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An Edible Catch-22

Seeing as it’s been a week since the Edible book festival at Asheville Bookworks, I need to get a post up about how it went. In all, I enjoyed seeing so many fun ways of representing books. The only bad thing was that I couldn’t eat anything because it was all laden with sugar, wheat, or dairy, even my own book, which I’d put sugar in, in anticipation others might actually want it to be palatable. *sniffle*

This was my concept: An (not-so-easily) edible catch-22
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This was my product:
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This was the Judge’s Choice in the adult category -and mine too!!! The artist had a great concept and product. Within the covers was the word ‘crudite’ carved out of raw vegetables: “Erudite Crudite”
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This was People’s choice in the adult category: “Preface to the Joy of Cooking”
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What’s ‘crudite’ mean? Essentially raw veggies hors d’ouevres! It even came with dipping sauce! Under the cover of great knowledge -‘erudition’- the raw vegs with the goblet of sauce and dip become an additional layer of meaning, even punnish (in a great way). I was so awed with that edible ‘book’s concept and craftmanship. The expansiveness and grandeur kinda makes me wish I’d gone with my original crazy concept of making a ‘kit bag’ from Milo to Yossarian including my book and chocolate covered marshmallows as the cotton Milo tried to feed people. Next year… 🙂

I did feel a bit let down people had voted the cupcakes for the people’s choice. The cupcakes were definitely INSANELY expansive but it was donated by a bakery company in Asheville (along with several other edible books from other shops), and I couldn’t really see any depth to it other than, ‘ok, we need something clever to feed a lot of people.’ One would think people would not just look at the surface- i.e. the amount of work- and look at the story behind the book, the finesse with which it was made, as well as aesthetic sense. there were many prettier and cuter books than the cupcake Preface, imo.

It was great fun, and I hope Asheville Bookworks participates again in 2010!

April 8, 2009 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

a Boiling sun!

One of my casual interests is astronomy. I had the fortune to have a great college astro professor, one of the scientists behind the Cassini Hyugens mission to Saturn which has brought back so may great photos of the Ringed Planet (which meant one of my classes was devoted entirely to learning about the research results from the vessel). As a result I get warm fuzzies whenever I see pictures from the Cassini Mission.

Anyway! Today I rediscovered the Astronomy Picture of the Day site. One of the more recent posts was a short video of the surface of the sun. Orange! Motion! Doesn’t it look as if it’s boiling? This is GAS boiling, visible gas. So cool!

Double, Double, Boil and Bubble…

April 8, 2009 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

Buttercup Bag

Ok, while in Asheville waiting for the madness of the Edible Festival, I went fabric shopping. At Asheville Cotton Company, as I was checking out, I chanced to see a fat quarter of gorgeous orange print. I bought it. And this is what I did with it over the last 2 days:

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Pattern from Made By Rae’s blog

I lined with green cotton recycled from a 50 cent thrift store men’s j.crew shirt I had previously cannibalized for buttons. I am a big fan of symmetry when possible, so I paid extra attention to the pattern layout and pleating. I did a itty bitty box pleat in the middle and pleats facing it on each side, instead of having all pleats facing one direction. I also inserted the straps at the same time I sewed the lining and outer together.

Now, the original pattern called for magnetic closures or buttons. I decided to go ambitious with a zipper. And man was this zipper was a beeyotch to get in. =_=
I used some directions from U-handbag.typepad.com, and patted myself on the back for doing pretty well… until it came time to stitch the lining and outer together. Oh my lawd. My advice? Don’t put in a zipper unless you are prepared to be the source of lots of bad language. After much swearing at the machine and the bag, I finally got it sewn up, and gave a big sigh of relief, only to turn it inside out and discover I had accidentally inserted and sewn one side of the strap so it went under the zipper. *eye twitch*

I still need to topstitch the upper edge since it buckles a bit despite all the interfacing I added, which I will do. Eventually. Whew. But on the plus side… new ORANGE bag, experience with zipper insertion, learning what interfacing works and does not work (next time I use soft sew-in interfacing, not crispy!)

April 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment


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