CUNY CRAFTS!

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  • #16698

    Anonymous

    Hi Diana!

    Thanks so much for starting this group. I am a craft person as well so I was so excited to see you made a space on the Commons for us to connect! Love it!

    I am finishing up an internship at the CUNY Graduate Center Library and as of last Friday am a new CUNY Commons Community Facilitator (which means I get to be very excited by the Commons and spend lots of time here, which I’m thrilled about).

    As far as crafts go, I am a knitter and a weaver. I learned how to weave from classes at F.I.T., which was an excellent experience, very worthwhile if anyone is interested. I have a massive yarn and fiber stash. I have done a little bit of bead work (very simple stuff). I also like to do coloring when I watch TV — I find it very therapeutic.

    I love Etsy but I have to limit my time on there or I would go broke buying things. I also have to not go to Habu Textiles too much — that’s a dangerous (in the most tantalizing way) local yarn and fiber store, oh my!

    I usually give all my stuff away, usually to friends and family….. 🙂

    I think it would be great to set up a directory of everyone’s Etsy shops (if they sell there) and/or other resources that we could share. We could do it as a Doc or as a Wiki that we could link to here on the Commons.

    As far as thoughts on how to create a CUNY crafts community, I think there are loads of options. We could do a blog connected to this group. We could also start a group flickr photostream to showcase work (might be more user friendly than a group blog).

    Hope this wasn’t too much information. Very exciting! Thanks again, Diana.

    Erika
    CUNY Commons Community Facilitator
    and
    Spring 2013 Special Collections Intern
    Activist Women’s Voices Oral History Project & Archives
    CUNY Graduate Center Library

    #28605

    Diana Rickard
    Participant

    Hi, I think doing a blog or flickr stream is a great idea! I think a Wiki to Etsy shops is good too.

    I don’t really know how to set those things up here in the Commons, but will look into figuring it out.

    As I said in an announcement I sent out (I didn’t know how to do a forum thing… new to the Commons), I bead office supplies. I recently opened an Etsy shop, and am excited to network with other crafters. I am sure there are tons of CUNY people who create great things when they aren’t teaching, and I’d love to see other people’s work.

    Diana

    #28606

    Valerie Forrestal
    Participant

    Hello! I’m a librarian at the Staten Island campus, and I cross stitch and make jewelry. I post a lot of my cross stitch projects at: http://madstitchery.tumblr.com/ and just started posting my jewelry stuff here: http://vforrestal.tumblr.com/

    #28607

    Diana Rickard
    Participant

    Hi Valerie, Great websites!

    #28609

    Anonymous

    Hi everyone,

    Apologies, i think i posted here by accident late last night. total mistake on my part — so sorry about that.

    anyway, hope everyone has a really craft-friendly holiday weekend! i’m so excited this group exists!

    erika

    #28610

    Diana Rickard
    Participant

    As for crafting this weekend, I’m on a beading office supplies hiatus till late June. Got 100 essay exams to grade, then a conference, then some travel.

    However this weekend I’m working on a small little fun project. I know it sounds weird, but I also bead tampons. These are unique, interesting objects that make fun gifts. I’ll be giving it to a friend at a her birthday picnic on Monday.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend, and if anyone is productive crafting wise, please share.

    Diana

    #28611

    Rebecca Salois
    Participant

    This caught my attention in my twitter feed and I actually joined the commons for this group! I am a scrapbooker, and it is all for my own enjoyment (and I suppose of my future nieces and nephews!). I have never thought to make them for selling. I primarily use Creative Memories for supplies and have a consultant here in the city. Also my sister just recently became a consultant so I always suggest people buy through her if they are online shoppers: http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/ashleyc/ she also has a fb and a pinterest for more ideas if you have questions or have “scrappers block” 🙂

    I am glad to be on here in the hopes of meeting other grad student scrappers! I am a PhD student at the GC in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languaes and I teach Spanish at Brooklyn College and Comp. Lit. at Baruch. Scrapping is one of my favorite non-academic releases!

    Thanks for creating the group!

    #28612

    Diana Rickard
    Participant

    Hi Rebecca, welcome! I’m excited about this group and sharing progress on projects with each other. Looking forward to seeing your scrapbooking!

    Diana

    #28613

    Robin Camille Davis
    Participant

    Hi all, I’m glad to see this group created since making things is much better in community! Cool show & tell stuff so far.

    Most of my creative endeavors have been at the intersection of technology & craft, like map quilts and laser-cut earrings. Lately I’ve been interested in wearable technology, but have only just begun to get into hands-on work with things like Arduino microprocessors. I hope to start becoming a regular at NYC Resistor to get inspired and learn more, since there’s so many awesome & creative things to explore.

    #28614

    Diana Rickard
    Participant

    Hi Robin. I LOVE the map quilt! My friend Meridith does a lot of work with maps. Here’s a link to some dresses she’s made out of maps. Check out the chandelier link too, as those are painted on maps. https://sites.google.com/site/meridithmcneal/dresses.

    Welcome to the group!

    #28615

    Anonymous

    @dianar wow your friend’s corsets made from maps are so wonderful and fun too! https://sites.google.com/site/meridithmcneal/corsets crazy creative!

    @robincamille i love the idea of technology & craft. there’s something so practical and smart about function and form. i am BLOWN AWAY by the fact that your Providence map quilt GLOWS IN THE DARK!!! that’s just so incredibly awesome.

    back when i was more actively weaving i found this incredible stainless steel yarn (http://www.habutextiles.com/yarn/by_fiber/?term_id=25) from Habu Textiles (warning: v addictive place!).

    is the Arduno microprocessor part of your work with Raspberry Pi? i had started a summer technology project or i would have bought one and played with it — it looks so cool. i love how you are documenting that on your blog.

    resistors are such a great idea. i think sharing tools and resources — not to mention having that shared community — is key, especially in nyc.

    erika
    very excited to be here, if you couldn’t tell… #oy

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