Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Seahawks Inspired Hats

I'm not again going into my fear of copyright laws and the small business, since I covered them already in my Steelers Earrings post from December.

Let me just say that these adorable child and adult snug snowboarder hats are "inspired" by a local pig skin team that may be playing in a little game in New Jersey on Sunday.

Again, to solve my copyright dilemma of taking money for a product that is owned by a major corporation, I have decided to donate all the money I make from these hats.

I haven't decided on a cause yet, so if you have any ideas, please express them below.

For now, the hats are $15 and as I said above, 100% of the money made from the profit will be given away as a Pay It Forward to a charity. 

I'm sure the Seahawks would approve. 

12th (wo)man in navy blue and lime green with white stars!

Please email me directly at ACraftyArab at gmail (.) com for information on how to send me money via PayPal or check.  Once I have your email, I will contact you about hat size and delivery.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Women of the Middle East Recap

Yesterday was the Women of the Middle East Festival at Edmonds Community College and I was asked to present my products in a booth. 

Here are some photos of the booth area taken from upstairs:

Can you spot my booth?

There were so many students all day

Sorry this one turned out blurry

Light lunch catered by Falafel King of Seattle ...

The EDCC volunteer models waiting to start
the fashion show by Boutique Al Firdaws

This is only the second time that I have used my grid wall that I purchased last summer.  As a loyal reader, I'm sure you recall that I mentioned I received the grid wall with only a few t-shirt racks and a handful of hooks.

Last November, as I was coming back from an event in Issaquah, I happened to pass a sign for the Vasa Park Christmas Craft Show and decided to stop to take a look around.  It was a wonderful show full of some really unique items.

While there, I happened to come upon Erika Somogyari's booth Rainbow of the Heart.  I noticed that she used the t-shirt racks as scarf holders.  I stopped to comment on her unique use of the racks and told her that I had just gotten a grid wall with a bunch of those that I don't need.  I also mentioned that I wish my grid wall had come with shelves, as that is what I really need.  She mentioned that she has extra shelves she has never used and wished she had more t-shirt racks.


A trade was made right there on the stop.  I gave her my tshirt racks that were in the car already, and on Tuesday I went to go pick up my new shelves.

I think they turned out so fantastic.  And the best part was that we both filled a need in each other's lives.  I love my fellow crafters!

A Crafty Arab grid wall with new shelves

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Women of the Middle East Festival

Tomorrow I will be participating in the Women of the Middle East Festival to be held at Edmonds Community College from 11am to 5pm.

This free event focuses on counties in the Middle East region that share a similar heritage, including some in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

The WMEF will be held in the Triton Student Center of Brier Hall at EdCC (20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98036) and will be open to the public.

Reham Elkhaya, the organizer of the event and an Arabic teachers at EdCC, hopes the event reaches it's two goals: raise awareness about the region and celebrate the diversity of Middle Eastern women. Ms. Elkhaya is teaching Arabic II during the current winter break.

Highlights include:
Henna painting
Fashion show
Food & refreshments
Arts & cultural displays
Civil rights awareness booths

For more information, visit the Facebook page created for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404693799773224/.

I hope you get a chance to stop by!

Monday, January 20, 2014

JanLuc Designs Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Dina, I am a Muslim American with Italian and Circassian roots, born and raised in NJ. I started sewing in high school and haven't stopped! The lack of modest but stylish clothing in the marketplace has motivated me to design many of my own clothes and swimwear, and now I am offerering these items for sale through my Etsy shop.

Apart from being ‘creative’ what do you do?
I work full time in NY's fashion industry as a technical designer while raising my three quirky kids! I also volunteer at my local community center and teach Sunday School.

What inspires you to do the kind of work you do?
I love blending modesty and fashion,. I am inspired by current fashion trends and then translate them into styles that are appropriate for women seeking modest clothing. I really believe that modest clothing can and should be beautiful, and a joy to wear.

Do you look up to anyone? Who? Why?
The modest fashion industry is still very young, right now I can't say there is a specific designer I admire. I hope one day someone will be able to look up to me!

What other passions do you have in your life?
Traveling, cooking, reading, art, interior design.

How do you promote your work?
By word of mouth, through my local community, here on Etsy and on my Facebook.

