Friday, May 22, 2015

TECH FASHION: Anouk Wipprecht's Bubblegum Dress

I found Dutch fashiontech designer, Anouk Wipprecht's work several years ago, in an article about tech fashion. I think it was her Intimacy 2.0 dress that 1st caught my attention. We've been Facebook friends for a few years. I've enjoyed watching her work progression. A recent completed design is her popular Spider Dress that defends the wearer's personal space. This is a combination of 3D printing and computer technology with Intel Edison chips.

She's currently working on a Bubblegum Dress for Cirque du Soleil's HEART Ibiza, a food/art/tech themed show. The dress uses leather for the body, 3D printing for the shoulder piece, and limited edition Pink Tinsy 3.1 boards. The final dress will be included in the show opening June 6th. If she has shares photos of the final dress, I'll make an updated post.

Photos by Will Lipman

At Maker Faire Bay Area, she worked on the Bubblegum dress prototype. You can see her work in this interview by Make.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Abstract Floral Wood Earrings

These DIY abstract floral wood earrings are the result of experimenting with Rit dye and the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool. The wood is lightweight making it perfect for oversized statements earrings that won't pull at your ears. You can dye the pieces any color and create any design. Tacky Glue is great for wood, as it bonds the pieces together strongly. I'm digging the metallic trend lately...but really metallics are always great. I added the silver details for a little extra sparkle.

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You can find the instructions for these DIY Abstract Floral Wood Earrings on my YouTube channel.

Monday, May 18, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Woodburned Circles Dangle Earrings

These woodburned circles dangle earrings are a result of my experiments with using Rit to dye wood and the Creative Versa-Tool. I've been enjoying working with wood again. I haven't done much pyrography since I was a teenager, but the basic skills are easy to maintain. It's drawing with a very hot pen or marker. This project is great for beginners or advanced woodburners who want to incorporate this artform into something wearable. I draw a lot of influence from geometry and folk art lately, as I find my crafting groove, but you could make other designs. Rit comes in many colors...of which I bought several lately.

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You can see how to make these DIY Woodburned Circles Dangle Earrings on my YouTube channel.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

WEDDING DIY: Woodburned Wedding Tree Activity

Over at Walnut Hollow, we're celebrating weddings. I made this Woodburned Wedding Tree Activity. It uses a Rustic Basswood Plank and Creative Versa-Tool from Walnut Hollow, Folk Art Home Decor Wood Tint in Oak from Plaid Crafts, and green ink, to create a memento for the lucky recipient(s). This can be used for any occasion, including birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, retirement parties, etc. If you're new to wood burning or pyrography, you'll be surprised how easy this is to make. Head over to Walnut Hollow's blog to see how to make your own! Later this month, I'll share a wedding tablescape using several of Walnut Hollow's wood projects. I'll continue to make monthly projects for them, which makes me house smell rich from lush wood...and wood burning...hehe.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DESIGNER INSPIRED: Rebecca Minkoff F/W 2015 - Look #16

This outfit is inspired by look #16 from Rebecca Minkoff's Fall Winter 2015 collection. I like the styling of this outfit, giving it an eclectic mix of accessories and patterns. For this recreation, I found a dress with a similar style print, but black and white with a higher neckline. The bag has tassels, shape, and pattern similar to the designer version. This one doesn't have a strap, but you could add one one. For a closer recreation of the designer bag, you could find a boxy second hand bag, use a pattern guitar strap, and add tassels where the strap attaches. For the other accessories, I could find closer matches...a fedora, pattern knit stockings, slouchy over the knee boots, and a feather necklace. The designer boots are open toe, but I've never liked that trend, so I went with a more wearable version. Since the dress is black and white, I chose a black hat. This type of knit stocking comes in many different patterns. You might be able to mix and match a few things you already have in your wardrobe. Since this outfit is from a Fall/Winter collection, to warm it up and keep the vibe, you could layer on a long boyfriend cardigan, that meets the dress length. If it's too cold for the lacy stockings, wear dark grey tights. If you have black knee high boots, use black over the knee socks to give that extra length. There is something about boots or socks that come across the thigh that is so sexy. Hiding your knees, and wearing a short dress, where just a bit of flesh peeks out, is sexy in a similar way to ankles and wrists 100 years ago.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NYC FASHION WEEK F/W 2015: Delpozo

