Wrap Challenge - March 30
It's time to kick the craft
out of somebody in our next Craft Corner Deathmatch.
Up to the crafting tables
are cosmetics designer/mosaic sewer Gillion Shirley and
yoga teacher/quilter Karen Sevanoff.
Judy Gold (host, "At the Multiplex with Judy Gold")
Khaliah Ali (designer; owner of www.simplicity.com;
daughter of the Greatest)
Jean Railla (author, "Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec" and
Tonight's grand prize: a
fully-loaded Viking sewing machine. A reminder of the
rules: the crafters will be competing against each other
and the clock for two ten-minute rounds. Their creations
will be judged by each judge on a scale of 1 to 10,
based on beauty, creativity, and utility. The player
with the most points at the end of round 1 takes on the
Craft Lady of Steel in the Bonus Round.
Are you scared yet? I sure
as hell am... Let's get it on!
Round 1: The Mosaic Challenge.
Create a mosaic out of fine china dinnerware to
embellish the picture frames. Protective goggles on at
all times, ladies... Ten minutes... Ready! Set! Hulk
Gillion goes small, while
Karen goes big. It's neck and neck at the start of
Karen specializes in
costumes and performancewear. "My crafts are the
funkiest, coolest crafts I've ever seen."
Gillion has done this
before, you can tell. She has been crafting as long as
she can remember and comes from a long line of crafters.
Wonder if they ever did something like this before.
From competition we go
to the semi-educational moment of the battle. All you
need are dishes, a wooden frame, and a tile adhesive. Of
course it would help if you had a smashing instrument
and a pair of safety goggles and gloves. We're all about
the safety at the Net... Just smash your plates in a
towel and get all creative and stuff.
Karen is going for an
Asian motif, while Gillion is going for a French motif.
Karen has the upper hand as time runs out.
Karen had a great time
making the frames. Judy likes the way Karen planned
everything in advance. Khaliah punnily calls it a
knockout. Because her dad's Muhammad Ali and... yeah.
Mean Jean also thought it was great.
Gillion wanted to make it a
little more abstract. Judy didn't think it was as neat.
Khaliah likes the yin-yang. Jean thought it was
creative, but all three judges thought it was messy.
Karen wins round 1. Can
she seal the deal in round 2?
Round 2: The Gift Wrap Challenge.
Use kitchen utility drawer items and newspaper to wrap
oddly-shaped items. And Jason even throws in a paper
shredder. Karen chooses a soccer ball (or a football for
our non-American friends) for Gillion, while Gillion
gives Karen a cowboy hat. Ten minutes... ready, set...
Amber, switch the gifts, please... Jason: "I'm a
sonuvabitch, ain't I?" WRAP!
Gillion plans to make a
pyramid, while Karen plans to make a star.
You too can wrap items
using only things from the kitchen such as plastic wrap,
aluminum foil, twist ties, and duct tape. Time makes a
perfect bow, and tin foil, when properly shredded, can
protect just about anything.
Karen is the first to
the shredder, while Gillion crafts a volcano... Okay,
Richard Drew's invention of Scotch tape as a lab
assistant for 3M.
Karen thought she was
"almost glamorous". I think it looks like almost puke.
Judy thought she was incredible. Khaliah and Jean
thought it was outstanding and "kinda (^_^)ed up".
Gillion liked Egyptian
art. Judy thought it was an animal. Khaliah thought it
was a dinosaur. Jean thought it was a pyramid with a
Close, but no, it's
Karen with the W today, sending Jean to the island of
lovely parting gifts. Karen, meanwhile, wins an Urban
Decay cosmetics prize package. And you're going to need
those cosmetics to dress your face up real nice when you
get killed by the Craft Lady of Steel...
Or not. The professional
textile designer and recipient of the National Endowment
for the Arts fellowship has 10 years of professional
craft stylistics under her belt and is known the world
over. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of
Design AND she was once an employee of Martha Stewart.
Karen... prepare thyself...
The final challenge:
you're going to make clothes for a doll that we can't
name here for fear of being sued. Let's just say her
name rhymes with Schmarbie. Themes are based on a draw
from Jason's pocket. Karen will design 60s Schmarbie,
while the CLOS will design crime-fighting Schmarbie. It's the
Doll Clothes Challenge for all the marbles. The judges are in isolation and....
Ten minutes on the clock... BEGIN!
Karen is "quite
terrified and hoping that she doesn't cry." She makes a
halter out of "silver stuff" and a mini skirt out of
"pink stuff". Hint: use pinking shears so unhemmed edges
won't fray. CLOS is using camo. Very American. But
having trouble with the scissors. They're too big. Hint
#2: choose fabric patterns that represent your desired
persona. Time's running short... and that's it. Shears
down. Karen's done...
We have 60's (a) versus
crime-fighting (b). Judges love A.. They're worried
about what happens when B is kicked. They give it
to.... A! The challenger wins it! Do you believe in
miracles! Karen is the big winner today as the CLOS goes
down in glorious defeat. Until the next deathmatch, remember the CCDM
credo: "It's cheaper and easier just to buy stuff."