Did you know that each year, there is a Wearable Arts Show in Ocean Shores? The OSWAS puts on a “one night only” extravaganza of art designed to be worn on the human body . All types of artists come to the runway to showcase their functional, and not so functional, pieces of wearable art.
Each year the show has a theme. Artists are encouraged to create their pieces in line with this theme, but they are not required to do so. All pieces are unique, one-of-a-kind, creations for the show. You can enter to wear your hand-crafted costume on stage or join the audience and see what other cosplayers are making.
Check it out at www.oswearableart.com. Due to SAR-CoV-2 global pandemic, the show was cancelled this year. Next year’s event is June 5, 2021. Mark your calendars now.
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Thanks to all who attended our May meeting. It was our second month using Zoom. I like the idea of digital meeting rather than virtual meeting! We had seven members attending and one guest.
Everyone has been busy sewing during our stay-at-home time. Bryant showed his quilt that is ready for binding. Sue has made a variety of bags from easy to complicated and finished a cute little brown bear for some lucky child. Michelle has been painting flowers on fabric for a Cinderella dress and almost completed a Cosplay costume for her husband. The yoke on the costume needs to be molded. The group suggested heating up the foam and shaping it. Bryant jumped on the internet and found a short video for the heat treating of foam –
Laura has been working on two quilts and having fun making special face masks for herself with ideas for more.
Patricia has been making up bowl cozies with her leftover Marvel fabrics and is stepping up to the challenge of designing a see-through face mask to help people who communicate by lip reading. She wants to learn how to make shoes next. There was good interest on shoes from the group. One suggestion was to take doll shoes and enlarge the patterns to help with the learning process of making full-size shoes.
Melanie showed us a red velvet Cosplay Cape that she created for a cosplayer. It turned out great and she was creative with her finishing techniques. Cathy showed 18″ doll outfits she’s been making for charity and mentioned finding doll clothes patterns for cosplay outfits. Pixie Faire has a selection available at https://www.pixiefaire.com/. Search Cosplay or Steam to find fun patterns. A fun way to do smaller cosplay projects!
The Chapter tee shirts were popular and June will work with Sue to deliver them to everyone who has ordered. Thanks to all who ordered!
Our next meeting is June 20th at 10.00am. Until then, submit your photos to Laura for the Face Mask Challenge. If you like poetry, send Laura your sewing Haiku or other type of sewing poem for the next newsletter. Next month’s program is Sourcing: Products, Tools and more. Send June your favorite source, product or tool ahead of time to be compiled in a list that can be shared with the group. We will add to the list at the meeting.
Since we are still in “stay-at-home” mode, we are going to continue using Zoom for our May meeting.
Part One: Keeley will be teaching us about draping
Part Two is for announcements, socializing and showing the group what you have been working on since our last meeting.
Since our membership is spread out over a large area, Zoom is a great way for all of us to stay connected to each other. If you haven’t used Zoom yet, the link below will prompt you to download the Zoom app. Just click through and accept the prompts.
During this time of uncertainty and sheltering-in-place, many are wondering what we can do to help. With the shortage of masks causing problems in doctor’s offices, clinics, home care settings and hospitals, we can make a difference. Deaconess Health Systems has a page with information, pattern and a video for a fabric mask that can be made from tightly-woven cotton fabric.
American Sewing Guild is working with the Sewing & Craft Alliance (who administers and is ASG partner in National Sewing Month) on this effort. SCA is setting up a website that will contain the instructions and, additionally, will be developing a network of locations needing the masks so that we are not adding to an already overwhelmed health system with phone calls. The website will be fully operational within 48 hours and can be found at https://www.weneedmasks.org.
The member consensus is to skip our March 21st meeting due to the on-going issues caused by COVID-19. Our next meeting will be April 18th.
The April program will be SewExpo: sharing your finds and experiences. We will also have a recap of the ASG Style Show from the participants. The Style Show manager will be a guest at the meeting and has been asked to share her perspective of the show. June will present a short slide show of Style Show images taken by our photographer, Dave.
Now that we have some extra time before the next meeting, we can actually make that great SewExpo find we purchased and bring it to the April meeting! I have the prefect thing to work on and I hope you have one too!
Chapter members Cathy, Laura and June dusted off their scan and cut machines to make-up some fun tee shirts with Cosplay PNW / ASG on them. The shirts were made up to wear at Emerald City Comic Con next weekend. Some members were giving CPR at the event – that’s Costume Patch & Repair! Sadly, ECCC has been postponed until Summer. In the meantime, we have some great shirts to show off our Chapter! The shirts will be at the the March meeting.