I will be showing my series “Somewhere To Lay My Head” at the Santa Cruz Mountain Art Centre as a part of their show Texture July 25 – September 30 2018.
I love the the human form. I love the way it curves and bends. I love the way it moves and can express. I love the endless variety of variations.
I also love textiles for much the same reasons.
In this series I wanted to play with the relationship between bodies and fabrics, their differences and similarities. Smooth bodies rendered in continuous line ink pen painted in water colour on crisp but soft muslin poised on textural textile landscapes of fabric, fur and chunky hand knit swatches. Each half aiding and supporting the expression of the other.
It’s that time of year again, time for the 17th Avenue Spring Show! Drop in on our many artists and craftspeople in their native habitat at 17th Avenue Studios. Much to look at, see and absorb. I will be in my studio, #55 in building 4.
My kids school, like many kids schools, has a yearly auction to raise money for the PTA. Since I am not much of an auction goer I opt to help out by making stuff, preferably stuff that involves the kids or school in some way. Last year I made a Hang Ten Jacket using fabric my daughters 1st grade class designed using nature objects and negative print making.
This year I introduced her 2nd grade class to ice dying for Ice Week.
With the guidance of Beth Mastrudeh we devised a way to do the dying safely in the classroom by premixing the dye with water and freezing it instead of dusting the dye on top of the ice cubes. It created a bit of a different effect but was equally lovely and safe to demonstrate to the kids.
At the end of Ice Week after the kids had been studying how ice works I came to visit the class. I gave a little talk on dying fabric before they watched as the ice cubes melted and mixed dying they fabric before there eyes. The kids had lots of great questions and were excited to see the fabric once the ice had all melted. At the end of the day I took the fabric home, washed it and then took it to the studio to be turned into handbags.
The fabric became two handbags, one fold-over clutch with a leather asymmetric bottom and the second a rectangular clutch with leather strap. Ready for the auction!
This year they are running the auction a little differently and included a public online auction which the bags are a part of. Want a interesting one of kind handbag? Go bid and support a good cause! (The photos on the link aren’t the best but I am including plenty here and below)
Testing and Final Dyeing
The Final Bags – bid on them HERE
Come join me in the studio this coming weekend for March Madness at 17th Ave Studios!
Get a close up view of what me and my fellow artist do and what we create. And snacks, there will be snacks.
Like some of the tutorials I’ve done but don’t want to dig back in the blog to find them? Well I am currently working on making them available as pdf downloads on my etsy site.
Available so far Doll Dress Tutorial, Lace Earrings Tutorial, Coffee Cup Sleeve Tutorial, Breast Pad Tutorial and Two in One Dress/Skirt Tutorial. More to come as I manage to go through the archives and get blog posts converted to useable pdf documents.
Doll Dress Tutorial
Lace Earrings Tutorial
Coffee Cup Sleeve Tutorial
Breast Pads Tutorial
The 17th Ave Winter Market is coming up fast! Join me and other artists from 17th Ave Studios Saturday December 2, 10am – 5pm in Building 1.
I will have all my stock of items I’ve been working on for sale; Kangaroo Collection, BatsyxJoelFaces, handbags and Hang Ten Jackets.
Building 4 pop ups are back on! Join us this November 5th 1:00-4:00 pm.
I will be joining Little Craft Pop-Up to help celebrate Luma’s 5th Anniversary this Friday October 13th, 12:30pm – 3:30pm downtown Santa Cruz.
I will be stocking my Kangaroo Collection of practical but stylish unisex pants, shorts and t-shirts for kids made from up-cycled clothing.
Come celebrate with us!
I have finally managed to complete and upload my new listing on Etsy!
Currently the Hang Ten Jacket and the Small and Large Fold Over Clutch are available. The Kangaroo Pants will be coming but are still available directly through me.
The 17th Ave spring show is fast approaching! 15+ studios across 4 buildings will be open to the public to meet the artist, see their work and get a glimpse into their creative world. This is the 17 annual show for the 17 Avenue studios that house artists of various styles and disciplines offering an variety of goods and services. This is a family friendly and free event.
I will be there both days in building 4, studio 55, so if you can come stop by and say “Hi!”