Delpozo's Fall Winter 2015 collection is full of experimental color blocking, shapes, and appliques. The fabric has a sculptural heaviness, though most of the lengths are short. The play with color and form is intriguing. Unlike many collections, these garments are are a mix of tailored and boxy cuts, giving way to more body shapes. The focus is more on the artistic clothing than following the body shape. Considering how many body conscious collections seen from other designers, these are refreshing. I view pricey designer clothing as artistic investments. I don't want to pay a lot for basics, or something I could easily find at a mass produced trendy shop. Pieces like Delpozo's are ones that can span seasons and generations, because their artistic merit holds up against conventional designers, who aim to please the populace and their pockets. These hold true to an artistic vision, not just what will have high turnover and become forgettable in an instant. If you want to buy designer fashions, choose something memorable and beautiful.

Delpozo F/W 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NYC FASHION WEEK F/W 2015: Lisa Perry

Lisa Perry's Fall Winter 2015 collection uses trendy contrasts of black, white, gold, green, and orange with her 60s mod shapes and geometric graphics. It's interesting to see Lisa reinterpret her style season after season, incorporating on trend items, which can be seen in a few other collections. The great thing about her style is the clothing can be worn for many seasons. The cuts are classic, first appearing in the 1960s with mini skirts and roomy shift dresses. The gold adds a 70s flair, but translates into both current fashion and craft trends. I normally prefer silver, but the abundance of well used gold in graphic designs, is really making me want to incorporate gold into more creations. The use of circles reminds me of Paco Rabanne and similar designers of that mod era. They are creatives that I look up to, always using shapes, colors, and construction in thought provoking ways. Lisa is one of my favorite designers, so I always look forward to seeing her collections.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Oly*Fun Tassel Earrings

These tassel earrings use Oly*Fun, which is a fabric, but cuts like paper and doesn’t fray. I chose Jet Black, but Oly*Fun comes in 18 colors. This is a great way of using Oly*Fun scraps. This tutorial shows you how to make tassels, which can be used for many projects. Head over to Fairfield World to learn how to make my DIY Oly*Fun Tassel Earrings.

HOME DECOR DIY: Computer Keyboard and Mouse Armrests

This set of DIY computer armrests are made for the keyboard and mouse, using durable Oly*Fun and squishy Design Foam. This is a no-sew project, and can be made to fit your computer set up. Oly*Fun comes in 18 colors, so you can customize them to fit your style. These are plain, but you could decorate them with fabric markers, Sharpies, and maybe fabric paint. Keep in mind that the friction from use might cause the designs to fade, which is why I left these plain. Head over to Fairfield World's new website to make my DIY Computer Keyboard and Mouse Armrests

Thursday, April 30, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Oly*Fun Gems Earrings

These DIY gem earrings are made with Oly*Fun, which is a non-fraying fabric that cuts like paper. I was inspired by brightly colored gems in 80s cartoons...and probably before that too. These earrings are vivid and quirky. The Oly*Fun is very lightweight, making it great for huge earrings that won't strain your lobes. You can make these in any of the bright Oly*Fun colors. Make these any size or shape you want, because you have to wear them!


TIME: About 15 minutes

  • Oly*Fun Craft Packs in Blueberry, Sea Green, and Bubble Gum
  • 2 Silver jump rings
  • 2 Earring hooks
  • A black Sharpie or fabric marker
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Scissors
  • Straight pin
  • A paper towel

1) Cut out three pairs of matching triangles from the Oly*Fun.

2) Lay them on a paper towel, so each set of 3 reverses.

3) Draw geometric gem designs on the triangles using a black Sharpie or fabric marker.

4) Arrange the triangles up for each set, so one point of each triangle lines up.

5) Use a straight pin the pierce the triangles. Wiggle the straight pin to enlarge the triangles.

6) Open the jump rings with the jewelry pliers.

7) Insert the jump rings through the sets of holes.

8) Add an earring hook to each jump ring.

9) Close the jump rings with the jewelry pliers.

10) Insert the the hooks into your pierced ears, and rock them like an 80s cartoon lover.


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