keskiviikko 30. kesäkuuta 2010
Way of Roses, cross stitch embroidery on car parts, by Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene (LT) at the Strich & Faden - Heimat, Folk-art and Travesty art exhibition at Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin, May/June 2009.
Blue Rose, Ceramixed Plate by Tulip Enterprises. From the Strich & Faden presentation by Kunstraum Richard Sorge at the 6th Berliner Kunstsalon art fair 2009.
Photos By Kunstraum Richard Sorge.
tiistai 29. kesäkuuta 2010
What is it and who made it? I don´t know but I like it. Via ChicMuse.
*EDIT* And thanks to Kim, I now have better pics of this crazygorgeous zipper dress. Thanks! Via Luisaviaroma.
maanantai 28. kesäkuuta 2010
DIY necklace idea from Berlin-based designer Esther Perbandt Fall 2010/11 collection. This one could also double up as a super chic soulder bag strap. Via SheBreathes.
It´s powder coloured, has a raw edge, it´s ruffled and sits so quietly on her shoulders. Sssshhhh! She has a new fluffy pet. Shoulder decor idea from a secondhand underwearslip, cut up to strips, gathered and handsewn to a pair of shoulderpads. Via, the always so adorable, StyleBubble.
I´ve loved high waisted jeans as long as I can remember. Sort of corset'n' jeans in one. These pants are from Dominic Louis Preview Fall 2011 collection. Great inspiration for raising that waistline. Perfectly finished with matte black overdye paintjob. That screw necklace is also quite an eye-catcher. Via DirtyFlaws.
Light blue denim shirts are so ugly they are awsome. And available! Walk into any secondhand store and there they are, large ugly lightblue man-denim-shirts with company logos (usually a fabric patch you can just rip off). Now you can make them even more awsome with cheap sport mesh sewn onto it. And I ain´t blind, this one in the picture is really made to a denim jacket, but I like the concept of a shirt better. And if fresh light blue is too clean for you, you can always give it an espresso bath to have the shade look more dirty. Plus her do and makeup rocks. This is as close to wearing sportswear as I could ever go. Bring it on.
Cheap Monday SS10 collection. But don´t buy.. DIY.
Inspired by Jeremy Scott's special addition Adidas, Threadbanger host Corinne Leigh shows us how-to make wings for our shoes.
In general, I love blogs. I believe them to be a crusial part of the next generation www. For me this blog has given the opportunity to share ideas and inspiration to anywhere in the world. Instead of being an one-woman-DIY-fashion-anarchist, I feel I´ve found so many similar minded souls and the DIY movement has grown tremendously. There is power in great numbers.
And then there´s the downside of the blog phenomenon. Of course you have the ridigilous bunch of Anonymous that thinks it´s ok to comment anything. Luckily not many have found their way into this blog. Nowadays it´s also not that uncommon to see a bunch of 13-16 year old (mostly girls) in Helsinki streets just posing and taking pictures of each other. They apparently are "documenting the day to their blogs". But their attitude I don´t like.. "Don´t take the picture until the ugly people have moved from the shot!".. Uhu. I used to be an arrogant little teen when I was 16, but still had at least some level of respect to other people. A friend of mine, fellow blogger, said it best: "They are documenting a life so intencily that they for get to live it." In a way I feel sorry for these girls. Also the internet is a dangerous place to share great aspects of your life. There is a reason why I limit the amount of personal info and pictures online as your privacy and anonymity comes at a great cost if lost. Also I´ve noticed that the more personal stuff one shares online, the more and more people feel that it is ok to say what ever they feel like.
And what made me write about bloggin in general. I found this post from Minä Itte!. Inka had customized two totebags with textile markers. Guess which is my favorite? ... Ok..ok.. I love them both! :)
sunnuntai 27. kesäkuuta 2010
You must have noticed how some images on, let´s say, fashion sites like Lookbook.nu just look so much better than others. They´ve all been edited! And people love to read blogs that have beautiful pictures. I want my blog to have quality photos in all post, especially when I post pictures of my own creations, but sometimes it is hard cause I don´t own a high tech camera or Photoshop and similar photo manipulation software. The only one I have is the Polaroid making software (you can download it for free) but it requires the photos to be square, and sometimes I don´t want to crop them. I love the sepia, iPhone Hipstamatic and Lomo photography styled old looking images and was so happy to find today an online photo editor software that has these functions available - Phixr. Now I can make all photos to look nice, even if the original isn´t so darn special to begin with. Phixr has the basic tools, like flipping the image horizontally/vertically and rotating it, cropping and enlarging canvas. But I´m more intrested in the color manipulation. I recommend only subtle changes, so that the images don´t become too treated and the subject is still well viewable. Also pick one style and stick to that. It makes the blog look more harmonious. If manipulating each posted photo sounds like a lot of hassle, I say "get used to it" if you want a stylish blog. Looking good takes time and effort. Have fun!!
