Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Exotic Upcycling: Indigo Dreams

Shirt front

I have a friend who lives in London and travels around the world, and she periodically brings me some of her wonderful finds from thrift stores and local markets. This time around she brought me a gorgeous piece of West African indigo-dyed cloth comprised of many individual strips of cloth stitched together to form a checkerboard pattern. The challenge was that there wasn't enough of the indigo fabric on its own to make a garment. The solution? The addition of a man's pajama top from a local thrift store and a tricky process of blending the two together with a relaxed frame of mind so that quirks like ending up with a portion of a pocket on one sleeve caused delight rather than consternation.

Shirt Back

And here is how it all came together...

The how (click on image to enlarge)

More of the how - right sleeve

Left sleeve

And there you have it.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Found: Wandering Rabbit in Search of a Purpose

The amazing flying rabbit chewing gum jar

Here is a quickie, throw-away piece, but an important reminder to keep your eyes open as you roam around the world; you never know what you might find. This rabbit was lying on the floor near the driver on an AC Transit bus in Oakland. I had my eye on it for a couple of stops, and it had clearly been dropped and left behind by someone who was no longer on the bus. As we reached my stop I headed up front, picked it up, showed it to the driver,  and said, "I'm going to take this home and make something out of it." He said, "Great!"

And here it is.

And a final aerial view just because.

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