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!

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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