Art with Cause

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

SOON - New and exciting product line!

I am pleased to announce a new and exciting product line called...

(Yes, it is called Afrayed. Yes, I know... and I am not charging for the puns!) 

Artistic Accessories
ONE OF A KIND! - guaranteed 
(I am too lazy to make something twice!)
Original Artwork - that can be worn or used 
Environmentally Friendly - made from mostly up-cycled materials
Funds a Good Cause - Educations are expensive these days*
(*100% of the proceeds will be donated to a poor college kid) 
Free Puns - to everyone - yes, free! no purchase necessary
(I am afrayed they are more of a side effect than a free gift)

So I have been very busy - but what is new, right? I work the day job, the side job, teach art classes and making custom garments, accessories and the such. As the requests to make custom things have been dwindling, I thought it might be time to make things I like to make - to make ART. 

Then post them for sale. I intend to open an Etsy shop, possibly make a place to order direct from this site, and looking for other options as well. I have sketches of the items I am going to make and I am prepared. I'm afrayed I just have to finish the last thing in cue. (First come first served)
This is on the sewing machine now:
And I am afrayed to tell you what it will be!

What is with the name?? Well, you may have seen some of the accessories I have made and given as gifts for the holidays.  If not, here are a couple:

(Scarf and a small back-pack in pictures) 

I up-cycle old fabrics (clothing, scraps from old crafts, bedding, curtains, etc.) and many of the fabrics are worn out and frayed.  So I rip them, giving them a more frayed look. Then I sew them with the frayed edge exposed. I am afrayed there is a lot of fraying going on. The name just seemed to fit.

As always - I give a portion of my proceeds to a good cause: sometimes it is a charity and sometimes it is someone in need. Usually I pick what I am donating to at the beginning of the year and every sale for the year has a percentage of the proceeds donated.

This line will be different. For the next two years, 100% of the proceeds will go to the tuition, books and supplies for a college student (paying the school directly and not permitting unwise spending of the donated funds). He has a work-study, loans, and a job for the summers (and has been unable to find a job that he can work around his school and work-study schedule) but he has calculated out his potential earnings and knows he will not have enough money to complete his four years. Everyone needs a little help launching. I am Afrayed I must help him!

Besides - how much fun are the puns?! I am afrayed I can't stop!

"Fray is the New Fringe!" 

Also in the works - I am working on developing patterns for some of my original crocheted pieces that people have requested.  I just do not like making the same thing twice so I will sell the patterns so you can make them - yes, go learn to crochet! (Or have someone make it for you!)  

It is possible - only an idea right now - that patters for some of my other sewing projects or crafts might go on sale as well! So you can get crafty with me without waiting for me to announce a public class. (Especially since I have been terrible at remembering to post here when I have a public craft class - sorry about that.) 

So - Look at the TABS at the top - there is the tab for Afrayed. It is ready for me to finish a few projects and post.

As always, I am still accepting custom requests.
Thanks for following! I will try harder to keep you updated - I am afrayed I am just too busy sometimes! ;-)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Autism Awareness

Let's talk about #sesamestreet 's "first" autistic character, since it is #worldautismawarenessday

And let's have some fun with it! ;-)

The first is NOT Julia! 
It is Animal! (Disconnected, emotional outbursts, delayed language/non-verbal, repetitive behavior, put everything in his mouth, etc.)
The second is NOT Julia! It is Fozzie, with Asperger's Syndrome (underdeveloped social skills, problems expressing non-verbally, not emotio
nally accessible [has to be told when it's a sensitive situation], fixation on ritual, routine, and/or objects like his hat, unable to process outside of himself [appears self absorbed or to lack empathy], communicates differently [blurting out without thinking first], extraordinary cognitive/creative abilities, reliance on social patterns to define acceptable parameters, etc.)
Julia isn't even the 3rd Autistic muppet. Gonzo, Beeker, and so many more so signs of being on the neuroatypical spectrum.
But let's face it - when I was young autistic kids were just weird, isolated, and ignored... now they are celebrated and "new". I am glad strides have been made to understand, but I think the new understanding should not be at the emotional expense of our old favorite autistic muppets - just because they don't express emotions the same way, doesn't mean their little hearts aren't breaking. 

Stop ignoring my childhood heros! A-waka-waka-waka! Back then, if you were on the spectrum, but could almost fit in - you didn't tell people. And you still don't for fear of being overlooked for a job or promotion. 

I have Asperger's. I would know. 

Give it a 💙 if you know and love someone who is neuroatypical!

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