Monday, October 8, 2012

Up-cycled Sandwich Caddy {from le Milk Jug}

Sandwich Caddy Milk Jug:


Great little up-cycled sandwich package. Re-use and be glad. 
(Erm, no pun intended...) 
"I love all of the clever projects, usually communicated in images only, that float around Facebook and G+. This one was spotted on the Whynomics Facebook page. Sadly, most of them usually have no attribution or additional information. This pantomimed project obviously shows how to make a neat little sandwich caddy by simply cutting, scoring, and folding a gallon plastic milk jug. A Velcro dot is used as the fastener."
from Gareth Branwyn

Carl Wagan | MEDIA TO GO

Carl Wagan:

Profile PhotoTHE CARL WAGAN BOOKMOBILE is a traveling campervan of cosmic proportions. It is a gallery, printshop, studio, library, reading room, classroom, and community project—all contained within a 1988 VW Westfalia. 

The Carl Wagon promotes active engagement with book-based cultural activity such as self-publishing, zine-making, screen-printing, and bookbinding. Subtitled “The Spaceship of the Imagination,” Carl is partly a loving homage to the innovation of astronomer Carl Sagan whose passion for dreaming continues to inspire generations of thinkers. 

Carl Wagan is an experiment in radical pedagogy—bringing the strategies, materials, ideas and dialogues of independent publishing to a wide variety of audiences.

The Carl Wagan is the project of artist Shannon Gerard and first developed as an extension of her Nano Publishing course at OCAD University. 

*Generously supported by Aboveground Art | 

VISIT CARL at the Bloorcourt Festival this Saturday, August 18th between 11 am and 7 pm for a full day of activity!
We’ll be parked at Bloor and Delware all day!

Special Guest Star ~ TREVOR DUNSEITH ~
{at the Carl Wagan | Bloorcourt Arts + Crafts Fest}

Selected works from the Campfire:
Off The Map, Natalie Drajewicz
(:Martyr), Rebecca Ladds
Wood Panel That Shit!, Krystina Plante

Selected works from The Campsite:
In Case of Emergency, Jackie Lee
Recollection Volume 1 “Paris in Pattern”, Pallavi Thampi
GOSH, Reginald Leung
Remember Me Not, Dina Goldshtein

Selected Titles from the Infirmary at CAMP NANO:
How To Love Your Fucked Up Life, Dina Goldshtein
HAND, Taikun Kambashi
I’m So ^Fucking Alone, Jackie Lee
06/14/2012 - 06/21/2012, Victoria Pathammavong

This amazing cardboard fire was made by Jazmine Carr (far left) and Rebecca Ladds (far right)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gift Ideas for the creative soul

Having just spent hours in the garden, I thought this idea was perfect for this time of year.  I know in the US they will celebrate mother's day on the second Sunday in May, so this gift is perfect and really inexpensive.  What's more, you'll be doing your bit for the planet.
This idea comes courtesy of Giver's Log.
The intent of seed tape is to make planting easier when you have teeny tiny seeds that need to be planted just inches apart (like carrots and radishes). But it’s also fun for gifting flower seeds or giving away seeds you’ve collected from your own garden. And it’s a pretty simple and very kid-friendly project.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-1/4 cup flour + enough water to make a paste
-strips of paper to make the tape: black and white newspaper (no colored ink), single-ply toilet paper, and a thin paper bag all work
-something for dabbing on drops of the paste, like the back of a paint brush
-and seeds!
You might also add a pretty flower to your boxes to pretty them up a bit. ;)

Jean-ius! | Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit

Learn How To Sew Pants That Fit in: Jean-ius! A Craftsy Sewing Class:

Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit

Nothing can replace that magic pair of jeans. But would you believe that you can make your own perfect-fit copies? Learn how to clone that fantastic fit in this Craftsy class.
  1. Overview
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I'll show you how to make your jeans into a blueprint. Don't worry: we won't be taking them apart or harming them in any way. I'll show you my ingenious method to create a pattern that lets you make pair after pair of fun, flattering trousers in any fabric, from casual to dressy, for women or men. I'll also teach you construction tips picked up in years of couture sewing from New York to San Francisco - things that make details you thought were hard a total breeze. I'm talking about shaping pockets, shortening zippers, sewing the crotch seam, and creating a perfectly tailored waistband.

