biking and crafting
Hi. Chrissy, here. Today, we're lucky to have one of my best friends in the world, the fabulously talented Sarah from SewZinski, as our guest blogger. Besides all the other things that make her fab, Sarah makes the coolest wallets you've ever seen. Contact her through her Etsy shop (link through her nameback there), but be sure to check out the SewZinski Flickr to see just about every custom wallet she's made. Thanks for a great post, Sarah, and so, without further ado...
I am an avid cyclist. At least I like to fantasize that I am. I imagine that I'd hop on my bike, a la Ginger Rogers, and float down the street without a care in the world.
My healthy and Green lifestyle would allow me to stop by the local farmer's market to pick up organically grown veggies in my vintage bicycle loaded with all the accouterments before peddling off into the sunset. The truth is much more comical and would result in a head injury, some scraped knees, maybe a bent tire wheel and a spilled 40ozer. But that's ok. I can still pretend.
Bicycles are very D.I.Y.:
YOU make it work. YOU maintain it. YOU can make it as utilitarian or fashionable as you would like. It is a shape that reminds me of springtime and laughter and sunshine. Maybe someday I will own the coveted Electra Cruiser I envision myself peddling around town on.
When looking around the indie craft community, there's bicycle themed everything! From iphone cases, to screen prints, to furniture made out of recycled bike parts. I loved that so much of the items listed here are made from repurposed and re-used materials. Every real (and pretend) bike rider knows that the greener the goods, the better. I mean, we're doing our part one peddle at a time. Might as well own some gorgeously handmade accessories and art that reflect that sentiment.
These hand-embroidered fabric iphone cases from Kate Durkin are only $20. It would be a stylish way to listen to your French pop while coasting along a scenic route. (Yes, I assume everybody wants to listen to French pop while riding a bike)
Philly artist Greg Rizzoli’s colorful graphics will add a trippy little splash of color to a wall. He has screened posters for Girl Talk and others, and>>$10 for a limited edition poster that goes to a good cause? How can you beat that?
Andy Gregg is the visionary behind these eco-friendly artistic pieces. They have an almost midcentury flair to them. Yes, they start at $500, but I’m sure that once my dreams of being a world famous cyclist come true, it will be mine.
Two things that go together like PB&J: octopi and bicycles: What can I say? Dark Cycle Clothing like their aminals to be riding bikes. I purchased this Octopus one, but have my eye on the “fox on bike” as well. Their shop offers cool discounts for multiple purchases too. $18
Anytime I see simple signage and a foreign language, I feel like I might be in danger. This one from Scream Printing just makes me want to ride around the Autobahn. $22
American Apparel T-shirts hand screened by Bare Tree with Eco-Friendly inks. Maybe I can use this when my bike explodes into a million pieces after a haphazard bike ride back from the bar. It will help me locate all the parts. $20
Recycled bike inner tube and vintage fabric made by Oakland crafter, Wicked Little Twist. The mix of sweet and industrial is pretty wicked. $16
This is rather sexy for a bike inner tube. It also has a little chain link sewn in at the edge. Very cute. Upcycled and eco friendly, cruelty free goodies. If you were a true hipster, you would wear this. From The Inner Works, $13
Yep, it’s a bicycle tire. So durable and stylish. It’s like the anti-preppy version of those rope belts I remember in the 80’s. Julien also has a blog to talk about the repurposed bike pieces: www.rebicyclist.com $30
Inked Leather. Every buckle in Flight Path Designs is beautiful. Kinda wish they were wall art instead, but wearable art is just as cool. $38
Riding low and mean with my gangsta bling….ok, this isn’t very gangsta-ish. But it is really sweet. The heart charm sold me on this one, oh, and the $10 price tag - from Michael and Sabriney.
Infused glass always makes me wanna eat it. SO PRETTY. I found this particular necklace on BUYOLYMPIA.com , but Kiku Handmade's Etsy shop is full of non-edible, but candy like glass pieces, all silkscreened and scrumptious. (Gosh, remember when BuyOlympia.com was the ONLY only indie craft shop? - CJ)
Flapper Girl hand-embroidered coffee cozies. In mutliple colors. Yes please. I will be needing this when visiting the local coffee house. This cyclist is powered by caffeine only. $12
This mini wallet is only $20. And in a lovely shade of blue. Springy and oh so bicycle-y. From Fluffy Co.
Any of these Happy Family 100% cotton screened totes from HappyFamily would be cute to bring along a bike ride on the way to the farmer’s market. Plus I love the crazy tote sale this shop has. Buy 5 for $40, 3 for $25.
Great shape, color, bubbly retro image. $25 for the bag. Just need a scarf tied in my hair, and I’m off. From Knitter Girl.
I love how punk this Phoenix Compost patch is. My biggest fear riding a bike is definitely the whole car/bike relationship. It seems to be a rather abusive one. This rider is a Billy bad ass tho, and it would look cute sewn on a plain tote. $3
Cycle caps are way cooler than baseball caps. Just sayin. $27 from Gal Studio.
I guess those really cool bags hanging off bikes are called panniers. This one is the coolest. Queen Bee makes some sweet ass vinyl purses, but she also can accessorize your bike. $125 It looks really roomy too.
Vinally's ingenious use of the vinyl waste that comes from billboard advertising. Plus it feels rather pop/Japan to me. $70
This Seattle artist’s work makes me happy. All of her designs are so warm and pleasing to the eye. And the hand screening makes each on unique. $11 for something to spruce up your kitchen isn’t bad either. From Sweet Nature Designs - also, check out her blog. http://sweetnaturedesigns.blogspot.com
Needlepoint and embroidery do not need to stay on towels and pillowcases. This Schwinn Sting Ray canvas piece ($40) would look cool on the wall next to your vinyl collection. It would also remind you to get outside and ride. Or stay inside and craft.
Naughty and Nice's reproduction of an original drawing called “the Teacher”. I would be happy with any of the pieces from this etsy shop. All original and slightly creepy in their cuteness. ($20)
All the bikes painted here have a story. This one was named Goldie. I like when inanimate objects get named. It makes you treat them kindly. $40 from Bike Paintings.
Chainbreaker Bike Book by Shelley Jackson is about as punk rock and D.I.Y. as bike maintenance can get. It's a hand-illustrated repair manual that's user-friendly and helps people like me, who have no idea what they are doing, choose a bike and maintain it. Included are 4 reproductions of a New Orleans bike zine. $12
ALSO: If you wanna pick up some cool bike screen prints AND help out a good cause, check out http://screensnspokes.blogspot.com.
March is MS Awareness month! Show your support and buy a print for someone you care about. All sales benefit the National MS Society. Screens 'N' Spokes is all about awesome art and a great cause. Gigposters and gearheads unite in our mission to end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.
One last cool thing I just found for local Des Moines bike and art lovers:
I love bikes and biking and would love to bike to work every day if there were what I perceive to be kiddo-safe bike lanes around town, but alas...
Would like to keep this bike theme going and encourage you all to send in your bike-related events, news, etc. Here's my first one - Bike4Peace 2010. Starting 24-July in San Francisco and riding all the way to Washington, DC by 22-Sept, 2010, the ride demonstrates the bicycle as a transformational tool to solve the problems of Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and the Economic Crunch. Along the way, riders will facilitate community discussions around the question "How can we support each other to live true to our best values?" They're not riding through Iowa, but you've seen that already. Make plans to meet up with the ride in a nearby state or see if you can plan a mini-ride to coincide with this national effort.