Spectacular Craftacular

A Wornette Outing to the World Maker Faire

When WORN Fashion Journal was invited to visit the BUST Magazine Craftacular during World Maker Faire, we let nothing stand in our way: not the fact that popular DIY festival was being held in New York City (and Queens at that!); not the chilly weather (some wornettes should have brought their cardigans); not even that it was being held at the New York Hall of Science, better known as the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, as seen at the ending of ‘Men in Black’ (and we half expected to see Edgar the Alien roaming about).

The Wornettes were just happy to be there, and not just to shop.

Maker Faires, which are organized by Make Magazine and have been held in various cities since 2006, have an inescapable science and technology flavour to them. They cater to the type of person who likes taking apart their radios, or making new ones from scratch. They encourage inquisitiveness, individual thinking, and a hands-on approach to the world around us.

These are not qualities often associated with fashion or fashion magazines. But for precisely this reason WORN wanted to support BUST Magazine and its Craftacular, now in its second year. The crafters who took part (selling items ranging from copper ‘collar’ necklaces to buttons celebrating Bea Arthur) have taken style into their own hands.

A great example is Erica Morris, who makes steampunk-inspired jewelry under the label The Clockwork Witch for “the fantastically and mechanically inclined” (her words).

“Recycling is integral to my work,” she explains. “I use old watches, vintage postage stamps, chocolate foils as well as delicate organics such as insect wings and animal bones.” Although she sells her pieces online, she loves fairs because she wants to see how people react to her creations in person.

The only downside of vending at an event like the Craftacular? Morris would have liked more time to check out other people’s cool creations, but she did make friends with her “tent mate” who makes cupcake soaps.

Be they makers of hoodies with built-in mittens, wallets patterned with subway maps, or necklaces inspired by the lunar eclipse, craft-sellers have the same attitude of builders of 3D printers and soapbox race cars: seeing what’s already out there, they smile and say, “Now see what I can do!”

video // Daniel Reis
photography // Casie Brown

The BUST Magazine Craftacular Wants You!

Are you a crafty genius looking to show off your crafts-pertise? Bring your wares to the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire New York. Applications are due August 15, 2012 (but you might be able to sneak in a late application if you send it before the weekend—not that you heard it from me).

This is BUST Magazine‘s third year as part of the World Maker Faire, a huge two-day event celebrating science, art, craft, engineering, and music in a unique outdoor forum. Over 40,000 people will explore the world’s largest DIY festival; you might even bump into a few Wornettes.

Apply here!

Angela Wornette

“Only Angela could pull that off!” is a phrase often followed by a hearty chuckle that I’ve heard all my life. Wearing unconventional pieces is not only one of my favourite pastimes, but it’s also my way of bringing smiles to strangers’ faces. Through Bananne Appeal, my handmade and mostly repurposed label of quirky fascinators, apparel, and doodads, I aim to spread playfulness in quotidian dressing.

I became glued to the sewing machine the way other kids were glued to the television ever since my mother taught me how to use one (and severely limited my television watching hours) when I was little. Many of my most cherished clothes come from my mother’s and grandmother’s closets. Inspiration for my ever-evolving sense of style is literally gathered from all over. I take my cues from everything from Japanese fast food to Australian school children and collectable German nutcrackers.

Special events are my other passion and as a result of my curiosity and commitment for them, I have been involved with Walt Disney World Florida, the CBC, Toronto Fashion Week, Pride Toronto, TIFF, and over a hundred bar/bat mitzvahs. After graduating from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) with a Major in Hospitality & Tourism Management, I worked in Corporate & Special Events in a cubicle while dreaming of traveling. Today, as a Flight Attendant who regularly gets to rummage the world’s thrift stores and still has time to sew and work for WORN as Director of Events, I have never been more satisfied.

Current Inspirations

Snippets – The Online Magazine for Cut Out and Keep
Cut Out and Keep is not only a treasure trove of ideas for those of us who like to make things, but it’s also a vibrant online community where you can share your creations and post your own instructions for unique pieces. The web-only Snippets magazine is full of great articles on uncommon topics to get your creative juices flowing.

New Dress A Day
Although Marissa’s self imposed challenge to blog about her daily adventures in repurposing a thrift store find for 365 days straight has been over for a while now, her blogging and sewing are still going strong. Her conversational style of writing and penchant for alliteration and puns keep her near and dear to my heart.

Jared Andrew Schorr, paper cutter extraordinaire
I have loved paper cutting ever since I was old enough to play with razor blades (under the supervision of my creative and mindful mother, of course). Thanks to extremely talented and dedicated paper cutter Jared Andrew Schorr, the craft is getting all of the limelight it deserves as an art form worthy of adult attention.

BUST Magazine’s blog
My favourite feminist magazine has come a long way since it first came out in 1993. Now with a fabulous blog of their own, there’s more BUST than ever to love.

Keep It Weird from The Etsy Blog
Keep It Weird is a collection of especially strange and therefore inspiring topics gathered under the Etsy blog umbrella. The weirder, the better, I say.

Design Sponge
As a soon to be first time home buyer, I am constantly looking for home decor inspiration and unique DIY how-tos. Although Design Sponge doesn’t focus on fashion, the brilliant images and ideas will easily influence you sartorially and are guaranteed to help you make everything on and around you just a little bit more charming.

photography by Samantha Walton

Crushing on Kristina Uriegas-Reyes

Kristina is one of my favourite people on the internet, who is always up to something interesting. Whether it’s capturing the styles of Austin and New York City over at her street style blog The Rebel Waltz, chronicling her own daily outfits, or contributing to Bust Magazine, her optimistic approach to fashion will make you want to play dress up.

How did you dress in high school?
I went to an all-girls uniform-clad high school, so my options were limited. I wore lots of big, crazy earrings and bracelets to try to “express myself” during the week. I think I got in trouble pretty regularly for my fabulously tacky accessories! On the weekend, I experimented more with things like hot pink fishnets, cut up band tees, and funky skirts. I think by senior year my style evolved into something similar to what it is now — more vintage oriented. I do find it funny that years later I’ve reverted to wearing saddle shoes and loafers of my own free will all over again.

Is there a dress code at your internship? Have you ever had to “tone down” your wardrobe for work?
No, thankfully I’ve been lucky when it comes to working and interning in non-corporate dressing environments. Sometimes I can feel overdressed or even costume-y, but people are usually pretty complimentary, especially in NYC, which is where all my internships have been. I felt more overdressed going to college classes in Texas. I definitely remember trying to tone it down a bit there. I tried to only break out the pill box hats and cat eyes on the weekend.
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