This is the original image I started with:
70's STYLED OLD LOOK:
Go to Color Effects, choose Make Love, Not War tool. Change Opacity to 70, the colors of the original image come through. Finally add just a little Contrast, here 8 points.
This effect will give your image a darker shade on the picture edges. Go to Camera & Lens Effects and choose Vignette. Change shade color to black 000000. Drop Covarage to 0. Raise Inner Blur to 10 and sharpness up, here to 8. Drop Opacity, here at 65.
Go to Camera & Lens Effects and choose Lomo Effect. Choose one of the effects from the drop down list, I chose Hard Light. Bring Opacity down to 70. Add more Intencity.
Go to Color Effets - Sepia tool. If the brown shade is too dark, you can choose a lighter yellow by clicking Base color. I chose ba8a52, a slightly pinkish brown. This sepia color is a mask/layer on to of your old image. By changing Opacity to 65, the colors of the original image come through. Finally add Contrast 15-20 points.
OLD B&W PICTURES:
Go to Camera & Lens Effects and choose Holga Effect. Add Grain to nro 2. Add Intencity. Drop Opacity to 75.
If you want the image to be sepia colored after this lens effect, go to Color Effets - Sepia tool. Drop Opacity to 50. Add Contrast if needed.
Try also other combinations from the shown effects, like 70's styled + holga lens (opacity at 40 points). Or 70´s styled + Vignette tools.
Idea for a jacket refashioning. Cut out the bottom bodice and sleeves to make a short capelet and finish the hem with decorative fringe ribbon. Cape by Studio Marisol. Via TwistedLamb.
DIY zipper earbud covers, tutorial by Laupre. Her blog is filled with cool DIY. Like this tutorial for cashreme knee-socks refashioned from a sweater. Via Craft.
My stencil tutorial and stencils are one of the most viewed pictures in my Flickr gallery. I last posted about them over two years ago, so I thought it was time again to use my Googling skils to find you more stencil how-tos for you guys. Melissa Clifton has made several tutorial about PhotoShop photomanipulation. This Stencil making tutorial is one of them. Here´s also a Self Portrait stencil tutorial by Little Black Kitty and one about making a Multi-Layer Stencil (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
My Edward Scissorhands stencil:
Customized fringe hat and Converse inspired tip-painted secondhand leather shoes by Korean label and vintage shop Bell & Nouveau, via YourBoyhood.
Continuing on with this weeks scribblings theme.. Brazilian label Ausländer did not just do t-shirts with black markers for their Summer 2010 collection, but drew on everything, shirts, jackets and leather, using colored markers.. Especially the so-80s-gray scribbled leather jacket caught my eye as secondhand stores have loads of them for sale, but since colored leather hasn´t been a major trend for a while, they are still sitting there. The leather is often really soft and good quality so it is really a shame to leave them all there unused. I´m also smiling to the idea of seeing a 20/30-something male casually strolling down the street with drawings on his leather jacket. "Bringing the inner kid in you out? Nice. So what´s your name then?" :) I dig boys with a sense of humor like that.
And moving on to fall.. Ausländer has a pretty wicked winter collection on the way with loosely knitted things, timburtonesque b&w stripes, safety pins and nailed (accessories with nails as "studs"!) accessories just to mention a few. Slogan tees read "Porn is the new balck" and "Thre isn´t life without blackberry".. The nail-spinal-accessory and nail-biker-gloves are definalety I´d be intrigued to try making myself. Old rusty nails would be a nice touch. Yup. Looking forward to it.
Photos via Modices. Rio Fashion Outono Inverno 2010, Rio de Janeiro by Fabio Setimio/FOTOARENA and Celso Pupo/FOTOARENA.