April 2nd, 2015
From the loose organic shaped line drawings I shared yesterday I went back to shaping the lines into circles. They feel like a succulent plant more than a flower. I’ve drawn four of these as of today, because I am obsessive when trying out an idea.
The top drawing with the close up photo beneath it was done with metallic gel pen. For the rest of the drawings I’ve been back to working with a white gel pen. I find the process of drawing these lines to be as meditative as paper cutting because it still has me working in repetition of the same lines and shapes.
These feel like finished pieces, and they may soon end up in a show that has unexpectedly come my way. Despite that, I’m still trying to play as much as possible when I’m in the studio.
March 18th, 2015
I’ve been a volunteer with Creative Mornings Vancouver for about two years, and some of my duties include running the Instagram account, and coming up with the icebreaker question related to the monthly theme. The global theme in March is Ink, and I decided to ask people to decorate their nametags instead of asking them to answer a question.
I doodled these fancy name tags for our volunteers to wear to Martin Jackson’s talk on March 6th, but also to use as samples to promote the idea.
I made about fifteen, and it was so fun to doodle and play with the colourful markers. I wish we could do this every month, but maybe I just need an on-going doodle project.
March 16th, 2015
I’m about to show you my feet in this blog post, but it’s for a very good reason. I bought new socks yesterday, and while they are wonderful because of the bright colours and dazzling patterns (just what I like in a sock), I love them even more for the package design.
The brand of sock is HS, a company based in Sweden making exciting high quality combed cotton socks. Their packaging is the same basic concept of all socks, with a tiny plastic hanger, an attachment keeping the toes together, and an attachment binding the paper label to the top of the sock.
Thread used to attach the label to the sock
Tiny sticker at the sock toe
When I was taking the socks apart yesterday I was thrilled to realize they use a small sticker instead of a metal clip or a tiny piece of plastic at the toe. The same goes for the label attachment. The piece of plastic used with other socks has been replaced with thread. I hate these tiny pieces of plastic so much when I buy socks and all the brands seem to have them except HS Socks.
The plastic sock hanger
The socks still have the tiny plastic hanger for retail display purposes, maybe because they haven’t figured out a way around this yet. This is important to me because I don’t want to contribute to more tiny bits of plastic ending up in the environment just for the sake of new socks.
HS socks are a good product on many levels, and my feet are happy wearing them. I can tell these are going to be distracting because look how mesmerizing my feet are in them!