In the future I’d like to be…
Designing and selling my products full-time

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Eid Money Envelopes

I know my last attempt at Eid money envelopes wasn't that great, I'll admit it.  I wanted to revisit that page soon and remake that paper background, but then I realized I'd be eliminating something that I want to keep as is.  It's a good reminder sometimes to start fresh with a new sheet of paper.

So that is what I did when I came up with a much different design for my 2014 Eid money envelopes.  I'd love to hear what you think about them. They are available for sale in both my Zibbet and Etsy shops.  But don't forget that I don't have to pay fees at Zibbet, so it's always less expensive there.

Here they are:
Eid Money Envelopes

Eid Money Envelopes

P.S. The Egyptian money is not included when you buy a set :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade - Britto, Longo, and Warhol

I am currently teaching three art classes for Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 5th Grade at my daughters school.  It is always a challenge to make the classes appealing to kids because the curriculum we currently use is a bit outdated and sometimes too wordy.

Instead of just throwing the whole thing out the window, I've been taking the basic core lessons, but updating them with new artists that the kids might not know.  I'd like to share how we learned to draw and paint like Britto, Longo, and Warhol.

Kindergarten - Primary Colors
Objective - Students identify primary colors on the color wheel and discriminate primary colors from other colors.

For the lesson today, we looked at the artwork of Romero Britto, a Brazilian painter and sculptor who combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work.  We used his flower painting as our inspiration.

Romero Britto

First the kids learned how to use black watercolor paint for the main outlines.  We started by drawing a big circle in the middle of our paper and then added six Cs that all wanted to hold on to it.  We then put our paper aside to dry and discussed the reason some of the papers were wetter then others.  I wanted to show them first hand why I always say "less is more" when using water in watercolors. 

Once circles were dry, and we'd looked at a few more of Britto's artwork for inspiration, we got to work coloring in our petals with patterns and shapes. Here are some of the examples of finished artwork:

1st Grade - Shapes Within Shapes
Objective - Students create a drawing with a shape within a shape.

For the first graders, I really wanted to find a print that had changed how art was viewed and decided to talk about Andy Warhol and his impact on the art world and commercialism.  Warhol is an American pop art painter and sculptor who passed away in 1987.

I started my power point presentation with an image of the Mona Lisa, which of course sent hands flying of everyone that wanted to tell me who she was, and we talked about how art was viewed  when the Mona was painted.  I told them that portraits and landscapes were the primary art forms until modern artists changed that with public shows.  One of these shows was Warhol's pivotal 1964 exhibit The American Supermarket, where he presented his Campbell Soup painting.  He was one of the first artists to tell everyone that you can paint anything you want, including everyday objects, and of course the kids loved that.

Andy Warhol

His painting was used as the perfect transition into talking about artwork that had shapes within shapes, since it showcases a circle within a cylinder.  I also showed them all 36 Campbell soups that Warhol painted and installed together, so that he created a pattern with the canvases, not just on the canvases.

As with my kindergartener's, the first graders also used the black watercolor paint to edge their soup cans.  They were then given red and yellow oil pastels for the rest of their masterpieces.  Here are some of our very own Tomato Soup paintings:

5th Grade - Crosshatching for Value
Objective - Students use line to crate value in still life.

I had a hard time finding artwork for this lesson since crosshatching is a necessary, yet boring, thing to teach kids.  They just don't like doing it and I usually have difficultly getting the lesson through to them.  This year, however, I stumbled upon the artwork of Robert Longo, an American painter and sculpture, and was blow away by his Monsters series on waves.

Robert Longo
Here was the perfect blend of how to talk about the values in range, yet do so with an exciting subject matter.  It was so awesome to hear a few gasps from kids when I showed them the wave images blown up at the front of the classroom.  I love when artwork creates a reaction.
Before we started on the waves, we took a 2B pencil and a four by nine sheet of paper to created a value scale of
-White (leave blank)
-Light (draw vertical lines)
-Medium (draw vertical lines with horizontal lines on top)
-Darker Grey (draw vertical lines with horizontal and diagonal one direction lines on top)
-Darkest (draw vertical lines with horizontal and diagonal both directions lines on top)

I wanted them to have the value scale as a reference when they were creating their waves. 

Here are some of the artwork created by them using 2B and 4B pencils, along with ball point pens:

Till next time, keep drawing!