Monday, October 31, 2011
1. The Bad Mood Eating Monsters - Monster Plush Toy , by Hibou Designs
2. Ghost posts , by Nancyrosetta
3. Needle Felted Bat ,by Cozy Cottage Creations
4. Foxy Fox Mens Tshirt , by An Li Designs
5. Dog Collar in Jack in Orange , by Cody's Creations
6. Night Sky Window Pendant in Sterling Silver by Cristina Hurley Jewelry Design
Sunday, October 30, 2011
In honor of October I'm writing about costumes. Personally, I wait until October 31st to figure out what to wear for Halloween. But screen printing can be a great way to make costumes and I really enjoy thinking about and making screen printed costumes. They are a good excuse to play around with specialty inks (think glow-in-the-dark, neon, puffy or glitter!). For a school play in Brookline I used metallic silver ink to portray buttons and a police person's badge.
I wish screen printing was more useful for making individual costumes but, because of set-up times, it's ideal for a minimum of fifteen of the same item. So grab some friends and dress as members of the Dharma initiative!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
With my second child arriving in about five weeks, I am trying to get into the studio to work on my art every chance I can get, which lately, amounts to about one full day each week. This week I finished work on two new pieces of encaustic collage. The piece above is titled, "You Are A Baby" and is a combination of a page from a vintage Dick and Jane book, part of an old sewing pattern, a small vintage color chart for knitting, a photocopy of some "household objects" and a bird clipped from a book of ornithology. All of these elements are collaged with encaustic medium on a wooden panel. All of the items are found, upcycled, recycled, reclaimed.
My work has definitely changed in the past two years since becoming a mother for the first time, and I find myself drawn to images and representations of childhood and thinking about my children (even the one not yet born) as I make my work. This continues the autobiographical vein in which I have been making work for the past several decades, but the focus has shifted away from me and my past to my family and imaginings of the future. It's been funny for me to make these realizations as I find myself drawn to different collage elements. The piece above is titled, "He Ran" and is a collage of a part of a vintage sewing pattern, a paper doll, part of a page from a dilapidated children's book, a vintage found photograph, and a clipping from a 1960's knitting magazine. Like the image at the top, this one also utilizes encaustic medium along with all found, upcycled, recycled, reclaimed paper materials.
Encaustic artwork is having a big explosion in the New England art scene recently with encaustic theme exhibitions popping up every couple of months, and more and more fine artists are experimenting with the luscious and enticing medium of encaustic. To see some of what is going on in the world of encaustic art be sure to checkout the upcoming National Juried Exhibition, Wax-Inc. at the South Shore Arts Center in the Bancroft Gallery, on view November 4 through December 21.
Friday, October 28, 2011
I've been working on a new series of drawings- of fish! They are hand drawn instead of digitally illustrated, and with a little more detail than usual. I wanted to maintain the sketched quality when I printed them, but still keep them somewhat consistent with my silhouetted animal illustrations of the past.
Here are a few more photos of the process and the final products:
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The reception is 1-4 at the Gorse Mill Studios Gallery at 31 Thorpe Road in Needham. There will be a demonstration of the Chinese tea ceremony by participating artist Chang kuei Wei at 2pm if you would like to see that as well. I hope you can make it! If not, the exhibit is up until November 27, and gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11-5.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
1. Framed felt ABC Feltscape , by Hibou Designs
2. Original mixed-media encaustic collage, by Reclaimed to You
3. Harvard Square T, by Evan Webster Ink
4. Letter A Initial Pendant in Sterling Silver Oxidized or Shiny ,by Cristina Hurley
5. Neon, NYC 8x10 matted photoprint ,by Kerry Hawkins Photography
6. Hope - relic bracelet with opalescent beads ,by Parrish Relics
7. Souvenirs Sign - 5x7 Photographic Print ,by Fraske Designs
8. Bookplates with studebaker, set of 50 ,by cricicis design
9. 4 Inch Wide Dog Collar by Cody's Creations
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Today I took my handmade items over to Craftland for their 10th annual holiday show. Craftland is open year round but from November 25th to December 31st it turns into a winter wonderland of handmade goodness.
Craftland is located at 235 Westminster Str Providence, RI and is open seven days a week. A few highlights of the show on Friday, December 2nd from 5-9pm is the opening night party. The first 150 shoppers receive a goodie bag. There will also be refreshments and snacks. On Friday, December 15th from 5-8pm is meet the artist of Craftland. Shop till midnight is on December 23rd.
Other Boston Handmade peeps representing at Craftland is An Li Liu of An Li Studio and Kerrie of Cody's Creations. Here are a few pictures of whats in store from us:
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I have been super excited since hearing that the Fabric Place Basement was opening in Natick - the Fabric Place closed its doors in Framingham a couple years ago and I lost my favorite place to shop for fabric.
I finally got a chance to stop by, and I was so elated! Tons and tons of fabric (everything from cottons and upholstery to microsuedes and leather and many hard to find fabrics), notions as far as the eye can see, and yarn section that makes the non-knitter really want to learn. My arms were laden with fabric, so I was only able to manage a few pictures.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Newton Harvest Fair and of course I checked out the craft vendors. There was a lot of really nice work, but I ended up going home with this small piece from Ingrid Hathway. She had two baskets full of beautiful buttons, I really had a hard time picking just one. I love it, and plan to put it on a future knitting project of mine.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Donahue Real Estate, 2085 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I will be presenting at an event called Social Media Warriors hosted by The Boston Graphic Artists Guild on Tuesday, October 18th (today)!
I was invited to be a presenter and panelist at this event to discuss using social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc...) for my business.
Monday, October 17, 2011
1. Old Farm 5x7 Print , by Kerry Hawkins Photography
2. Hummingbirds T Shirt - Women's Organic , by An Li Design
3. Wrist warmers/arm warmers - Autumn bonfires , by Stray Notions
4. Coral 156 yards of Merino Wool , by Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Design
5. Sterline and fire opal Wright Earrings , by Cristina Hurley
6. Ochre Mug , by City by the Sea Ceramics
7. Renaissance Mary Icon Clover Cross Necklace , by Parrish Relics
8. Embroidery Hoop Art , by Merriweather Council
9. Felted Fall Leaves by Cozy Cottage Creations
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Swoon is known for her beautiful, detailed, life-sized paper-cut portraits that are pasted onto walls of buildings all around the world. Ephemeral in nature, they organically wither and decay. She has a fantastic piece entitled, “Anthropocene Extinction”, on view at
I love her combination of giant linocuts, hand-cut collages, and bold colors. From street art cred to institutional recognition, Swoon now has to answer all those questions about this transition, and what that means to her. You can read more
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
It will be on display until February 5, 2012. To see a slideshow of some of the work, visit the exhibit's website.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin inspired anything. It's become kind of cliche, but I am and will probably always be a pumpkin fan. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin inspired Etsy listings:
|Pumpkin Soap by Little Goat Soaps|
|Felt Bunting Garland by Steph Loves Ben|
|Limited Edition Cardigan by Econica|
|Pumpkin Lip Balm by Pure Apothecary|