Bowls, Mugs & More Change

Bowls, Mugs & More Change {an Art School Dropout's life}

Back in January I talked about feeling discontent and wanting to mix things up a bit. The post was titled “Weaving, Looms & Change“.

It was crazy how much changing things up helped me!

So I continued to build on that idea. I learned how to crochet, I started playing with different types of painting and surface design AND the biggest one was I TOOK UP CERAMICS!

Bowls, Mugs & More Change {an Art School Dropout's life}

Ceramics/Pottery has been on my wish list of things to get better at since high school. I never had the opportunity or access to a studio or class… until now!

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It turns out there is a very talented potter who lives right across the Potomac River in Virginia. Less than a 10 minute drive from me. Her name is Kristen Swanson and her classes and finished pieces are in high demand. Seriously, go look at it all. It’s gorgeous.

I somehow wiggled my way onto a wait list along with my friends Joann and Tanya (both fantastic local artist friends) and we were lucky enough to grab an 8 week Monday night class together. The lessons are all about using a wheel, but there is also extra studio time in the week where we can experiment.

Bowls, Mugs & More Change {an Art School Dropout's life}

I don’t have many pieces to show off yet, but if you follow me on IG, you can keep up in my new adventures! Adventures in CERAMICS!!

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Toy Photography & #the100dayproject: 001 thru 007

#100dayproject / Toy Photography {an Art School Dropout's life}

I’ve been seeing the #the100dayproject hashtag floating around and I really loved the concept.

100 days of making or doing something different. .

I’m already a full time maker and didn’t want any craft projects to distract me further, so instead I’m going to do portraits of toys. It’ll force me to use my DSLR outside of product photos in hopes of improving AND it’ll give my massive collective some love.
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I’ve been numbering them on IG, and decided to post them here every time I have seven posts.

So, counting the one above and in order, here is photos 001 through 007

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Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

I have been trying to mix things up and have a theme for each shop update! This month’s theme was hand painted laser cut wood (with one or two exceptions)

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

I went through my old sketchbooks and picked several designs that I thought would make neat brooches. They are all based off my own taste, but I will be open to suggestions in the coming months.

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I also went through some of my fabric designs and took out a few elements here and there as tests.

All in all I’m very proud of all the new pieces and love seeing them up in the shop.

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

Oh and I also threw in some new XL Wall Scissors to mix things up a bit! These are made from 1/4″ MDF with Designer Fabric fused to the surface before laser cutting. They are a great addition to any sewing room (or any space really).

You can find all of these pieces plus more in the shop!

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Shop Update: Crafty Bitches Club…

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Are you part of the Crafty Bitches Club? Do you want to be? If you answered yes to either of those, then you need one of the newest additions to the shop!

There are a couple variations available with more on the way!

First up is the T-shirt shown above! It is professionally printed on a black American Apparel Tri-Blend Crew Neck shirt up to size XL and solid black in XXL. They are currently available for Pre-order with delivery stated for mid April.

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If you are more of a subtle Crafty Bitch, then you may like our handmade laser cut Needle Minders or Pins!

They are available in the design above OR a handful of other sassy sayings.

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You can find all of this and much more in the shop! It’s currently all first come first serve with no updates scheduled for at least a month or so.

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Shop Update: Pin Cushions!

Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}

This has been an idea I have had in my head for almost a year! It just took me awhile to perfect it.

Let me introduce to you the exclusive Art School Dropout Pin Cushion! 

The bottom part is made just like a lot of my jewelry over the years. It is a lightweight hand cast plastic that was made using molds I created. Each one is one of a kind since I mix the pigments myself and the fillers. The inside of the pin cushion is a felted wool and is very dense. It will grab on to your pins and keep them super snug until you need them.

Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}

For this specific update I only added a small handful of variations. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with shipping. I’m holding on to the second batch of these for a shop update in April!

Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}

 

Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}

You can find all of these pin cushions plus other awesome sewing notions in the shop.

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Shop Update: Looms

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A few months back I made these laser cut looms for my Girl Scout troop so we could all learn to weave! The girl absolutely loved them.

I had posted about them on social media, as I usually do, and I received A LOT of comments asking when I would sell them. I was currently swamped with freelance work and knew I couldn’t handle the orders. So I held off.

Well, fast forward to a week or so ago, and a few friends kindly asked if I would make their shop/kid/them a loom or twelve. I said yes, and then decided to just add them to the shop!

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Which brings us to today! They are now available in the shop in two sizes, with more to come and can be customized with a name or saying of you choice!

I am absolutely loving the process of making these and hope to continue for awhile.

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You can find the above looms, plus other weaving tools in the shop!

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