November 8, 2012 · 10:07 pm
Followers of MADWP will know that I’m rather partial to a bit of political craft – it’s why I made this gallery of the best Obama and Romney craft for the Guardian.
Having written it the day before the election, I wasn’t sure whether Melanie Howard’s prediction was going to be that accurate (she reckoned Obama might do it as his finger puppets were outselling the Romney ones), but I’m SUPER glad she was.
September 26, 2012 · 8:30 am
“Driver turns up to police station to pay traffic ticket with 137 origami dollar bill PIGS . . . and cops make him unfold every one” via The Daily Mail.
September 7, 2012 · 8:30 am
I mean REALLY winning.
Not only is Julie Deans, the founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, appearing on the new Google Chrome TV ad, she’s finally got the ruling that Zatchels DID copy her designs.
(And in brilliant news for me [apologies for obligatory plug], she’s also one of over 100 experts who appear in my forthcoming book, Material World: The Modern Craft Bible)
July 16, 2012 · 8:30 am
“Cash-strapped women are painting their shoe soles red to get the Louboutin look for less,” says The Telegraph. “Sales of red gloss paint have ‘rocketed’ 40 per cent at Homebase as women find the cheapest way to get the Louboutin look is to do it yourself.”
There’s not much DIY advice on the article, so if you are thinking about doing this, remember that the red paint is going to scuff pretty quickly if you wear the shoes a lot. If that doesn’t put you off, be sure to get rid of all the dirt off your shoes first, allow them to dry, then give the soles a quick rub with some sandpaper (you need the paint to stick to the soles – giving the sole a slightly rougher surface will make it more likely that it will). Use masking tape to tape off the sides of the shoe, so you don’t get paint in the wrong place. If the sole is black, I’d cover the sole in a white primer first, to ensure the red comes out really bright. Let that dry, and give it a first lick of red paint. Oil-based stuff won’t scuff as quickly, but also won’t dry as quickly as water-based stuff (which will come off pretty sharpish when you walk through a puddle or two).
D’you know what? I wouldn’t waste your time doing this.
May 4, 2012 · 9:00 am
He/she is one of the Cultural Olympiad crochet lions, but it seems no one told the market stall holders in Lincoln. Here over at thisislincolnshire.co.uk
May 1, 2012 · 9:00 am
Walk into any All Saints stores across the world and you’ll be greet with a zillion and one Singer sewing machines. It’s, like, their thing.
But where the hell do they get them all from?
Well, it seems they came from a chap called Scott Reynolds of a company called Unique Finds. And I know this how? It’s because All Saints nearly went under, and it was because they forked out too much on supplies, such as A ZILLIION AND ONE SINGER SEWING MACHINES. More over at thisismoney.co.uk
Update: the link won’t work, so copy and paste this one … http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-2136623/Revealed-Court-papers-tell-battles-pushed-All-Saints-brink.html
April 25, 2012 · 9:00 am
More from the new craze on Etsy over on Jezebel.com
April 23, 2012 · 9:00 am
Thank you, Buzzfeed.
(<<The women of Government Free VJJ have started a campaign to send knitted and crocheted female reproductive organs to male members of Congress. Their motto: “if they have their own, they can leave ours alone!”>>).
April 21, 2012 · 2:00 pm
Anders Behring Breivik, the 33-year-old terrorist responsible for the Norway shootings, is sick. And I cannot believe that craft made its way into his sick testimony this week. (via The Guardian)
Helen Pidd writes … He objected to the “feminisation” of Norway, which he said was imported from the Soviet Union by the Norwegian Labour party after the second world war. “Suddenly boys are supposed to start knitting and doing crochet and cooking,” he complained, saying that traditional gender role models were reversed when girls were learning about DIY.