Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rainbow Spiral Wind Dancer by Chris Budeweit from Sistahoodz, Cannamazon and KindMind

This is a one take sneak peek at my Sistahoodz Cannamazon rainbow spiral wind dancer... my prototype of joy that I suspect I will be making a lot of... 
Summertime shenanigans with upcyclista sista, Chris Budeweit, of Duncan, BC.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sistahoodz Summer 2017

Resuming the Sistahoodz blog
Facebook in its wisdom, took this video down this evening. I don't understand why and they're not explaining. It was up all day, had scads of comments in the several locations it was posted and then *POOF*

So I persist.
Introducing the new and improved Sistahoodz blog, from whence all future postings to Faces of the book will come from.  (I love dangly participles, don't you?)
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This is a shirt / skirt/ ensemble design I am working on that utilizes lighter fabric for summer but still looks like you got it from somewhere cleverer than Walmart.  
Slow, local clothes. Upcycled, cool pockets, comfortable, easy care.

Dressing the alternative thinkers suits me.
Going to delve into summer dresses, cute, affordable shirts and a novel line of skirts/jumpers for men. Yeah, its time to go there. Clothes should be genderless and classic, comfortable as well as able to take what we throw at them.

I did this little humble vid in one take ... do not look at the bad bra, the funny crocs, the hair I didn't even look at. (who wants to come give me an undercut with the dog clippers?), look at the spirit, the joy and the efficient way this new top design fits a curvy girl.

Its a formula, it can be made up to 6x and down to size 0. I'm going to have heaps of fun with them.

And its got that super practical 'balcony pocket' at heart level. For the precious things you need to keep track of.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sistahoodz offshoot - Kind Mind Small Scale Material Culture.

Taking the world of memes and applying my Bechdel filter to the plethora of ideas out there, seeking inspiration that allows my creations to make magic where there was none. Little rounds of inspiration that elicit a feeling of magic, faith, hope, love, these amulets speak in the language I want loved ones to speak to me with. They bring change to the viewer in the form of a shift of consciousness in that they show another way of moving in the world.

Kind Mind is created from our rich and wasteful culture's cast offs. I have been a textile artist all my life and have never said no when someone was discarding their sewing room unwanted stuff, after hauling that around through a couple of moves, one night I had a dream.

I often have recurring dreams that provide me with oracle messages. They usually repeat themselves for a few years as if I was hard headed or something, but this one didn't take too many repeats. By the time I'd relived that voice sounding like androgynous satin in my ears, telling me to solve my problems in the round, I looked at all the memes out there, at my stash of supplies I'd collected and been gifted over the years, and at my skill set when it comes to hand sewing, and it began.

I was pondering, at the time, a political art piece that would be a piggy bank shaped like an earth momma goddess. The coins to go in her slot were all to have the kinds of statements on them that men say to women in order to get them to acquiesce to their agenda. I had been drafting the plan for this rather angry political project for a couple of years and into about my 10th amulet, I realized that I was making an evolution of the coins... but I'd already surpassed the need to illustrate the obvious about our misogynist culture, and moved on to rewriting a script for the future that includes affirmative people, being the change they want to see in the world.

Hence, my messages are all meant to be reflections of my need for those conversations to affect a better script for humanity.

If you would like your own amulets, talk to me, 10 words or less, imagery, I can make up something perfect for you for a great deal. If you have a space in your business or market that could appreciate a Kind Mind showing, I would love to participate if you are in the lower Vancouver Island area.

Message me on my facebook page privately and we can discuss ways of bringing Kind Mind consciousness a wider exposure...

Here then, are this week's creations as well as a peek at the entire collection so far. Enjoy!

The Kind Mind Collection


Swarovski crystals are the stars in the sky and rosebuds circle the amulet.

Knit Fast, Die Warm - another rosebud framed talisman, this one for my knitters out there.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rebecca's Teal Celebration

 Every one of the Sistahoodz upcycled coats starts out the same way. A pile of excitement burns like an ember in the various hues and textures that congregate on my studio table and baskets.
 Then I play with the components until the skirt takes shape.

