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Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]

Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]


The Maasai are one of the most well known Indigenous people of Africa. Their colorful attire and unique customs highlight their vibrant culture located in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

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Have you ever wondered as to the symbolism and social meanings behind their vibrantly beadwork?

"The beaded jewelry made by the Maasai women is a tradition from the Maasai tribe, located in Southern Kenya. The Maasai have been creating beaded jewelry for a very long time. It all started long before the first European contact had occurred. At the time, the tribe used natural resources to create their jewelry. Clay, wood, bone, copper and brass are just few of the materials that were used. When trade with Europeans started in the late 19th century, glass beads were suddenly available, and it is with those that the Maasai decided to continue their tradition of beaded jewels....The colors of the jewels are not only chosen because of the beautiful ensembles they make, but also for their symbolic values. Each color has a meaning that is often related to cattle. Cattle are the main food source of the Maasai and they sustain a deep connection with them. " - Discovered.us

I am really impressed that the Maasai Culture still exits in our world today. With their unwavering culturally-rich history, American culture pales in comparison with our ever-changing fashion trends and cultural whims. They definitely have a deeply rooted culture one can't help but be impressed by.

Check out the Maasai on COLOURlovers:

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The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye

The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye


Tie-Dye, a modern textile craft, is something that has been around for ages and will be around for many more moons to come. Always intriguing, always a new spin off the same basic concept, done in a rainbow of hues to monochromatic intrigues. And while we're on the topic, check out the Rainbow Contest over at Instrucables right now (awesome art prizes). All types of submissions are acceptable, so have some fun with it!

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Tie-Dye became popular in the United States of our more modern world in the late 1960's and heavily saturated the 1970's which sort of branded it to the times and people of "Free Love", tripping on Acid and LSD.

"Although shibori and batik techniques were used occasionally in Western fashion before the 1960s, modern psychedelic tie-dying did not become a fad until the late 1960s following the example set by rock stars such as Janis Joplin and John Sebastian (who did his own dyeing)." ~ Wikipedia

Tie-Dye mostly went in to hiding with the outrageously new Neon trends during the 80's and 90's. Then, along with every popular known trend of each era, it was brought back and re-hashed in our Pop Culture of today's fashion sphere.

If you don't know what modern, American Tie-dye is, you might be living under a rock, but here is a great resource on the technique and style if you've never looked it up.

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Sourced from Tie-Dye on Wikipedia

So how did it literally become an American craft to be readily found in stores everywhere - I love this part. Basically, Tie-Dye came about when a company was trying to save it's brand. RIT® dye, at the time was losing momentum with their prime market clientele, older generation females doing home-dying.

"At the time, RIT® dye was starting to lose it's market; primarily older women that dyed home goods." - Dharma Article, Did you Know...? 

Without getting in to too much detail on the actual specifics because I think that [ one of my favorite online dye resources ] the Dharma Trading Company impressively covered the textbook attributes of this really well in their article, Did You Know: Is Tie-Dye An American Art Form? 

"Artists, opinion leaders, and influencers took to tie-dying almost as if it were a new psychedelic substance. Janis Joplin began wearing tie dye (it was even rumored she wore tie-dye panties) but it was still confined to a small circle of users. The next stop was the fashion industry but they weren't convinced it was anything more then a local fad. About this time, folks heard about a musical gathering that was to take place in rural Woodstock, New York, and it was going to be a big event (understatement of the decade!). Two of the well-known artists in the Village wanted to tie-dye several hundred T-shirts and give them away at the concert. RIT financed the project. Thousands of people showed up at Woodstock from across the country and the tie-dye T-shirts were eye-catching. The idea caught on…big. Joe Cocker, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin all wore tie-dye. Tie-dye became a symbol of antiestablishmentarianism, as no one else could have the same shirt as you even if they used the same colors. It was a statement of being an individual." - Read More... How the Fashion Industry finally took it seriously...

I could quite literally quote this entire article it's so interesting and well written. I'll leave the quotes to that, but how amazing to see how a pretty modern fad became a huge trend over trying to save a brand name product.

