Thursday, July 19, 2012

Finding My Footing...

Summer Run.
I've been after my dreams again...patterns and one day what I hope will be a line of textiles. Due to my wedding sabbatical I fell a little out of practice...but now I'm back...wobbly and uncertain, but I'm finding my footing and it feels awesome.  Been searching out inspiration where ever I go, and really trying to just get my ideas onto paper.  I hit the computer tonight...more to just play around with some techniques and see what works best...
Hollyhock Tea Time.


One of my biggest challenges has always been combining colours.  It's funny because colours are one of my most favourite things about life...the spectrum, the combo...the beauty...what's not to love when a sunset steals your breath away.  I find that it's actually out in the wild that I see the most inspiring mix of palettes...which got me to thinking...that I should start using my Colorschemer app more and start creating colour palettes from the photos that I've taken of day to day life.  So this is what I tried with these 'Hollyhock Tea Time' patterns.  I've also posted the original photo that I pulled my colours from.  I am really excited about the possibilities of working this way...can't wait to see where it leads...
Again, on a Grey Day.
Original Inspiration.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Soundtrack

Bear-ry Day Card...envelope diorama the birthday edition.
Oh man I love summer.  I've been living in pools and watching the blue skies float amongst the water surface.  Bright bike rides and flapping skirts in light breezes which carry the colours of lavender and hot pink roses around our ankles. Who could ask for anything more.

I've also been obsessed with creating a soundtrack to commemorate this lovely season...so far I've got three tracks:


I am open to more suggestions...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Berry Time

Summer Day Dioramas, piled and ready for post.
Toronto summers are certainly a lovely sight, hot hot heat, blooming city gardens, and wildlife signing along with the city scape and car songs. We've been taking it easy in my neck of the woods and that has been a welcome break from what seemed like a whirlwind spring.  With the wedding and some major work projects I let myself get caught up in a whirlwind of fun and deadlines. But those projects are all cleaned up and closed off, and I am feeling focused again! The next goals are to really focus back on pattern and textile design.  I have so much to learn and try that at times it feels overwhelming, like there is no way I can figure it out...and not to mention there are so many talented artists out there it can be rather intimidating, yet at the same time so inspiring. And speaking of awe inducing designers, I am totally in love with Elizabeth Olwen's work! Make sure to check out her site! It's fabulous and her blog is a wonderful read!

Doing textiles is a dream I've had for so long, I just need to go and do it and not let my fears stop me...it's all about the making right? 

I've also really missed making beautiful mail...so to stretch out my fingers and imagination I thought I would start with making a small run of envelope dioramas...it has been so long! This one is about bears (a favourite of mine) and berries...I've been eating so many blackberries I seriously think I may be turning into a some sort of woodland creature.
Unfold and find a hungry bear, a berry for snaking, a tiny meadow and a mini forest friend for company.
Stuffed into their warm wood-like envelope.
Family on the run.
Berry dreams.
Sweet leafy spirits.
Following the storm.
Sharing

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Knot Tied.

Photo Credit: Jen Arron (This was our serious face photo)
After ten years of excellent adventures, Kyle and I finally tied the knot on June 2nd at the High Park Curling Club.  It was a magical day filled with good family and friends, excellent food (delicious BBQ from Barque), dancing, laughing and many many robots and monsters. Thank you to my amazing friend Jen Arron for capturing the memories.  You can see a lovely post all about the day here on her blog.

And another major thanks goes out to my good friend and business partner Bliss, who made the dress of my dreams from scratch.

Photo Credit: Amee King
Now it's back to the basics....finding my pencil crayons and dusting off my journal and getting ready to get back at it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lost in Tissue Paper and Tulle

Bliss making adjustments to the proto-dress.
Kyle and I are a few short weeks away from our wedding...though my blog is mostly for my process work and the stuff that fall out of my imagination, but I had to share some of the things we have been creating for our big day of fun and love.
Tissue paper flowers are easy to make and turn out so pretty. Unfortunately cats don't like them.
We've taken a very DIY approach to our wedding party and both Kye and I are happy about it. It has allowed us to spend lots of nights together planing and fabricating things out of paper, wood and LEDs. And I think we saved a few dollars along the way.
Bunting in progress.
Making things makes me happy. It's a simple philosophy, but it works for me...and if I could swim and craft at the same time, well then I would really be onto something.  Koshi on the other hand finds happiness in sitting on things. To each their own.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sparkle Day.

I didn't think it would happen, but part of my brain has morphed into a frilly bundle of wedding related mess.  It's very puffy and full of crafts.  I knew that once the planning started that required any kind of paper craft it would be over for me.  Kye has been trying to reel me in...but the above is my plan for our little wedding favours...though it's been suggested to me that twine might be a good addition.  Admittedly this wedding business has been awesome fun...but I also feel that it's been a tad distracting from my textile pursuits...which I've more than missed my deadline on....but once this wedding is all up, I will be back on track.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Bunny Blizzard.

Sugar Mouth.
Life is slowly being wound up with wedding plans.  I am left with only tiny moments to wonder...that is alright.  For some time I wondered about ornamented bunnies hoping around the woods, chasing hearts and being caught in a quiet storm of love.  The following is documentation of said wildlife.
Captain Heart Break.
Sweet Joe.
Heart Storm.
Quiet Benjamin.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Branch Magazine.

Exciting news, my good friend and writer Lindsay Zier Vogel and I, recently collaborated on some written and illustrated work and it was accepted into the newest issue of Branch Magazine!
This issue focuses on the theme 'Make Believe'...a perfect place for mine and Lindsay's imagination to marry.

Check it out! There is a ton of other incredible work to see and read.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Spring time.

sky stories.
It's warmer now. I can cycle, I can run, I can wander the city streets without frost bite.  It's spring!

The other night I took to the track and was witness to a very big performance of sky stories.  It was moody, it was bright, there was rain and sun and all the colours that make your heart burst with exhilaration. It was magnificent.  I ran with my eyes glued to that sky...I suppose it inspired these stories...
I tie myself to a handmade cloud. Sewn out of cotton candy and dandelion fluff.
i lose myself in a spring storm.

lost in sunset now...and ready for sleep.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Secrets in the night.

It's so quiet tonight. Only a fan and the humm of the city sky. In the midst of the spring one of a kind show here in Toronto, it steals time. But I am squirreling away moments to jot down ideas. Projects percolating!
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