Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Project 2010

Do you remember these? This was my 2008 project of one art card a week, the only rule was the size but other than that I was free to choose my colours and theme. I put each card away as I finished them then on 31.12.08 did a grand opening and saw what I'd achieved during the year laid out in front of me. As a project it was a good one as by the end of it I had a visual diary of my year and had learnt a lot more about the kind of art and techniques I prefer. It was also an exercise in self-discipline and actually getting stuff done! I didn't have any such project last year and time just drifted by, also not always such a bad thing but this year I wanted to set myself a goal of some sort
So here it is, a cigar box, now unstuck which is set to become a ... (drum roll)
wardrobe!! Let's play Dress Up! My project is to create a dress every month this year and hang it in my cupboard, by the end of the year I should have 12 fine creations fit for any self respecting style guru. Now, being a jeans and t-shirt kind of a gal this is more out of my comfort zone than you might imagine, but that's the whole point really. The template comes from an article called 'Dressed Up' by Connie Govea Stuart in Somerset Life, Vol 2007. I've seen various 'dress' swaps on Blogs in the past year and there are some funky designs out there. I like the idea of making something to display and add to throughout the year. I can imagine the dresses might reflect the time of the year, Easter, Christmas, plain, fancy, whatever, the possiblilties are endless. Anyone want to play along?
Somewhere, although I don't remember where I saw the instructions for making hangers. I started with a 12cm piece of wire which is bent around a pencil to form the corners then twisted at the top. I cut a piece of dowel for the clothing pole which is set to the front of the box to allow the dresses to hang. Easy huh? what are you waiting for? Let's play Dress Up!
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60 comments:

corycoakley said...

oh oh oh! this is so cute! I have been trying to get back my collaging/paper playing/stuff altering artist side, this may be the idea i need to get going at it. thanks for the inspiration!

La Dolce Vita said...

adorable! and I am giggling out loud! GOL!

Linda said...

You continue to surprise! (and amaze) I love it!

bad penny said...

FAB !

You'll have to talk me into it - as I said a while back I became very disillusioned with what I was doing.

I'm consentrating on my house & garden... however there is that cupboard under the sink I cleared out for art stuff and it does seem a shame to waste it .....

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Brilliant and inspiring as always you are Ms M!
making your own little hangers too, Love that!
You are tempting me ... I will certainly enjoy seeing your cupboard fill up with lovelies!
oxo

kiwicarole said...

I can see a distinct need for buttons and lace!! What size is your little dress?

druga szesnaście said...

oh, this is just perfect!
I want to play too!
I love this idea. - however, I see my dresses as a sort of journaling summary of every month.

Nathalie Thompson said...

Have I ever told you that you were a GENIUS! What a great project!!!

Alisa said...

What a fun idea! And I love your photo of your art cards.... scrumptious!

Melinda Cornish said...

Great idea....I played in a dress swap and it was so fun....I cant wait to see them!

Angelika Westermann said...

What a cute idea! I never was one into dresses myself, but the idea is intriguing. I love those tiny coat hangers.
And congratulations for those 52 cards you made. Perhaps I should do something like that as well. Somehow I seem to be drifting along, a little bit burnt out creative wise. I even let my blog slip away....

Jenxo said...

oh youre so good at completing things! I love the cards you have done.
This is sooo tempting ... i think should commit to something this year!!!

yeah, im gonnn play. any rules???

Hens Teeth said...

Oh, the possibilities!

Vintage Laura xx said...

Wow, love you work - and such a clever idea!
I made some mini dresses like those for my Textiles work made out of vintage map and wallpaper based on the artist Jennifer Collier :-)
Look forward to seeing more on you blog!!!

Laura x

Jamie said...

Oh, my! What a wonderful idea. I'm going to do this for sure! Yes, I'd love to know how to make those little hangers... if you find a tutorial I'd love it! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with~ Jamie V in MT
http://rem-nants.blogspot.com

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Margaret ~
I love this idea! I cannot wait to see the lovely dresses you will hang in your wardrobe! Blessings to you and your wonderful ideas!

tymonsyl said...

