If there is something you must know about me it is that I am VERY addicted to clearance. If it is cool and 70% off or more I usually get it. I love cheap thrills. It is a huge problem. I think my wardrobe is built around clearance. Anyway I finally got around to buying some studs so that I could do some damage to a $3 pair of flats I bought 4 months ago… haha see? I bought these clearance flats for a future DIY 4 months later. clearance hoarderrrrr
Here is the final product instagrammed of course.
I think what I love about DIY is this whole customization thing. Though I started off with generic flats that anyone could purchase, I made them mine with a few simple snips. No one else can recreate these flats exactly, unless they measured out each of the studs from each area. There is something that I really love about DIY, its that sort of emotional attachment that I get to all of the things I made. I have dresses I haven’t worn in years that I’ve sewn but I keep them because I made it, I put my mark on it…. Especially when it comes to altering my clothes, which is my favorite way to DIY and customize (because its much easier then starting from scratch)
Upcycling or revamping clothes is almost like graffiti, you’re leaving your tag on this product, on this object. Same could even be said for sneakers, some people wear shoes till they have holes in them, but its that sort imperfection that gives their shoes personality. They are yours, they are custom molded to YOUR foot. No one has your feet, unless they get some sort of cool innovative technology where they can take a mold of your foot and surgically attach a prosthetic or something. That sort of thing hasn’t been invented yet, but even then it would still be a replica, and not the original… Blah blah I could go on for hours.
I wrote this little thing to myself while I was trying to sketch. I kept thinking “Man I want to sketch something really cool!!!” but the thought of sketching something cool intimidated me. And I realized I’ve just graduated from design school. There is a huge part of me that wants to impress everyone (for employment purposes) but part of me wants to take a break from that, and I think I will try and do that here. I am not going to judge myself before the final result. I’m just going to do what I want to do and be done with it. I will make lots of mistakes and that will be OKAY here.
I am not a photographer. It is something that has held me back from blogging, being too lazy to edit pictures… but whatever, I would like to document some of this.
As I struggled to find the perfect elipse and pretended I could sketch something great a la spencer nugent, I decided that I need to do something for MYSELF and not worry about what others think of it.
Theres a strange high I get from making things, instant gratification. So i blatantly took this design and made it with scraps I had lying around, specifically some industrial felt scrap that I swiped off of my friend (Thanks Tommy) + elastic…
Simple as hell, and it beats that $50 price tag.
Since the elastic broke off the last felt wallet I made.. I made up for it in stitches.
Ah, it feels good to know I can beat the system and make something out of nothing. Instantly gratified. I totally copied it, but at the same time… its a piece of fabric that wraps around your cards, can you really patent that?
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