In summary, basically the traditional methods, techniques and practices of the tie-dye movement from the 1960's and 70's we know of here in the USA were brought over from African traditional art to save a brand name. Amazing!

Video Tutorial: Create Your Own Tie-Dye in Seamless Lite (to Janis Joplin)

Feel free to use this exact technique to practice and get the hang of it! :) 

Templates You Can Tie-Dye Yourself - Show me what you've got!

Do you have a favorite template that works for tie-dye? Please share!

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Cosplay Disney Princess Ultimate Costume Guide [ Infographic ]

Cosplay Disney Princess Ultimate Costume Guide [ Infographic ]


What are the three most memorable physical characteristics of a Disney Princess? Aside from their tiny waistlines, I don't think it's a stretch to say: big eyes, big hair and big dresses. Pop culture has wildly re-defined so many traditional visuals these days. The styles of Cosplay + Steampunk + Disney Princess = Pure Awesomeness.

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Most cosplayer's value the DIY aspect of creating the costume. How well they can pull off the challenging aspects a costume may behold. The first thing you need to decide when planning out one of these Disney Princess costumes is to go traditional or add a steampunk flair. Both are pretty fun, but each will require certain points to consider. A traditional princess costume will by far be your quickest route. A steampunk princess version will give you more flexibility to add your own abstract vision to the entire look and feel of your end product, essentially garnering more "oooh's and aaaahhhs," but be careful about getting too creative and getting the,"So who are you supposed to be?"

Check out some amazing PIXLR Comic Con Galleries here!

To avoid confusing people of your characters identity at a convention, make sure you stick to the basic signature traits of your character. Here are four idea's to get your started and a ton of great tutorials and DIY guides linked below.

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As promised, all the physical sourced tutorials are linked here! Some simply have more detailed content, some have video. Enjoy!

Hand-Selected Source List for Costume Tutorials:

Tiara's & Crowns: 

Elsa: Disney Photo | Steampunk Photo | Disney Dress | Steampunk Outfit | Tiara DIY (instructables) | Overall Great Costume & Tiara DIY | Another Great DIY Tiara | If you just want to buy one, Etsy has many! My favorite Etsy Crown |  Elsa Heels DIY | Hair Tutorial

Anna: Disney Photo | Steampunk PhotoDisney Dress | Disney Dress Sewing Patterns | Embroidery Guides | More Embroidery Guides | Anna Books DIY | Hair Tutorial 

Cinderella: Disney Photo | Steampunk PhotoDisney Dress | Steampunk Outfit | Hair Style Guide |  Modern Heel

Ariel: Disney Photo | Steampunk Photo | Disney Dress | Tail Options: skirt-tail scales skirt-tail DIY skirt-tail (Instrucables) | Hair Tutorial |

Hair Dye & Wigs: Wig Making & Dying | Cosplay Wigs 101 | Wig Supply (white wigs to Dye)  | How to Dye Synthetic Wigs | Remove Wig Shine for a nice matte finish tutorial 

Body: boobs hack - make your boobs look bigger (video) | Make realistic boobs for revealing cosplay costumes DIYCorset DIY

Shopping Links for buying or detailed inspiration: Disney Dresses & Outfits (one stop shop & full of style inspiration | Steampunk Princess Outfits & Inspiration (one stop shop or ideas)

If you're looking to go non-traditional Disney Princess and rock it up a little, check out these re-invented Disney Warrior Princesses or another take is Pin-up Disney Princess Villains. More pop culture Disney Princess Villains! And then again, how about a Moulin Rouge Disney Princess Cosplay?

Do you cosplay? What are your favorite characters?

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Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies

Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies


The great thing about your undies is that they are normally something kept all to yourself. Perhaps you have a fantastic personality yet your job requires you to wear a boring uniform with absolutely no way to fun it up, or is there? Well here's your chance!

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Holy moly, the panties and underwear coming out of creative heads these days are fun, funky and hilarious... and admitedly, sometimes a little gross. I don't recommend googling "men's funny undies" ...needless to say it gets a little, ahem, interesting.

