December 18th, 2012
Have a mentioned before that 2012 has been a record year for commissions? Boy has it ever, and this is the last of them.
This is a yarn-based mural I created in the offices of Pencilneck Software in Vancouver. I used the process and materials of creating a yarn tree as the jumping off point and took it in a whole other direction.
I’d been in conversation with Steve Tannock, owner of Pencilneck Software, for a couple of months about creating custom artwork for their new space. He liked the idea of the yarn tree, but did not want a tree. I eventually settled on the design of repeating triangles because this is the basic structure that makes up a yarn tree.
I used a level and ruler to try to keep the triangles as straight and as in line as I could while moving up and down across the wall. The coloured pieces are cut from rolls of vinyl with adhesive on the back, a material very similar to a wall decal. I used a mix of different shades of blue, and threw in some red and yellow too.
The finished mural has brightened up an otherwise neutral space, and gives people something to look at other than white walls or computers. The day after I completed work, Steve told me people kept finding excuses to come into his office and stare at it. This is positive feedback enough for me.
December 12th, 2012
I wonder if over the years I will manage to create a small forest worth of trees made with yarn and pushpins. This latest commission brings the yarn tree mural count up to five, which is a long way from becoming a forest, but give me time (and walls).
This lovely white yarn tree now lives on the bedroom wall of clients (and good friends) living on the edge of Chinatown/Gastown. The wall is painted with blackboard paint originally intended as a background for a salon-style picture hanging idea that never came to fruition. Kay decided instead that it would be the perfect spot to commission a one-of-a-kind yarn tree.
The white yarn on black background was my client’s wonderful idea, and wow does it ever look striking. The idea was to keep the tree within the black square and have it off centre, leaving part of it to disappear out of frame as if looking through a window.
I used approximately five hundred pushpins, and one and a half balls of yarn to make this. The tree stretches to about eight feet by eight feet at its highest and widest points. For the knitters out there, I used a fine merino wool in cool white.
At the moment the tree has been left bare while my clients decide whether or not it needs leaves, flowers, or something else to decorate it.
Thank you to Ross Howard Jones for the photos, and for being such a gracious host while I worked in their home.
December 10th, 2012
Earlier in the fall I was invited to be part of an upcoming group show in Victoria that explores the theme of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. I hadn’t had any time until last week to figure out and create something new for this show because I don’t currently have anything appropriate. I was stumped and uninspired at first because the theme doesn’t really fit into my current body of work, and I’m reluctant to create one-off pieces just to satisfy the requirements of a group show.
I was actually really close to passing up on this opportunity. But I surprised myself and found my way through to creating work I am very pleased with. The White Rabbit was my inspiration and he took me down a rabbit hole of layers and layers of circles.
“Down the Rabbit Hole” | 10″ x 10″
Both of these are 10″ x 10″ with the cut paper mounted inside a wood cradle panel. There are three layers of paper in each one, and I used a compass cutter to cut the circles. I’d been playing around with this idea in my head because I have a circle cut pile of maps left over from a previous project, and I intend to do something with them. The layers work very well and build on my recent work of a single repeating shape.
To create the two rabbit silhouettes I sourced images of the white rabbit from google images, printed these out to the correct size and used them as a template. I left the details of each of them very minimal on purpose.
“Down the Rabbit Hole” | 10″ x 10″
I showed photos of these on Instagram as I worked on them last week and was thrilled to have such a positive reaction to the work. I’ll share more details about the show closer to the date next year.