It's lovely idea! I would like to join you!

Kath K said...

love the idea.. and your first dress.. would like to play too..
thanks...

Karmeleiro said...

Great idea! Craft and fashion, this is it! I'd like to join and creat my own wardrobe too!

Karmeleiro said...

You may see my dress at http://babskie-zachcianki.blogspot.com/2010/02/sukienka-styczniowa.html you're welcome!

2kolory said...

Very nice idea! I am with you girls! My dress is here.http://nataliyaor.blogspot.com/

Lesley said...

I would love to play along, how do I get a dress template if I don't have the Somerset magazine. Can someone send me one?
I love your art cards, your blog looks fun too. My friend Kathy K told me about.
So we do a dress a month? I can handle that.

JaNs ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

This sounds like fun!
...am I too late to join in?
Jan x

cra3y said...

i have no words to say how i loved this idea ^_^
i want to join in
here is my January dress
http://cra3y.blogspot.com/2010/02/dress-up-2010.html
*sorry for my disgusting English*

Lynda said...

Is it too late to join in this project?it is an amazing project. i used to make dolls dresses for collages ect a few years ago and l would love to do it again!lyndax
Oh..if you do decide to let me join in...what size ect and do you have any rules? if you want to keep it to yourself l underestand!x

kliaksa said...

I am in, my first 2 dresses are here http://kliaksa.blogspot.com/2010/02/dress-up.html

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

I'm just starting ...

Carolyn

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh, I just found you and I'd like to play!

I'm assuming we create our own dress template??

It will most likely be March before I have one to show....maybe I'll get one done before February is over.

Thanks so much for the fun project idea,
Stephanie

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Count me in....I'm going to use my own dress template if that's ok. I'm assuming there's not a real size limit that we can make either just as long as it's a dress. :0)

Let the fun begin!

Stephanie

Toni said...

Being the fashionista I am... love this challenge... just came upon it though so I have some catching up to do... Gee and I just purchased some old cigar boxes that had not found a home yet.... can't wait to start ! :)

Annar said...

Gorgeous !!!!
My dres is here:
http://annar-mojepasje.blogspot.com/2010/02/atc-projekt-sukienki-i-wyroznienie.html

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh this is so cute, can't wait to see the wardrobe fill up! Riki

Cheryl said...

hi hun I have poped over here from Karens,blog and would love to play along with this is there a template for the dress I could use hun yours look brilliant such a wonderful idea hugs cheryl xxxx

libbyquilter said...

this is a sensational idea and sounds like so much fun~!!~ i've been watching in the sidelines via Anni at Fabric Art. i think i'll be giving it a try as i imagine that they may display well with my little doll quilts and little doll chairs and tiny sewing machine . . .
i tend to work very slowly though, so probably won't be doing one every month . . .

love the tiny hanger too~!!~

:)
libbyQ

Nannae said...

This is fabulous! However I'm an ATC'er. Could we use your wonderful idea on ATC's? I would love to share it with my ATC group if that's alright!

purplepaint said...

Oh this is fabulous!!! I realize it's already April, but could I play??? Marva

ananthu said...

I love your idea. And if is a chance to take part in this project I want to play too!

Mollye said...

Hey girls, I wanna play too! I promise I will design and make a dress before the week is over. Then what do I do. I know I take a picture of it right? Then what? Do I post it on my blog and let you know? How do I let you know? I'll put your badge about the project on my sidebar first. Right? See.........I'm already making myself crazy and haven't even gotten out my stash! whoa nellie.

MD said...

superbe Projet 2010!!
je peux aussi participer
merci md

Nancy Maxwell James said...

just came across your wonderful project...lovely.

I saw there was no link to the template...but think it is posted here:

Dress Template

Taluula said...

Oh wow I love this.

Halle said...

I've decided I really need to join this project...I hope it's okay that I'm late. I'd like to grab your project button for my sidebar. Please let me know if you'd like me to remove it...

Kathy said...

