?

Log in

Links and resources - Interfaith art and crafts for religious purposes [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Interfaith art and crafts for religious purposes

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Links and resources [Aug. 29th, 2006|03:16 am]
Interfaith art and crafts for religious purposes

ritual_art

[elettaria]
Welcome, everyone! Does anyone have any suggestions for links and resources I could put in the user info, or just ideas for adding to or changing the user info come to that? Someone gave a link for a rosary supplier in the previous post, for instance. You could also mention books which may be useful, or other communities which would be good to link to (and if you want to advertise there, please do).

I'm your friendly moderator, and I'll probably co-opt a few more if anyone's interested. Despite practically everyone on jewishwomen having volunteered, I think it'd be good to have mods from other faiths to begin with. I'm Jewish, living in the UK, and I embroider mainly. You can see what I've been working on here: I made myself a tallit [prayer shawl] last summer, and I'm now designing a challah [ritual bread] cloth for my best friend's sister, who's getting married in a couple of months.
linkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: goudagirl
2006-08-29 02:43 am (UTC)
I love the idea of this community. thanks for doing it! =)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ktdid525
2006-08-29 02:55 am (UTC)
I'm really excited about this community. I just started a new job as a youth group and confirmation coordinator at a Catholic church and I think I will find some great ideas for activities here.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: saucypunk
2006-08-29 03:14 am (UTC)
awesome! Thanks for creating & moderating it :-)

I might be interested in co-moderating -- what exactly does that entail? I'm just starting seminary this fall with a probable focus in urban ministry/social ethics, but I'm toying with a focus in "theology and the arts" as I'm also an avid fiber and collage artist. Up to this point I haven't combined the two interests much, but it's up to you whether you think that's important for moderating.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-08-29 10:57 am (UTC)
Co-moderating won't involve much: I will be surprised if we get much in the way of troublemakers, and the rest is just a matter of little things like adding links to the user info. But it's useful to have more than one mod because sod's law dictates that some nutter will turn up when the mod is computerless (we had no end of fun in gothic_lit a year ago), and I'd also like to have a few faiths represented. I'll hopefully drag in elfbystarlight for the pagan side of things.

I've not advertised this place that widely and it'd be nice to have a slightly larger crowd, any ideas for where I should try?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: christychristy
2006-08-31 02:57 pm (UTC)
If saucypunk winds up not wanting to do it, I wouldn't mind being the protestant mod. However, I can personally recommend her total awesomeness over my own.

In any event I am excited about this community-- maybe advertise to crafting communities as well as faith based ones? I think in crafting communities, promotion would be best recieved if you post a photo of, say, your tallit along with a mention of the new comm.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-08-29 05:16 am (UTC)
I play around with all kinds of art I'm not very good at, but I'm a theology major as of Sunday and heading in the direction of the priesthood. This is a very good idea and I'm excited for it.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: zephre
2006-08-29 02:01 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'm really excited to see this group. I'm an Interfaith Minister, but most of my personal practice is Wiccan or mystical pagan. I love to visit various places of worship and sit in the presence of the divine. It's incredibly inspirational.
I use crafts a lot in my spiritual life, as well as being an artist at least part-time for my livelihood.

I'd also be willing to co-moderate if needed.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: zephre
2006-08-29 02:19 pm (UTC)

links ideas

I'd like to offer a few interesting spaces for art, ritual, inspiration, etc.

http://www.zaadz.com - Dutch for "seeds", it's an interesting place full of inspiring stories and groups.
http://www.spinsterspin.com/taxonomy/term/9 - Crafty Spinster site, with link to podcast about crafting and some great ideas, including the Tiny Little Shrine, which is one of my current obsessions.

http://www.churchofcraft.org - the Church of Craft, a place of worship based on crafts instead of dogma, with several congregations across North America and Europe.
http://www.craftmemo.com - interesting web tool for artists and crafters.
http://www.sewingpatterns.com - just what it looks like. Clearinghouse listing for all sorts of brands of patterns.
http://www.etsy.com - like ebay but for handmade stuff.

