Printmaking

Print I made in high school

Print I made in high school

So I’m taking a design thinking class this semester, and every week we have a new creative practice to try, like meditation or getting enough sleep.  This week we had to engage in something creative that we used to do, but haven’t done in awhile.  I immediately thought of printmaking for myself.  I fell in love with block printing in middle school and high school, and for my senior show in undergrad I made some intaglio prints.  It’s a process that I love, but has definitely fallen by the wayside since I left undergrad.

One of my senior show prints.

One of my senior show prints.

So I made three prints, two of them just one color and the other has 4 layers of colors.  I think my favorite is the Save the Bees print, just because it’s so graphic and bold.  It really highlights everything I love about printmaking.  It was really great to be making art again and being reminded that there is a reason I loved it so much.  Plus to be able to go through the entire process of coming up with an idea, planning it out, executing, and having a definitive product at the end.  It was also good to know that this is something that I am capable of doing without having access to a formal studio.  Watch out, because there’s probably more to come!

Winter is coming

Winter is coming

Save the bees!

Save the bees!

Nighttime houses

Nighttime houses

Slow Fashion October: Week 1

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Woo hoo!  It’s Slow Fashion October!  (And I’m kind of late on the first week post.)  So to introduce myself: I’m Sierra and I’m a grad student working on my Master’s of Library and Information Science, and I also consider myself a maker.  I’ve been knitting for about six years now, crocheting for maybe 3, and sewing occasionally for 3 years.  I’ve also been mending for a long time.  I remember having to learn how to sew on a button my uniform skirt when I was younger, and learning how to whipstitch the hem back up.  I’ve done little bits of mending like that for a long time, but learning to sew on  a machine has upped my game.

As for really getting into the slow fashion movement, I would still consider myself a newbie.  I took a Maker Spaces class over the summer, and that really turned me onto the entire slow fashion movement.  I like knowing where things come from, whether it’s my food or my clothes.  And if I can feel like I can make a difference, I’d like to do what I can.  I just can’t wait to see what the community is like and learn from other people’s perspectives.  I also feel like making things that I wear has gotten me more interested in fashion as a whole.  I’ve never considered myself as being very fashionable, but it helps to develop a sense of style when you make things.  You don’t want to make something and not want to wear it because it doesn’t mesh with what you wear on a regular basis.  (I say this from personal experience because I have done this.)

As for projects this month, I have a couple of mending projects that I’ve been putting off for a while, so this would be a good time to get those done.  I’ve also been working on the Beatnik sweater, and I think I could actually get it done this month!  I have a couple of skirts that need to be finished, so that would be cool if I could get those done.  And of course I’ve got Christmas knitting to get done!  I always have a million projects I wanna get done, but with being in school and stuff, I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew.

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! I’m Sierra and I’m a library student and maker.  I was inspired to make this blog after keeping one for a class on Maker Spaces that I took this summer.  I really enjoyed documenting my making, but also sharing what I’m reading and learning about making.  Since I knit, sew, and crochet, I’m becoming very interested in the apparel/fashion industry and how our making relates to this industry.  While I hope to share articles and give reviews of books that I’m reading that relate to this topic, my main goal with this blog is to document what I’m making and share what I’m learning.  I’m excited to see where this journey goes!