Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting Heckled


It's funny ... I've dressed differently from most people for as long as I can remember.  In high school I had platinum blonde hair and styled it in 1940s waves (I really wish I had a picture - it was awesome!).  It took me ages to do (rollers in my hair at night!), and I was bullied mercilessly all the way through school.  My parents said it was my fault for being weird ... I guess they were right, since we all know how conformist teenagers are!

These days, I'd be trendy (and popular) if I looked like that ... and it would be much easier finding clothes!  Ah well ... I was goth-punk inspired in my late teens, and shaved my head in 1993.  Now it's a combination of my love for goth/deathrock music, and my love for colour ... I like to dress Chelle-Style ;) 

The point of this post is that I have been called so many different names over my life, that I really should be keeping track of them all.  There are three main groups of people who feel the need to insult me about my appearance:
  1. Bogans:  this is the most common one ... for some reason, very rough people (usually overweight, chain smoking, and sporting dirty tracksuit pants - footwear optional) are the ones who feel the need to comment on my appearance.  They are usually very imaginative, calling out 'FREAK' or 'GET A HAIRCUT!'.  Hmmm, if I had a dollar ...
  2. Teenagers:  these are only in gangs, and insults are called out after I am out of range.  They are actually not very brave when they are by themselves.  Everyone knows teenagers are the most conformist of all age groups - even though they don't think they are ;)
  3. Middle Aged People:  they're the ones who shake their heads at me and say 'that's disgusting',  and variations on this theme.  Sometimes I get religious nuts who call me 'JESUS CHRIST' ... very strange.

Of course, there are always exceptions ... but I can't think of any right now.  Old people, once they've decided I'm not going to rob them, usually smile at me and say hello.  Well, I guess they've seen it all before, right?

Anyway, I had two very imaginative reactions this week.  First was an over-the-top compliment (I think!).  A girl with a baby in a pram tapped me on the shoulder and said (loudly) 'OH MY GOD, I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING!'.  I assume she meant 'I like your hair', but who knows?  I just blinked and said 'thanks' before I ran away. 

And today, a bogan with a mullet and a cigarette said 'SHE LOOKS F***CKING AWFUL!' before proceeding to explain to his friend how dreading my hair and dying it bright colours will make it fall out when I'm old, blah blah blah.  I always pretend I don't hear these people, since a reaction is what they're after ... in this case, I was trying not to laugh - did he seriously think my wool dreads are REAL???!!  Hilarious.

Anyway, people who feel the need to pick on other people have some serious psychological issues.  They're obviously not happy with themselves, so think that putting someone else down will make them feel better about their awful lives. 

The one time I have reacted, it was something like 'well, you're fat and ugly - I choose to look this way.  Do you?'  Heh heh ;)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Threefold Designs Pinup Girl!

This is the gorgeous Evilyn Frantic from Hellzapoppin: A Sideshow Review stitching the Lime Leopard Print Bookmark kit!


Ages ago I asked a few people if any of them would like to 'model' my kits, and a couple of people replied ... one asked for 3 kits, and ended up losing 2 and returning 1 - with no pics :(  Obviously she had no respect for my work at all, and has no understanding about the fragile ego of the artist :P

But Evilyn went ALL OUT, working with a professional photographer and everything!  I was so excited, especially since she stitched it herself too.  It all worked out perfectly - she makes this other girl look incredibly boring, which would have effected my branding - so I guess everything happens for a reason!

These are the low res images - we're still waiting for the photographer to send the high res ones ... but since he's taken months, I thought I'd put these up anyway.  Enjoy the eye candy!  And don't forget to recommend Threefold Designs to people looking for cool end of year pressies ;)





Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finished!

Yay, I've finished my miniature Tapestry ... it's being posted tomorrow ;)

Cutting off the loom:
And finally finished ... though I just need to give it a press ;)
I've enjoyed weaving this one - probably because it's more 'me' than anything else I have done in the last 2 years of my Tapestry course!  It's a bit wobbly-edged ... but that's because I used a lot of eccentric weft, and took way more risks than I would have normally - I've decided that learning more is better than playing safe ... seriously, what do grades matter? (though I'd like to pass, thanks very much :P)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Berrylicious!

That's what Anita's calling my new hair - Berrylicious: blueberry swirled with strawberries ;)  Well, she *does* have a foodie blog, haaha!

Here are my new dreads - first, what they looked like before installation (thanks to my friend Wilbur for minding them for me!):
And then after installation:


And yes, that fringe is very high maintenance, haaha!  But at least I've finally found a turquoise that is bright enough and doesn't take 2 hours to process - this one's Special Effects' 'Fishbowl' ... FYI, the hot pink is Manic Panic's 'Hot Hot Pink'.

I used the following to make my wool dreads:  Black: Ashford Corriedale Liquorice, Pink: Ashford Corriedale Pansy, Turquoise: Ashford Corriedale Turquoise and White: Bendigo Woollen Mills Merino.

That Merino was bloody awful to felt ... I'm trying to stick to the Corriedale as much as possible!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Naked Space!

Yes, Naked Space is a very cool name for a shop ;)  Anita and I were in there buying yummy things for the house ... one thing led to another ... and now I have some of my bookmark kits for sale there!  YAAAY!

Hopefully they sell and this becomes a successful venture - and if not, not harm done ;)

That same day, I received a phone call from my local council - they saw me on the local Artists Register, and asked if I'd like to teach kids how to cross stitch as part of next year's Adelaide Fringe Festival!  Um - WHAT??!  Hey, I have no experience teaching kids anything ... and she didn't even realise that I've just designed some kits for kids.  So yeah, why not?  What a day!! 

As well as working on my tapestry (just needs the hem woven - pics soon!), I also finished making my next lot of dreads, since they are being installed on Thursday.  Here are a couple of pics Anita took while I was hand felting them (excuse the dodgy quality - it was late at night):


I palm roll first, then roll out onto the towel.  After doing this 3 times, I put them in a lingerie bag in the washing machine.  This gives them a final felt, and a 'crinkly' quality which looks very cool ;)

Colours are hot pink, turquoise, white and black - I'm looking forward to getting them installed!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Productive Weekend

Yes it was!  Apart from the obligatory annual dentist checkup and mountains of washing, I spent it weaving and cross-stitching - YAYNESS!

Weavy stuff - nearly there!


Stitchy stuff - the 'Red' cushion in progress:


And I'm experimenting with making a cross stitch badge/hairclip combo.  Not sure how it will work out, but I'm stitching an eyeball on black Aida cloth.  If it turns out, I'll back it with felt, overlock the edges and attach a combination brooch/hairclip to the back.  You can never have enough eyeballs in your wardrobe, after all ;)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pink?

OK, I haven't been to Ikea for a while ... but when did Princess Cakes turn pale pink?  I loved the weird lime green of the old cakes - they remind me of good old South Australian Frog Cakes ;)

Yep, totally random post ... ;)