Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Suddenly Spring: Fresh Designs From Furious

The time has been whizzing by and....suddenly, spring is unfurling itself all over the place. As soon as the weather starts getting nice, I start thinking about 1) summer and 2) beaches, cookouts, festivals and fairs....and all the delightful clothing that comes out with the warmer months. We have been having a gorgeous, although disturbingly dry (again) spring here in the valley, and all the sun has motivated me to start working full force on my Spring/Summer 2014 designs. Take a look at what I've been working on:

These open back halter tie shirts are so flattering and fun! Funky and fresh! A super comfortable, carefree way to celebrate the sun, whether you're at the beach, frolicking about town, or in full on festival mode.

The hi lo look has always been a favorite of mine. These high lo crop tops are sewn from sheer, reclaimed, vintage poly stretch knits. The cut and design of this top makes it flattering on all sorts of body types. So cute and casual!

I love the bold look of color block fashion. And I also love the look of combining contrasting patterns and textures. Flowers and polka dots is a classic combination. Adding a handwoven panel to the bodice of a shirt turns it into an artsy, one of a kind garment!
Everything from Furious Designs is designed and sewn by me using the most quality reclaimed and upcycled materials. Stop by my shop to check out what else is new! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Creative Advertising

I've been messing around a bit lately with a bit of super simple, creative advertising for my Furious Designs. Below are some of the results:










It is fun (and time-consuming) to work on the graphic designing and promotional aspects of product marketing...it can be overwhelming sometimes, especially when you are also the sole person designing and manufacturing the goods. Fotor is a free and super convenient photo-editing website, and I used it to make the above Furious Design's promos. 

I've also started messing about a bit with the free photo-editing program, GIMP. It is a lot more complicated to use than Fotor, and so not as user-friendly. But unlike Fotor, you can continually edit and change your picture, using layers. A few examples I made using GIMP are below:



GIMP is free but very close to Adobe in its photo-editing capabilities. However, this makes GIMP a little more complicated to master. I'm sure I'll get better as I continue to explore the possibilities and learn GIMP better.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Myxomycete Mania

Maybe its just me, but I love myxomycetes, more fondly known as slime molds. 

Perhaps its because I grew up in the era of Dungeons and Dragons, perhaps its their strange somewhat freakish mobility, or maybe its just their super funky life cycle, but I find the slime molds to be such alluring and charismatic organisms, so...imagine my delight when I encountered this intricately gorgeous Physarum species in my yard moving through some leaf litter.




When I checked on it again the next day, not even 24 hours later, the beautiful, veined, brilliantly colored yellow network of the streaming plasmodial form was gone, and the stalk-like sporangial phase had begun. These stalks of sporangia contain the spores of the Physarum, remind me of whimsical miniature balloons.



Not only does this rather ubiquitous species of slime mold exhibit a keen ability to navigate its environment, it seems able to find the shortest route between itself and a perceived food source. Scientists have observed this species of slime mold solve mazes, anticipate events, regulate nutritional intake, and simulate highly efficient road-like networks

It turns out we have learned a lot from these single celled model organisms. <3