Archive for October, 2008

How would you dress a candidate ?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

So there’s buzz about the $150,000 spent on dressing Sarah Palin in September. I’ve felt a little irritated at the buzz: the convention and campaign are packaging and advertising. While most of the candidates have been campaigning for twenty some odd months and have their costumes picked out, Palin has been swept up and needs to look as polished and as world stage worthy as possible. I don’t have anything world stage worthy in my closet. I sympathize.

On the other hand, big chain department stores are not from where i’d want my clothes. While much of the creative design and crafts folk seem to be producing more fun and funky than serious corporate couture, the choices are out there. Couture Crochet Workshop by Lily M. Chin has perfectly appropriate campaign wear (assuming the skills to put the pieces together in a timely manner). And a quick browse at Etsy finds a few pantsuits that might work — and shows how one can easily spend $1k on a costume for the world stage.

When will we see candidates (well, the women) wearing handmade creations? Is it protectionist of me to think that creations designed by and made by American craftsfolk are better? Or is it a question of sustainability & fair trade?

Another set of questions, probably better, address the whole paradigm of packaging candidates as objects. I’m not in support of that, but admittedly accept the “world stage worthy wardrobe” giving in to that paradigm. Which shifts first?

Here’s some Etsy picks and a manufacturer of US made shoes:

Krissy Coat
Coat (pictured) plus pants $895 from Meg’s Coture

pantsuit
Autumn Russell’s $400 Brown Pantsuit

Munro Shoes made in the USA

Moonlight, Cobwebs, and Shadows

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

I’ve a little book of poems and spooky illustrations salvaged from somewhere. It was in my October folder, reminding me i’d planned to do some Halloween something with the book. (Moldy and mildewed, it’s not going in my library.)

Could i scan the images and duplicate them all? It does have a copyright statement (so i’ve added that to the Copyright Evidence Registry). Since it was published between 1964 and 1977, that is sufficient to set the copyright to 95 years after publication. So, no duplication and posting the book on the web. Instead, i’ll use the pages for simple seasonal cards.

Interestingly, the author of the book, Rosalind Welcher, is noted on the back fly leaf as “best known, perhaps, as the creator of the Panda Prints greeting cards, where the excellence of her example has impelled the entire industry to try, not always successfully, to improve.” The book itself is published by Panda Prints Inc.

Golden OPEN acrylics

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The latest Just Paint has some comparisons and samples of the new OPEN medium. I’m excited by the description of it being “greasy” with a long working time. It makes me think of how i’ve played with the tar gel to get a paint i can push around. There’s some small works i did with oil pastels ages ago, and i’d like to get that effect.

There’s two introductory sets. The colors i’m used to are the modern colors:

Introductory Set of 6, Modern Colors — This set contains .75 oz (22 ml) tubes of 6 modern colors, including one each of Hansa Yellow Opaque, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), and Titanium White.

I think my mixing sheets have a different red (Naphthol Red Light), and Hansa yellow is such an impotent pigment. For $16.76 at Dick Blick, this will be a good place to play and experiment. I’m not sure when i’ll invest: Christine has a big painting on the easel at the moment, and i’ve been utterly preoccupied by yarn.

UPDATE: At some point in the past couple of weeks, Golden sent a hard copy of their Just Paint and a sampler including Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), and Titanium White in 8 ounce sampler tubes. I look forward to playing with them! 2008-10-15