Apparently the lights commemorating 9/11 actually disrupted the migratory path birds take over the city, causing thousands of birds to become “trapped” in the light beams. There are some beautiful shots of birds spiraling around the twin light beams halfway through this video (Via: NPR)
And here is NPR’sÂ story about the whole schebang:
So, as you all know I haven’t worked at Bonnieview for a while. What you might not know is that it’s crazy difficult to find a job in rural Vermont… in winter. So, here I am getting down to crafty. This weekend (Saturday) is the first Winter Farmers Market and I’m going to be vending everything I can dream up. I’ve been roosting in the apartment for the last week, my little fingers busy at the sewing machine, embroidery needle and anything else I can think of. What does that look like? This!
I just discovered this thing called shank buttons. You know, those buttons that aren’t flat but have that little metal hoop in the back. I found a shop on etsy that sells kits that let you make your own fabric covered buttons. I hand embroidered all of the teal ones in the pictures but I’m not sure how well I like them. They’re fairly difficult to keep centered when you put the buttons in the mold. They’re 3/4 inch buttons. How cool is that!?
Here are just a few of some stuffed bird ornaments. Some have loops to hang them from things and others have little alligator clips so that they can perch on whatever the feel like. There’s about 15 of these. Â
Here are the birds again and one of the puff balls I’ve been making. The puff balls are extremely simple and fun to make. Essentially you make them the same way you would make a yarn ball (like the kind you put on the top of a knit hat) but you use wool roving instead of yarn. They’re so soft and light and fuzzy, I really like how they look. I got the idea from Wee Wonderfuls and used the technique from Kid Craft Central.
I saw an epically beautiful horse on etsy that used wooden sticks for legs and I decided to give it a try. I really really like how it turned out! It reminds me of a cave painting horse with it’s thick body and spindly legs. The head pivots around too…
Lastly I got a custom order on etsy! This person wanted custom portraits of she and her sister as little girls. I think they turned out rather well, no? Any Christmas requests?
I’ve been taking one of mummy’s design classes this quarter and one of the projects was to design an eight page catalog for Zappos shoes in InDesign. We were supposed to pick a brand/type/gender/color…. in other words, we were supposed to find some sort of theme from which to pick a number of shoes (our choice) and then include some information about the site, shoes and a size chart. Beyond those pretty general guidelines we could do just about whatever. I chose Simple shoes (sustainable, some vegan, recycled, etc.) and did a two-sided, four panel folding catalog (28 x 7.5 inches). I scanned some felt and a pair of corduroy pants for texture and then drew all of the little critters to do with the whole nature/sustainable theme. You can click on the thumbnails up there to go to the inside of the catalog (left) and the outside (right).
The other class I’ve been taking is a beginning design class with Jennifer Thomas. So far we’ve been messing about with Illustrator and one of the projects we were assigned was to create a poster for the MHCC Integrated Media focus we’re in (it’s a mix of radio, photography, design and video students) using content from the IM website. We had to use the pen tool and the specific content from our individual sections, beyond that we could do anything with our 11 x 17 poster. I used birds… and a tree…. I’m sensing a theme. However, I made one set of birds and trees more realistic than the others, so it’s not too similar. Or so I’m going to tell myself. I think I’ll have to ban birds and trees for the rest of the quarter. Meh. You can click on the thumbnail on the right to see the full-size version of the poster.