I saw your post a few weeks ago and I'm back now for a second look. I may have to join up on this in the month of June and try to play catch up. It is too cute of on idea not to participate. I'm sure I'll be back soon.

Daydream Retreat said...

What a wonderful idea, I may have to join you in this fun...I know what you mean about the time when you don't have a creative focus! So happy to have found you :)

Tracye said...

I know I'm late to start,, but Can I play along?

Sherry said...

If you ever need another player I would LOVE to join in!! Keep me in mind.

Thanks!
Sherry

Janet Bernasconi said...

OMG...this is so my thing. I love creating dresses and do that all the time. I would love to join too if it is not to late. We can all make one every month? Really cute idea. I know how to make hangers so that helps..lol
XO
Janet
Janets Creative Pillows

Beverley Baird said...

I hope it is not too late to join in - just discovered your challenge and it seems such a fun one!

peggy gatto said...

gosh, I am way behind and discovered this creative place from cindy's blog!!!
Can I still play?

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What a fun idea! It might be nice to have a doll to wear such a splendid wardrobe! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Crafty Chick said...

Hello!
I just discovered your blog & Dress Up Challenge thru Anna @ Frosted Petunias. Your blog & crafts are delightful; as is your dress up challenge idea. I would love to play along!

As I am getting such a late start-I will make a few of em up, before adding my name to your Mc Linky. I would hate to dissapoint. So, I will be busy craftyng and when I can, I will return to 'formally' join in this fun.

Thank you for the inspiration & the oppourtunity to play along.Thanks again!
~Danae aka 'Crafty'
Crafty's Cuppa Coffee
http://craftychickscuppacoffee.blogspot.com/

Crafty Chick said...

Hello again! I'm back (a day later)- and I have some sweet news to share.

Not only did I sar my dress(es)- I have 3 in the works, already; but my 10 yr old daughter decided to craft along with me. Being much less of a perfectionist than I am, she has already finished her first 2 dresses, and is halfway finished with her third!

The first is a regular dress, following the pattern that I drew up; but the second is a variation, complete with tights- or 'skinny jeans', she says; and the third is a halter top & pant set.

I had given her a 12x12 cardboard envelope type thing to keep her project together in- and she cleverly used the bottom flap to draw her 'model' on. She says that is so she doesn't get lost "while she is out 'shopping'"... Lol.

I just wanted you to know how much fun we are having with your inspiration- and how is being used to not only create art- but to bring people together as well.

Thanks ever so much! I will be posting my link & our photos to my blog- just as soon as I can 'catch up' to my daughter.
heh heh heh. :0)
~Danae aka 'Crafty'
Crafty's Cuppa Coffee

Incipient Wings said...

I just added my August dress!ok, it's also my first dress, but I will catch up!!
Paper Dress

Christine said...

I'm new this site and new to blogging. How do we see other dress' that were created? Would they post them here?

Thank you
Christine
(ChristineArizona)

Pedaços Scrapbook said...

great idea, beautiful and simple! Beijos, Tais

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Great idea! Glad you reduced your goal to monthly! What pressure to do a collage a day!

Ginger said...

To cute note to share love this idea (awesome!)
hugs

Tami Roth said...

Hi, I love your project and have been following your blog, but haven't made a dress yet and would love to try, but I don't have the template you're using-could you send it my way, please? Thanks so much!
Hugs,
Tami

Kymberly said...

Wow--this is so cute!!

I know I am very late joining the fun but I just found your site nd cannot resist this project! When I complete a few dresses this is the site I will posting from:

http://missannesvintageart.blgospot.com

Thanks so much!

Shwe Thiri Khit said...

I love your paper dress. I have been making paper dolls with unique art style. I am currently challenged by making appropriate dresses for my dolls.

So I would be most grateful if you can kindly give a piece of advice on appropriate dresses, in terms of material and style, with flexibility for the doll movements (my little paper dolls can move, even though they stay framed for most of the time).


http://www.shwethirikhit.com/p/doll.html The link here can show the typical ‘Moving Doll in the Frame’ that I develop.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanking you

Best wishes,
Shwe-Khit
www.shwethirikhit.com