Crafting a Fashion Statement
Wear your creativity!
In every crafter there lurks a hidden fashion designer. You
can see it in the color palettes, the mix of materials, and
how the eye is encouraged to flow over the form and shape.
So invite your fellow artists, pull out all your fibers, paints
and stamps, and create an altered fashion statement.
And just what is that? It is anything you want it to be.
There is no rule for this kind of design. And that is why
it can be so much fun to create a fashion statement challenge.
The most amazing things happen. To get the ideas flowing,
read through the design ideas that follow and create your
There's nothing like old shoes hiding in
the back of your closet to get your imagination started. Any
type will do. An old ankle boot with scuffed faux leather?
Perfect surface for liquid acrylic mixed with fabric medium.
Canvas espadrilles? A stained canvas approach works well.
Maybe neon microfiber athletic shoes… a reverse print in black
become fun when the shoe color is bright.
Clean the shoe/boot the best you can, make sure that the
surface is free of dust and dirt so the paint sticks. Before
you start, decide the basic design. Blocks of color, a pattern
of geometric shapes, or get inspiration from Australian aboriginal
art, African tribal designs, it is up to you... plus the surface
of the shoe allows designs to flow from foot to toe. Several
thinner coats work better than one thick coat. Between two
and three layers is about right, and allow them to dry thoroughly
for at least 4 days before wearing for an extended period
Skirts and Dresses
A trip to the local thrift shop can yield some very interesting
parts to assemble. From sequined dresses to embroidered tops,
there's always a way to piece interesting decorated fabrics
to old fashions and collage them into an asymmetric statement.
Be bold, add feathers on the neckline, fabric flowers throughout
using heat-activated fusing material, or pick up some dollar
store hair ornaments to dress up buttons.
If you are piecing fabric, then the weight and weave should
be similar. If you are quilting, then the decorative layer
can be a lot lighter than the underlying outfit. If there's
a patterned fabric that you can't resist, stitch around the
pattern, and stuff in batting to give it shape. Add to that
all the iron on inkjet papers and your own digital photos,
stamping on plain fabric and even embossing powder on cotton
or denim and you've got a nice mix of subjects.
And who can't resist funky handbags? We've seen plenty of
decorated lunchboxes and cigar boxes… so why not try something
different? So many found objects make fun handbags… many high
end makeup products come in elegant drawstring liner bags.
Look at small lampshades, crocheted doilies with a fabric
or cardstock liner, decorate the plastic blister pack you
get bulbs in (pair two up for a round shape and staple, then
decorate the edge with fringe.
And my personal favorite… the CD handbag. I doubt I was the
first to do it, but I did come up with a nice technique for
making it work well. I've
got directions & photos here. (2 CDs, drill holes, use
bolts or spacers to hold them together.) Add a fun "fringe"
and hang beads or charms. Get
the CD bag in kit form with charms and spacers.
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