Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Swap-o-rama-rama is almost here!

I'm going just slightly crazy over the Swap-o-rama-rama. Actually I think I'm starting to scare people. But it's been pretty incredible how wonderful people have come forward just as we need them. We will have airbrushing, stencilling, embroidery and grommets and lacing tables, as well as 4 or 5 sewing stations. And there will be a workshop in printing on fabric with found objects, and demos on making underwear from t-shirts and reverse applique. I can hardly wait!

Conrad and I had a wacky picture of ourselves delivered to all the homes in Vancouver via an article in the Vancouver Courier. (I can't get the link to work, but here's the pic.) It's a good thing I've been working on dissolving my ego. (Actually, I was quite pleased with the article.)

The fashion show features the work of four amazing creative women: Wendy Van Reisen, Tagalong Sally, Gretchen Elsner, and Shawna Reibling. After we see their incredible inspirational clothes, swap participants will be invited to model their own new outfits on the runway.

And there will be DJs, baking from Uprising, and god knows how many surprises. I need a cool cloth on my forehead just thinking about it!!
The world is getting better already...

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Creator and the Destroyer

Here's a few of the things I've been working on:
Kali T-Shirt - my mother-in-law gave me a pink Old Navy shirt for my birthday, and, not being one to shill for corporations when I can help it, I had to change a few things. I over-dyed it a dark plum colour, appliqued one of Aunt Margie's old doilies dyed magenta over the ON logo, downloaded an image of Kali and made an iron-on, and voila! a new T-shirt suitable for wearing to the Maiwa 20th Anniversary Party. (Which was a lovely evening.)

Also, I'm knitting a pair of socks, having succumbed to the lures of Koigu at the new Three Bags Full shop on Main. I know there are those who think varigated yarn is tacky, but I do love the way the colours change every stitch or so. Can't get bored!

And I've made a new knitting bag from some of the fabric featured a few postings back. I would never have thought that purple, plum, acid yellow and black could be so delicious together. There will soon be a few for sale on the Etsy shop, which I have neglected lately. Too busy with these darn business classes.

And the Swap-o-rama-rama is coming up in less than two weeks. I know it will be fabulous, but I'm starting to panic about the details. Don't forget:

See article in Vancouver Courier


Swap-O-Rama-Rama (http://swaporamarama.org )
September 30, 12pm to 4pm
$5 plus any size bag of unwanted clothing
Once inside all of the materials for creativity and
all the clothes you can carry are free!

Location: WISE Hall
1882 Adanac St. (at Victoria)

"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes
hunger and unhappiness." Gandhi

Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate
our collective creativity! You are invited to
Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series
of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community
explores reuse and creativity through the
recycling of used clothing.