May 4th, 2016 | No Comments »

My attention has been shifting between working on prototypes for wearable paper pieces for a fall show, and a small series of repetitive drawings. Those started as a diversion (read that as procrastination) from the tyvek piece, and then became a series of its own. Last week I worked on the fourth in the series (the rest of which you can see here and here) and finished it as well.

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I went with triangles this time, and worked it into a circle as I did with the others. The finished piece is metallic gel pen on 12″ x 12″ archival black paper.

I lined up the four pieces on my easel and took the above photo. I love all the texture and pattern in a row. A friend commented on Instagram that it reminded her of the phases of the moon. It was exactly what I was thinking.

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May 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

On the weekend I attended another Sashiko Stitching workshop taught by Heather Young of the Craft Lab, this time at Collage Collage. A lot of time has passed since the first workshop at Opus, and I wasn’t feeling like I had a full grasp of the technique, which is why I enrolled in this longer, more in-depth class. Now I think I’ve got it, and I have a clearer idea of what I want to do.

We did two projects in the class, both of which are pictured here. We did a sampler to practice making the stitches in straight lines, and then we had to come up with our own design in a circle to make a small pot holder. I ran out of time before getting to try a repair on a piece of clothing I brought with me. I took a photo of Heather’s sampler (below) to remind myself of the different ways to approach a visible repair. I’m going to try one of these on my favourite jeans.

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I’m committed to doing more with sashiko stitching going forward, and even put my supplies together in their own little container.

April 18th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Two weeks ago I set aside the tyvek installation because it was feeling stale to work on, and did a little side trip into drawing again. I decided to do a series of repetitive drawings using metallic gel pen on black paper. To date I’ve made three of these on 12″ x 12″ black paper, and I have plans to do one or two more.

I experimented with shooting short process videos using my iPhone while working on two of the three pieces. For the top one I held the phone in my left hand while I drew with my right. That was awkward and felt unnatural because I normally use my left hand to rotate the paper as I draw. With the video below I used the Hyperlapse app to do a timelapse version of me drawing, and attached it to a lamp instead of trying to hand hold and shoot. Both videos are mesmerizing to watch because I love the smooth motion of pen on paper.

I’ll share the drawings themselves in another post.