Recently I suffered a crafting-binge of sorts. It was set off by the fact that I had committed to giving at least 5 pieces to the smARTS Haiti Benefit on my campus. I wanted to drop the pieces off this past Thursday, but that gets pretty difficult when you have squat accomplished. My procrastination got the best of me, but I toiled all Wednesday night until 3am or so. I cranked out a total of 8 fascinators and 11 pendants, of which I split for the Haiti benefit on Monday and for a pending Chile benefit. (I kept a pendant for myself. Terrible, I know.)
I think this is my favorite of the fascinators that I made. I ordered these lovely bleached peacock feather pads online and added some guinea plumage. It was topped of by a vintage finding and attached to a sweet floral headband.
This was my roomie's personal fave. The headband is more graphic in nature and the findings have a dark pirate feel.
I really wish the seller of these specific feather pads still existed. I would've bought them out had I known. Another floral headband and vintage finding found during an outing with my high school Costume & Makeup teacher.
Part deux of the night brought me to eyeglass lens pendants. Anytime I'm out thrifting, I always look for the largest granny frames so I can pop the lenses out. Finding the images takes a bit more time, but luckily I had already cut some out and stored them away. I also used illustrations from books I bought from Midtowne. It felt sacrilegious to cut pages from a book, but I saw it more as giving these images a new lease on life.
Image found from the book, Nobody's Birthday.
Sole pendant that I kept for myself. "Mistah Peanut, you's so dapper!"
Image from a children's book of Birds...I also found a neat dinosaur image for another pendant.
So, these may not qualify as your typical "art works," but I don't feel that I've reached a comfortable level as a solid artist. I'd much rather DIY: reuse, renew, recycle. These will be sold with all proceeds going towards Haiti or Chile...that is, if people even buy them.