Saturday, July 19, 2014

Essential Tools: Sewing

Sewing is something I do at least a few times a week now, but it's far from being something that comes to me naturally. Well, let me take that back - sewing by hand, using a needle and thread, comes very naturally to me. It's when you get machines and pattern-drafting into the mix that my head starts to spin a little bit.

But, since my artwork is 50% fabric, sewing becomes a necessary skill. I've never taken any classes (though I still think I will at some point, as I know I have a lot to learn), so any abilities I have in this arena have been entirely self-taught through trial and much error.  It's honestly not a skill I ever thought I would learn, despite being very interested in costuming and fashion in my younger years...I'm still far from the point where I can make clothes for myself, but I can whip up ruffly petticoats and collars for Dust Bunnies, no problem!

Keep reading below for a quick tour of my sewing tools...this is more of an overview than anything specific - if I were to get into the nitty gritty of all my sewing tools and techniques, it could cover many blog posts!

My Vesta VS III, made in Germany by the L.O. Dietrich company, most likely in the 1920's.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Secret Society Sale: Preview and information

The sale will be Friday, May 9th, at 12pm EST (original Dust Bunnies and Handpainted Pipsqueaks), and 1:00pm EST (blind-bagged and Sakura Pipsqueaks).

The shop is here:  https://amanda-louise-spayd.myshopify.com/

Not sure what time this is in your time zone? Try this site with a handy time zone calculator. I am located in Ohio, USA, which has the same time zone as New York City:   http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html



At 12:00pm EST, the BELOW items will be up for sale: 

"The Herald"
Approx 9" tall, minus ears.
Fabric, clay, acrylic, found objects, and stuffed with walnut hulls, hardwood chips, and natural cotton.
$550








"The Guard"
Approx 9" tall, minus ears.
Fabric, clay, acrylic, found objects, and stuffed with walnut hulls, hardwood chips, and natural cotton.
$550







"The Supporter"
Approx 9" tall, minus ears.
Fabric, clay, acrylic, found objects, and stuffed with walnut hulls, hardwood chips, and natural cotton.
$550








"The Acolyte"
Approx 9" tall, minus ears.
Fabric, clay, acrylic, found objects, and stuffed with walnut hulls, hardwood chips, and natural cotton.
$600








"The Initiate"
Approx 9" tall, minus ears.
Fabric, clay, acrylic, found objects, and stuffed with walnut hulls, hardwood chips, and natural cotton.
$550







Handpainted Pipsqueaks on Ceremonial Risers
(two each of green, grey, tan, and purple)
2.25" tall
Urethane resin, acrylic paints, glass eyes. They come with hand-decoupaged wooden blocks (they are not attached). All the blocks are the same, they display different symbols on each side, with a compass symbol on the top.
$95 each

Sorry for the bad photos! I'm having some technical difficulties, better photos will be available tomorrow morning.




At 1:00pm EST, the BELOW items will be available in the shop:



Sakura Pipsqueak,  Edition of 35
2.25" tall, made of light pink urethane resin, with black plastic eyes. Unpainted.
Packaged in plastic polybag with printed header card.
$18 each





Blind-Bagged Pipsqueak (approximately 25 available)
2.25" tall, made of urethane resin, with black plastic eyes. Unpainted.
Packaged in plastic polybag with printed header card, and sealed in an opaque black bag.
The color you get is a surprise - neither I nor you will know what you get until you open it!
$18 each



PLEASE READ the following information!

At the exact time of the sale, the items will appear in the shop. These items are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The item is NOT reserved in your shopping cart.  Due to an extremely high volume of people attempting to buy a very small number of items, it may happen that you can make it to check-out, and not be able to obtain the item.  This is kind of a very unfortunate reality of the fact that these are such limited items, and I do understand the frustration that it causes. The online commerce system that I am using (Shopify) is the best that I have so far used, and can currently afford. It, like all online shopping system, has limitations, but I do try to make it as fair as possible for all of my collectors who are trying for a piece.  If you are one of the unlucky ones, I can offer this - I'm going to be continuing to have monthly sales of the Pipsqueaks (one color per month), and in a few months, there will be a large volume of original Dust Bunnies available as part of a show at the end of summer. Good luck!

Shipping prices will be added to these prices. I like to ship my pieces via USPS Priority mail, because they allow fast shipping and order tracking (and optional insurance) at a reasonable price. It is also the lowest priced international option with tracking that I have found.  Pipsqueaks will incur around a $5 shipping and packaging fee (give or take a little), and the originals will be in the area of $15. International orders will be higher, obviously, but I do my best to find the most practical solution. Shipping is just plain expensive, there's no way around it, unfortunately.

There is a limit of one Blind-bagged Pipsqueak, and one Sakura Pipsqueak per customer. I do this to make them available for the widest possible collector base, and to keep people from hoarding ;)  You can buy one Blind-bagged AND one Sakura, just one of each.  Please make sure you choose only one, because if you try to buy more than one your order won't go through!

More "fine print" type shop information can be found at my shop FAQ page, HERE:


Every bit fabric and trim used to make these Dust Bunnies (excluding the stuffing and thread) was taken from a group of very worn antique Oddfellows robes from a lodge in West Virginia. Great care was taken to salvage the fraying, sunbleaching, and other patinas of time on these beautifully aged ceremonial garments.

For more information about the origins of the Secret Society sale, and to learn about the antique robes that ALL of these Dust Bunnies are sewn from, see this post.

Friday, May 2, 2014

the official, OFFICIAL re-schedule of the Secret Society Sale


The Secret Society Sale is back on, with its OFFICIAL new date.

This date won't be changed, for any reason (well, I mean, if I disappear at sea, or something, we might need to re-negotiate, but still), and this is how it's going to go.

This week: tune into Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr (links on the top of the right hand column of this blog) for sneak peeks, teasers, and promotion about the sale.

Thursday, May 8th: A full preview of all items that will be offered in the sale will be posted here on this blog. There will be pictures, prices, detail information, and ordering/shipping info.

Friday, May 9th:

12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time: Sale opens for ORIGINAL ARTWORKS ONLY
1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time: Sale opens for blind-bagged Pipsqueaks, Sakura (pink) Pipsqueaks, and general merchandise.

I'm breaking it up, because if someone is gunning for an original piece, and also wants a Pipsqueak, there's no chance they'll be able to grab both. Plus I'm hoping this will split the site traffic a little bit, and make it a little less crowded in the shop!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Travel Time


This week won't have a Week In Photos post, because I have been rushing around like crazy to finish projects in time to actually take some time off - in fact, I'm composing this post at an altitude of 31,000 ft. on a plane destined for Los Angeles! 

I'll be posting some updates during my travels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More next week!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Week in Photos: March 16, 2014

Apologies for the lack of blog updates this week...I've been rushing around doing a bunch of domestic life things that have little to do with art, so my updating has been a little thin. There will be more soon :)

Sat and assembled a bunch of Dumblebee charms, that will be
available in my shop soon.

Speaking of shop, I revamped the online store! It's all spruced up
and ready for sales...there's nothing in it yet, but if you'd like to look around,
you can find it HERE.

Got to play with ALL the glitter colors!
These are going in resin Pipsqueaks...

Sculpted and primed a handful of faces...