Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Happened!

This little month has flown by!  Between working on new clocks, creating work with new materials and techniques, fighting through the winter doldrums, and taking a few days out to work my old post at a flower shop over Valentine's week, well, it's almost March already.  So I'm just going to do a  little updating and dump February right in your lap.

My main focus  has been playing with texture, color, and graphics.  I'd like to get more involved designs going, but...baby steps.

5 x 8 fabric paper on matboard

6 x 12 fabric paper on painted MDF with vinyl

6 x 12 fabric paper on painted MDF with vinyl

Four 3.5 x 5 fabric paper and vinyl on painted wood

3.5 x 5 fabric paper and vinyl on painted wood

2.5 x 12 fabric paper, found letter, and vinyl on MDF

12 x 15 fabric paper and vinyl on painted MDF
10 x 10 fabric paper and vinyl on MDF

4 x 10 found and fabric paper with vinyl on MDF

3.5 x 5 fabric paper and vinyl on painted wood

4 x 5 fabric paper and vinyl on matboard
 And now the clocks!  There are more, which you can see on my Etsy site, but here's a peek:
5 x 5 vinyl orzo burst on sanded aluminum

5 x 5 black and white vinyl on aluminum

5 x 5 black chains on blue

5 x 5 yellow and brown Dachshund clock

5 x 5 black and grey orzos on reflective silver vinyl background

5 x 5 Earth tone elephant clock

5 x 5 muted burst clock on aluminum

8 x 8 yellow and white orzo pattern clock on aluminum
I've had a few orders during the cold months online, even one from Australia (which is super hot right now, but I'll take it)!  I'm working on scheduling shows and building inventory.  I'm excited about the new work I'm tinkering with and haven't even scratched the surface of possibilities!  Not enough hours in the day!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

In the Middle of the Night III

Sometimes my occasional insomnia-riddled nights can be productive.  Last night was one such occasion.

I have lots of found fabric scanned, and love the old-timey patterns and color combos.  Since I can't sew, and really don't have time to learn, I decided to keep digital images to be used later and put the fabric up for sale so it can fulfill its destiny of usefulness (as seen in my posts on frameables and fabric).  This has worked pretty well, with many pieces of my kins' scraps scattered throughout the country, and even across the pond!  I have kept a few pieces that are just too beautiful to let go, and perhaps someday will be able to use them in their actual capacity.  But until then, it's digital and handmade collages for these guys!

I just came across a new box of scraps, and there are signs that these were saved to become a crazy quilt.  It was like Christmas when I opened it up!

Smells just like I knew it would.  Old and musty!

Retro kitchen goodness!
The blue gingham background and yellow with white flower hair fabrics
have been sold off to Portland and Kalamazoo, respectively.
 I already had the black images saved and have used them in vinyl form, but, as I mentioned before, I'd like to do some prints/reproductions of some work this year, and this is a step in that process.  I've also been using A LOT of scraps and fabric-papers (I don't know what to call it...reproductions of fabric on paper, anyway), so I had some leftovers to play around with making collages the old fashioned way.

Papers from the early 1900s to the 1970s and fabric papers from this year.
I just have to keep telling myself that there are no rules and it's a process.  Being a little out of it in the middle of the night doesn't hurt to loosen up a person, that's for sure.

I'm really excited about this new stuff and lament that there just aren't enough hours in the day to make art and live a life that includes running errands and not being a hermit constantly.  It's a good problem to have, and I feel very lucky.

Happy Groundhog Day!