Thursday, December 20, 2012
Diane added some of her feathery friends. Just put a bird on it! There is a lot of really good entries this week. You can go here to see them all and vote on the ones you like. Enjoy the flurries!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Spoonflower contest without even begging anybody to vote for me! There was actually a lot of fun holiday entries (see the top ten here), but I wanted mine to be non-seasonal so that you can use them all year round. Because they are also designed to be applied and sewn to hand made quilts or garments, I didn't want them to be too flashy and take away from the actual masterpiece. Kind of like a signature or an ex-libris you put in a book. If you leave me a comment below, I will send you one of my fabric label. Cheers!
Friday, December 7, 2012
I discovered a fun little iPhone app through one of my online class. It's called Labelbox and it's a free app (of course you'll want to buy the extras label packs, fortunately they are only 99 cents each, I bought the "Going Postal" one and I am eyeing the Masking Washi Pack). Looks like it's compatible with the iPad and iPod Touch too. It's super easy to use. Here's another example of what you can do.
I took this picture in Port Townsend by the beach, thinking of my friend Martine's dream of having her little writer's studio in a Silver Bullet Airstream, which I think would be totally cool. I would love to have one too and convert it to a little traveling art studio/gallery. But that gives you an idea of what you can do with these labels, pretty fun, n'est-ce pas?
Friday, November 30, 2012
Holt Renfrew (a must, it's their flagship store!) then walk around Robson street to finish my little shopping tour in Gastown where I found this totally awesome little store called Orling & Wu (what a cool exotic name!) I will have to do a special post later to show you all the stuff I got there...
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I am a big fan of Matisse so when I saw the call for entries on Spoonflower for this contest, I just had to enter something. The goal was to design a textile that would look at home in a Matisse painting like the ones currently on display at the Nasher Museum of Art exhibition on the Cone sisters of Baltimore. Everybody has to use the same color palette. The top ten fabrics will be featured at an Art for All event at the Nasher on Dec 6, 2012. You can vote here if you feel like it until tomorrow I think... My spoonflower name is "snowflower".
Sunday, November 25, 2012
We went to the Bay Area (where we used to live) a few weeks ago and I have been so busy since that I haven't had time to update my blog. First we spend a whole day with my son Alex who studies Game Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. We went shopping in Japan town and then we had sushi at Isobune where they have the little boats going around, we love those... We also went to see my friend Megan's talk for the River Otter Ecology Project at the Randall Museum. Because I donated to the cause at the bioluminescent level, I went home with this fabulous river otter puppet that I am totally crazy about. Then, Alex took us to this fabulous place in the Haight called the Ice Cream bar. I had "fromage blanc" ice cream, so delicious but super rich.
On Saturday we were invited to my friend's Jim 60th birthday party that had a 60's theme. Dave looked pretty good with his afro. The party was a total blast and Jim's band, the Earthtones, was on fire!!! And of course Mary and I are the official Earthtonettes dancers, so we did what we could to liven up the party, but we didn't have to do much as everybody got into the spirit of the 60's so it was pretty hilarious and fun. Happy birthday Jim!!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
|Papayas in Ashland|
|Bento boxes at Prize|
|Neon Colored pencils and Rifle Paper cards at Prize|
|Southern Charm by Shari French at Paddington Jewel Box|
On Saturday I went to Ashland to go to my favorite 3 stores for inspiration: Papayas, Paddington Station and Prize. They also just opened a second Paddington store called "Paddington Jewel Box", so I now have 4 favorite stores in Ashland. My friend Karen and I just love Paddington Station but it gets expensive because I just have to have so many things in that store. Now with another one across the street, we are really in trouble! But I do love the new "live, laugh, love" pendant I got from Southern Charm. I just had to get it because it's my motto in life!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Port Townsend, Wa, but there was going to be a lot of traveling in between (Canada, France and about 30 different states in the US). Since our friends and family couldn't keep track of where we were, I started this blog so they could follow our adventures. Now that we have settle down a bit in our new home in Port Townsend, I was wondering if I would keep this blog and if so, what direction would it take. I decided to enroll in the online "Blogging Your Way Boot Camp" class that my friend Aimée told me about a while ago. The course is taught by Holly Becker from the decor8. This moodboard is an exercise for the class. It describes the direction I am taking and what I want to talk about, which is art, crafts, travel, fabric and surface pattern design. Nothing different really, but it's nice to have a focus and a little structure. That's why I love to take online classes, and I always learn so much. And it's fun to share your stuff with people around the world! Cheers!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper I got at little store on Granville Island in Vancouver.
That book has 250 more pages, so look for more card ideas in future post...
That book has 250 more pages, so look for more card ideas in future post...
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
I was browsing the internet the other day and found this book on french ebay. I remember reading this book when I was little so I ordered it and it just showed up this week. The book was originally published in 1934 in Paris in the "Albums du Père Castor" collection. The copy I got is from 1946 and was obviously well loved, as the seller said: "feuilleté par des générations de petites mains". But there is something about vintage children's book illustrations that really speaks to me, I have a whole collection that I will share with you in future blog posts. If you have a favorite childhood book, send me a picture and why you liked it and I'll feature it on my blog as part of my new weekly children's book column.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
On day 2 at Art and Soul, Portland, I took a class with Mindy Lacefield. I just love the way she uses neon colors in her artwork and have been wanting to take a workshop with her since I saw what came out of her classes at Artfest this year. She is a really fun teacher and makes you connect with your 7 year old self. What did you use to draw all the time when you were a kid? For me it was apple trees and flowers. We worked on recycled cardboard with acrylic, matte medium, collage, stamping, alcohol inks, pencil and oil pastels. We had to use at least one neon color that she provided. The name of the class was: Twirl Girls journal. We filled our handmade journals with patterned papers, watercolor papers, old maps and tied them with ribbons and fibers. Total fun! And the first time I used neon colors. I just bought a few tube just today, I am hooked now!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Last week I went to the Art and Soul retreat in Portland, Oregon. My first class was with Jane Davies and it was called: Abstract Landscapes. It was a really fun way to work with collage and paint. We worked on watercolor paper and really fast, trying not to over think and just let it happen! I kind of like the results, I would like to try in on canvas next time.