Mageweave Designs!

October 5, 2009 at 9:54 am | Posted in Mageweave Designs Shop | Leave a comment
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Its finally launched!  Well, it launched towards the end of the summer, but its here!

Mageweave Designs focuses on unique chainmaille jewelry and accessories.  I have plans for more, including a “tattered” line, eventually.  Here are some examples of what’s for sale:

cascading flower earrings 1“Cascading Flowers” earrings

MW_blue chevron 5Blue “Chevron” Bracelet

MW_copper flower 2Copper Japanese Star Pendant

MW_crystal roses 1“Roses and Crystals” Choker Necklace

MW_wave 1“Wave” Choker Necklace

I can also custom-make almost any item in a different color or type of metal.

Please check out my Etsy Shop here!

I can make books now!

May 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Art | 2 Comments
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This past Spring semester, I took a class in Artist Book Making.  The main focus was on teaching a wide variety of book binding techniques.  We were allowed to fill them with whatever we wanted, so long as it fit into the realm of “artist book”.  I saw lots of photography, comic strips, some abstract paint-splatters, and a senior thesis being bound into handmade books.  I mostly stuck to poetry and song lyrics.  For my final project, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite authors, Lewis Carroll, by making a collection of artist books based around his poetry, reflecting some of the non-sensical and flair that he so often brought into his work.

Crocodile Book

“The Crocodile” – This one was probably the most fun to design, and the biggest pain to actually make.  Those teeth are all perfectly alligned and wrapped in white paper.  The poem can be read off the ‘tongue’ glued inside the clamshell-style box ‘mouth’.

Dee and Dum Book

“The Walrus and the Carpenter” – Since Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum tell this tale in the book, I made a two-part book for the poem.  Each side has alternating stanzas, with the “Dee” side going first.  It’s designed so that two people have to face each other to read the poem together… Or you could just flip it back & forth till you go mad….

Jabberwock Book

“The Jabberwocky” – Alice finds the Jabberwocky book while in the mirror world, so the entire thing is a mirror image.  I chose a removable hinge type bind for this book so I could make a ‘secret message’ of sorts; when you remove the dowel holding the bind together, a riddle is revealed, telling you to use a mirror.  Finding a way to get text to print in mirror reverse was the most challenging part of this one…. Oh, and the removable hinge bind takes a lot of precise measuring and a lot of parts to cover with pretty paper.

*dusts away the cobwebs*

May 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So, as usual, college became a black void wherein I emerge and its been 8 or 9 months since I did a proper update on anything. Only 1 more year, though!

General (Art-Related) Updates:

– I’m now a Student Member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, or SNAG. Don’t let the name fool you; they are a group of all kinds of metal artists, jewelers, and blacksmiths, and members span as far as Europe. I’ll be attending and doing volunteer work at their annual conference (read: 4 days of galleries/speakers/portfolio stuffs/party) in Phili in a few weeks. MAJORLY looking forward to that.

– My college canceled the Metal Arts program, and my amazingly cool and awesome Metal Arts Prof. is leaving for another college ;_; I will do what I can to keep burninating my metalz, but its hard when you can’t actually schedule it in like a class, or have challenging assignments. As such, I am seriously considering an MFA (or second BA) in Metals/Jewelry/Artisan Craft! But I’m still looking around and considering options.

– I applied for a local Arts Fest, made tons of stock, and was rejected ;_; So, what else to do but set up a webshop! [link] should be up and running by the end of June, if all goes well. Mostly chainmail jewelry/accessories to start, but I have many a craft love and may include tatted lace, cloth item-ma-bobs, hand-bound journals, and whatever else I manage to make and market.

– My degree will be a BA in New Media.  Metal Arts stole my heart, but Sculpture, which is the closest ligit department here, isn’t really that awesome.  I’ve already taken 1 New Media studio course and liked it, so I’m just going to take a few more and get the heck outta here in 2010!

General (Non-Art) Updates:

– I took a trip to Tokyo, Japan over New Year’s with my boyfriend.  Our return flight landed on the Friday before Spring Semester started, so I have yet to go through and gussey-up all the photos I took.

– I have a new little buddy to keep me company in college-land.  Her name is Ichigo, and she is a Southern Flying Squirrel, bred for pet purposes (read: I bought her from a breeder, who didn’t capture her, or her parents, or her grandparents, from the wild).  She is a wonderful little buddy and I’ll post pics of her if she ever slows down long enough for one!

I’ll get around to posting some awesome photos of past and on-going projects that are lying about, but for now I still have one last final to take!

Running around in the Gardens with a Camera

June 17, 2008 at 11:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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My crafty juices are finally flowing again, but the project I wanted to post about this week isn’t done yet.  (Well, it is… but it isn’t.  YOU’LL SEE WHEN I POST IT!)  So for now, here’s some photography:

My dad and I have a family membership to Longwood Gardens, which is only about a 10-20 minute drive from my house.  Since the membership means I get in free, I like to go there over the summer and take photos/sketch/play in the children’s garden.  It’s a lot of fun, and I sometimes come home with great artwork.

