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.

Sandy, I hope you enjoy and always practice making time!IMG_2300

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.


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.


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).

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Welcome!  First, for your convenience there are navigational links at the bottom of this post to take you forward, return to the previous blog or to return to the start of the bloghop.

Now, I hope you enjoy my quirky pattern celebrating the color emerald green.  I found it a difficult color since it has such great influence on surrounding colors, anything lighter looks too bright, anything darker appears muddy.  With such a rich complex color, I suppose we should expect a little diva-tude!

Emerald Starflower

Emerald Starflower

The next stop in your graphical journey is the delightful Claire Smillie!  Enjoy!

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It’s official, the business has a name!

Scherzo Design

Where did it come from:   Etymology:  From Italian scherzo “joke, play”, from scherzare “to joke, jest” from Old Italian scherzare, of Germanic origin, from Lombardic *skerzan “to jump merrily, enjoy oneself, jest”

Noun:  (music) A piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony; especially, a piece of music played in a playful manner, played in triple time

Scherzo.   Not only is it a word that evokes liveliness from it pronounciation, it’s meaning also reflects our design esthetic.  While design can be classic and formal, it doesn’t have to be serious.  What makes a design interesting and compelling is when a little something is included that is unexpected.  It may be as subtle as a color highlight or as overt as combining contrasting elements.   It allows the design to engage the beholder with a little wink.