In 11 HD video lessons, I will walk you through measuring, drafting and construction. If you're not happy, Craftsy will refund your money, no questions asked. And speaking of questions, ask away: I'm here to answer them all. One of the things I love about Craftsy classes is that you do them on your own time, as many times as you want. Enroll once and sew for a lifetime!

Introduce some genius into your wardrobe: enroll today in Jean-ius! Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit!

What You'll Learn

  • How to make your jeans into a pattern - without taking them apart 
  • How to create perfectly-fitting pants, in any fabric from sedate to outrageous 
  • Using silk organza as a tracing medium 
  • Couture secrets for sewing pockets, fly fronts and perfectly tailored waistbands 
  • Techniques you can use to copy any garment

Monday, August 6, 2012

Spoonflower: Design and Print Your Own Fabric


CUSTOM PRINTED FABRIC  No minimum order  $15.75 per yard | $5 swatches  | 10 Premium natural fabrics  | Eco-friendly textile printing  |  International shipping  |  Weekly fabric design contest
Spoonflower | Design and Print Your Own Fabric
Thoughts and experiences with Spoonflower:
*Excerpted from
Emmaline @
"Spoonflower prints on fabric using giant inkjet printers. (Not wildly different from what you likely have at home, just a lot bigger, using longer lasting washable inks and specially calibrated to give consistently good results.)

Prices start at $15.75/yard (and go up based on the type of fabric you choose.) You can order a fabric sample pack for just $1, shipping included.
Spoonflower also includes a free printed fabric swatch with every fabric order. You can order swatches, fat quarters, half-yards and infinite yardage. Designers also have the option of ordering samplers at lower costs to test prints." 
                                    joker shirt | weephun                             mirrah leaf bright | holli_zollinger    
"Designing for Spoonflower is not as mind-boggling as it may sound. If you want to keep things simple, Spoonflower makes it easy to do that. You can upload a wide variety of image sizes and file formats to create a design. Once your design is uploaded, you can use Spoonflower's application platform tools to edit the images, adjust the colors and choose the way it will repeat."

mod grain - browns | thirdhalfstudios                         chevrons | holli_zollinger  

"A few tips:

Start by getting a *color guide.
You can get this one for $1, including shipping.
I'd say that's step 1, no matter what you're planning to do.
This color guide includes 171 colors-- both a tile of the color and beneath each tile the RGB code you'd need to create it." -Emmaline

*The $1 color guide and a few of the printed swatches I've gotten along with fabric orders.

"Consider getting the big color map. The $1 chart above is a fantastic start, but the large scale chart is a must-have if you're going to get serious about fabric design. 
Colors are critical to success. I love this as wall art, but it's entirely practical to have on hand because it doesn't matter how fantastic your monitor is, the colors that appear on a screen will be different from the colors that print on a surface." 

"In this larger format the codes are included on top of each tile."

"Spend some time thinking about fabric options.
Spoonflower discusses their fabric types and gives relevant details like the width and weight of fabrics. Images of each fabric help illustrate how the same image will appear slightly different on each substrate because of the base color, texture, weight and absorbency of the fabric.

Interlock knit, for example, prints differently. It's a substrate that's slightly more oatmeal-ish in color, and the inks are a little more absorbed into the fabric.
Not a bad thing, just something to keep in mind." -Emmaline

9 of the 10 current fabric options

"At first glance, the price differences seem big in-between the "substrates" or types of fabric. But when you look at the cost of each fabric by the square inch instead of by the yard, the prices aren't that different.

