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Arts & Crafts for the Urban Hipster

Creative Chaos July 29, 2006

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 11:30 am

Trying to fit creativity back into ones life is ruff. After so many years of linear thought opening up to non-linear thinking again is daunting.

Trying to catch that spark that will set everything aflame is both sought after, yet held back. After so many years of thinking with the left side of the brain. Thinking that everything has its place and order and time. Why the fear?

A little spark can set off a wildfire; tumbling, turning, burning, a never ending process. The mind reels from the possibilities. Can this be harnessed to see it through to fruition, to completion? Or will the tilt-a-whirl of madness keep spinning? Will the projects never stop? How do you reconcile the need for order with the need for chaos?

How does one catch a comet?
The rush, the high is exciting.

100 Ideas
52 Projects


11th & Ost NW July 28, 2006

Filed under: Art,Community — kellyrand @ 8:44 pm

That’s what the picture says at borfyou. Communique and street party start at 9:30pm, Saturday. See you there.


Photo Op July 26, 2006

Filed under: Community,Craft — kellyrand @ 1:22 am

Heading out to dinner with friends we decided to try Bar Pilar. The space was great. Very nautical and essence of Hemmingway. Drinks, food all yum. But the BEST part of this restaurant is the photo booth in the back!

Bringing back memories of carival rides and “Beaches”, the photo booth was covered in the four frames of forgotten pictures of past occupants. Of course we had to partake in this treasure. For a mear $5 we squeezed ourselves into the booth and laughed all the way through the red lights and flash.

I feel like there is a craftster like challenge here. Something like the most creative photo booth photos. What fun!


Give a Hoot July 23, 2006

Filed under: Craft — kellyrand @ 5:45 pm

Inspired by the tireless creativity from the folks over at craftster, I decided to make a tote-bag for a friend. Her old bag was falling apart and she desperately needed a new one. She is leaving town so I thought this would be a nice gift. I wanted to embellish said tote so on the sly I asked her what animal/creatures she was fond of. She said that she liked owls because they reminded her of her grandmother. Her grandmother having lots of owls in her house, when she was growing up.

So owl it was. I created the tote out of canvas and I cut the owl out of scrap fabric and used fabric glue to past it down. I sewed buttons on for the eyes.

My friend thinks her new bag is great.


DC Glass July 20, 2006

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 3:17 am

This past weekend I had the privilege to meet two amateur glass blowers. When I think of blown glass two vastly different images come to mind. The first is of the rinky dink trinkets composed of clear glass tipped with gold. Mostly small animals like swans and always sold at Disney World. The other is of Dale Chihuly and his ceiling installations at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

I’ve never really given glass too much of my time and its a medium that hovers precariously on the art/craft debate. Meeting the amateur glass blowers I naively asked how they came to glass blowing, “’cause you don’t just one day wake up and take up glass blowing”. Well I guess that’s what they did. Silly me.

Investigating where they would start their new endeavour they considered the Corcoran, but found it didn’t fulfill their needs, being just about glass bead making in the larger context of jewelery making. They soon found a studio close by with instruction and rent-able studio time, DC Glass Works.

Located in Hyattsville, MD, DC Glass Works offers instruction on how to blow glass and rents out space and a glory hole with necessary equipment. The June – July class schedule is mostly beginner offerings with one intermediate class in cane pulling.

Their website also highlights their outreach work and offers classes for at-risk youth and donations of original hand blown pieces for charity auctions.

DC Glass Works seems like a great place to embrace a new hobby and go forth with the creation of gold tipped swans or your own ceiling installation.


The return of BORF? July 18, 2006

Filed under: Community — kellyrand @ 2:47 am

Mysterious flyers announcing a “video communique and street party” are showing up around the district. Our own notorious, misunderstood suburban tagger is popping up again. The posters direct you to a website that will announce the location of the party that will take place on the 29th. borfyou does not seem to be working though.

Is this the return of BORF? Or just a cruel, cruel joke. Whatever this communique and street party turn out to be, I’m sure a good time will be had by all.

Edit: the broken link for borfyou, now ominously says – coming…..
The plot thickens.


Sandwich Keeper July 16, 2006

Filed under: Craft — kellyrand @ 11:32 pm

A nifty new way to keep your sandwiches! Introducing the Sandwich Keeper! I made mine out of scraps of fabric and I think vinyl, or something of the like that was once advertised to be used as rain repelling fabric.

I took the two pieces and sewed them together along with a Velcro fastener. I cut the edges with pinking shears and viola! a reusable way to transport your sandwiches. To clean you just wipe off the plastic side with a little soap and water.