Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Empty That Jug.

A lot of folks have recently been asking about what it is that I use for the brims of my headwear.
Well kids it is nothing more than a few cut out pieces from empty yogurt jugs. 

Vote REDCROW for President.

'MrRay' has decided to put REDCROW out there and entered a local contest put on by Seattle Magazine.
Basically the contest is for Seattle Designers to gather up some images and a description of their original work and cast it before a panel of distinguished judges who are part of the local fashion and design community. Make it through the first stage and you get to present the goods, in person, to that very panel of judges. When 'MrRay' wins over the judges by showing those cats that REDCROW has a little gusto and a tight collection of goods, and is chosen as a winner, then there will be a spot on the runway during Seattle Fashion Week in September. Along with that there will be a nice little spread in Sea Mags September issue. Not to shabby of a gig, right?
The fine folks over at Seattle Magazine have also given you good people a chance to let your voice be heard by doing a little online voting for your favorite guy or gal. 
Here is were you all come in. It will take all of 15 SECONDS. Click on the VOTE HERE link below and vote for Tyson Andersen on the left hand column. That's it.

Thank you all in advance and thanks to all those that have already voted. Oh and don't forget to tell everyone you know to go vote as well...
Will keep you posted on the outcome as it is announced.
Till then go make a mess and build something fun.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

R/Co. Inspo: Random Images.

I have been meaning to share all of the images from my NYC trip but I took heaps of pics so it is taking longer, I will get to it soon.... I am a little late to the show with the whole page jump option on this here blog, it took a little mess'n around but I finally got around to figuring it out and having it work. I now hope to post way more images in a nice tight layout that will not fill the front page with an overload of images...Way stoked!

Anyway, while dig'n around through some of my archived folders on the desktop, I figured why not post a few up and mess around with this page jump thing and see how it works. So after the jump are a few images that I have gathered a little while ago from various books borrowed from the local library. So go ahead and click below and let's check out this fancy jump option...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hold This, Please.

April means several things such as spring should have sprung with April showers bringing in them May flowers my youngest came into our life in April and me and my significant other, well, we got ourselves hitched 9 years ago on April 6th. Because of obligations with the 9-5 and other project deadlines and whatnot we put off doing any real celebrating of our 9 years together. So on Thursday my folks flew into town to hang with the young ones and we jumped in our motor vehicle and headed North for the weekend. Up to the land of Vancouver BC Canada. I like it here.

When I was in NYC shop'n around I found a really cool card holder that was made from leftover chunks of selvedge denim. They wanted an arm and a leg for it so I sketched it out to remember it by and added another pocket to make it better and built my own. Had to mess around and build a pattern first then chop up some fabric and stitch it all together.
I finally got around to using the new Brother sew'n machine my significant other got me for Christmas. Kid runs smooth.

Well off to see the town in the daylight of a new morning.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Take 2 and call me later...

New York was really great. Reconnected with old friends. Met some cool people. Saw some amazing pieces that were way out of my price range. Ate some really good food. Made a few well placed purchases. All and all a good time... I am back at home but wrecked with the flu, or something like it. I took heaps of pics and plan to one day pull them off the ol' Nikon and when I do I will share the adventure. Till then lots of fluids and some rest.


Friday, April 09, 2010

R/Co. Project AW10:Sinch it Down.

The last few days have been a challenge to get anything done with the current project. Sickness, Anniversary, and just plain dealing with life. Needless to say, I will not be hitting the deadline as I had hoped.... What did we learn? That you can't build a tight, well edited collection in less than a month. Ah but next year I will be way more prepared .
Now do we stop? Nope! Just keep on going and 'get her done' so can move on to the next project. The ideas and direction have already been dance'n around in the back of the mind.

Next week I will be out on the road shopping around NYC and that is really going to cause the idea meter to blow a gasket, for sure. I am a believer that there is inspiration to be found all around, you just need to take the time and look, but sometimes a little change of scenery really makes heaps of a difference. Super stoked to be going since I have not been there in a few years.

With all that there has been some progress, in fact the belt was completed. Remember the bent nails that was posted up a while back? Well, they were built to be the D-rings for the leather belt.
Pounded them nails cold (no heat) but next time will definitely get out the torch and heat them pupies up before smacking 'em with the hammer. Before wrapping the steel with the leather, had to rub in a little elbow grease and give the strap a some carictor with sandpaper, shoe polish, and some boot oil.
once that was look'n right, gathered up an end and tucked her in nice and tight around the nails. Popped off a few holes, and sinched her down with some artificial sinew (really cool waxed thread that I have been using since my High School days doing Mtn. Man and Native American crafts and leather work)
Nice 'n Tight...Don't forget the branding. Kinda fun, if I can say so myself. Though nothing like this. I am pleased with the results. Now to get my head around going into production mode.....

Along with the belt work I have also been kustomizing some brass buttons with a coat of white enamel. Super white and clean right now... but there is something about a sock, some rocks and a little stress release.(?) more on that later.

The kustom buttons deserve a nice home, so got out the shears and cut out the shirt. Now to just stitch it all together.

Well time to go pack and plan what shoes go with what outfit for what day....
Go wreck something!


Saturday, April 03, 2010

R/Co. Inspo: Lee Whizit

Just a few images of things that have caught my eye recently

1950's Advertisements.
LEE Whizit: Front view with details.
A few flight insignia used during WWI. This has nothing to do with the Whizit but everything to do with what is bobbing around in the back of my mind right now.
The fun part is not knowing what all this might lead to?...

'Keep 'em Flying'