Archive for the ‘Craft’ Category

Cute Do-it-yourself Spring Flip Flops!

May 12, 2013

We are glad Rachel Hayes of Cherries and Feathers will be joining us here on ArtDuh and writing about some of her crafting ideas. Check out her first tutorial:

1) Cut a strip of fabric at least 60-70 inches long and 1-2 inches wide.

2)Fold the strip in half

Step 3

Step 3

3)Place the fold under the “v” point of the flip flop and pull both ends of the fabric through the loop of the fold. Pull taut. You now have your strip secured to the sandal.

Step 4

Step 4

4)Begin wrapping each long end of the fabric around each strap of the sandal until the straps are covered.

Step 5

Step 5

5)The remaining long ends of the fabric are crossed behind the heel, wrapped around the ankle and tied to secure.

Rachel's Shoes

Rachel’s Shoes

Urban Arts Gallery

February 24, 2013


There is a new gallery at the Gateway that everyone should stop in and visit. Last weekend was the grand opening of the new Urban Arts Galley, and I am very impressed. It is a very nice and large space showcasing a number of different artists, and currently featuring the artwork of Jimmi Toro. A lot of very nice work! You’ll also find a boutique selling all sorts of local handmade stuffz.

There are also a number of events planned for the space, including dance performances, CONNECT, Gallery Stroll, and the Urban Arts Festival. Checkity-check!

Picasso’s Parade

November 16, 2012

“Curtain for the Ballet Parade” -1917

In 1917 Picasso did some set and costume design for the Jean Cocteau’s ballet Parade. Picasso created the curtain above, along with the cardboard cubist costumes below. Picasso hasn’t been on the ArtDuh homepage for a while, and I was thinking about his costume design today for some reason, so it seemed like a good time to post these images. Enjoy!

Needlework Rebellion

August 24, 2012
My Ghostly Remnant post serves as a nice segue into an even more obscure form of graffiti: embroidery.  If you try image-Googling the term “embroidery,” it’ll land you an eyeful of flowers. Sarah Greaves takes the stuff your grandma made, but does it with power tools. 
You see Greaves’ work and automatically note how visually different it is. But then you take a second, closer look at the amount of holes she made through metal and wood.  I got a grating, abrubt feeling (like nails on a chalkboard) when I saw how the softness of the thread appears to pour and force its way through the sink’s metal. I started to wonder how she made all those holes, so I researched. 
In an interview with the blog “Ape on the Moon,” Greaves said she marks out the drill holes beforehand.
“Metal is the hardest material to drill through but one of the easiest to sew as it tends to be thinner and the needle follows the hole more easily. Embroidering the sink and the fridge involved industrial cutting oil, a lot of drill bits and a lot of patience. The fiberglass bath was relatively easy to drill but the fine dust created is nasty stuff.”
In the same interview, Greaves also said she pulls inspiration from the news and politics.
“My work explores stereotyped identities and gender roles, our internal monologues and the public and private ‘self’. It pushes the tradition of embroidery and reframes the location and voice of the graffiti artist. The embroidered text is delicate and ‘feminine’ while the process demands ‘masculine’ tools such as drills and clamps. Visceral, intangible thoughts become permanently graffitied onto familiar, domestic objects,” she said in a quote from
“Man” tools + delicate thread. Makes me happy.
Images via here and here.

Ghostly Remnants

August 10, 2012

Oak Beach, Baltic Sea

While we’re at it, why don’t we round out this discussion about graffiti and talk about Polish artist NeSpoon? She’s been installing her lace doilies in seemingly bewildering spaces such as beaches, parks and abandoned buildings. There’s something spooky about her worky. Her white doilies have a sense of phantasm about them; they’re reminiscent of spider webs, dream catchers and snowflakes, all of which in my opinion have a quiet darkness about them. (Have you ever stood in snowfall at night? It’s ghostly.)

“Forty Forty Project it’s a street art gallery in Warsaw / Poland, located in the 150 years old, forgotten military fort,” says NeSpoon’s website.

“My works for Art Kitchen Foundation in Franciacorta / Italy,” writes NeSpoon.

Looking at all the different spaces where NeSpoon has spun her magic, from driftwood to parks to rundown buildings what would you deem the most appropriate place for doilies? What’s your favorite? I believe the doilies contribute one particular shared message, just as NeSpoon says on her old Blogger account:

“My friend Ania named it, the jewellery of the public space. I must say, I like that name. Jewellery makes people look pretty, my public jewellery has the same goal, make public places look better. I would like people who discover here and there my small applications, to smile and just simply feel better.”

