Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In the Future, everyone will Craft for 15 minutes

Pinterest has changed crafting forever.   Sounds insane?    Think how fast the internet has spread art ideas across the world already;  it used to be that a trend could be around for 5-6 years before everyone got sick of it.   Remember how every image had a party hat or wings for years?    Now, because we see the same idea over and over so quickly, we get tired of it faster.    And because manufacturers realize there's gold in them thar crafters, they jump on every trend too.   

For example:

Buntings.  I first saw them a few years ago, loved them, and made Halloween ones with my daughter's girl scout troop.    Now I have seen soooo many, I'm really done with it.   All the scrapbook lines have bunting stamps, kits, papers, punches, etc.

art by leech

Little Birds.  I LOVE little birds - who doesn't?  Hitler, maybe??  So cute and hopeful.   And the wonderful Melody Ross uses them for the super-cool Brave Girls Club- what's not to love?    Seeing them everywhere is what's not to love.   Every product line is using them, they are everywhere in art magazines like the Somerset ones.  It's killing my affection for a wonderful icon.

We are reaching out to each other thru blogs and publishing, which is WONDERFUL, but our ideas spread like wildfire and get absorbed, re-used, reprinted.  And once it's on the internet, it lives there forever - there's no taking it back, really.   

Why pick on Pinterest?   Two reasons; firstly, I find myself checking out new blogs by opening the site and hitting Pinterest - if I see art I like, I will read the actual posts.  So I can blow thru sites at great speed, like a laser-focused Google search - it's craft crack-cocaine.  Or I can follow people whose tastes I share and get the same hit.   Thus, I am seeing 100 buntings in an hour, and 300 little birds.  Secondly, will this impact originality?   Are there going to be as many startling new ideas if we can sit at home and see everything going on in the art world every day?

But really Pinterest is just a symbol of what's happening, the ultimate expression of craft-crack (for now).   This is the future - we live in it now.   I'm reading the same lament in the fashion and music fields - that we are just re-consuming the past, and so quickly that there are no real new ideas.  I am really really digging art journaling right now....does the sudden huge success of Smash books (art journaling for beginners, kind of)  mean those days are numbered, and soon it will be so "everywhere" that I'm sick of it?  I hope not......

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Showin' off mah Journal

Okay, I'm happy with the cover now, altho I think I will modge-podge the whole thing.   The best part of looking at it is that it reminds me of the fun I had in Pam's class.

Gina put up some great pics of the class, so I snatched up this one of me proudly showing off my binding - pretty straight!

ATC swap goodies!

Lovely Lenna Andrews sent out our ATC swaps, in a wonderful mail-art package!
Aren't they great?!   I'm so impressed with the time and creative skill people put into them - they really put a bit of their heart into it.    The theme was "Color My World_____", so they are all mono-chromatic.    Too cool!    Here's a quick run-down of the artists if you'd like to see more of their work:  purple is ChelMarie, brown is Lenna, orange is Leslie Hanson, blue is Josie Green, pink is Sabine Schneider, and the red one came clipped to a tag (bonus!) and is from Sharon Walworth.

Thanks so much to the wonderful artists who played along!   I really enjoyed getting a bit of your art; and extra thanks to Lenna for organizing it all!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Two days in Heaven

I was lucky enough to spend the week-end in Malibu, over-looking the ocean, in a Pam Garrison class!   Ohmigosh, so much fun, such nice, creative women there, and above all so much wonderful time spent playing with art.  If you live in California (or like to travel), check out Artinfusio; great classes, and the co-ordinator, Gina, is such a welcoming, fun person.   Check out these little presents that awaited us:
 That's our nametag pinned to the front - too cute!   I felt like I was wearing an award all week-end. 

The building itself isn't anything great (altho plenty big, and clean bathrooms etc.) - but the VIEW of the ocean, and the cold lemonade, and the general vibe, is just amazing.   I can't wait to take another class there.   And Pam was an awesome, inspiring teacher.
 How cute is she?!   I love, love, love her attitude - that we should just wing it, be spontaneous, that there are no "mistakes" and creating should be about fun.     Her playful approach made the class fly by, and everyone had such a great time.

I made little swaps - ummm, if no-one else has one is it still a "swap"? - well, anyways, I made a little something for everyone:

Just one of those little yo-yo's with a bit of twill pinned on with my name and site.   Getting out there and meeting fellow crafters was so exciting, I wanted to share something to say hello.   Overkill, no doubt, but who doesn't like a little fabric and a button?   Us crafters are like magpies - someone threw away the ribbon that came on our welcome present, and I was astonished - "but that's seam-binding in a pretty blue!  How can you not save that?!"  

The journals we made were just fabulous- I have a bit more work to do on mine, and then I'll post it.   Hope you all had a creative week-end too!   If not, there's still today  =)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Am I allowed to do this??

Okay, I know there are no Journal Police that are going to swoop in and arrest me, but I don't want to violate any swap norms either....but I didn't really have a place for the lovely Birdsong Tag Swap book, and it was hard to look at them like that.   So instead, I've added them to my art journal *looks around nervously* which hopefully doesn't offend anyone.

The lovely one on the left is made by Deborah from debsvintagesoul.   The middle tag is the cover made by the incredibly talented Karla Nathan - there is a tiny 3-d birdhouse charm on there that makes me squee every time I see it.  The cool black and white one is from Jolene at vintagedragonfly.  How great are these?  There is a note there that these are tags from others, and they're hinged so I can admire the lovely backs, and others can see who made them.  There are four more amazing tags, but I haven't finished that page - I'll post it later.

I also made copies of the tags I sent in to the swap, and added them to my journal too:

This was the first swap I've participated in, and it was awesome.  How cool to get art from others, and send some tiny bits of art off into the world!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Apron Synergy

There's so many cute aprons around lately; I've been itching to make one, but didn't really have a reason to.   Plus, I didn't really want to make the base, I just wanted to decorate it (I've done enough clothes sewing to know that it's not my thing.)    Then, like a summer rain on thirsty flowers, two things came wonderfully together -
This super-cute apron went on sale on Jenny Doh's site.   AND I'm going to a Pam Garrison class this week-end.    CLEARLY it was time to break out the Liberty prints and vintage sheets.
The vintage embroidered piece at the waist is a pocket.    I can't wait to wear it and get paint all over it to break it in!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer bracelets

I've been puttering around with beads - my daughter didn't like a Klutz book that had the bead loom, beads and everything you need; I just had to play with it!  Here's one I made for her a few nights ago...

This is the bead loom that came with the book/kit.  It's not bad!  

The bit of pink felt is just something I clipped there to hold the needle.

I tried beading many years ago on a crummy loom (two springs on some dowels) and quit pretty fast.   This was fun and easy enough that I started another bracelet for myself.   I buzz right through the fun parts of crafts, like the beading, and slooooww dooowwn on the boring parts, like binding a quilt or weaving in my bead loom ends.   Blech.   This should be done in a few days though, I just need something boring on t.v. to distract me!