Building the Arte

I have begun the backside of my Japanese album moleskine, on the subject of geometry. Up until now, I have always put two geometry problems on the page, except in the case of really beautiful proofs. But, all of these proofs were very hard to do at this scale, two to a page. I plan to do a couple more pages, to see if my plan is sustainable. But I may have to revise down, and do only one proof per page. Which would mean I would have to do another half of a book, in order to do all of the proofs I want to. Decisions, decisions.

Some of today’s pop-up book pages. The telescope on a hill in all white with a turning wheel was particularly nice. The two ships came out very well. The city scape was ok but the negative space needed to be planned better. Next time.

Pretty much all I can show of this particular pair of pages for my Mansions of the Moon project. 

The illustration for “The Wings” is nekkid sexxxy stuff. So 1) I can’t show it, and 2) I don’t know how good it will be, probably not very.

Pretty much all I can show of this particular pair of pages for my Mansions of the Moon project.

The illustration for “The Wings” is nekkid sexxxy stuff. So 1) I can’t show it, and 2) I don’t know how good it will be, probably not very.

A lot of work… for a not very flattering shirt.

. The collar didn’t turn out correctly and I haven’t attached the cuffs yet, but I don’t like the drape of this on my body. I’ll finish it, I think— but I also don’t think I’m likely to make another one.
Okay… Take two on trying to make a shirt. I’ve already ruined fabric in the process of cutting. Let’s see what other messes I can make along the way.

Okay… Take two on trying to make a shirt. I’ve already ruined fabric in the process of cutting. Let’s see what other messes I can make along the way.

To my great but pleased surprise, I was able to cut two sets of parts for a ceremonial sash for Moon work from the same cloth. One will be somewhat shorter than the other, but they’ll be close enough for my needs.

And the two sashes, “completed” — except trees a lot of fiddly hand sewing bits left to do: closing up the turning holes, ironing them, and sewing the hip tabs in place. Those three tasks will likely take half as much time as the basic sewing. Neither sash is perfect. There’s a bunch of little flaws here and there— a mis-cut tail, some interfacing showing, a weak seam in a few places. But, had I waited for perfection, or undid the first try and the second, to make a third and fourth, I’d have made little besides a mess. Let this then be added to a string of small mistakes and medium successes, each of which makes me better than before.

And the two sashes, “completed” — except trees a lot of fiddly hand sewing bits left to do: closing up the turning holes, ironing them, and sewing the hip tabs in place. Those three tasks will likely take half as much time as the basic sewing. Neither sash is perfect. There’s a bunch of little flaws here and there— a mis-cut tail, some interfacing showing, a weak seam in a few places. But, had I waited for perfection, or undid the first try and the second, to make a third and fourth, I’d have made little besides a mess. Let this then be added to a string of small mistakes and medium successes, each of which makes me better than before.

The second ceremonial sash, still assembled inside out. I haven’t had the courage yet to try to make a reversible one, with one color on the facing and another on the backing. But it’s on the list of things to tackle.

The second ceremonial sash, still assembled inside out. I haven’t had the courage yet to try to make a reversible one, with one color on the facing and another on the backing. But it’s on the list of things to tackle.


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These are a set of meeting notes and agendas that I created before a faculty meeting yesterday.  I wanted to give my colleagues something creative and tangible that would help them understand WHAT we would be doing in the meeting that I was running about Design Thinking at our school; and something that would demonstrate HOW design thinking would be radically different than what had gone before.  My initial impression is that my design succeeded at both tasks.
Sketchnotes: faculty meeting and activitySketchnotes: faculty meeting and activity

View my 3 latest photos on Flickr: http://flic.kr/u/26fYBG/aHsjNxjTaN

These are a set of meeting notes and agendas that I created before a faculty meeting yesterday.  I wanted to give my colleagues something creative and tangible that would help them understand WHAT we would be doing in the meeting that I was running about Design Thinking at our school; and something that would demonstrate HOW design thinking would be radically different than what had gone before.  My initial impression is that my design succeeded at both tasks.

goetic zentangle, a set on Flickr.

The overall purpose of this book is complicated to explain. Basically, it’s intended to be a propitiation of powers and an awakening of them, and the establishment of an opening of relationship rather than an offer of deep communion. Plus, they’re fun to draw and design, and good practice for pen work.
Zentangle & sigilZentangle & sigilZentangle & sigilZentangle & sigil

goetic zentangle, a set on Flickr.

The overall purpose of this book is complicated to explain. Basically, it’s intended to be a propitiation of powers and an awakening of them, and the establishment of an opening of relationship rather than an offer of deep communion. Plus, they’re fun to draw and design, and good practice for pen work.
View my 3 latest photos on Flickr: http://flic.kr/u/26fYBG/aHsjMQX3TQ
Sewing: long coat, completeSewing: long coat, complete

View my 3 latest photos on Flickr: http://flic.kr/u/26fYBG/aHsjMQX3TQ

Completed coat

Well. Mostly complete. I have three clasps attached, but I think it needs all five that I bought. I want to take out the bottom hem and redo it. Maybe the sleeves need some braid or trim. Maybe around the collar too. But basically done, I think. Not bad for this effort.

Anonymous said: Hey Wilbur, Any tips for a budding young wood/metal worker such as myself??

giantcypress:

Build stuff. Don’t worry so much about the method. There are many ways to accomplish the same task, and what works for one person may not work for another. That doesn’t mean that one is right and one is wrong, as long as the task is accomplished. And the best way to figure out what works for you is to build something, and see how it goes.

I certainly have spent a lot of time watching videos, taking classes, and surfing the internet learning about woodworking, but making projects probably has taught me more than any of the above.

This is true of all of my work, too. The more projects you build, the more skills you have. The more skills you have, the more you want to put them to work. The more you put them to work, the more you are able to do. The more things you build, the more you learn about building, and the more willing you are to take on greater challenges.

Finished this robe or tunic, based off a Simplicity pattern. I like it, and I hate it. I learned a lot of new and useful techniques for sewing from it. Which is good. I’m less happy about the complete lack of detail across the back of this piece. There’s no tails, no waist to speak of, and no particular identifiers. I’m going to have to talk to some sewing friends of mine about adapting this pattern.

Finished making tunic D, Simplicity pattern #5840. Intended to be part of a Jedi costume in its original design, but quite possibly workable for other uses in my daily practice.

Finished making tunic D, Simplicity pattern #5840. Intended to be part of a Jedi costume in its original design, but quite possibly workable for other uses in my daily practice.