Photos via

Yarn Warfare

August 8, 2012
Although one of the latest works of famous yarn bomber Olek wasn’t done illegally, it still has that arresting, unexpected juxtaposition.
Yarn bombing, a.k.a. yarnstorming or guerrilla crocheting, is a form of street art and is comparable to graffiti in that bombers usually cover public property.
However, this bombing was done for the Social Service of Commerce (SESC) arts show in São Paulo, Brazil. The theme for the show was “memory of things” and ran from July 19-29, 2012.
“Crocheted Jacaré” is the name of the installation and is essentially a massive cozy covering an alligator-shaped playground. The head of the gator and the tail spikes are wrapped in what seems to be her signature loud and bright camouflage-like pattern, which is always ironic, as the purpose of camouflage is quite the contrary. Using North Carolinian acrylic yarn and Brazilian ribbons, Olek calls it a “multicultural mix.” Created on the SESC grounds, the installation took several weeks with the help of other crocheters.
Olek was born in Poland and currently resides in Brooklyn. Here is an excerpt from her website explaining her work:
“My art was a development that took me away from industrial, close-minded Silesia, Poland. It has always sought to bring color and life, energy, and surprise to the living space. My goal is to produce new work and share it with the public. I intend to take advantage of living in NYC with various neighborhoods and, with my actions, create a feedback to the economic and social reality in our community.”
Images via

Letters Home

June 12, 2012

The Michael Rosenthal Gallery in the Mission District of San Francisco is one of my favorites. It is the gallery where we stumbled on the work of Veronica DeJesus and became fast friends with her. Their current exhibit is one I would very much like to see, called Letters Home by Amber Jean Young. Since I’m not able to get to San Fran right now to review the show, I’ll share the email the gallery sent me describing it:

Letters Home
A solo show of new work by Amber Jean YoungOpening reception for the Artist:
Saturday June 9, 2012
6 PM to 9 PM
Extending our program’s long-standing commitment to emerging experimental practices by young artists, Michael Rosenthal Gallery is pleased to present ” Letters Home ” an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based artist Amber Jean Young. This marks the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery.Negotiating the tension between craft and fine art, the work explores and transforms the conceptual and formal strategies associated with the made object. The artist uses materials and techniques ranging from fabric constructions, crochet messages, sculpture, drawing, painting and photography to explore interpersonal, familial relationships, and personal history. Amber’s work addresses the issues coping mechanisms and complicated emotions such as disappointment and failure that are derived from her experience.Born and raised in the Santa Cruz foothills, Amber is the daughter of Neil and Peggy Young. Her families close relationship, and mentoring has inspired and informed her work. Amber’s  father often shared stories of his career and adventures. Amber absorbed, learned and is subsequently enlightened by her family’s creativity. Growing up surrounded by talent and creativity has pointed Amber toward  a center of integrity and compassion that is intimate and compelling.

Urban Arts Festival

June 5, 2012

Believe it or not, urban art forms like graffiti art, street performances, and break dancing are thriving in Utah. These art forms will be celebrated at the second annual Urban Arts Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Urban artists will fill the outdoor space, offering art for purchase at the SLC Arts Hub property, located at 663 West 100 South, where the festival will take place.

“The new SLC Arts Hub will make full use of its nearly three acre property with three stages for music and entertainment, and one of them is located in the full-sized circus tent we are proud to call our own,” says Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, SLC Arts Hub and festival co-organizer.

The entertainment line-up includes:

The Cube – Music stage:
11:00 a.m. – The Swinging Lights
12:00 p.m. – MiNX
1:00 p.m. – Louie Troupe & Konsickwence
2:00 p.m. – Big Blue Ox
3:00 a.m. – YZE
3:45 p.m. – Oso Negro & Dusk One
4:45 p.m. – Johnny Utah & DumbLuck
6:00 p.m. – Music Garage
7:00 p.m. – Dark Seas

Street Stage – DJ stage:
11:00 a.m. – DJ Trixx
12:00 p.m. – DJ Blessed
1:00 p.m. – DJ XSpand
2:00 p.m. – DJ Planet
3:00 p.m. – Street Jesus
4:00 p.m. – DJ Deyjuice
5:00 p.m.- DJ Che
6:00 p.m.- DJ Lishus

The Circus Tent – Performance stage:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Salt City Indie Arts Poetry Slam Contest
1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. – BBoy Federation – Break Dance Battle
3:30 p.m. – People’s Production- African American Theater Company
4:30 p.m.- S.L.A.P.
5:30 p.m. – Samba Fogo
6:30 p.m.- Lunar Collective
7:00 p.m.- Transfusion Hype

Food, art demonstrations and educators helping the public learn to make urban art with their own two hands are highlights of the award winning day-long festival. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the brand new SLC Arts Hub gracing Salt Lake City’s downtown west side.

