Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ideas Abound.......

I've been brainstorming some of the pieces I'd be making out of recyled bicycle parts.

My list so far includes jewelry - earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc...  Also urban dream catchers made out of wheels/spokes and weaving odd bits into them, something along the lines of the below picture - but far more cleaner and sleek looking.

I'm also considering making purses and clutches out of recycled tubes, but that's dependent upon getting a working sewing machine that could handle that strength of material.  I really like some of the items at  Reclaimed Wreckage's Shop, like this purse.

Some more sellable items like business card holders made out of rims/chains, mirrors made out of gears/cogs, coasters and bowls made out of bicycle chains, magnets made out of bicycle cogs/gears, posssibly coffee tables made out of glass mosaic, bicycle rims for the top, and twisted/braided spokes around pieces of bicycle frames and/or handlebars for legs.  I'm working on a few sketches right now as to what that would look like.

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Fun Stuff

Oh how wonderful life is sometimes, but the tricksy parts of it are finding balance amidst the chaos.  Time has become a precious commodity now-a-days.  It's summer here in Seattle, which means that everything starts happening - at once! 

I wanted to pass along some of the major events that are coming up in the cycling community - some of which I'm putting some work into.  I really enjoy having side projects involving bikes that are pretty freaking cool.

Dead Baby Downhill - August 6th

Sound to Mountains BikeFest - August 8th.

Seattle Bike Music Festival - September 11th

I'm also really excited because I just got artists space in the same quaint older building that Mobius is in.  I'm really looking forward to pursuing all the hobbies I've put on hold or haphazardly done due to lack of space/and an area that's concussive to keeping doing those hobbies.  Things like jewelry making, making balsam, lotions, soaps, shampoo, air fresheners, anything and everything out of essential oils and herbs. Writing poetry and short stories, making collages and random clip-art poetry in those collages, mixed media pieces, making clothing, etc...  But I'm going to be focusing on making making art, jewelry, accessories, and household items out of recycled/trashed bicycle parts. Beautiful things to ride and once they wear down, beautiful things to look at and wear. :)  I'm very excited about it.

I'm in the process of moving in right now, gathering materials and items I'll need to get everything up and running.  My goal is to start selling the items I make on Etsy (RisingDawn will be the name to look for) and in a few bike shops around town in the next month or so, depending on when I can get the set up moved in completely and get my groove on.