This is a macro of some leavy/viney thing that spiraled onto itself.

Another leaf.  I’m a sucker for macro shots XD

A shot taken from one of the treehouses in their current display (Longwood hosts cool displays all the time, but I like their outdoor summer ones the best.)

A white plant.  The bush that this came from looked like a fluffy pile of snow in the middle of all the green.

Like many small-minded creatures, I am easily distracted by bright colors.  Pretty orange flower!  *snap*

Pretty pink flowers!  *snap*  This is some kind of orchid.  I intend to go back and find the specific name.

Next week, I should have finished the sewing project that was supposed to be in this post, and have a drawing project started (my model is going to rot soon!)

Boyfriend’s Shirt turned cute top + stars update

June 7, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve had this shirt of my boyfriend’s for awhile now, hoping I’d find something cute to make it into. It wasn’t exactly an old shirt, per say, but he had it and didn’t want to wear it. It’s a pretty nice shirt, though: Black with red and pink pinstripes. I had some motivation + inspiration the other day, and came up with this:

Basically, all I did was re-size it, make it sleave-less, changed the buttons from a neutral grey-clear to red, and added darts to help shape it. One of the darts came out a bit wonky, and since I pinned them while wearing the shirt, they’re not symetrical, so I guess I need some more practice.

The funny pucker on the back is a pin; after putting it on the manaquin, I realised that the back was HORRIBLY uneven. I’ll have to go back and fix that.

Also this week:

Wishing Star Update: 750. I’m almost out of paper. Not sure if I’ll attempt to cut strips out myself (since I have a goal now, maybe it won’t be so bad?), or making another trip to Chinatown ( I ran out of mochi cakes anyway)

Wishing Stars & A Messy Desk

May 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s been a little too long. I appoligize. After finals, I loaded my room into my car, drove home, then proceeded to spend a whole week slowly unloading/unpacking, because my room had become SO CLUTTERED that unpacking was an issue. 4 bags and boxes worth of donations to Goodwill, a little more than that of trash, and some vacumn storage bags later, and I’ve escaped the mess!

…. Well, mostly. My desk is still horribly messy. So I will show it to you:

A close-up of my desk shows the only craft project I’ve managed since break started: Origami Wishing Stars. Similar to the 1,000 cranes legend, you can make a wish on 1,000 wishing stars. Looooong ago, I started making a set for my boyfriend. I got to about 500, had to resort to cutting up wrapping paper, and kind of gave up. Upon coming home, I decided to count and finish them for his graduation. I bought a bunch of pretty papers at Chinatown, along with a pretty star-shaped jar. He has the first 1,000, but the jar only looks half-full, and I still have a lot of papers left. So, what else was I to do but to make another 1,000 to put in it!

Current count: 450. I think I have around 300 papers left, then I’ll have to get more. I learned from last time that cutting your own little strips is NOT a good idea. Plus, the ones you can buy are so pretty!

If you want to learn to make these yourself, here’s a good tutorial, with paper sizes and suggestions and ideas on what to do with them.

A Semester’s Worth of Work

May 8, 2008 at 6:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Now that the semester is FINALLY over (handed in my final assignment less than an hour ago!), I have some time to post the rest of my Metal Arts projects before I pack-up and head home for the summer!

Rico Eastman Maquette
Project 1: design and fabricate a wearable maquette, based off of a large, outdoor sculpture. While doing research, I was inspired by Rico Eastman’s nifty lincoln-logs-esque sculptures, and decided to make a shoulder-piece based off of them. It’s really just aluminum sheeting cut into rectangles, hammered into curves, and notched so they slot together. The piece isn’t fused together, it comes apart. Post-grading, I made a Euro 4-1 chain strap to hold it on the body. Someday, I’d like to make a whole outfit/armour set to go with this.

BTW, this is when I discovered that my camera broke, so my friend, Linny, took those photos for me. I waited until the last second to take photos of the rest, using my new Cannon Powershot!

Life Box
Project 2: Make a dispenser/container for something intangable. I chose life, and made a planter in the shape of a sun (or a fried egg, depending on how you look at it, but the intention was a sun!) I actually wanted to make a dispenser for “The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything”, but my teacher said not everyone would get the reference 😦 Oh well. I’ll hopefully get pics up when I finally plant something into this, since part of the inspiration for this was the contrast of soft soil and metal.

Chakra Headdress
Project 3: Bezels as wearables. I might have lied, in my last post, because this could be tied for my favorite project. I am really, really proud of my bezels and I hope to have the opportunity to make some again.

