As you know, I've been making lots of random junk recently. Mostly cards. I have now extended my project into purses and handbags made out of sustainable materials. I finished a project made of sudoku squares, of a glossy paper which allows protection against certain water damage; useful for when you leave it sitting on the beer soaked bar mats in your local drinking hole. Admittedly, the sudoku squares were left over from a stack of about a thousand I received at Christmas, and I almost threw them out in the rubbish.
Instead, I got a new and personalised accessory, combining my love of purses with number puzzles into a piece of fashion. Also, surprisingly, it is rather sturdy and I managed to fit my usual load of crap into it, without strain or damage to the purse.
I freaking love nautical colours, especially when you add a bow.
I was at first considering using the sewing machine to put it together, but for the number of layers of glossy card I was using, the strength of it would probably not have allowed for stitching. Also, I had rediscovered my love of PVA and superglue. The first run through of this purse was attached using only PVA glue and it held up amazingly considering, however I wanted something that was a bit more "Me-proof" and so I whipped out my super fun 151 model adhesive. The sides were a bitch to make, because I had to get the folding right by hand, or my purse would be lopsided and all the other purses would laugh at it.
I bought some snap fasteners, but I always prefer to hand stitch those on, which wasn't really possible to do neatly on this material, and so I sold out and stole some of The Father's velcro and glued it. The edges have been lined with glue to prevent any fraying, and to keep it reasonably waterproof.
This is pretty much everything I used to make it, minus the protective cutting board, because it is currently covered in the materials of a dissassembled Mother's Day card and I daren't move it.
A project I started ages ago and never finished was Lego People Earrings. The excess metal needed to wind around the earring base was funnily enough paperclips and solder. I like to keep it Art Attack resourceful sometimes. And God knows I have better hair than the host of that show ever did, bless him. You can buy little baggies of earring bases so you can make your own from most fabric stores and random junk selling shops.
Here is my random junk pile I emptied out of my bead box, when I started looking for things I could make accessories out of.You will notice there are three Lego People; this is so I can mix and match depending how straight or gay I am feeling each day. Beautiful! A sexuality statement swinging from my ears. The Corridor Crew would be proud.
It just so happened that the art-student-cum-attractive-blogger Germanotti was discussing his project (which has it's own blog here) the other day and generally having a bit of a whinge about it, when I suggested he branch out into more shiney femme things that girls would be interested in buying, as well as his already quite nice clothing. "Girls are like Magpies and like sparkly things" I keep saying.
And now I shall be helping him, which is super duper for us both. For him, because he gets to spend more time with me and me because I get to quench my creative thirst and see him in art student action. Also, he keeps telling me I need to get out of the house more.
Well that's another creative outburst from me, I hope you all enjoy the pictures starring my beautiful hardwood floors.