I collect witches as the image of strong women in my life and every creation has a traditional photo of Brunhilde overseeing the creations of my imagination. There are several witches throughout the studio, all there to do different tasks.
 Then I play with my luxurious collection of velvets and make an 8 strand, herringbone decorative belt for the back...
 Here, you see the sweater section laid out with the hood prior to assembly. The hood hangs to Rebecca's ankles but is designed to drape around her neck a few times to keep her from getting chest colds.
 The downside of  being on a disability is that there is no office... being officeless tends to make one gravitate with their tasks, to a picnic table by the sea side. (Note handmade birch spoon by sista Sarah el za Bear <3) (She's been a Sistahoodz sista from the getgo)
 First try to get the hem on and the heavier one was on the inside and it just didn't hang right. Back to the drawing board and another 40 feet of hem went on, hopefully right this time.
 All the pieces sewn together
 Here the TC spends a few days in contemplation as I line up and fine tune different bits. Its all together now.
 I have been told I need identifying information on the label so I made my own.
 A super stretchy waist has a super stretchy 8 strand braid affixed with a couple of complimentary funky old vintage buttons.
 The hood wouldn't be unique if it didn't have a little tassel on the end to double as a cat toy or fiddle finger entertainment for babies. The tube is hollow and can be used to stash a lighter and what have you with a simple knot on the bottom, the last place anyone would look.
 The neckline is designed to maximize one's assets in times of necessity.
 Two massive pockets flank the front, making sure your keys and cell phone are lost in the void foreva eva eva eva... (Or a lot of beach treasures!)

The sparkly tie belt is the last detail, she can tie it behind her like a little bustle or in the front to add to the razzle of her

 Rebecca loved it! Here's her beautiful photos. Still chilly in Etobicoke in May and she was cozy wozy.
 Brings out her eyes... that's cashmere around her perfect face.
Its my first curtsy from a collaborator of one of my creations!

Check out Sistahoodz on FB to find out more of my shenanigans!

Kind Mind in May 2016

Sistahoodz offshoot, Kind Mind Material Culture on the small scale is a down low micro artistic creation of the Sourceress, Christina, the mind at the helm of a dream that community (co-MOON-ity) can be built online to reinforce the script we want our future to roll from, instead of the one that the politicians are trying to hand to us.

These lovely amulets are the second trickle down of sweater scraps and odds n sods from the eclectic studio Chris calls The Sourcery, in Victoria, Canada, perched on the west coast by the stunning coastline.

Summer fast approaches and Kind Mind culture reflects this with the integration of lovely rosebuds on the amulets... taking the 3D to 4D as the heavenly smell that wafts off each bud lasts for months in a delightful, subtle magic of its own.

This May, there is a little dealio if you would like an amulet made for you, as well as one of the rosebud dreamcatchers, for a great offer. Find me on FB at the Kind Mind page and ask me about it. Such a DEAL!

A meme so nice, I made her twice!

This one was a creation out of my collaboration with the willing vic... er recipient of the Sassy Since Birth merit badge. I couldn't figure out how to get an octopus in there too so i gave you two wicked little butterflies.

See Sistahoods and in particular, the photo albums for the other projects this prolific maven has made. I am calling myself the human 3d printer... I made life 3x and now I play. <3

Monday, April 25, 2016

Brand New Badges from the Kind Mind Sourcery

Find us on Facebook at Kind Mind Material Culture...

Here are the latest commissions and new pieces.

 Here is a bit of news! This was created to celebrate a new cannabis lounge here in Victoria. I attended their grand opening and gifted one of the owners this badge I'd made that was chock full of intention in order to keep the wearer safe.

Two days later, I see the two women owners being interviewed for the local news TV station and guess what Ash was wearing on a lanyard (for Volcanos) around her neck... Yup... We got our fleeting moment of fame on Canadian television this week!

This is headed to cheer up one of my daughters as she struggles with the challenges of getting the hang of adulting...

Kind Mind Material Culture is a Sourceress undertaking and you can find out more about the bright minds behind that and other Sistahoodz interests on Facebook ...

I can do custom pieces within limits, leaving room for artistic license and am happy to collaborate. Intention is included free of charge as meditation during its creation is chock full of affirming prayers for the wearer.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Badges from the Sourcery

Sistahoodz online maven, Christina Budeweit has been working to create less waste in her upcycling textile artist's studio. Working with thrifted knits, the rockstar coats are some of the better known pieces that she has made but she is happy to be able to use the resulting smaller bits left over, into other retreasured offerings. Here is an example.

Taking memes off our technology and inserting them in real life, check out the badges she makes when she's not incorporating left over textiles into whimsical yoga cats and funny bunnies.

Its upcycling, its painting with the palette life gives you.

Any way you look at it, its inspirational. The timelessness of hand stitching, a vintage art in itself, the combination of many different mediums, mostly thrifted or rescued from the cultural waste stream, all combines to make little portable art delights.

Here is the second in the 'BPH Series' (Black Pointy Hat) commissioned by a sista who is a great jeweller in her own right. Honoured she would want some of my humble efforts...

One more ... a commish from NY state... Fig Leaves Pads is celebrating their 3rd year with a little memento she had me make for her.

What is your badge going to look like? Message me on FB!

 And this is how these commemorate special dates...

The Sistahoodz Sourceress herself, walking her talk...wearing the Czarinahood, custom made and cashmere.