Thursday, June 2, 2011

DIY Mecca

A while ago I discovered this blog, HonestlyWTF, and it is chock full of fantastic DIY projects and artistic eye candy.  I have gotten so inspired to get back into art and crafting since reading their posts that I've actually gone out and made a number of things on my own.  I also have plans to try out a few more projects that I haven't gotten around to yet.  Here's some of the great DIY projects they've made, inspired by high fashion designs:
This bracelet is actually one I've recreated myself to great results!  I went on to Etsy and searched for chain link or curb link bracelets and then used embroidery floss from the craft store and they turned out beautifully.
These necklaces were inspired by Proenza Schouler's recent jewelry line.  I've actually already bought almost all of the necessary components to make one of these myself, but I think I'm going to try for a bracelet design first...
I absolutely LOVE this belt!!!  I know it's definitely "different", but it's so cool looking and I've been a bit fixated on animal inspired designs lately.  Luckily the blog post lists where you can buy the parts!

The inspiration necklaces that this design was based off of are much busier and I sort of prefer them, but the instructions on making this minimized design are an excellent jumping off point for the larger configuration.  Once again, all of the components are easily obtained at a craft/fabric store.
These printing blocks are actually not from  DIY post, but rather in a post about Indian fabric artisans who carve the designs out of wood.  I am in love with the intricate designs and the bold colors they use.  I have block printing materials stored at home that I'm now planning to dig out of their hiding places so I can create my own designs inspired by these!

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