Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. We are all dressed and ready to relax and enjoy a lovely day with family.
Love the twinkle lights.
It has been so busy with all the last minute shows and sales. I am slowly getting the home decor started. I usually do my holiday decorations over a few weeks as I get inspired. We have family staying with us for an extended visit, so it is taking a little longer for everything.
It is different this year with my studio being in the main area of the house, so that will reflect my display and all as well.
My color palette for this season is a little off the usual Christmas Red and Pine Green. I am also comitted to using/making only things I have on hand. There is so much inspiration out there, I do want it to be bold but simple.
Inspiration photo BHG
I have been painting away, and we will be painting in my classes this coming week. Hope to have some new workshops in direct silk painting, screen printing collage in Smithfield at the Art Center @319. I will have my Etsy shop open again next week for all the scarves and shirts.
I love this designer Gudrun Sjoden, so colorful, comfortable and stylish. She uses models of all types and ages and her company in “green.” I have been working in black/white with pops of color so I love the tunic look in the top photo.The jacket below is a perfect example of Kantha style quilting. My students are working on a piece using this technique. I am looking at making a light coat jacket this year, this one is a great inspiration.
In doing some research for a new shed in our back yard, I found some unique design ideas. I wanted something interesting that would be functional as well as add to the landscape. There are many local places that do the traditional barn or colonial type sheds. I have always had a modern esthetic, so, as my family knew already, I could not find anything I liked. So I started planning something the boys could build. I came across a company site and I love their little “studio” type sheds.
These prefab sheds are environmentally friendly and can be finished inside.
This design from Studio Sheds
Since I am designing my own I can customize it for my use and I can use found/reclaimed materials, to keep cost down. It is going to be for storage, but with the right windows and location in the yard, I could totally work on design in these little buildings.
Now I just need few more sales to meet my little studio budget. I will be opening my on line store again in September, with some great handmade gift items for the fall/holiday season.
I usually do not follow typical mainstream trends when it comes to my art work. I do look at web sites and magazines, but when I try to but fabric, they usually do not have what I am looking for. I print, applique, and embroidery on the fabric, but the base colors are what I need. It is interesting that several trends I recently read about, are already in my group. “Green” reclaimed, rescued materials, which I use in my wood tiles as well as fabric embellishments, and mustard yellow, and polka dots.
Dirt in the ground is brown, leaves on trees are brown (not yet it’s still summer or maybe it’s an evergreen). Charlie Brown… no; Charlie bit my finger. Chocolate is brown… and brownies. Brown eyed girl… other “stuff that’s brown… Brown Is neutral… mix every other color and guess what you have now… I think I have a shirt that’s brown, and pants… and shoes, and…. Gray?