Friday, January 11, 2019

Canvas Creations Continue




It's been awhile. Long grey fall in Northern Michigan. 
Good time to get back in the studio and start painting, stenciling, sewing and sharing. 


Wanted a new vessel to hold all the paper recycling in the dining room.
Working bigger was one of my thoughts & this fit the bill. 
Thinking about a series of nesting bins in a larger size. What do you think?



Been talking to a local business about having some of my things in their store.
That resulted in developing a box to hold knitting patterns, cataloges, & magazines.
Below is the prototype.

 

First step is always deciding what color to mix and paint the background.  

Then create a pattern to get the dimensions I want. 

I'll be honest. I agonize over what images to add, what colors to use, when to stop!  
Do I match the edges or do a random pattern?


 

 Matching is more challenging and time consuming, but I like the outcome.



 

  Adding lids to most of my boxes makes them feel more substantial.

The little bag I use to hold my cloths pins (one of my favorite tools) is a
favorite & I've decided to make several more. They will be added to my Etsy shop soon.  



Here is current version  ready to be stitched.




The other piece of the puzzle is to organize my patterns
 and get more detailed in my directions so I don't have to reinvent the wheel 
when I haven't done one in awhile. 





Remembering to label EVERYTHING is a goal. Once you get lots of pieces of fabric for several projects it can get dicey. Clothespins, a fine tip sharpie and masking tape are my friends. 





Saturday, October 27, 2018

Look Down




Happy Autumn everyone.  It is my favorite season. perhaps it's the colors. I'm partial to 
reds & yellows to begin with. Ask anyone who has been in my house. 

The brilliant Staghorn Sumac fruit always grabs my attention this time of year. 
If you look closely the individual little nodules are beautiful in themselves. 



 So much beauty in my neighborhood park. You need to pay attention to the details 
and look down while you are walking. I just happened to spot these. 


They are pearlescent with some smokey sooty areas. I took loads of pictures of them.
Two days later they were liquefied. Glad I caught them at their prime. 
Thanks to a friend who saw my Instagram post of these I now know they are 

They are edible . Good to know. 

 
 A view from above on a flight to see the colors at their peak last week. 


These gorgeous lichen look like white roses. 


Now I need to get busy in the studio & put some of this inspiration to good use. 

Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment. Would love to hear from you.
 


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Where I've Been & What's Next?



London, Greece & Turkey. That's where.


The first stop on our trip was London to visit son & daughter in law who are 
living there for 2 years. Not a bad place to have family to visit!  



 The Tower of London was well worth a visit.
 Of course I found the giant book 
to scrutinize the binding technique. 



If you look closely you can see these animal sculptures are made from chicken wire. 




 Took a train ride to Cambridge and went "punting on the Cam". What a fun activity. 





Enjoyed lots of great food, wine & beer.  Isn't that what travel is all about? 


After a great visit with "the kids" we headed to Athens for 3 days of exploring. 
Greece is so chock full of history it's mind boggling. 


The view at night of the Acropolis from the rooftop of our hotel. 
We walked the Plaka of Athens endlessly. Just steps from our door the the wide pedestrian pathway that is loaded with shops, restaurants, & leads to the Acropolis, as well as other ruins of interest. 










We did a guided food tour for an entire day with our delightful guide Delloro. 
What's a food tour without some smiling pigs at the huge market? 

 

A group shot of our intrepid band of 3 couples who traveled Greece together,
 & our food guide on the far left.  



 The next day we toured the Acropolis and the stunning museum


After 3 packed days in Athens we boarded our Windstar ship for a week of port & island hopping. 


This is a shot from Ephesus. What an incredible UNESCO site. We had the privilege of seeing a performance of Carmina Burana in the theater on the site. Just think I was sitting on stone that once had the likes of Cleopatra in the audience. 


So many high lights from a great trip. 


The process of boiling silk cocoons. The first step to making a Turkish rug. 



Waiting for the best lunch ever on Patmos. 






My partner in all things waiting for the biggest piece of baclava we've ever seen,
 or eaten.  On Santorini






Not a bad way to travel the Aegean.  Our ship at anchor.

I could go on & on as this was such a nice trip with so many special moments. 


If you've made it this far in the post, I appreciate your time! As for what's next? That is what I am pondering greatly at the moment. Fall & winter are approaching and I am feeling aimless in the art realm. Doing lots of revisiting of old journals, inspirational magazine & books.


 

 One of my favorites for obscure fiber ideas. A UK publication, Selvedge

Good prompts to get things moving. 

 


Fun exercise from the book in contrast, negative space. Doing more of these.


When in doubt decorate pages in your journal & wait for something to surface. 








 A thought I've had about fiber sculptures. Make 'em big! 



 Words from Julien Smith.  I think I get it. But if we are in the act of copying in order to become more proficient at something aren't we automatically evolving? 
Hence the search for inspiration. 

  
Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, the travel sharing, & the what's next conundrum.