Comic Books and a Rivet to the Head

Pt. 3 I suppose! I already posted about this on Craftster, but I sort of forgot to update it here. I keep losing track of what I've posted and what I haven't. So I posted my crude little drawing of my plans to knit a comic book page, and I've managed to so far make 2 panels.

The drawing it all started from. This was then scanned, and redrawn pixel-by-pixel in two tones in photoshop. I just resized it to the number of stitches I wanted it to be (i.e-100 pixels wide = 100 stitches wide)

The first panel in progress, with the gridded diagram behind it. All knitted on #2 circulars

Second panel finished up with the grid hanging up behind it. I still need to block these a little more, I'm just nervous to do so because the black yarn is bleeding a little bit (my own fault, I dyed it and must not have washed it out well enough.

Both of them done so far. Hopefully I can finish up this piece over winter break, I'm 2/5ths of the way there.

As a bonus, here's some 'in progress' shots from Experimental Costuming.

My two-headed boy outfit. Yes, it fits me and my friend Diana. I'm reworking the suspenders though. And trying to engineer a two-person shoe, which is proving quite difficult.

Everyone I spoke to with metals experience told me it couldn't be done, but I managed it! A 4 foot sphere made of pop-riveted spring steel. Don't pop-rivet spring steel. It's a nightmare. Drilling it alone was a nightmare. But hey! By some miracle of engineering, it worked. Next semester I'm taking Metals in Sculpture so I can learn to weld and avoided this whole problem.

Getting covered in sweaters.

A Great Man, A Great Chair

Pt. 2 of god knows how many in the catch-up game.

So about a month ago, we got our second assignment in Projects. The new President of our college, Mr. Sean T. Buffington, has taken an interest in the Crafts Department ever since we showed work at his inaugural gala (not to mention dressed up in 50's outfits and helped serve and usher) So he came in and gave us a commision--make a piece for him that both represents him in some way, as well as our own way of working. He gave a short presentation on Crafts objects he already has in his life as a starting of point...but sadly there was no fibers work in it, unless you count a cheesy, etsy-esque stuffed owl his partner got for him...lame!

But in anycase, I didn't find the generic antiquey things and personal effects, or the ubiqutous scandanavian mid-century design all that inspiring. Instead, I decided to work from the man himself. Every since I saw the hand-made t-shirts emblazoned with his face and the words "Buff Daddy" on students at his inauguration, I knew he was a personality to contend with. So I made a portrait of the man, of the 'chairman of the board,' so to speak.

Behind every great man, there is a great chair.

Sitting happily in his office now, it stares at the interns and office workers whenever he's not around to do so.

'Chair for Buff-Buff'
Found chair, new upholstery, applique

Behind the scenes:

The original chair, already half disassembled. I found it in a little side-hallway off of our 'student gallery' down by the ceramics studio. It was with a bunch of other junk, so I decided to assumed it was trash. By the way, taking the upholstery off of this piece of crap was a pain~! So many little freaking staples.

The old cushion. The fabric was this really awful fabric that was almost like a burlap. The arm cushions, when I pried them open, leaked this pollen-colored powder that I can only assume was once foam. (it's worth noting that before I got this chair, I was working on another, only to find some very noxious looking green and peach-colored mold under the fabric. Old furniture is pretty gross)

Unfortunately I don't have any other 'inbetween' shots but here's a rundown on how I got to this stage.
1) Paint--two coats of white, one failed attempt to mix liquid pigment with paint to get orange (got a nasty fleshy color) then two coats of Bright Pumpkin. Orange is Buff's favorite color
2) Replaced upholstery on the actual framework of the chair (under the cushion.) More difficult than I imagined, I had a hard time restuffing it.
3)Did the armrests twice--the first attempt is in the picture, in gray, I later re-did it with the teal fabric and more stuffing, looked much better.
4) Re-did the cushions
And not shown, but
5) Appliqu├ęd the face. Three dang times before I got it right. Finally had to use reverse applique to get the finer black lines to work. There's actually 2 faces, a serious one (shown) on one side, and a happy (sort of 'special') looking one on the other, no picture of that yet, sorry! And now I have 2 creepy almost-faces hanging in my studio.

Alright, that's 2 projects~! I'll try and keep going tomorrow~


I'm a terrible blogger. It's only now, probably because I have a paper due tomorrow, that I'm updating things! And I know have a backup of about 40 pictures. Oh jeez.

Where to start? How about with our recent symposium? The American Crafts Council (publishers of American Craft) came to our school to have 1 of 3 symposiums about "Making, Meaning and the Marketplace." From my limited amount of experience with the larger craft world, we sure do love to talk about what is and isn't craft. I don't get it~

Anyway, the sweet part is that me and my mate Diana were ushers at the event, and were asked to wear some of my costumes for the occasion. Which means beautiful photos by the official Crafts Dept. Photographer, Ken. You've see the white piece before, but the red one is new, it was for my 'Lost in Translation' assignment. The pants on the white piece are new as well!

Diana in her red ruffly long-johns. These were a pain to pattern, the ruffles are acutally a part of the construction and seamed into the leggings (so the pattern for them had about 20 pieces to keep track of.) They're surprisingly comfortable though!

A clearer photo of my white jacket than I had before. And now it has pants. Also very comfy, but very, very hot.

Both of us and my good friend Kali (on the left) and her 'bathing beauties' coffee filter bikinis. Oh, and see those railings? Funny story. Building maintenance decided to paint them with oil paint 3 hours before the show. So they were still wet and sticky, and people would be walking their artwork through them--not good! So me and my teacher freaked out a bit, then brainstormed and ended up covering the entire length of the railings in iridescent cellophane (we have a massive roll in the studio that someone found in the trash about 5 years ago. Still going through it!)

Okay! So this is entry #1, I'm going to split these up a bit so they're not massive post. Hopefully I can get another one up tonight.