June 24, 2008
Blog Stats and Some Crafty Photoshop Brushes
Something I love about having a WordPress blog (and I am sure other platforms do this too) is the blog stats page. I love to be able to see how many visits I have had and where people are surfing in from. Thanks so much to everyone who has linked here–particularly Lauredhel at Hoyden About Town who has been my greatest supporter and promoter– and Twisty at I Blame the Patriarchy whose link here has been the single biggest source of incoming traffic so far–and every one else who has linked here, it is always a thrill to know someone has enjoyed the work I am doing.
In terms of traffic it has been interesting watching the slow build up of visitors. So far I have had just over 2,000 visits to the site, which, in Internet terms is tiny weny, but in student art exhibition terms is absolutely huge–had I chosen to display my work in a traditional gallery setting, the kind available to an emerging artist, I would have to be very lucky and have a lot of advertising and promotion to get numbers like that.
Another fun thing about the blog stats is the ‘search engine terms’ information, which gives you a list of search terms people have typed into google etc which have lead to your blog. By far the biggest thing that people google to find this work are variations of ‘crochet boobies’–seems quite a few people are looking for them, as well as ‘free crochet boob hats’ and “how to make your own boobs”. I was a bit surprised that several people were looking for the phrase “as a wind up doll”–which I am guessing found my playing girl icon–and I smile knowing that one person was searching for “gay aftershave” and instead found the gender exchange story and discussion of whether or not to change the lead characters shaving habits. I am intrigued by the searches for ‘master art fiction women’ and ‘femininity extreme photos’, but a bit boggled by the search for ‘expanding boobs fiction stories’.
One person was searching for “crochet symbol photoshop brushes”, and they presumably found this blog because I have worked with crochet, symbols and photoshop brushes all at different times. I am guessing this person was hoping to find some photoshop brushes to help them create a pattern or some other artwork involving crochet symbols, and I can see how such a thing might be useful. I fear they most likely went away empty handed, as I did a google search myself after this and found no such brush set, so I thought I would help out and make one. Then I got carried away and made a knitting symbol one to match.
The crochet symbol brush set is based on the symbols listed here and can be downloaded from media fire here, while the knitting symbol set is based on the list here and can be downloaded from here. Both sets are cc-attribution-non commercial-licensed, so please feel free to download and use them–and I would love to know if you make anything with them.
May 20, 2008
The Real Open Source Boob Project Pt II–Boobie Hat! a Flickr tutorial
Due to assorted RL stuff I am a little bit behind on my 52 Acts write ups, so you might be lucky and get a few extras over the next few weeks. Today I have for you a follow-up to act 16, the crochet boobie pattern, to which several people responded that a boobie beanie would be a wonderful thing. I decided to go with that idea, but play around with it a bit as is my way. So here, by popular demand, I give you The Boobie Beret!
To keep with the open source objective I have written up instructions for the hat (or rather documented how I made it up as I went along). This time I chose to do the tutorial in flickr rather than write it as a huge long post directly on this blog. See the full tutorial here, along with more photos of the finished beret, in the flickr photo set. (Click on ‘detail’ to see all the images and instructions on one page, or scroll through each image using the ‘browse’ buttons)
April 29, 2008
The Real Open Source Boob Project
There has been a lot of discussion in the feminist blogosphere about an incident at an SF convention that the instigator has called ‘The Open Source Boob Project’ (link to the original live journal post).
While I totally understand that many of the participants had a profound and positive experience–I really do, realization of freedom of sexual expression can be euphoric, I understand that, and I am all for the autonomy of consenting adults, and I have to admit I am totally fascinated by the way that what was essentially a love in at a party has become so huge thanks to the weird private/public liminal space that is the internet–there are several things about The Ferret’s ‘experiment’ report that make me bristle.
Many of them are covered here in an excellent analysis from Jeff Pack at Bookworm, particularly the lechery and victim blaming attitude displayed by specifically targeting women/girls who were “obviously putting [their] assets on display”, and there is a great round-up by lauredhel over at Hoyden. In general it appears to me that, while it was a good experience for some, it shows an enormous lack of understanding of the wider culture and conditions most people with breasts (in western type cultures) live in on a daily basis.
However, aside from the lechery and the inherent sexism and the cluelessness, there is something else that has been bothering me–the name of the endeavor. As someone who is rather passionate about open source culture the misappropriation of the term is annoying me a lot. My thought process went something like this: Open source boob project? Hardly. Now if they were handing out instructions on how to make your own boobs then maybe…
And thus I give you The Real Open Source Boob Project. Free (as in speech) crochet boobie instructions under the cut. (dial-up warning–image heavy)