Flying Geese in Rainbow Colors

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers

Work in progress: a prototype with flying geese piecing made from scraps in rainbow colors.

Work in Progress Apr 26

This is one possible layout. I was originally thinking two mirrored table runners or small mats, but seeing them on the floor like this makes me wonder whether one lapquilt might look better after all. Clearly I will have to experiment! 🙂

Con or Bust Auction 2017 Begins Today

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

A quick signalboost: the Con or Bust auction starts today!

Con or Bust Auction Tags 2017 Img

Have a look at the 2017 Auction Index (Google spreadsheet), browse the 2017 Auction Tags or read on how to bid. My donations are two sleep masks; see them here and here. Bidding will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST.

I’ve already lost quite a chunk of time on browsing the selection. 🙂

Con or Bust, Inc., is a U.S.-based, tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.

As I’ve had firsthand experience of being on a miniature budget and having to limit my geeky hobbies accordingly (i.e., not that much fun), I decided to add Con or Bust to my list of things worthy of support. This is my second time donating.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Signs of Spring

My Spaces

The weather’s turned from end-of-winter to definitely-spring, with flowers in full bloom and leaf buds either out or starting to emerge, in about a week flat. There are other signs of spring, too:

Bumblebee on Window Screen

A bumblebee visited us the other day. And I went out barefoot!

April First Time Bare Toes

I usually get cold very easily, so this is indeed a minor miracle at this point in April. 🙂

Discoveries: Embroidered Forest Animals on Hand Dyed Fabric

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

Illustrator Chloe Giordano sells cards and prints of embroidered bunnies and other animals on Etsy. And they’re amazing! Below are just of my favorites: a winter mountain hare and a sleeping fawn:

Chloe Giordano Winter Mountain Hare Print

Winter Mountain Hare Print. Chloe Giordano.

Chloe Giordano Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card

Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card. Chloe Giordano.

Clearly a lot of work went into the embroideries. I also love the hand dyed fabrics she uses as the background – the colors are gorgeous. It looks like Giordano uses regular sewing thread to create her intricate designs. Not the most obvious choice, but it makes a lot of sense now that I think about it. The thread is sure to be durable for one thing.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

My Con or Bust Donations for 2017

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

Here are my donations for Con or Bust‘s yearly online auction for 2017: two sleep masks.

One is a sleepy critter. It’s made from brown polyester felt lined with a soft linen blend fabric; there’s also felt applique (ears and nose) and embroidery (eyes).

Critter Sleep Mask Collage

The other has a stylized dragon embroidered as an interlace pattern on black polyester felt lined with navy blue cotton.

Dragon Sleep Mask Collage

Bidding will start in two weeks, on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Before that, you can have a look at the 2017 Auction Index (Google spreadsheet), visit the Con or Bust website for more information or browse the 2017 Auction Tags.

Con or Bust, Inc., is a U.S.-based, tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.

As I’ve had firsthand experience of being on a miniature budget and having to limit my geeky hobbies accordingly (i.e., not that much fun), I decided to add Con or Bust to my list of things worthy of support. This is my second time donating.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

From Script to Experiment in Typography and Graphic Design

Design & Designers, Stunt Double, Thumbs Up

Egypt-based graphic designer Mahmoud Tammam released to the world an experimental illustration / typography project to transform words written in the Arabic script to reflect their meaning. Below are some of my favorites.

Rabbit:

Mahmoud Tammam Rabbit

Mahmoud Tammam.

Fox:

Mahmoud Tammam Fox

Mahmoud Tammam.

Coffee:

Mahmoud Tammam Coffee

Mahmoud Tammam.

These are absolutely brilliant! Like so many other seemingly simple designs, I’m sure they took a lot of work.

Access the script project at Behance (part I; part II) or see more of Tammam’s work on Instagram.

Found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.