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

the desturction!

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!

an initial piece

(((embarrassed grin)))

half way into makin it i said,


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....

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


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...


Krap Art



Canuck Chick



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

so my new camera

canon powershot a570 is

ranked high on cost performance
allows the full manual setting


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

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


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


to remain detailed but
in the groove, riding it