brother and my poor dad have had to sit through various long discussions of sewing. Oh well.