Indie Designer Spotlight

Featured Indie Designer – The Vintage Doctor

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Nintendo, Star Wars, Alice in Wonderland… TheVintageDoctor brings you such d.i.y. delights and just so happens to be our newest Featured Indie Designer!

The Vintage DoctorYour Name: Sarah Pirog
Age: 26
Hometown: Alden, NY (a little farm-country town outside of Buffalo)
Current Location: Worcester, MA

How did your interest in fashion begin? Necessity is the mother of invention! I am a filmmaker by trade, and mostly create fantasy and period-based shorts & music videos. All my of my films require custom-fitted pieces for the actors, so it was convenient for me to simply make my own costumes from scratch.
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started? It was kind of a fluke, actually. After my films were completed, I had all the costumes left over just laying around. Since I figured that somebody else could get more use out of them than my closet, they were sold on Ebay. Read more…

Indie Designer Spotlight

Featured Indie Designer – Supayana

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Hold on to your butts, everyone! Our second Indie Designer Spotlight is on Yana of Supayana!

SupayanaName: Yana Gorbulsky
Age: 24
Hometown: I was born in Moscow, but grew up in NY
Current Location: Montreal, Canada

How did your interest in fashion begin? I started sewing things for dolls when I was a little girl.
What motivated you to start selling your designs, and what were your expectations when you started? I started selling my clothing when I was in college, studying Speech Pathology. I needed money to pay for textbooks, and I was always getting compliments on my clothing, so I decided to make some money off of it. I didn’t really have any expectations at first, I thought I was going to become a Speech Pathologist, but towardsthe end of college, I was making enough to support myself so I decided to stick with fashion instead.
Do you have any formal training in fashion, art or design? No, but it’s probably genetic. My grandfather was a painter in Russia. My mother painted and designed scarves in Russia. My sister paints and is a scenic artist (she designs sets for shows like 30 Rock). Read more…


body modification for pumpkins

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I came across this post at Craftster a few years ago, and I’ve been dying to try it ever since. Now that I’ve got a garden, I can!
scarification pumpkinUnfortunately, having a garden does not necessarily mean you will grow things. In my case, my flowers did okay, but my vegetable garden was a big, fat failure. Of the dozen or so veggies I planted (corn, cauliflower, carrots, zuchini, watermelon, etc.), I got 3 pea pods and a handful of lettuce.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I noticed, not one, but TWO large pumpkins in my backyard! And then not one, but TWO birdhouse gourds! Hurrah!

I planted 2 kinds of pumpkins, Sweet Something-or-others meant for pie making, and Big Fatties (or something large sounding) for carving. I have no idea what kind I’ve got. They do look a little different, so I’m hoping I’ve got one of each and hopefully more on the way.

I’m definitely trying the pumpkin scarring technique on one of them. I’m really excited to try it. Compared to carving, it seems like this would open up a lot of possibilities as far as the amount of detail in the design.

I will be sure to post the results. It would have been cool to try it on the birdhouse gourds, too, but I picked them already. If I get anymore, I will definitely try it and see what happens!