dDIY #17: Art-inspired Halloween Costumes

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Happy October! While retailers might have us believe ‘tis the season, we’ve got eyes only for Halloween. Untitled #71 (Supernatural) falls on All Hallow’s Eve this year, so we’ve lined up a costume contest with KTCL DJ Steve Burrell as emcee and judge. Maybe we’re biased, but we’ve convinced Steve to give art-inspired costumes bonus points. And we’re here to help with our latest Digital DIY, art-inspired Halloween Costumes. 

For dDIY #17 we’re rolling out four different costumes inspired by four different artworks in the DAM’s collections for you to make at home and then rock at Untitled #71 (Supernatural) on October 31st.

First up: You’ve already got the whole kit and caboodle to be a 1920s cowgirl (or cowboy!). Dress as Frettin’ Sallie or the Stalwart Sheriff from W.H.D. Koerner’s "The Tent Law," Don’t You Go Frettin’, Sallie, I’ll Tend To It. This costume couldn’t be easier. Natalie Ruhe, Education Administrator at the DAM, wrangled an outfit from what she had in her closet (with the exception of the bandana, which she had to buy). All it takes is the clothes you already own, plus a few key accessories and you’re ready for life in the ol’ West (and for Halloween). Here’s a larger image of the artwork, so you can get all the details right!

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The Untitled crew put our heads together to come up with a playlist for Untitled #71 (Face Time). Check it out and enjoy!

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The Narrators, a storytellig show, told spooky and adventuresome stories at Untitled #70 (Roost). They also created a spunky and refreshing playlist for the event, which is now yours to enjoy through the magic of an online media player. 

How did you translate Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Gamesinto a pop art drawing? 
I tried to have the pop art feel in my picture by adding more vibrant colors and a sense of whimsy that is prevalent in a lot of pop art.
Shannon, Drop-in Drawing, September 9, 2014

How did you translate Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Gamesinto a pop art drawing? 

I tried to have the pop art feel in my picture by adding more vibrant colors and a sense of whimsy that is prevalent in a lot of pop art.

Shannon, Drop-in Drawing, September 9, 2014

What makes art “pop”?
Your perception of the intention of the artist. 
Melissa, Drop-in Drawing, September 9, 2014

What makes art “pop”?

Your perception of the intention of the artist. 

Melissa, Drop-in Drawing, September 9, 2014

dDIY #16: Design into Action

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The exhibition Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives (currently on view at the DAM) is inspiring visitors to express their ideas in poster form. Posters of all sizes, colors, fonts, and perspectives have taken over the museum’s Design Workshop as people are delving into the design process.

For dDIY#16 it’s your turn to get in on the action. Get tips from designers on how to create a poster that speaks your mind and sends a message. Download your guide to effective poster-making here

Since its installation in May, over 3,500 people have contributed their summer stories to the Summer is… project. Some people have shared their vacation plans: “Summer is…Lake Michigan with family”. Others have shared memories: “Summer is…when we first met”. And everyone agrees that ”Summer is.. hot.” Above all else, though, Summer is…a celebration of community. We’ve been itching to share the many ways this project has brought the community together and now we have a handy dandy means to do so: download our guide to Summer is…!

How did you choose which portrait to draw?
Sascha (right): “I chose this one because there is so much activity, especially with all of the leans.”
Theo (left): “I chose this because it’s Gandalf!”
Theo and his grandfather Sascha, Drop-in Drawing, August 12, 2014

How did you choose which portrait to draw?

Sascha (right): “I chose this one because there is so much activity, especially with all of the leans.”

Theo (left): “I chose this because it’s Gandalf!”

Theo and his grandfather Sascha, Drop-in Drawing, August 12, 2014

Was it hard to combine abstract and realistic elements into your drawing? 
This was the first time I have ever really drawn anything! I had trouble putting abstract into the drawing, so I tried to do a stained glass effect.
How did you choose which portrait to draw?

They are all so beautiful. This one is just so tender. But it the choice wasn’t an easy one.
Diane, Drop-in Drawing, August 12, 2014

Was it hard to combine abstract and realistic elements into your drawing? 

This was the first time I have ever really drawn anything! I had trouble putting abstract into the drawing, so I tried to do a stained glass effect.

How did you choose which portrait to draw?

They are all so beautiful. This one is just so tender. But it the choice wasn’t an easy one.

Diane, Drop-in Drawing, August 12, 2014

Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret of success.

Via explore-blog - wisdom to start the work week by! 

Quote from pioneering physicist Savas Dimopoulos in Particle Fever, the excellent documentary about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson – a tenacity that characterized some of the greatest achievers and innovators in history.

Pair with Pixar’s cofounder on the importance of fostering a fail-forward culture.