Notes I wrote to myself: Some thoughts to live by in the studio. They aren’t always easy but are very rewarding to keep in mind. The moving forward is the most important part.
Don’t have expectations. Edit yourself later; now is the time for making.
Let yourself PLAY! Art is an experience. We find the unexpected, freshest ideas through experimentation and letting things collide and overlap.
Let yourself NOT KNOW. This is how we learn. It’s ok if you don’t know the answer or what the outcome will be. We do not have to prove anything.
Last night and this morning I did a dry-run, (because, yes, I am a nerd like that) of the Saturday workshop curriculum. It was very nice to get into the studio and just make a mess. This is gonna be fun! Can’t wait to see what the group creates tomorrow. Here are a few photos from my recent experiments: Continue reading “Let things overlap and collide – Now is for making”→
Here’s a look at the sketch for one of my favorite new designs: Don’t swim with toxic people – based on phrase that first came to my mind last fall while dealing with some challenges in my personal and professional life. Back then I jotted it down in my notebook, and I find myself coming back to these words again and again. I’m happy to have turned that thought into a image to help drive home what it means to me.
I’ll have this design along with several other new ones printed and ready to go this Friday and Saturday at the Krankies Craft Fair. If you’re in Winston this weekend stop by, say “Hi!” and find lots of great handmade gifts for the ones you love this holiday season.
It’s that time of the year! Busy, busy, busy designing and printing to prepare for the holidays. NEW to the list are hand cloths – 18″ x 20″ flour sack towels – great for counter clean up, napkins or dusting. AND back by popular demand: Queen of Hearts and Sunny Side flour sack towels. PLUS new note cards, onesies and more…
If you’d like to give handmade and support local artists and craft folk in this area, check out the following markets:
This week I’m putting the final touches on new pieces for the showAmalgamated Transmutations: Flight, Growth and Breaking Open with my friends and fellow SEED artistsNicole Uzzell, andMillicent Greason. The opening reception is this Saturday, May 4th. Please stop by if you can, we’d love to see you. The show will be on view thru May 31st atThe Electric Mustache Gallery. I’m doing some large-scale screen printing on found fabrics for this exhibit and talked a little about my inspiration in a post here. And here are a few photos of work in progress for the show; with more info on the exhibit after the jump.
One project in the studio this month is a 4′ x 6′ piece commissioned by the AFAS Group as part of their Public Arts Initiative. The initiative works to bring art to public areas and into people’s daily lives. AFAS’s project includes an permanent outdoor gallery that opened in the fall of 2012– the brainchild of my friend and fellow Winston artist, Kendall Doub, who invited me to participate in this upcoming exhibit.
Since it’s the 100 year anniversary for Winston Salem, AFAS requested artists to work around a loose theme of “Celebrate W-S” and create work about or inspired by the city we live in. My working title is “Together in this City”, and I am incorporating a whimsical nod to the Winston skyline. Here are a few photos of the painting in progress.
My “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me” towels were a big hit at Hand2Hand Market, so today I’m listening to one of my favorite Christmas records as I print more! I’m also thinking about doing some cards with this same image, for those who prefer the pencil to the rolling pin. Don’t forget, if you’re in Winston this weekend, come see me at the Krankies Annual Winter Craft Fair. I’ll be there both days with lots of art and other goodies. Hope everyone is finding some little, easy ways to enjoy the holidays!
Hot off the screens! Clockwise: “I always feel like somebody’s watching me“ (in large and small versions, inspired by rizzocat); “Haunted Toaster“ (inspired by this, of course); “Sunny Side” (which makes me sing this all day); and “The Kick in my Coffee Cup“ (because this song makes me happy).
I’ll be hawking these along with prints, cards, pillows and more THIS SUNDAY at the Hand To Hand Market, in downtown Greensboro, NC. It’s free and there will be a full bar, DJ, Break Dancing Santas, Ugly Sweater Photo Booth, and more. Break. Dancing. Santas. People!
I’ll also be at the Krankies Craft Fair the 14th and 15th in good ole W-S. And if you can’y make one of those fine craftaculars, email me or check out ETSY to hook yourself up. See you on the sunny side!