Ok, if I get going, I just won't stop. I'll pause now and see if any of that is even relevant. :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-08-29 03:43 pm (UTC)

Re: links ideas

You're in as co-mod, what great links.

Anyone other than pagan or Jewish fancy helping co-mod? Catholics, for instance?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-08-29 08:04 pm (UTC)

Re: links ideas

I'll do it, if you like.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: purple_obsidian
2006-08-30 12:20 am (UTC)

Re: links ideas

I think we have our quota of Pagans, but I'm here if you need me
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-08-30 12:28 am (UTC)

Re: links ideas

(Pointing out, as I forgot to, that I am Catholic)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: purple_obsidian
2006-08-29 02:59 pm (UTC)
I have a cross stitch chart maker, that is brought out by DMC, that converts a picture into a cross stitch chart and gives the floss usage and colours needed (in DMC threads), Its very cool, They sell them at our local fabric store for around $30 (AUS).

If anyone ever needs a picture made into a chart, I could probably do it.

So I've been having fun making basic charts. Only done one of them yet (not much free time!), which was Goddess names I made into a long belt on that bookmark aida cloth.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-08-29 03:13 pm (UTC)
That sounds really useful. Unfortunately I do freestyle and more or less create my own designs (sometimes adapted from a picture I've found online), so I have to work out designs myself and fret over stylisation and stitches, but hey, it's more fun. The floss usage and colours needed facility would be fantastic, though. I'd probably still end up spending ages at the fabric store checking colours right by the door to get the best light, of course.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: purple_obsidian
2006-08-30 12:14 am (UTC)
Some of us are artistically challenged :)

For our wedding, we exchanged "favours" (as in the pieces of fabric - like on the movie Braveheart) rather than rings, and we did those by hand. They were cross stitch sewn onto velvet. Mine was a basic design, but hubby did an eagle he designed by hand. I was very impressed.

I made him a pouch to hold his dice one year, and I did his name on the front with cross stitch, but I cheated - I printed out the name on paper and while it was wet I pressed it against the cloth to give a bit of a guide of where to go :)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-08-29 03:14 pm (UTC)
P.S. Thanks for the kind offer. Do you have pictures of the Goddess belt?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: purple_obsidian
2006-08-30 12:19 am (UTC)
http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/ObStar_goddessbelt1.jpg
http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/ObStar_goddessbelt2.jpg

I couldn't be bothered filling in the white, so it's just the cloth. I backed it in ribbon to hide the other side.

I used the program to design the chart - you can also just type in the words and it converts them into the chart, so thats what I did.

I'd eventually like to make an Altar cloth with the sabbat (festival) names done like this and sewn around the edge like a trim. I just need to work out how long it would need to be (I assume LOOOOONG).
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-08-30 12:31 am (UTC)
I once made a prayer rope which had the names of Saints on it so I could recite a litany without paper. I gave it to somebody (as I usually do with stuff like that) but it was similar. Your script is much prettier, though.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-08-30 01:11 am (UTC)

If we're gathering link ideas...

http://www.rosaryarmy.com/ <- Has instructions for making cord rosaries.
http://www.rosaryshop.com/ <- Another Rosary Link.

http://www.iconsexplained.com/ <- Information and images of Icons from the Eastern Church.

http://home.att.net/~wegast/symbols/symbols.htm <- A good resource for christian symbols.

http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm <- The official unofficial repository of information on the Saints.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_symbology <- Wikipedia's Saint Symbolism page.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-08-30 08:16 am (UTC)

Re: If we're gathering link ideas...

You're in as our Catholic mod, thanks for helping out. Could you and zephre now be nice mods and add those links to the user info?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-08-30 02:31 pm (UTC)

Re: If we're gathering link ideas...

So let it be written, so let it be done.

And thank you very much.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)