I have some new classes coming in the next couple of week, at the Art Center @319, in Smithfield. Hope you can come and create some beautiful gifts. It is such a great experience and being close to the Holidays makes it a fun social event as well. Older teens and Adults.
Silk Painting and Shibori, we will hand paint and do wrap resist with silk fabrics and dyes.
This is one of the new design I just finished for a rather large hand printed fabric order. I was interesting to translate a small square piece of collage work into yardage of fabric. It did give me a lot of inspiration for future designs. I am currently doing a lot of “playing” with surface design, and will soon have some 1/2 yards and fat quarters on line for sale.
So much going on around here, life and work. I am working on new design ideas as well as techniques for fabric. There is a book that I always like to refer to when I feel stuck or need a little technique refresher, the book is “The Surface Designer’s Handbook” by Holly Brackmann. I recommend it to anyone who would like an overview in adding color and design to textiles. It offer some very good technical information with a lot of step by step and finished product photos.
I tend to fall in the trap of over planning, especially that we have a new year and all the experts and calenders, and filing systems come out to tell us how to get everything together for the new year. I have been in the inspiration/planning mode for a while. My design seem to work out best in a more free form way when I actually start to work. So, I just made a mood board and used that for my color/fabric inspiration. Now I am going to let the actual pieces flow from that. More images here.
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.
I have been so busy getting orders done time is flying by. It has me rethinking my studio space layout and storage areas. I need places for finished work as well as cut parts and painting area. As always searching on line I found these great solutions. I always love drawers as oposed to open shevlin(which is what I have now) it makes the space feel too busy, with everything in site. I know some people love to see everything around them but I like to set up displays for inspiration, and have most things put away. It just makes me feel calmer, and not so overwhelmed with ideas.
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.
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.
The web sit crashed last week and everything was lost. I am trying to get back in the swing of posting again. Computers a love/hate relationship.
It is also time to plan for new designs (for spring next year), it gets a little mixed up since I am working on current items to send out while still keeping the new design ideas going. This is a mood board I did a little while ago, and it is still a good reference for new colors and motifs.
I have been working on the spaces in my home. Changing the way we use the rooms to be more useful to our needs, the way we live not necessarily the way they were planned. I think most contractor houses built in all the subdivisions, in the last many years are based on a notion that everyone lives in the way a TV show or some designer thinks and that we all want to be the same. We are not all alike, I have a huge garden tub in my bathroom that has been used only once in 8 years. I have a tiny, parlor and formal dining room that was hardly ever used. We have changed a lot and I will be showing some of the photos in the coming weeks.
I find it a little sad that if you live anywhere other than, a major city, or have a lot of money, we are expected to fit in a mold to suit someone else. That is what being creative is all about, making your place work for you and your family, and make it looks a way that makes you feel like home.