Postcard Swap 2014

Here is my take on a stitched postcard.  I love postcards and when I travel, in addition to sending them to friends and family, I also send to myself.  I love the slightly battered look from postal transit and I love reflecting on the moment captured on the front.  Recently I had an epiphany about time:  even though time commitments towards making my art are flexible, they need to remain a high priority.  I was in the habit of bouncing art time to take care of other things that had fixed timelines.  Weeks could pass between my ‘making’ sessions.  So the message on the front of my card is something that I repeat like a mantra several times a day to other artists and myself.

The production of the card is fairly simple – I sewed it out of pieces of muslin and cottons.  I wished I hadn’t serged the outer edge because it lost a lot of the ragged muslin edge.

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The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

Another adventure in design!  I am participating for the first time in The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap! Organized by the ever inspiring Beth Kempton of Do What you Love, the swap is now in its 7th year!   I’ve taken several course from DWYL which have not only encouraged me along the path to becoming a surface pattern designer, but also provide amazing opportunities to showcase design work.

This years swap theme is Create, which can be interpreted in any way choose but we do need to include some type of stitching. I’ll post my postcard here soon as well as to my penpal, Sandy in Ontario, Canada.  Be sure to check out the postcard creations on the Do What You Love facebook page!  It’ll be mind bending!  The early posters have some phenomenal work to share.

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Discover your creative style

If anyone is struggling with creating their brand, messaging and style, I just received notice of a 6 week class offered by Monica Lee that specifically addresses the process of that discovery. I haven’t taken any of her classes, but have enjoyed her webinars, writings.  I know that I have struggled to find the balance between what manufacturers are looking for with my personal design style; and to find a way to effectively communicate it.  And I am a professional marketing/communications expert!   This class addresses these issues and more..

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Check it out and see if you can qualify for discount and special offer for one-on-one session with Monica.

Pin Hop 2013 – a virtual art show

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Today is Pin Hop day! In fact, a whole Pin Hop weekend.

A bunch of really talented designers from all over the world prepared lots of great patterns to share with people who love patterns. The Pin Hop is an initiative of Tina Olsson, from Fyllayta. Her hard work and initiative were essential to make it possible. Thank you, Tina!

I submitted one collection inspired by the Midnight Garden theme.  hope you like the patterns and story I used to develop them. I found lots of inspiration from the long days of late Spring in northern California when daylight and moonlight combine to create some fantastical landscapes.

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In case you haven’t done so, or in case you want to do it again, you can go to the main pinterest board and find a print from each designer taking part in this hop.

In case you like any of my patterns, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I am available for commission or licensed work and would love to share my portfolio with you.  Please use the comment form below; the website will be available soon, I promise!

2013 Bouquets to Art – Interpreting Ruth Asawa

ImageBouquets to Art is a major fund raiser for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco – it pairs floral designers with major pieces of art on display throughout the museum.  This is my 6th year participating as a designer and thought I would share the process with you.

Two weeks ago, I was paired with a beautiful metal sculpture by Ruth Asawa; to call it metal macramé doesn’t do it justice but perhaps provides some context beyond the photo.  It is my second time attempting to interpret Ruth Asawa – last year my exhibit just didn’t quite realize my vision, so I requested a rematch!

A week or so ago, I was at the museum and visited the space.  Her art is difficult to capture since so much of the beauty is in the shadows cast by the intricate weavings and texture of the pieces.  And they are metallic, not exactly a color found in floral material.  So my inspiration is to try and work with the shadows and surroundings.

I did a couple of sketches, refining the composition of the exhibit.  I’ve learned from past experience to keep it simple (a lesson I have to relearn each year!), so I plan to work in a fairly small scale.

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Next up:  Production of the mechanics.  Needs to follow rules of public space (stability, access), museum (no products that can introduce anything that could damage surrounding artwork) and floral (water source, longevity).

2013 Bouquets to Art – Strangest Shopping List Ever

A trip to SCRAP and Home Depot scored the materials I needed.  Instead of perforated bronze metal that would replicate the metal skin of the building used by the architect and seen through the nearby window, I found a piece of drainage plastic that when painted bronze looks fantastic!  Also instead of making a concrete mould, I found a patio pot tray that will be a great foundation for the piece!  Still keeping it simple.

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Next up:  Production and trip to Flower Mart.  The pieces I have are going to dictate the scale for the final arrangement.  Not sure what floral materials will work to the scale I need; hoping for inspiration at the Market.

Bouquets to Art – Success with Concrete!

Whew, now I am worried; the structural part of the arrangement (the mechanics) went too smoothly.  It never goes smoothly.  The San Francisco Flower Market is pretty cool, one of the largest wholesale markets in the country.  It was busy this morning with dozens floral designers searching out materials for their exhibits.  I found some purple thistle and fern that shares textures with the art, so that is my starting point.  I also picked up some green spray rose, air plants and couple of other types of fern.  Somehow this is all going to be open and airy, creating an engaging play of shadow just like the Asawa art. Not so sure about the keeping it simple part today. 

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Next up:  Build the actual floral arrangement.  The difficulty will be creating some airy that really doesn’t have a base, and contains enough water to sustain it for a week.  Otherwise I’ll need to replace it during the week.  The branchy ball is a stark reminder of the small scale of the arrangement.