Making of a silk dress with a wing painted on it.
With dye in color blue black.
Realistic feathers placed unrealistically.
A long story told as is.
By artist/escapist Yuko Nagai, currently Miss Sore Thumb in a rural Japanese town
who rambles about random stuff as well.
Read on.
Thank you.

December 26, 2007

testing on christmas day: apple classic os, google blogger and icab

testing testing....
testing the blogger
on macintosh os 9 using icab

additional comment:
i now know i can post text
and can edit post

additions 2:
i can post image, too!!



note: i am juggling internet explorer and i cab
following a recommendation posted on google help group
with a title "new blogger and mac os 9"

sincere thank you to the poster



photo: tribute to apple?
this is from my recent challenge/ creation, "apple betty"!
i will post the process of that, too
when i get the whole thing
reasonably straight

good, silent night

December 18, 2007

holiday wishes and a disappearance notice

i have 2 apple computers

(double mac!!)

one of them, the main man i call,
has been sounding funny---like
someone's drilling a hole inside its hd

a....construction?
or...

the desturction!


eitherway
even this cave woman knows
that's not how it's supposed to be, so

my main man is going to a clinic soon

during such time i will
dissapear from the web space a while




since anything could happen to the mm at this point,
i wanted to send out holiday greetings to you all


wishing your holidays be filled with what you fancy the most

(((big warm smiles)))

December 17, 2007

collar me gently: leather collar making process

since most of my projects take forever to complete
i decided to make a "gratification" piece,
something easy, fun and quick


the piece of my choice is:
a leather collar!


below:
an initial piece


(((embarrassed grin)))

half way into makin it i said,

nahhhh



so i re-started

cutting up an used leather belt i found at
a thrift store, houston, texas



making some holes for
decorative leather strings

uneven placement of holes
resulted from mind goin elsewhere....



trying out several ways for the
decorative strings



i decided to use buttons, not studs
to give it a "softer" look to the collar

then came the decision time......



loops for the buttons

at first i made leather loops very tight
then i remembered a scene from
dario argento film, "deep red" (1975)

more precisely,
the last scene from the film
that i have NEVER seen although i've watched the film
more than few times


but i know exactly what happens...


i ain't gonna tell you though...



so, i opted for a
"quick release" method
ie. yank it hard and loops will loosen


like this.....



decorative strings attached

i said,
no not this decorative



so as to straighten them up a bit,
i first moistened them lightly....



then hang them with some weights



time to add some finishing touch...

i'm going to color sections like these



the black polish gives glossy look
so i paid an extra attention to keep the application minimum,
since the belt has a nice "weathered" look to it



don't forget these places....




below:
completed piece

i am wearing this in my
google profile picture as well



these buttons are from
junior highschool (boys') overcoat from
pre-ww2 japan


chosen these to give the collar a subtle edge
the kind not as obvious as
pointy metal studs



good night......

December 10, 2007

seven random and/ or weird facts about myself

i received a fun tag notice from

miki


to reveal my 7 random/ weird facts to the world and tag 7 more people.
that way,
everyone's "facts" would go round and round the globe...yei.



Here are the rules:
Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 random and /or weird facts about myself

1. i have been talked to by some trees
2. i know when dogs have read my thoughts
3. i have hard time closing cabinet doors
4. i have to journal to get sleepy at night
5. i look stunning with my charlie manson belt buckle
6. i collect platform shoes but wear the same tennis shoes everyday
7. i miss answering my cell because i'd be singin along with the ringtone


and the 7 people i tagged are...

Johanna

Krap Art

Nicky

Bridget

Canuck Chick

Maitri

KGWriteNow




can't wait to read your "facts"!!
ciao for now---

December 6, 2007

"stenciled military jacket " photo shoot!!

in my past post
"making of brian jones tee"
i introduced a military jacket that was
hand painted using a stencil that was
originally for the brian jones tee

as i promised then,
i've taken much better photos of the jacket

using my new camera!!!!!


so here

on back ground you see,
a drawing of a wing for
the wing dress project,
in progress
ever
so
slowly.....








so my new camera

it's
canon powershot a570 is

ranked high on cost performance
allows the full manual setting

y...e....s!!



during the research i realized, that,
i live in camera heaven, too many choices outthere...so

i typed in on search window
the "must" items such as:

manual setting
water proof case

(that's it?)


water housing for this model is sold separately
but i am comforted by the knowledge because,
i once was a foolhardy ho (no not a ho)

the misadventure is documented here


much more photo documentations
on their way

December 4, 2007

detailed and in a groove?

i can get very detail-oriented
so much so that i could lose
my perspective easily as i'd
zoom zoom zoom in

and i fought
against it
for some time



because

i kn o w

pe r f e c t i n g


t h e c r a f t



co ul d



ki ll

t he


mom ent u m


here, the 2 drawings i did in 1994
and were given away

i remember i at one point
was drawing with a hair of a brush
the one hair sticking out at the tip

and even i thought it was too much




me-to-me critique:
the dog portrait, if it's me now, i'd
fill out the backgound with
one color-to simplify a bit


in 1994, i discovered paint brushes
didn't care to bother with them until then
so these are really the
portrait of my over-enthsiasm

as for being detail-oriented,
after trying to get over it by
overly being sloppy
and producing stuff that resembled
a pseudo children's drawing done by an adult

i gave up fighting
but decided to

keep
some
balance

to remain detailed but
in the groove, riding it