-Kona (which is PFD white, I learned by asking) is 42" wide and $18/yard.
-Sateen is 56" wide and $27/yard.
-Cost per square inch is .14 and .16, respectively." 
Emmaline []
Thank you Emmaline! 
**  read more about Spoonflower @ Susan's 'crafterhours'! 

Download the Spoonflower Color Guide »

Download the Spoonflower Color Map »


Have a sample pack sent to you today! 

Each Sample booklet contains a 4" x 4"
unprinted swatch of each of our nine fabrics. 

Booklet is $1.00, shipping is free.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

"The Graphic Reflections Of Joshua Landsman"

Joshua Landsman’s Visual Reading Diary | imprint

"Writers I Have Loved"-- The Graphic Reflections Of Joshua Landsman

by J. J. SEDELMAIER on JULY 30, 2012

"I've known Joshua Landsman for over 45 years. We went to the same junior-high/high school in Evanston, lllinois, and even worked on our school newsletter together. I was always in awe of his writing talent—and sense of humor. He's since written screenplays and one-act plays—his "Frank Talk About Matters Big And Small" played at Chicago's Organic Theater as part of the second Chicago Fringe Festival.
What I wasn't aware of was his talent as an illustrator/designer. After we recently reconnected and renewed our friendship, Landsman showed me his drawings and cartoons, and specifically one project he'd been working on. His "Writers I Have Loved" project is delightful! Executed in sketchbook format, it does a exquisite job of combining Landsman's love for the written word, the people who write the words, and his unique graphic spin on how to tell the biographical stories he wants to tell. 
What also blows me away is how he presents his deep respect for the personal world of books in general. When you look through the imagery he's created to tell an author's story, you feel as though you've received a personal invitation to read through the writer's diary, journal, or scrapbook.
Each story is unique and well thought-out, but they also all retain an impulsive freshness (almost improvised) that feels tailor-made to each individual story. Landsman uses the entire page—drawings, illustrations, tipped-in clippings, typography . . .it's all a part of his presentation."
 "Writers I Have Loved" portfolio

"Here's how this project happened, in Landsman's own words:
'I started with the drawings of Evelyn Waugh and Flaubert, two of my very favorite writers. I was just trying to see if I could not draw like a monkey (jury's still out). I'm not sure exactly when it turned into a "project"—a whole sketchbook based on writers and books that have been important to me for different reasons at different times in my life—but I've ended up with what I think is a pretty accurate record of my life as a reader, or at least a record of the highlights, the stuff that has stayed with me. It's been very satisfying for me to revisit these books and writers. I really do love them—I feel like they're friends of mine who have had a tremendous influence on who I am and how I think. I've tried to make the pages personal, too—to tell a little story about my relationship with the writer or book. But sometimes it's just my thoughts about them.' 
Yes, I was an English Major . . .
Man, this is tasty stuff ! To see all the images in Landsman's project, go here:"

Joseph Heller


Wally Wood

Evelyn Waugh

William Burroughs (I think this is my favorite of all the designs.)

Samuel Beckett / Henry Moore

George Orwell

Marcel Proust

Andy Warhol . . . or Pat Hackett?

Thomas Pynchon

James Joyce

"Anomalies & Curiosities Of Medicine," 1896

Al Jaffee / Isaac Asimov

"God loves the simple folk"

J. D. Salinger

William Gaddis

J. G. Ballard

Ayn Rand / D. H. Lawrence

Dawn Powell

Fawn Brodie

Charles "Sparky" Schulz

The first page of a Schulz-inspired strip

Things Ludwig Wittgenstein didn't say. . . but Landsman did.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wilhelm Reich

Joseph Heller

The mailer that Joshua put together for an exhibit of the "Writers I Have Loved" project held recently at Chicago's J. Andrews Salon
Read more: Joshua Landsman’s Visual Reading Diary