Thursday, November 3, 2011

{WCAP} Hero Mural Progress!

Since my original post about returning to Waukesha Community Art Project we have been very busy on our HERO MURAL! Here are some of the photos of our progress! First, our kids chose heroes/heroines based on a long list of significant social issues that we brainstormed together. After learning about their lives, we determined what their OBSTACLES and ACCOMPLISHMENTS were/are. Then, we converted these ideas into symbols. Our first project was to create a stamp using styrofoam plates and/or carved foam board as block prints of the heroes' accomplisments. WCAP Mural Project WCAP Mural Project WCAP Mural Project WCAP Mural Project Next we began a series of drawing projects on colorful paper using SYNECTICS a very interesting way of creative seeing, to create our own patterned paper, that we would thenceforth cut down to create quilted boarders for our portraits. WCAP Mural Project WCAP Mural Project Classy Classy WCAP Mural Project Quilts have a symbolic significance that represents community! Not only do they visualize how the "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" (gestalt) but they take a whole lot of time to create and in the process invent the meaning of working for a greater good. Our students learned how quilt patterns are invented through a process of paper folding, and created their own inventive quilt squares in the corners of their final works. Wcap mural project!Wcap mural project! and finally we were able to use the process of decoupage to apply the newly formed quilts and apply the handmade colored paper synectics patterns in an interesting color scheme and pattern formation along the boarders of the wood. Wcap mural project The kids have also been working on wallpaper patterning of their heros OBSTACLES, and we are exploring the ELEMENTS of art and PRINCIPLES of design to translate the pictures of our heros into legible areas of lights and darks for our portraits! Can't wait to see the final results! Stay Tuned! Best, Vanessa Devaki Andrew aka Madam Chino

Saturday, October 1, 2011

{FLAURETTES} Look Nook Craft Night! Faux floral barrettes

Re-using old thrifted flowers and large "flippy-clip" fabric covered barrettes. Fabric covered barrettes are ideal for glueing onto because they still allow the barrette to bend while carrying the weight of the materials, and you do not need a felt interfacing between the barrette and the items! {FLAURETTES} craft night at look nook! Faux floral barrettes! If larger stiffer items are glued directly to a flippy-clip barrette, it will no longer "flip," but the fabric cover allows it to move freely in place! Often times felt is used as an alternative separator and "bed" to glue items onto, but weight bearing is the issue on the size and strength of the barrette. {FLAURETTES} craft night at look nook! Faux floral barrettes! Beauty supply stores are local distributors of a large variety of craft accessory items, and thrift stores are abundant in the incredible invention of faux flora. Strip the arrangements and categorize them! Cut down branches and mix-and-match the tips of the branch structures with your own arrangements. {FLAURETTES} craft night at look nook! Faux floral barrettes! Hot glue, as pictured, in various colors by "Gloobies." {FLAURETTES} craft night at look nook! Faux floral barrettes! {FLAURETTES} craft night at look nook! Faux floral barrettes! This lovely piece was completed by Lisa Guckel of Vision Gear during Craft Night at Look Nook! {FLAURETTES} craft night at look nook! Faux floral barrettes! **Remember the point of the barrette goes toward the back of your head and build the structures in the direction of your choice. Salut! xo, madam chino

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

{PLAITRAITS}© plate portraits!

Recollection of the recently past {PLAITRAITS}© at Madam Chino's LOOK NOOK Craft Night! First we drew portraits on styrofoam plates Plaitraits Plaitraits Then we rolled ink on them Plaitraits And printed them! Plaitraits *The tricky part is that the plate is actually a negative, so you have to print light on dark in order to see the same type of contrasts without inverting it. We printed silver on black with brayers and water soluble block printers ink spread on waxpaper, using multiple plates stacked up while braying for support, and spoons to print press. Print results depend on the amount of ink and pressure. Craft Night returns after a 2 week sabbatical. Get ready for {FLAURETTES}© floral aura barrettes Saturday October 1st, and {WINDWELLERS}© wind telling dwellers Saturday October 8th! Best, Madam Chino

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{NINE WEST VINTAGE AMERICA!} Denim Customization Booth!

Come to Boston Store at Brookfield Square Mall this coming Saturday September 24th between 11am and 1pm for the {Nine West Vintage America Fashion Show}. Customers will be able to custom-ize (or have me execute based on their design ideas) their newly purchased denim with the following preparations provided by yours truly Madam Chino. The National Cafe is catering the event!


Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!

Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!
Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!

Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!
Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!
Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!

Also, LARGE SILVER DIAMOND STUDS using flathead screwdrivers to fold the prongs, and GROMMET/EYELETS with WHITE LEATHER LACING:
Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!

JOIN THE FUN! Learn new tools and techniques for NO-SEW transformation of your denim and other fabrics!
Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!
Nine West Vintage America} Denim Customization Booth!

xx, v

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

{WCAP} Waukesha Community Art Project!

I am excited to be teaching two afterschool courses this semester at WCAP!
WCAP is a non profit grant funded afterschool art program for Waukesha middle school students.

