cut and sew – mini backpack

This is my first try at a cut and sew pattern. Since my sewing skills are minimal, it needs to be something I could actually make. Spoonflower, where I have been selling and sharing fabric designs, has a weekly theme contest and many designers participate. This week the challenge is to create a cut and sew pencil case. I thought a variation of a drawstring backpack sized for pens, pencils and a small notebook and phone would be a fun thing to have. … Continue reading

Running Up That Hill

I’ve been walking through the Tufts campus near my home – for the exercise but also because the pay off is so worth it. Tufts is built in a hilly area that straddles Medford and Somerville. Once at the summit, you can walk out onto the roof of the library and be greeted with an expansive view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, some of the biggest sky to be found in the area. Normally, the winters in Massachusetts are quite cold and snowy but this year, despite an early snowfall at Halloween and a few isolated show showers, winter … Continue reading

Hill Series Begins

Long Views and Mandalas Hill Series. Print one. Currently nameless but I like where this is going. Collages inspired from source photos taken on walks up Tufts Hill. Posterous Posterous is another blogging/sharing engine that has been around for a while, and is used by many talented writers. Like Tumblr or Blogger, users can choose from a set of excellent templates and use easy posting tools to quickly get ideas and art online and follow other members of the rich Posterous community. http://elramsay.posterous.com, natch. … Continue reading

Summer of Moodle

This summer I lead the TTL group at MassArt converting our Moodle 1.9 to 2.0 and moving it to MoodleRooms as part of it becoming MassArt’s official course-ware. We’ve been using Moodle at MassArt since 2004, first as a small pilot for the Art Education department and then as an alternative course-ware platform for the entire school. By 2010, we’d hosted our 80th course. … Continue reading

A Promise

Promise Barack Obama’s acceptance speech for the party nomination, tagged by word use. The more a word is used, the larger the type size. Created at wordle.net. (The links will take you to the page at the wordle gallery, I created these by putting the text into a field at the site and choosing from random wordle iterations.) … Continue reading