Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Embroidered myths

I love it when artistes use crafts in their work, the confrontation they provoke between the traditional techniques and the modernity of their ideas.
Brie Ruais is an artiste who lives in New York and uses traditional crafts such as embroidery, bid work and knitting in her art. Brie draws her inspirations from her own personal biography as well as from urbane myths and legends.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Lace Scarf

The winter is here, and it’s time for some cozy and yet pretty DIY projects.
The inspiration for this particular project came from similar crafts that I saw in a few Japanese blogs, which I love so much. The idea of a shawl that can be worn as a scarf, adorned with lace, is so beautiful and so simple to execute, that I just had to do it!

These are the inspiration photos from Japanese blogs.

1. This is what you will need: an Indian shawl, lace (French, I bought mine on Rozengard st.), scissors, a thread in the same color as the scarf, and one in the color of the lace- this one I forgot to photograph …

2. Cut the ends of the shawl

3. Pin the lace on the duration of the shawl, I made it 1/3-2/3 and not straight in the middle.

4. Stitch the lace by hand or by sewing machine.

5. Now pin the lace on the two ends of the shawl (where I cut the fringe at step 2).

6. Stitch the lace to the shawl.


And here are two ideas of how I'm going to wear this scarf.

Trench coat- TopShop
Jeans- Oasis
Shoes- Irregular Choice

Leather Jacket-Mango
Blouse- Miss Selfridge
Pants- Miss Selfridge
Shoes- TopShop

During the making of this scarf, photographing and writing, I was listening to the end of the decade sum- ups in music of the Kaze radio program on line. Here you can find the alternative decade sum-ups in Hip-Hop, Indie, Punk-Funk Disco-Punk and practically endles amounts of great music. Just press on “Play Now”- it’s pure pleasure…

Monday, December 14, 2009

How to do a Ban.do

As you might have noticed by now reading our blog, Nina and I have a not-so-small obsession with hair-bands. Pretty much if it's shinny, pink or feathery, I want it worn on my head. Ban.do is my new favorite retailer for all of those things. The company makes breathtakingly beautiful hair bands, brooches and much more.
I love everything about these pictures from the color combinations to the model choice, absolute perfection.
Naturally, I would love to buy one of the company’s pieces but since I can’t really afford to spend 200 dollars on a hair band I decided to take the DIY way.
I used some lovely light blue feathers that I had laying around the house, and sewed them to a piece of felt. To give it that final touch I added a vintage brooch that was my latest flea market find and voila! It may not be exactly Ban.do but it is definitely not a ban don’t.

1. Cut up a template in the shape that you want the feathers to be in.
2. Attach it to the felt and cut it according to the shape.
3. Attach the feathers one by one and sew to the felt.
4. Attach the felt to a bow by sewing or gluing them together.
5. Sew or attach a brooch or a vintage baton to the base of the bow.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Treasure bags

Each time I go thrifting, it feels like I am going on a quest to find a hidden treasure.
Unlike retail stores that have their pieces organized by color and size, vintage stores are one piece stores. Sometimes the treasure you are looking for is the first thing you lay your eyes on when you go into the store, and sometimes you will go through all the racks, and still won’t find it.
Vintage bags are one of my favorite vintage items to buy; take it as it is, without fittings or adjustments necessary. Through the years the collection gets bigger, while each bag carries its own unique story of where you found it and under what circumstances, and it's even more enjoyable if you happen to know the history of the piece you holding in your hand.

Here, Tchelet and I wanted to share with you our collection of vintage bags, and wish that we'll find more of these treasures in the future.

Tchelet's gobelin vintage bags

A bag that was bought at Geula st. vintage store(closed)

These two bags were bought at the Dizengoff vintage merket

Nina's vintage bags collection

A bag that was bought at the Jaffa flea merket

These two were bought at the best vintage store in St. Petersburg "Off Off Off"

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ventriloquist in a playground

Hani Sagiv is a recently graduated Shenkar student who is already turning heads in the international arena. Lately Sagiv was selected to take part in an exhibition at the Vinogradov gallery in Berlin. During the gallery opening Hani will present her Shenkar graduation collection named "Ventriloquist in a playground". Her clothes will be modeled by seven actors which will perform a play wearing her outfits. I find her work beautiful and troubling at the same time, I especially like the collar necklace - I wouldn't mind having one of those in my jewelry box.