Art to Wear

What better way to display your talents than by creating art that can be worn. Wearable art expresses individuality through handmade garment and accessories created as fine or expressive art.

 


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  • Sometimes it’s just not enough to express ourselves via one art medium, so I thought I’d mix it up today by focusing on art to wear: mixed-media jewelry. Accessories are such a personal thing — our jewelry helps to define us by showing what we like, and who we are. Fortunately, in Step
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  • While looking through the newest issue of Studios (Summer 2014), I couldn’t help but notice one thing that several of the articles have in common—at least three of the featured artists credit their mothers for their creativity. While I wasn't looking for that link, it is fitting, since
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  • When I was a little girl, my aunts started a gold charm bracelet for me. For several years, on each birthday and Christmas, a tiny package arrived with a new charm. I still have it-wore it on my wedding day as my something blue, because some of the charms have blue stones.
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  • In this free eBook, Making Art to Wear: 4 Free Mixed-Media Designs for Wearable Art Clothing and More , you'll find four wearable art ideas you can adapt to suit your style--or that of your favorite artist.
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  • In this free eBook , Mixed-Media Jewelry: 5 Free Found Object, Steampunk, and Resin Jewelry Ideas , you’ll learn how to make resin jewelry, how to make molds to duplicate found objects in resin, and how to make Steampunk jewelry to complement your style.
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  • You know I have this thing (and I know many of you do, too), where I have to try every technique and product that comes down the pike. Encaustic, water-soluble pencils, batik, and more--I've got the supplies for all of it.
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  • Last week, we held a free web seminar with three mixed-media jewelry artists from the ICE Resin design team, Mixed-Media Jewelry with the Stars . The live event was extremely popular; if you missed it, the recording is on the Cloth Paper Scissors community under Free Resources/Online Seminars.
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  • My daughter is a big fan of Steampunk style , so when I saw an invitation for a Steampunk event at a nearby museum, I signed us up.
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  • Fire and fiber don't usually go together, but mixed-media artist Mary Hettmansperger pairs them often, with stunning results.
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  • Join talented artist and Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop Instructor Kristen Robinson for a LIVE webinar June 28, 2013 at 2 PM Eastern Time! Create timeless mixed-media jewelry from your personal treasures and follow along as Kristen creates her own never
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  • We're celebrating Put a Bird on It month with 12 hours of free projects, techniques, and eBooks featuring our feathered friends today.
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  • The other day I was taking in some eye candy on Pinterest and saw some beautiful mixed-media jewelry made from bent silver spoon handles. Some had beads attached and some had words stamped onto them.
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  • Get a taste of a CREATE mixed-media retreat with the March/April issue, featuring CREATE instructors and a variety of techniques. Learn to bind books, paint fabric, make a journal in a day, create amazing collages, sketch and stitch, make jewelry, and much more.
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  • Did you know you can turn a piece of metal into a component for wearable art ? All it takes to make jewelry from found objects are some common mixed-media art supplies, some metal found objects or pre-made blanks, and a few basic techniques.
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  • To kick off the new year, we've put together our very first Bucket List issue.Some of the best mixed-media artists around are ready to show you how to get started, get further, and try something new.
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  • This is when the gift-making season goes into high gear, so I thought I would round up some of my favorite easy gifts to make from around the Cloth Paper Scissors community. There's sure to be something here that you would like to make for your friends — or yourself!
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  • This year, the only place I plan to go for Halloween is to the door to hand out candy. But if I had a party to attend, I'd make myself a piece of mixed-media jewelry like this Gypsy Gelatin Necklace created by Jenn Mason to complement my shawl and hoop earrings. This fun piece of wearable art combines
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  • Babies. Puppies. Disney princesses. What do they have in common? Big eyes, a large forehead, and features scrunched up cutely in the middle of the face. It's what's called a pleasing face, according to artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. One that makes you want to look at it. One that makes you smile
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  • Recently I did a little research and discovered that of all the blog posts we've written here at Cloth Paper Scissors Today , many of the most popular ones focus on fabric art .
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  • School vacation always seems to sneak up on me. For some reason, regardless of how many end-of-the-year concerts I go to, no matter how many times the seniors speed past my house honking their horns in celebration, when mid-June arrives I am always scrambling around to find easy crafts to make that will
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  • A note from Cate: Today, we have a special guest blogger, Jennifer VanBenschoten, who is the editor for Beading Daily . Jennifer is here to give you ideas for using beads to turn your jeans into wearable art . Beads make fabulous jewelry, as we all know, but there are so many other crafts that you can
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  • When you're an artist you want to announce it to the world. So why not make art to wear? In this free eBook Making Art to Wear: 5 Free Mixed-Media Designs for Wearable Art and Steampunk Jewelry , we'll show you how to make mixed-media jewelry and art to wear on your head, wrist, neck, and ears
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  • What do you get when you pair artists with iconic footwear? You get shoes that are mixed-media works of art. Last month, the Cloth Paper Scissors team rounded up a bunch of artists for an excursion to the Converse® shoe store in Boston. This particular store is one of just a handful in the country
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  • May is right around the corner. On my personal calendar that means ramping up for my local Open Studios if you haven’t been to an Open Studios event before check out Cate Prato our Online Editor’s helpful post . There is so much to do between helping
