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Monthly Archives: November 2012

And another one rolls off the production line and lands on Etsy; “Fedora” for my High Hat Collection.

Fedora

I’m zooper proud ov myzelf!

Symmography
noun
1. A fancy pants way of describing a 70s phenomenon popularly known as “string art”.
2. My latest obsession.

I was at my parents’ place the other night and I was perusing the book shelves as I always do (something about the familiarity and consistency of what I see is soothing to me) and I stopped at this book which my mother has always owned and decided to take it off the shelf and flip through it. It’s called STRING ART – Symmography – Three Dimensional Creative Designs with Yarn without Knotting or Knitting. Long title, non?

String Art the Book

Anyway, as I’m perusing this book my ever-turning wheels start thinking that maybe this could be an interesting way of expressing myself. Less about money-making and more about being my creative self. I took the book, I bought some wooden frames with a thin wood veneer on top and got to work with materials I already owned: nails, gold spray paint and black yarn.

It took me a little while to think up some interesting shapes I would like to use (I went through owls and mustaches quite quickly and settled on hats… a simple shape, yet I don’t see any. Yet.), but once I settled on different hat shapes and decided to call the collection “High Hat”, I was ready to go!

Voila! My first in a series of nine, called “Top Hat”. The names will all be simple; just the type of hat the shape represents. This one is already listed in my Etsy shop.

"Top Hat"

Excited to get started on the next one; a fedora. Followed by a peaked cap, a baseball cap, a tuque, a tilley hat, a newsboy hat (a.k.a. a “gatsby”), a stetson, and a shako. I’m doing these all in black yarn on a gold background, but I’m thinking for both the tuque and the shako of doing the pompom and plume, respectively, in red.

Wish me luck…

Man, oh man, oh man… how things change.

My initial concept for the dresser has changed. Kind of a bit a lot. If that makes sense.

  1. Took the giant bird off the front and replaced it with a distant flying flock of feathered friends (sorry… I know I could have said birds, but once alliteration starts you really have to follow thru.)
  2. Abandoned the Emerald and Greyed Jade in favour of following my “BlackGold” theme. I think having collections is a better idea au moment.
  3. I had initially intended to have the interiors of the drawers printed, but since I’m going with the black and gold flavour, I will now just cover the interiors with matte black and and have the feathers cut from a brushed gold on top (laminated for good measure so that the feathers wont lift during the course of regular use).
  4. Front pulls have been eliminated. Again, this might change as soon as actual construction begins.

MALM Concept 2

I’ll catch you up in the next and final (?) installment of the Life and Times of a MALM Dresser.

My grandmother lived three floors up from us in the exact same building.

This thing hung on her wall, just left of the balcony door for decades.

Grandma's Curio Cabinet (Before)

Grandma’s Curio Cabinet (Before)

It housed her signed Blue Jays baseballs (she’s a sports fan), a little teddy bear candle I bought for her when I was an infant, this carved wooden cat that had these appetizer picks stuck in its back with little cat heads on the end of them… basically curiosities.

Curiosities she kept in her curio cabinet. Hehe.

Anyway, the curiosities moved on to bigger and better places of honour and the lowly cabinet was shoved into my hands.

Not that I’m complaining…

Grandma's Curio Cabinet (In progress)

Grandma’s Curio Cabinet (In progress)

Finished Product

Finished Product

I finally posted it on Etsy as well. Check out the listing here.