I will be leading 2 eight week programs that meet twice a week in consecutive terms!

The first 8 weeks are dedicated to creating a large mural in the space dedicated to Heros. We will not only be painting, but patchworking a quilt with paper, decoupaging, printing, drawing, making wallpaper, writing and doing math!

The second 8 weeks are all about Tshirt Reclamation, my favorite topic. We will be drawing, screen printing, fabric dying, pattern making, draping, and sewing.

Take a quick tour via my {WCAP SET} on flickr, or browse these couple of fav photos.

WCAP is in a storefront in Downtown Waukesha with lots of creative space
Wvap yarn bomb downtown waukesha

Waukesha Community Art Project


In addition to a healthy attitude towards recycling!
Wcap tube window art!

WCAP hostessed 'YARN BURST' a yarn graffiti project inspired by "Knitta Please" in downtown waukesha.
Wcap yarn bomb

Don't forget our holiday craft sale! I will remind you :)
WCAP holiday sale!

And stay tuned for progress reports on the mural and clothing designs!

x o, v

Monday, September 5, 2011

TCDIY: A visit to Madam Chino's Look Nook | ThirdCoast Digest

TCDIY: A visit to Madam Chino's Look Nook | ThirdCoast Digest

Third Coast Digest article photo by Carly Rubach

This article is written by Carly Rubach. Carly is not a native Milwaukeean, perhaps that is why she doesn't take quirky Milwaukee events such as my weekly craft nights experience for granted, and broke out of her curious little shell. The same curiousity that brought her to travel in the first place, landed her right at the LOOK NOOK!

Read what she wrote and let her teach you the techniques of {CHOP TOP!} pony beads and ladder weaves.

TCDIY: A visit to Madam Chino's Look Nook | ThirdCoast Digest

"I met Vanessa Andrew when she kindly offered up her space and skills for the 2011 Etsy Craft Party in Milwaukee. I arrived early to the Brewer’s Hill warehouse just off Pleasant St., climbed a few flights of stairs and found myself in a tight, imaginative space. I felt like a woodland creature in a whimsical paper forest.

The storefront section is filled with vintage and handmade goods, the walls are covered in painted foliage and several shelves of fabric lead you into the office/chill area. We set up tables covered with cutting mats and supplies in the dim hallway, lit by a few spotlights.

I put out snacks while Vanessa used black permanent marker and brown craft paper to create a rug for the small space off the hallway. She was looking for a way to tie the room together and she totally nailed it. Who does that?

What struck me most about Vanessa was her willingness to share not only her ideas, but her supplies and equipment as well. Each Saturday, she hosts a Craft Night in her space. Some nights, you bring items to work with, and other nights she’ll have everything you need. One evening, for example, involved pieces of sliced tree limbs and wood burning tools—Vanessa guides you through techniques and encourages spontaneity in the process.

I attended my first craft night last week for the “Choptop” pony beads and ladder weave edition. I brought a few beers, an old Neil Young concert tee and we circled up on the floor and got to work. Vanessa casually taught us the ladder-weave technique, and we zoned out to creative la-la land with some sweet tunes to keep everyone humming along.

“How could there only be five of us here?” I kept thinking in my brain. Wake up Milwaukee! Craft Nights at Madam Chino’s Look Nook are the bee’s knees. Meet people who like to make stuff. What have you got to lose?

Check out the latest Craft Night calendar and find more information here. The Look Nook store hours vary, so feel free to check out Madam Chino’s Etsy page in the meantime, or visit her on Saturdays at the Eastside Green Market from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m."
-Carly Rubach

xx, madam chino

{HOVER CRAFT!} 2nd Edition!

Hover Craft is a Milwaukee Craft Fair taking place at SWEET WATER ORGANICS on Saturday DECEMBER 3rd, 2011 and supporting a roster of all local Milwaukeean Makers in order to bring an all Local Holiday Shopping Experience to our city.

Visit for all the necessary info! Booth fee is $40.00

How do I join?
Apply! Our application process is simple:
Please send your name, your business name and links to your stuff with a description on what you plan on doing for Hover Craft. Links can be to your Facebook profile photo album, Flickr account, blog, website, Etsy - any site that can give us an idea of what you do. If you do not have any of these, please attach 3-5 images of your work to your application email. We will work with individuals who have an idea and no pictures. We would love to hear your ideas!


Czeck out the blog for all the necessary info.



Thanks to the folks Faythe Levine and Aaron Polansky at Sky High Gallery in Bay View, WI, who organized the Temporary Mural Project, for which I recently completed the 5th edition.

The mural will be up through November 2011 at 2105 South Howell Ave.
Temporary Mural Project Edition #5: Featuring Vanessa Devaki Andrew
Check out the SKY HIGH Gallery BLOG and keep your eyes out for the project which will go on for 2 years, when there will be a retrospective show of the project.
To see more of my process, visit the PROCESS POST i wrote earlier.

xx, v