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  • I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to my fabric art and my stash. When I'm in my studio, surrounded by heaps and bins of fabric scraps, I think, "Wow. I've got so much fabric. I'll never use it all." But when I'm out in the world — or, heaven forbid, a fabric
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  • My daughters and some friends recently attended a concert featuring Steampunk violinist Emilie Autumn. Of course my girls had to dress up. As it was, they looked the part and had a blast. But in preparation for their next foray into Steampunk style, I'm going to make an art cuff a la Teresa Stanton
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  • I was catching up on my "Project Runway All-stars" episodes the other night when I realized I really missed Tim Gunn.Tim's "Make it work!" catch-phrase may be overused by now, but the message is an important one for artists of any kind. It's one thing to be creative with an
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  • When I spied these adorable Chirpy Birdhouse Pendants on the cover of Handcrafted Jewelry magazine (a special issue from the editors of Beadwork), I immediately sidled up to him, directions in hand.
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  • Over a year ago I asked readers to help me decide where I should located my studio: in the attic room my husband had painted and organized with shelves for me, but that was overheated in the summer and freezing in the winter, or the "tea room" on the first floor, the would-be parlour that had
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  • I have a theory that handbags come in only two sizes: too big and too small. The small ones can't hold my wallet, phone, sunglasses, reading glasses, keys, coupons, throat lozenges, make-up, etc. And the big ones seem to swallow up the contents so I can't find anything. Ever
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  • Whenever I go to an art show or craft fair, I like to wear something artsy. Not so I'll stand out — so I'll fit in. It seems everyone there wears their art, — or someone else's — on their sleeve, their ears, their feet, or around their necks. I love looking at all those
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  • I'm pretty sure you can divide most creative people into two groups: the ones who start their projects well in advance of a deadline and the ones who work up to the last minute. You've probably already guessed that I am of the last-minute variety. I have been known to actually start making a
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  • Our Fabulous Fabric Issue! Meet Nathalie Miebach. Make fused-plastic fabric. Journal on unbound canvas. Created a wearable art cuff. Try mixing paint and digital collage. Bind a book made out of test tubes. Enjoy the results of our "Fabric Swatch" Reader Challenge. Take a look at adding color
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  • As I write this, the Cloth Paper Scissors team has the July/August issue just about sewn up. "Sewn up" is the appropriate term, too, as the theme of the issue is fabric. But of course, this being Cloth Paper Scissors , we're not just talking about sewing. Or even just fabric.
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  • A while back we asked readers some questions about Studios magazine to get an idea of where we were on the right track and where we might make adjustments. One of the questions we asked was whose studios you most wanted to see. Many of the answers weren't that surprising: the names of some of the
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  • A couple of weeks ago I attended a reunion of women journalists who all worked for the same daily newspaper many years ago. My daughter helped me dress for the event, and when it came time for jewelry, she plucked a bead, wire, and found object necklace from the wall and handed it to me. "This picks
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  • When I think of mixed-media fiber artist Jamie Fingal, several images come to mind. 1. Whimsical houses , because they are a favorite quilt motif of hers (and mine). 2. Funky black eyeglass frames , part of her personal signature style.
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  • I don't know about you, but when I used to hear the term "recycled art" or "art from recyclables," the first thing that came to mind was usually a picture of painted egg cartons. And it was not a pretty picture.
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  • Jenn Mason Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Day 3 of Encaustic Week Today I have a special treat for you…some insight from the pros. Whenever I want to learn something new, I get online and start researching. I look for videos, blogs, websites…you know the
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  • Sara Hansen Assistant Editor, Fiberarts Happy winter! As the new assistant editor for Fiberarts, it’s my pleasure to share highlights from our current and upcoming issues and news from the world of fiber. One of my favorite articles in the Fiberarts
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  • Marci Rae McDade is the editor of Fiberarts. Welcome to the new Fiberarts Focus blog! In print for over thirty-five years, Fiberarts is the world's leading textile arts publication, covering the best and most interesting work in basketry, knitting
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  • When my husband, a software developer, packs for a convention, the suitcase is filled with khakis and light blue button down shirts. When I pack for an art retreat, I pack my funkiest jewelry (made by me or other artists), my hippest clothes, and my ever
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  • UPDATE: Want to submit a proposal but need a little more time? Email create@interweave.com , Put EXTENSION in the subject line, and the tentative titles and class length in the email, and we’ll give you an extension until Jan 7. Do you love to teach
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  • Meet Ann Wood and her whimiscal creatures. Learn easy faux silkscreaning and try our paper and plaster pumpkins. Experiment with Steampunk style earrings and play with texture and layers. Create a painted fedora with the Crafty Chica and celebrate the Day of the Dead with Michael deMeng. Take a look
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  • One of the best things about attending CHA is getting to see old friends and making new ones. I may be the new Editor but I'm an experienced CHA attendee and it always feels a little bit like a school reunion (all the good parts). While chatting with
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  • The first day in California consisted of walking the CHA Consumer show. The consumer show floor was filled with stores both large and small as well as manufacturers and wholesalers looking to get the word out about their product. We found a few things
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  • The Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Summer 2009 issue celebrates creating in the great outdoors and taking your art on the road. In addition to artist studios, we'll have special features on packing your art travel bag, stylish and practical products to help carry your supplies, favorite art retreats
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