Friday, March 26, 2010

backpacks + items

Here are some photos of the other components of my backpack sculpture project. I'm probably going to make a demonstration-video that goes along with it and explains the whole thing for class. Don't worry, this video will actually be edited, and probably won't feature me.
Also, I have a big paper due Monday that I'm really unprepared for, and I can't afford to have any distractions this weekend, so there will be no new post on Monday.

Monday, March 22, 2010

post-spring break backpacks

Here are some pictures of the two (now mostly finished) backpacks. I can only use one of them when i present them to my class, and i don't really know which one I like more, so I'll have to play a game of mental-Project Runway and make that hard decision.
I now have mad respect for anyone with actual sewing skills-- it's so (sew) hard!
There are a few more components that go into this project, so I'll add some pictures of that part later. I'll also take some pictures of them that don't happen to have my bed as the background.

Friday, March 19, 2010

spring break backpack pt. 4

Here's the start of Backpack 2. Right now, it looks a lot like my dog. Both will be done for Monday, and then I'll start something completely new.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

spring break backpack pt. 3 + family bonding

Here's the (mostly finished) first backpack. Major thanks to Goody for helping me with her mad sewing machine skills. I'm not really liking how this one looks (it's very small and flawed), but hopefully backpack 2 will be more successful.

-An awesome moment that occurred when Goody and I were sewing/watching tv together:
A commercial for "Summit at the Summit" (an mtv documentary about various celebrities climbing mt. kilamanjaro to raise awareness about the clean water crisis) came on, and Goody asked me what it was about. I wasn't too sure what the exact purpose of the climb was, so I said, "They're trying to help people get clean water or something". And she then asked me, "So, are they bringing the water down from the mountain?"
I think all that sewing really took its toll on both of us mentally. Next time, we'll have monkey bread to keep us sharp. And it would be pretty neat if famous people were actually bringing some great water back from a water source at the top of Mt. Kilamanjaro.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

spring break backpack pt. 2 + chasin' jasons

Here's what I have so far for my backpack project. Sorry it's still way incomplete-- I just finished cutting all the pieces for the pattern I'm using. I'm also going to make a more "improvisational" one where I don't use a pattern for directions. I think the improv one might end up cooler than the pattern one?
I'll finish things up soon (since it's due right when I get back to school)

staycation revelation 2:
You can never just date one person named Jason in your lifetime. Should you go out with one guy named Jason, you will inevitably end up dating another one (or maybe more than one). I call this the "Chasin' Jason Phenomenon". I haven't experienced it myself, but there are MANY real-life examples.
an ideal chasin' jasons scenario: bateman/schwartzman

(such an exhilarating photo)

Monday, March 8, 2010

spring break backpack pt. 1

Here are some sketches for the sewing project I'll be working on while I'm at home for break. Hopefully, these little drawings kind of convey that I'll be making a backpack, or maybe 2 backpacks.
Sorry I don't have much yet. I did buy the fabric today, so I have no excuse but to get to work and have something significant done by Friday.
I think the ladies at the fabric store thought I was pretty "eccentric" after I explained that I'm trying to make a backpack for a sort of performative sculpture project.

Friday, March 5, 2010

sexual napalm (™ john mayer) pt. 2

Here's an updated version of the picture I started a little while ago. I still need to work on my painting skills and make the water look more water-ish, and fix some other stuff, but that won't happen until after I get back from break.
I'll definitely be switching things up during Spring Break. I have a sculpture project to make that involves sewing, which should be interesting because my only sewing experience was a little class we took in eighth grade and I didn't even really learn much because I was so jealous and bitter that the other half of my class was in cooking class making spectacular/advanced recipes like grilled cheese and †††***monkey bread***†††. Fortunately, now I can make my own monkey bread to eat while I sew, so that won't be an obstacle anymore.

Monday, March 1, 2010

only one post this week

I thought I'd be able to do a midweek post, but, unfortunately, I have way too much to take care of before break, so there'll only be a Friday post this week-- my apologies.
Trust me, things will pick up once break starts. Speaking of which, I know with spring break, it's important to "let loose" and "have as much fun as you can", but still, "check yourself before you wreck yourself" and try to follow the adage "better safe than sorry"

One piece of advice I learned via bathroom stall:

(sorry if I pushed the envelope, but you can never be too careful)