7.30.2010

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

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The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is an exhibit where "mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice all intersect. The project responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash."

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The idea was created in 2005 by sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim in their Los Angeles living room. Since the the idea has spread worldwide, thousands of crocheters send in their pieces to be part of the reefs. The exhibit is currently on display in Dublin as well as at the Copper Hewitt Museum in NYC.

Look at photos of the contributed crocheted pieces before the exhibit becomes assembled.

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Click here to read an article that the people at Smithsonian wrote about the project.

7.28.2010

Craftnight: Week 10/11

Pickling!

Cabbage, Cucumbers, Ramps, Beets, Shallots, Garlic, Green Beans, Asparagus.

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Kalen, Thank you for the pictures!!

7.26.2010

Ann Wood

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I came across Ann's work on a visit to SRI Gallery where her paper mache boats were on display. Ann makes amazing creatures out of vintage fabrics and feathers. She makes lovebirds to top a wedding cake, owls, spiders and Peter Pan like paper mache boats. On her blog she shares instructionals on how to make her creations and keeps you updated on all of her projects.

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To do more research on Ann Wood: Ann Wood

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For a peak into her home and design space in Park Slope, check out the Design Sponge article.

7.23.2010

Prison!

A Craftnight tradition emerged around week 5. Nurit Yeshurun, menswear designer by day, and well, most nights, started giving our members Prison tattoos (sorry gran). She takes a pencil and tapes a needle to the end, using the pencil as leverage. A piece of thread is then wrapped around the needle absorbing the ink that will be used for the tattoo color. She has given 6 or 7 of them so far. See Pics!



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7.21.2010

Natural gas commercial

If you use natural gas everything in your house turns into yarn (except the cat!)!


7.19.2010

Lydia Bassis

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Lydia! You are my new favorite artist! Click here to check out her other work and bio!

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7.16.2010

Craftnight: Week 8/9

Terrariums!

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The most successful and satisfying Craftnight thus far by far. We opted out of making moss terrariums and made succulent ones due to the stench the Moss often creates if made wrong(I hear Charcoal prevents the smell). The instructions were so simple and the end results looked professional and stunning.

Next week: Pickling

7.14.2010

Backyard Bazaar: Part II

 

The second saturday Bazaar is already here! The sale features clothing from local designers such as Jill lindsey, Dona Monroe, Erica Weiner, Round Designs Jewelry, Its Okay My Dear, M. Carter, Growing projects, Goldies Soaps, as well as loads of vintage finds.

The market takes place in the backyard of one of my favorite shops in all of Brooklyn, In God We Trust.

INFO:

Saturday July 17th

12-6pm Backyard Bazaar
6-10pm Summer Soirée

In God We Trust
70 Greenpoint ave
Brooklyn NY 11222

718.389.3545

7.13.2010

Field Trip Update

With Shibori and Sashiko fresh on my mind, I came across two Brooklyn based artists who are keeping the tradition alive.

Upstate is a trio of designers who have studied and mastered the art of Shibori. Nicholas Ozgunay, Kalen Kaminski and Astrid Chastka create Shibori dyed wraps made of linen, raw silk and other materials. For added authenticity they use natural indigo pigments and are constantly researching new folding and binding techniques. The results are not only dyed beautifully, with such precision and accuracy, they are also really f-ing cute:


The other artist, Ann Wood, creates miniature sail boats out of paper mached newspapers. She adorns the sails on the boats with small pieces of Sashiko cloths. The SRI gallery sells these beautiful pieces of fabric, if you have any other ideas for them.


Ann also has created a pattern featured on her site to make your own sailboat similiar to the one pictured below:

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Follow this link to make your own! Make It!

7.01.2010

Field Trip

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Recently my co-workers and I took a field trip to Greenpoint, Brooklyn to visit SRI Threads. SRI is a one man show curated by Stephen, who is a large collector and a historian on the Japanese arts of Shibori, Boro and Sashiko. The Japanese would save and collect scraps from projects or old pieces from worn out clothing and sew the items together to create beautiful bags, tapestries, etc. The gallery is a "by appointment only" space, but Stephen was a gracious and helpful host who is incredibly accommodating. Check it out!

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