Personally, I think Etsy Seller, FlashYouAndMe really hit the spot for selling fun and funky undies to both women and men with their line of Couples Underwear! For real! Not to mention their imagery really rocks with super character rich illustrations mixed with attractive models full of expression! Take note if you run a fashion accessories etsy shop.

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raindrops | green stars | stripes (aka chocolate bar) | gray (truly yours) | "pertrol green" with turquoise dots | "stars Nr6" (lavender + black stars)

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A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk

A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk


The Steampunk Trend has been building such momentum for some time now. This vintage-modern abstract style garners the marriage between beautiful and sleek with a  mechanical-industrial flare, bordering at times on "trashy" if done wrong. It's a style of opposites meshing to make a fantastical smash to fashion.

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I am so drawn to this ultra creative Steampunk trend, yet I'm not sure what to do with it in my every day life. I want it, but how? As a photographer and creative in general, I find myself meandering (ahem, wasting time) perusing all the steampunk crazed Pinterest boards dreaming up excuses to bring some Steampunk in to my life.

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wedding dresses & jewels | red corset | necklace | globescale braheaddress | watch

What I love about this fun trend is that you can incorporate it in to anything! Visually it's super appealing, so applying it to some of your home decor is easy and simple and is almost an edgy version of "rustic" trends. Jewelry is easy to incorporate in to your every day style. And if you're really looking to make an impression host a Gatsby themed party. I am loving the beautiful dresses adorned in metals for weddings completely decked out in steampunk.

Steampunk takes on a modern twist to historic trends, like the medieval age collided with an industrial era.  Do you love this trend? Is it too gimmicky for you?

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Colorful Backgrounds and Illustrations by SolveigEugenia Design

Colorful Backgrounds and Illustrations by SolveigEugenia Design


SolveigEugenia Design has officially opened up shop on Creative Market, and we couldn't be more thrilled. This shop has so many colorful and creative illustrations, its perfect for COLOURlovers everywhere.

I've selected some of my favorites below, and I hope you enjoy them!

Colorful Polygon Background

Artistic Female Vector Illustration

Beautiful Girl Vector Illustration

Orange and Purple Polygon Pattern

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Colorful Vintage Papers from Eclectic Anthology

Colorful Vintage Papers from Eclectic Anthology


Eclectic Anthology is an incredible collection of digital graphic design resources by Catherine Haugland. You'll find an incredible array of vintage styled designs that you can download and use to create incredible paper products, scrapbooks, and much more. Here are some of my favorite items from Eclectic Anthology:

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Creative graphic design resources from Rebekah Kreiger

Creative graphic design resources from Rebekah Kreiger


Rebekah Kreiger is the graphic artist behind Tangle's Treasures, where she offers a variety of images and creations for use by other designers and creatives. Her designs have been showcased everywhere from small business branding and images to the largest multi-national corporations. Check out some of her amazing designs, and start using them to create incredible web designs and graphics or items for print like invitations and brochures.

 

Fairy ClipArt

 

Forest Animal ClipArt

Hand drawn leaves and laurels

Doodle Frames

Build-a-Bouquet ClipArt

Watercolor Flower ClipArt

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Cute ClipArt from Olga Galeeva

Cute ClipArt from Olga Galeeva


Olga is a graphic designer and stay at home mom based in Moscow. She has an incredible eye for cute design and is great at crafting sweet clip art designs that can be used for everything from invitations to flyers and other papers goods.

Check out some of my favorite items from Olga below:

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Handmade Watercolor Art by Yao Cheng

Handmade Watercolor Art by Yao Cheng


Yao Cheng is a designer currently based in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in creative watercolor paintings, and designs everything from greeting cards to larger art pieces. Check out some of her work below, and let us know which are your favorites.

Blue Waves

Green Hills

Forest

Blue Triangles

Multi Triangles

Dots in Blue

Looking to create some stunning watercolor art pieces without actually getting our your paint brushes? These resources from Creative Market will help you create stunning watercolor masterpieces without actually getting paint anywhere.

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