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handmade suede hackiesacks

status: available


45 adapter wristband

45 adapter wristban

materials: merino
date made: early 2007
status: taken (2.13.2008)

I was so proud of myself when I figured out how to make this, but there were some problems: the image was too wide, the entire thing was too long, and that the dj I made it for probably wouldn’t ever wear it. I held onto to it because it represented a lot of things that I learned.

I never knew what a 45 adapter was before this dj. I didn’t know a lot of things about that whole world–scratch live, turntablism, the dirt club owners far too often try to pull, being friends with everyone when the beats are vibrating through you and drinks come one after the next, how fabulous and ridiculous 2-3 parties a week, for months, can feel. When I wasn’t interested, I turned back to my thing, being crafty. I figured out how to do fair-isle knitting. I discovered how to make myself happy, after the music ends and the lights come on… and I have a whole bunch of completed projects.

This piece holds lingering memories I haven’t quite figured out how to let go of. Maybe, if I just let go of this thing, then I won’t be reminded of all those thoughts quite so often.

reuse: junk


item#: 032b
status: Japanese babes taken (2.13.08)

When I come across some good junk (like old maps, bus schedules, catalogs, menus, etc.), I turn them into envelopes. I even have a whole bunch out of health brochures. Don’t be surprised if you get a letter from me and the envelope tells you how to give yourself a breast exam.

I made this set out of a magazine filled with over-tanned Japanese chicks, with obvious eye surgery, modeling skimpy swim wear. I sit and make envelopes all the time to keep me busy. They’re really easy to make too.

stash of envelopesThe simple how-to: First, I take apart an envelope and trace it onto card stock–an old cereal box or file folder will do the trick. Then I trace the template onto the piece of paper I’m going to reuse. At this point it’s good to place it so that you get the most interesting image on the envelope, or try to minimize the amount of cutting you’ll have to do by placing the template on the edge of the paper. Then cut it out. To make things go faster, sometimes I’ll cut 2-4 out at the same time. Cut it, fold it, glue the bottom. Tah dah!

I made the set of Japanese bikini babe envelopes for thing-a-day. Looking at my enormous stash of things I’ve made, I realize that my next challenge is going to be figuring out what to do with all these fun creations.

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