Happy Holidays, my friends.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 Wishing you all safety and peace and days full of loving joy this season.  

Thanks to everyone who supported local crafts folk and artists this season. It really means a lot. I could go on about that, but I won’t. 🙂 This season is busy for all of us, I know, and I hope you all find time to nurture your hearts and souls with art, music, loved ones, and whatever else keeps the spark in your heart.

I’m looking forward to starting the new year with a creative whirlwind as I wrap up work for my collaborative show Sanctuary and Safekeeping (opening Thursday, January 19th). I’ll share more about this exhibit in the coming weeks, though I can say that even though the topic we are all working with for this show was chosen a year ago, I feel its power very much in these final weeks as the pieces for the show come together at last.

In other upcoming events, I will be teaching another screen printing workshop at the Sawtooth Center in early February, so sign up now to start off your 2017 with a little messy fun. I’d love to see you there.

Meanwhile, take care of each other. Happy holidays.

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Upcoming – Krankies Craft Fair

 

Krankies Craft Fair 2016
Lovely poster artwork by Laura Lashley

 

Happy Holidays, everyone! I’ll be at Krankies Craft Fair 2016 this Saturday with various artworks and handprinted goods.This is one of my favorite events of the season, always packed with lots of clever and creative gifts for all your loved ones. Join us for a fun filled festive day! There will be food trucks, a coloring room, and over 60 vendors with something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Krankies Craft Fair at Innovation Quarter
Saturday, December 12th from 12 PM – 5 PM
Wake Forest Biotech Place
575 North Patterson Avenue,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

Upcoming Printing Workshops: November + February

160930 Sawtooth Workshop
Workshop – Left to Right, clockwise: paper cut print frog; poplar tree rainbow roll; printing a t-shirt; abstract tea towel print

Wanna print your own t-shirt or tea towel? Still a few slots in Nov. 5th screen printing workshop at SAWTOOTH SCHOOL FOR VISUAL ART.  I’ll also be teaching a workshop in early 2017.

Workshops:Saturday 11/05/2016 | 10 AM – 3:30 PM  Register now
AND Saturday 2/11/2017 | 10 AM – 3:30 PM  (Registration coming soon)

160930 Sawtooth Workshop
I love this graphic bird tea towel, designed and printed by a student in the September class. She was kind enough to gift me one, too!

Here are a few pictures from my September Workshop. What a fun group! Everyone was able to explore the process at their own pace with very creative results.

160930 Sawtooth Workshop
Prints on fabrics, drying.
160930 Sawtooth Workshop
Playing with registration and found papers

160930 Sawtooth Workshop

Printing a design on an apron

160930 Sawtooth Workshop
Creative use of rainbow roll
160930 Sawtooth Workshop
Poplar tree inspired print on paper

Illustration: Letters of Note

Cover: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016

14 of my illustrations are featured in the Summer Issue of Wake Forest Magazine. This project was such an enjoyable challenge: illustrate a series of letters from the WFU archives revealing tidbits of history and humanity –from humorous to heartrending.

Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016

All these pieces were done as large-scale prints on fabric which I then photographed for use in layout. It’s been interesting to see my work come to life on the page combined with text and design in the hands of such a talented creative team (creative direction: Hayes Henderson; Design: Julie Helsabeck). I really love how Julie highlighted color and texture to pull the whole article together.

Here are a few snapshots of the print magazine. See all the images, read the Letters of Note and check out the whole issue online for some good summer reading in Flip Book or digital article form.
Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016 Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016
Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016
Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016 Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016 Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016 Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016 Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016 Illustrations: Wake Forest Magazine | Summer 2016

Hope you’re having a great summer! I’m also working away on the new Hankie Pankies series – Things that Make Me Cry – (too bad the world keeps adding to that list, right? Hang in there, folks. I think ART helps some.)  You can keep up with in-progress work over on Instagram, in between garden and food and kitty pics. 🙂 Eat a tomato sandwich for me.

New work in progress – HankiePankies

 

Sketching HankiePankie Designs
Concept sketch for HankiePankie “Cry” series in progress

I’m working on a new HankiePankie series for the Art*O*Mat – working title: Things That Make Me Cry. For this series I’m abandoning the symmetrical grids I’ve been using for the last few years when designing Hankie prints. (For some reason autocorrect changed symmetrical to “hysterical grids”, which, yeah… a certain poetry to that, eh?)

 

Sketching HankiePankie Designs
Sketching out and cleaning up the first “Cry” concept

 

Here I’m playing more with large solid areas of color/ink, allowing for printing on found-fabric prints with more disruptive patterns than usually chosen for Hankie Prints. Planning to experiment some with this and take any interesting results further in later projects–I have a stockpile of “loud” and “large” found fabrics that I’ve got my eye on using soon.

HankiePankie Sketches - Cry Series
“Cry #1” artwork

There will be at least four designs in this print series, three are in the works so far, and I’m hoping to be swinging the squeegees in the next few days. I’ll share some more in-progress shots soon.

Sketching HankiePankie Designs
Another “Cry” HankiePankie Design in the works

 

Printing Workshop this weekend!

#wip #workinprogress hand painted screen ready to go

OK y’all! There are still a few slots open for my screen printing workshop this Saturday if you’re looking for a cozy way to spend a rainy Saturday in W-S. The class is this Saturday, 05/21, from 10:00 AM – 03:30 PM. We’ll be covering printing techniques including painting with screen blockers (like the image above), and if we have some extra time we’ll do a paper-cut print or two. It’s always a messy-good time, so come on down if you’d like to play with us.

The next Sawtooth Workshop after this is Friday 09/30/16, and you can sign up for it now if you’re a plan-ahead type like me.

Another #wip detail - collage includes snippet from "woman writing a letter" circa 1655 by Gerard ter Borch #screenprinting #workinprogress

I’ve just wrapped up a big illustration project that will be coming out in early June, I believe. This one’s for Wake Forest Magazine. Very excited about it. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen some sneak peeks.

#wip #workinprogress #studiotime

Still working on storage and organization in the new studio space (putting the finishing touches on some custom-built under-stairs storage-yass!) and updating my design and artwork websites in an attempt to move beyond the current shoeless-cobblers-children scenario (it plagues us all, doesn’t it?).

Also sketching Art*O*Mat “Hankie Pankie” limited edition Collapsible Fine Art Prints for a new Things That Make Me Cry series, coming soon. (Wow, I just found this amazing photo on the Baltimore Sun when I googled to find some of my flickr pics of Hankies to share.) Stay tuned for some work-in-progress hankies drawings!