This past weekend I threw an Anniversary Party celebrating my first year in Portland. It was important to me that my cat, Face, outdressed all my guests, and thus I had to make him a sequined bowtie.
Ideally the sequins would have been silver or black to match his coat, but red was my only option; a little on the nose, but for a cat in a sequined bowtie who'd really criticize?
Here's an approximate tutorial on how I did it (I really don't feel like doing it again, plus it's so easy I'm sure you could extrapolate):
Felt the color of your bowtie
A strip of sequin the color of your bowtie
A strip of elastic the color of your cat's coat
Seam Ripper (optional; you can use scissors)
Cut two identical triangles of felt. Make them smaller than you think the final product should be, as the sequins will add bulk. My cat weighs 12 pounds and here are his bowtie pieces to scale.
Overlap and glue the two triangles together such that you get a symmetrical bowtie shape with parallel outer edges. Don't make me get all geometrical. Do a search for "bowtie shape." Make it look like that.
(This is where I used the seam ripper) Starting at the outer edge of one triangle, drape and secure a length of sequin with a little bit of hot glue. What I did was drape a length, glue, drape another length, glue...working your way to the inside. I stopped short of the second triangle piece.
You can see here that I cut an excess length of sequin and stripped the ends. I glued the bare ends to the back of the bowtie. This keeps the sequin from unraveling. The reason I did it this way was because to wrap the sequin to the other side would make the bowtie too heavy. You only want sequin on one side of your bowtie.
Repeat step (3), mirroring your work on the other side. When you get to the point where the triangles overlap, use individual sequins to keep your work neat.
Measure a length of elastic comfortably around your cat's neck. Glue one end of the elastic at the center of the bowtie and glue the other end flat against that, making sure not to twist your elastic. This will form a collar.
Please don't let your cat wear this accessory unsupervised. He (or she?) may get the elastic caught in his mouth, ingest some sequins, or it might agitate him. I have a perfect, well-behaved cat who was a good sport, but this may not be right for your pet. Please use common sense.
Bears on Swings is a celebration of the springtime depicted through nature's most notorious hibernators: bears. The work is comprised of approximately thirty hand-knit stuffed bears suspended by swings from the trees which line the academic mall.
"Bears on Swings" is a public art installation I did as part of UNBOUND, for our school's art festival, UNBOUND, which I co-curated with my best friend James Pearson, enables students to take their works out of the gallery and studio and place them in a public setting. I built the website and narrated our podcast which James composed. It's good! I participated last year with my piece, "Call Your Mom" and co-curating with James was great.
I simplified Vanessa Carter's Bubby pattern and used size 8 needles and a lot of the acrylic yarn I had from when I was learning how to knit. Into each swing, which I built in our woodshop, I nailed a large nail in order for the bears to have something to sit on and hold them upright. Another successful adorable work!
This piece incorporates Adobe Photoshop, photography, Macromedia Flash and embroidery. URECA Honorable Mention recipient, 2008.
Here's a piece I drew in 2005, but updated it. It's a Flash movie, about two and a half minutes long.
First I took a picture of a canvas.
Then I overlayed the drawing on the canvas in Photoshop.
Then I painted the picture in with my opacity set such that the paint looked like it was being absorbed by the canvas.
Then I embroidered a few stitches and photographed those.
Then I made them all designy in Photoshop as to create a landscape.
I placed the landscape behind the people.
Then I exported two layers from Photoshop: (1) the background, and (2) the people.
I made a Flash movie with the two components moving at different rates.
Welded steel. From a frontal view, this sculpture resembles the Star of David. Rotation around the sculpture abstracts the form. Conversely, it's an abstract sculpture that just so happens to look like the star of David from only two points of view. 5' tall x 5' wide x 9" deep.
Over a summer-long Organic Chemistry intensive, I sneaked into our classroom the night before class and drew a blackboard-sized portrait of the professor in pastel, guerilla-style. The portrait is a few feet tall.
Outdoor installation featuring a cement cast of two large "wedding" rings epoxied around two trees diverging from the same spot in the ground. The initials of myself are cast into one ring and the initials of a secret male are cast into the other.
"Call Your Mom" is a public installation I did on the Stony Brook Campus for Unbound, which is part of the Shirley Strum Kenny Art Festival.
I constructed 45 small ramekin cakes out of felt and hung these from the lower branches from a single tree on campus, located outside the south side of the library. The bottom of each cake is embroidered with a piece of face-value advice on small things one can do to lead a more fulfilling life and improve their interactions with others. To wit : "Call your mom", "Avoid trans fats", "Say 'please' and 'thank you'", "Don't yell." By using common crafters materials, I hope that my project has an accessible, handmade simplicity to it.