Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday Inspirations- Light!

Stuart Haygarth has been designing lighting from colleted and repurposed objects since around 2004. It took 1020 pairs of prescription spectacles to make "Spectacle".

And the "Tide" Chandelier was made from man made objects that washed up on a certain bit of coastline in Kent.

Michael R. Parent makes interesting art pieces involving steel, fiber optics and encaustic paint. Night Sky Fiber optics

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Inspirations- Knit, Crochet, Tat

You can buy a crochet pattern for this fun bento box set from

This skirt is one of my favorite pieces by Juliet Hone of Smith & Hone. I love the color combination and the stripe pattern.

Knitwear as performance art! This piece is by Krelwear.

Cotton tatting art by Icelandic artist Hildur Bjarnadóttir.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday DIY- Quick Wrap Skirt

Look Ma! No pattern!

I've had this pretty fabulous vintage fabric hanging around for awhile and I finally decided it needed to be put to use. I didn't have any patterns in my size/that I really liked so I made this really simple wrap skirt by trial and error.

First I laid out my fabric on my cardboard project board. This thing is so useful, it has a grid of 1 inch squares all over it which helps simplify rough measurements and you can make your fabric stay in place by pinning it to the board which is AWESOME!

Next I cut my fabric to be a nice even rectangle. Oh, and I ironed it.

I then measured from where I wanted my skirt to sit on my waist to where I wanted the hem hit. I decided to make it 17" long. To that amount, I added 3/4" + 1/2" on both the top and the bottom. (that's a pretty standard measurement for a hem) This comes to 19.5". So next I cut my big rectangle of fabric across the long way ( I think the length was around 60") so the height was now 19.5"

Next I measured 1/2" from all of the edges, folded them down and pinned them. Then I ironed the folds. from there I folded the edges over again, this time 3/4". Ironed that too and stitched the hem. After this I forgot to take photos, so I'll just describe it.

So at this point I had a big rectangle with hemmed edges. I wrapped it around so it was snug around my hips, knowing I'd be putting in darts to make it taper in at the waist. I marked where it should overlap and where I wanted to put snaps with pins. Then I did some crazy experimenting with darts. I'll skip the ideas that didn't work. ; ) Here's the one that did end up working: hold your "skirt" in front of you, pinned in place using your markings of where it should overlap. Measure the top edge not including the 2nd layer that is overlapped. Then measure your waist where you want the skirt to hit. Subtract the measurement of your waist from the fabric edge measurement. The number you get is going help you figure out your darts.

Say you got 3" difference (I think that's around what I got), if you're making two darts in back like I did, it makes sense that at the top of your darts they should each measure 1 1/2". That way the top edge measurement is equal to your waist. I ended up figuring out the length of my darts by trial and error, but later found out from my sister (she's a fashion designer) that most of the time when you're doing the old two darts in back trick, that they're usually around 4" in length. I made mine 3 3/4" so it was close.

Here's how you figure out the placement. Hold up your skirt, fold it flat so the front is laying face down. measure across the top edge. Take 1/4 of that measurement. whatever # you got, measure in that much from either side and mark it. Those two marks are the center of your darts.

After sewing my darts, I stitched a couple snaps on for closure. And a few vintage buttons just for looks. And that's it!

feel free to comment or ask questions! : )

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday Inspirations- Biking!

ID magazine reviewed this new helmet in their annual design review recently. I love it! I want one! : ) They have two layers: the EPS core and a fabric cover for comfort and washability. yes, washability. I don't know if that word exists but it sounds good right?

They're designed by Yves Behar for the NYC Dept of Health. He has also recently designed the NYC Condoms for them as well.

And here, for your viewing pleasure, is a clip of Judge Judy layin the smack down and defending the rights of a biker.