Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Secret Message Give Away

I made multiples of this “secret message” as a silkscreen test and now I have more than a girl could need. When placed in your window it beams a positive message to you throughout the day, but by night it is merely a discreet floral print.

I’m giving away one to each of the first five people who comment below, be sure to send me your mailing address to my email, meagsfitzgerald [at]shaw.ca.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Student Day of Action!

If you are a student, if you have been a student, or if you plan on being a student at a post-secondary institution in Canada it's really darn important that you show up to your city's event on February 1st!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Positives Attract

About three years ago, on a trip to Vancouver I bought a couple magnets from The Regional Assembly of Text, probably my favourite store ever. I liked them so much that every time I visited Vancouver I made sure to buy a few more. They’re made from vintage papers, rubber stamps and a 1 ½ inch button maker, with a magnet glued to where the pin would be. I eventually bought enough that could spell my first, middle and last name with a few odd letters leftover. I love anagrams and I take an odd pleasure in rearranging these magnets to spell various words.

This fall I found out that the Student Union at NSCAD (the University I’m at) has a 1 ½ inch button maker that students can use for the tiny fee of $0.30 a button! I got so excited at the prospect of making my own lettered magnets that I started to collect alphabet stamps and dead-stock accounting paper, to best mimic my store bought ones. (And no, I don’t want to put The Regional Assembly of Text out of business, it’s just that it might be many years until I visit Vancouver again.)

In the last two months I’ve made about 45 magnets, ensuring I can spell just about any short phrase that comes to mind. I’m going to make more this week of numbers zero to nine and then that’s it, I’m cutting myself off!

For now, it is clear to me that I have gone bananas for magnets and that my collection has far exceeded my little metal white board. But one day I’m sure I’ll be the proud owner of a vintage avocado refrigerator that will undoubtedly double as a playful message board.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hibernation Activity

I’ve started crocheting a blanket out of the yarn I bought while I was in Edmonton for the winter break. I hope to finish it this semester in all those pockets of “dead time” in waiting rooms or on bus rides. I've never embarked on such a large piece before but I’ve broken it up into tiny triangle sections to make it easy to work on while I’m on the go.

I chose the colours because of their wintery-palette and I think the finished product will fit in with my bedroom.

I’m not using a blanket pattern but instead have taken inspiration from this print I saw on Etsy, it’s by the shop Two Ems. And as far as technique goes, its about as simple as it gets, I'll be single-crocheting the entire thing. Check back in a couple of months for a progress report!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gardens in January

I’m slowly but surely working on my Garden State project, where I pose in photobooths in front of fabric that is the same material as my clothing. (See here and here for more examples.) I really like this project but seeing how it takes me a while to make a garment, it’s a little slow moving. Here are some photos of me in a classic blouse and some (slightly more awkward) photos of me posing with a tote bag.

While in Edmonton I went on a little shopping spree for some very lovely prints and dress patterns. So hopefully in time for spring I will have more photos to share.