Anyway, this project involved a set of 3-5 bezels, set into a wearable, with thought to how the wearable could be displayed off the body. I bezeled a set of clear glass taxedermy eyes, which I painted. From top: The Chakra for the Third Eye (set in sideways! Oops!), A Native American God’s Eye Design, and some clouds. I made a chainmaille headdress, so the bezels can be worn on the forhead as a “third eye” sort of gem, with metal feather-shaped pendents in the back. When off the body, this piece can be strung onto a hoop and hung on the wall, like a Dream Catcher (hence the feathers, which are traditional Dream Catcher danglies. I still need to get a hoop of the right size, BTW)

That’s really it. Doesn’t seem like a full semester’s worth of work, but it really was. I’m kind of sad that I don’t get to take Intermediate Metal Arts in the Fall, but other things overlap with it, so my plan is to take it in the Spring. Blah. Okay, I’m off to clean and move home for the summer!

Is YOUR WiiMote Made of Metal?

May 1, 2008 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Which Wii is Which?

So, I wanted to post up my entire Metals portfolio, but it’s getting late and I have to get up early for Art History tomorrow 😛 So there’s only enough time to post about one project, although, it’s my favorite: The Copper WiiMote!

The assignment was to make a trophy based on an inanimate object, with the goal in mind to work on a lot of little detail-y fussy things in copper (’cause it’s easier in copper, though a Brass WiiMote might’ve been cooler!). I chose a WiiMote ’cause, well, it seemed like an apt and yet silly thing to make a trophy about. And I miss being able to play while in school ;_;

The Tower of Wii!

Here’s the actual tower, made up of all the Wii and DS game boxes I could scrounge up, plus a smaller stack of DS games at the top. I feel kind of bad, because the assignment included a ‘plaque’ of sorts to stick to the trophy, but I didn’t end up making one. I think the repetative Wii logo on the boxes kind of makes up for it, though.

A close-up of the top of the tower, because I couldn’t resist:

And lastly, a few close-ups so you can see the button details:

Front Buttons

Back Button (someone wore-down the 'B' punch in the shop, methinks, b/c this was the best I could do)

I should point out, that everything was done by hand. I say this to excuse the horrid sanding job on the front. I didn’t have rotery tools, only pieces of sandpaper, and that stuff only folds up into tiny bits so much…

Origami Party!

April 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Cranes!

This is what Japanese language student nerds do on a Friday night.

Allow me to explain: The mother of a friend of mine is battling breast cancer.  His girlfriend has decided to make her a charm of 1,000 origami cranes, as per Sadako’s story.  She’s made about 500 since December, but she wants to be done soon, so of course, she and her Sensei organized a Crane-Making Party for her friends and some other Japanese students!  She brought along a package of 360 papers, and some extras for practice, and we folded it ALL!おいしいおかし!(delicious snacks!)

Of course, it took a lot of 日本のおかし (Japanese snacks), including these really awesome crackers with a slightly buttery flavoring on the outside, and lychee gummis.  We spent three strait hours folding, so sugar was deffinatly necessary!

go jyuu ten yo!

My hands hurt again just looking at this!  My contribution was about 50.  There’s more than 50 in the photo, but a few of them aren’t mine.  Eric kept throwing his cranes at me o_<  Eric also got bored from mangling cranes and throwing them at me, and made a comic about sensei:

Benkyoushinakuchyaikemasen! (You must study!)

*snicker snicker* The poor boy needs to study more.

360!

Here’s the whole lot of ’em, stacked into pretty rows.  360 good luck cranes, enough to defend Sparta!

 

… if cranes could fight and weren’t made out of paper ^^;;  This puts the total up to around 8- or 900, and I think Erin wants to make the last few herself.  This was really a lot of fun; maybe now I’ll pull my 1,000 paper stars project out of the closet again.

‘Ello

April 21, 2008 at 1:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Since I don’t happen to have anything noteworthy to discuss today, I’ll just start by saying Hi!

About Mage Weave:  The name “mage weave” comes from Blizzard Entertainment’s MMO, World of Warcraft.  Mageweave is a cloth item used to make equipable items via the Tailoring profession.  I’ve always thought the name was appropriate for things that are made, in my crazy mind, with a hint of magic.  Anyone who’s made a doll or plushie knows that you really do breathe a little “life” into your creations.  Dolls and plushies just make this more apparent with their life-like features, but all creations hold a little piece of their creator; a little piece of inspiration, craftsmanship, and care.

*stashes Hippy-Paige back in the closet*

Anyway!  Well, I plan to use this blog to post my art and craft projects, hopefully with some pictures, and discuss, maybe sell, make tutorials; really, whatever I feel is crafty and fun.  To be more specific on the arts/crafts topic, here’s what I do and hope to post about:

  • Traditional and Digital Drawings and Paintings.
  • Sewing: Clothing, Accessories, and Plushies
  • Chainmaille: Accessories and Jewelry
  • School-Related Projects and rantings thereof
  • Origami?  Cooking?  Face Painting?  It’ll all end up here eventually, I’m sure.

So….. yeah!  I think that’s all I have for now.  Welcome to Mage Weave’s Blog, y’all!

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