fall inspires...

 

A few crisp days in a row, and there's no mistaking that fall is in the air...

I've been working on a few cosy new patterns that capture the spirit of the season... this design, entitled 'cabin', simultaneously captures something quite notalgic, and modern, in it's simplicity.

Dishware, duvet cover, hmm....

adventures in silkscreen...

 

Determined to live up to words from my last post, 'summertime is the best time to explore your creativity', I decided to explore the possibilities of silkscreen this summer.

The downside was an extraordinary amount of time spent in the basement; exposing screens, pulling prints and generally mucking about experimenting with different techniques, blowing it completely, and slowly padding my growing learning curve.

The upside? well, I'm generally not a process person. If I can't see results as I work (and I can thank the computer for this), I tend to loose patience quickly. I had much to learn, much more that I expected, but my patience grew as I slowed down and got into the rhythm of the process. I've yet to evolve completely and leave 'results' on the back shelf in favour of the journey, but I do have a newly gained respect, a growing affection in fact, for an unfamiliar craft, and a whack of hand-printed tea towels for this fall's Studio Tour

The 2013 Uxbridge Studio Tour runs from Sept. 14-15, 10am-6pm. Drop by my garage/studio to say hello, grab a map, and spend the day exploring the work of some incredibly talented artists.

 

curl up with the latest issue of Taproot...

 

 

The theme for this latest issue of Taproot Magazine is "wood". As we all cosy up with the cooler weather, what could be more evocative of the season than images of split logs, chimney brushes & flickering flames? I decided to combine this imagery into a repeat pattern, inspired by wood stacked against the back fence. You can see my work in the current & final quarterly issue for 2012. Congratulations Taproot as you wrap up a successful first year in print!

 

 

The art even inspired a new tea towel design, my collection just keeps on growing... :)

a little DIY...


A little DIY project with fabric created from one of my images thru Spoonflower. This sweet chair was languishing in the attic, so I threw on a coat of paint, sanded to give it a bit of character, stapled new fabric over the old cushion, and voila... a happy chair for the studio!



accidental pattern

 

 

After a few days of paper cutting, my desk is covered in scraps of paper. I often save the 'positive' shapes that I have cut, and stick them to my computer. Little graphic silhouettes of colour dance around the edge of my screen. Quite by accident, as they are randomly placed, they will often inspire other projects.  

This little bird has been in view for a few weeks, but as soon as the sprout went up beside it, I could see a lovely pattern happening. This could be a really sweet wallpaper in a nursery...