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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tyvek possibilities

Last week when Julie McCullough was here, Terry (who organized the workshop) and I, took Julie to the Sidney street market. For those who don't live in the area, Sidney is to small to be a city(thankfully), it's a town, but a town that really works to support local business and artisans. Every summer we have a street market and it's quite exciting to see how many people come and from a fair distance. The market takes up about 6 blocks of the main street every Thurs. evening rain or shine.

While we were browsing all the different stands Terry and I discovered a woman who makes tote bags and clothing with Tyvek. Anyone who creates mixed media art would see these things as an artists palette. Of course you can't heat treat these bags or garments as you would normally do with Tyvek because you would ruin them, but you can certainly do any number of other artistic treatments to them including using your Tyvek scraps from other projects to create some artistic effect. You can paint on these just like any other surface, including her Tyvek clothing. The information that comes with them includes this, Comfortable, Compact and Durable, Wind Water and Stain Resistant and Paintable.

I took her information and went to see her the other day, so that I could spend a little more time talking to her without the hussle bussle of shoppers. What I ended up buying were two of her tote bags. One of them measures approx. 23" X 23", the other one is called her Opera Bag and measures approx. 27" X 16". When I catch up with a few projects here, I will spend some time thinking of how to embellish these bags and in the meantime, I think I will also visit her at the market before it's over at the end of August and pick up on of her Anoraks. It will be perfect for those evening walks. If you would like to see all of Joan's products, click here.

Her products are simple effective and very reasonably priced. To mail them, next to nothing, they are packaged in small plastic bags and weight about as much as a feather. Here are two pictures of the totes. I think they're perfect and will be used to take my dolls to meetings and for those days when one must shop. Tell me that as an artist, these don't excite your palette.  ;o))) 

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