“The public will be taught urban art projects by professional artists, and they will get the chance to practice their new skills on the outdoor walls of the Hub,” says Tamara Fox, Gray Wall Gallery director and event organizer. “Other art activities festival-goers may enjoy trying include screen printing, creating aluminum sculpture and repurposing aluminum cans to make jewelry and pinwheels. The cost to make these crafts is just $2 to $5.”

A skate deck painting contest will also take place at the festival. For $30, the public can buy a skate deck, paint it with their own creative urban art and enter it into a contest. Art lovers can vote for their favorite deck throughout the day, with prizes awarded between 6 and 8 p.m. A group of professional artists have also been selected to paint skate decks and these will be on display as well.

Throughout the day there will be skateboarding demonstrations, competitions as well as open skate periods. The Urban Arts Fest skate area is designed by We are One Skate Park.

Salt Lake City’s best street food vendors will be on hand with vegan tacos, gourmet hot dogs and rosemary-infused lemonade, among other treats. And, for the first time, this year’s festival will include beer sales which are offered by Red Rock Brewery. Entrance to the festival costs $5.

The event is sponsored by Brand32; Broadview Entertainment Ats University; Redrock Brewing Company; vitaminwater; jetBlue AIRWAYS; The Downtown Alliance; Salt Lake City Arts Council; SLUG Magazine; Utah Division of Arts and Museums; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks; Romney Lumber Company; Bboy Fed; KRCL; and David Charles Baker.  For more information on how to be involved and to see the schedule of events visit

About the Utah Arts Alliance
The Utah Arts Alliance is a nonprofit arts and educational organization committed to fostering the arts in Utah in all forms. In addition to the SLC Arts Hub, the UAA has a gallery and recording studio at 127 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit

About The Gray Wall Gallery
Brain child of Tamara Fox, The Gray Wall Gallery is interested in showing new and unusual art work. It is a program of the Utah Arts Alliance and is the driving force behind the festival. For more information, visit

Soft Punch

May 24, 2012

I stumbled across the work of Inger Carina in the pages of Juxtapoz. The Swedish  artist doesn’t just crochet, but she went through a period of filet crochet obsession. I can’t do justice to all of her work, though I must share her guns (above), but check out her blog at I wish she had a lengthier bio on her website.

How to Hang a Doily

March 27, 2012

I make gigantic doilies. They are big enough to cover a significant amount of floor space. I used one as a rug but it wore quickly so I had to stop. Though I love to see the wear on it when I hang it on a wall, it makes it look like an antique to my eyes, which are always starved for the sight of a good old-fashioned Mormon handicraft.

I started making them toward the end of high school/first part of college, in other words, quite a long time ago. I think I have five that are finished and still in my possession. And, I finally know how to hang them for display.

Of course one option is to have the doily framed and mounted. If I saved for a long time, I could probably afford to do this to one of them. I like the way it looks riding the wall bare back much better than the framing job I picture in my mind.

First you make the damn thing. This takes months. Then you get A LOT of nails. Paint your wall beautifully – and in a color that compliments your doily. Painting is easier than making doilies, in case you were thinking its the other way around, and a little Spackle and touch up is nothing compared to the work of making a doily.

Hanging it is a two person job. One person mashes it against the wall. Now is not the time to be a perfectionist. In the end it will look like a galactic explosion – a beautiful super nova that a Utah great -grandmother would love. Its probably impossible to hang it perfectly. When I can’t hang something perfectly I always try for artistically off-kilter. The other person (who isn’t mashing) hammers nails in to support the doily every few inches. Pull out the lacy peaks and emphasize them.

I had my doilies – the whole collection – hanging at Ulysses Salon in February. I was concerned that the fibers would stretch and distort. They didn’t. I’m trying it at home now, and I’ll report back on how it holds up since it will be there for more than a month.

Oh, I almost forgot to remind you – its a great idea to lint roll the doily every once in a while to remove the dust and hair that collects. Air in a can also helps with this (I learned recently at the store that you also can huff it, but you really shouldn’t). And I suspect if you hang them on outside walls they could help with insulation.

The photos are our home – and after almost six years of work, the 1903, previously abused and neglected property is starting to look like the work of art I knew we could turn it into.


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