It is absolutely beautiful outside so it's really hard to stay inside. Nevertheless, I have been researching, drawing and photocopy several design ideas for my new product line. Like several artists I follow through various blogs, I too wanted to try my hand at designing a line of tea towels. (Those are Caplin in case you were wondering.) I want to use Newfoundland and Labrador motifs and focus on the tourist market this coming summer, to start. I will share more of my process in the coming days. Go Canada Go!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
What's that saying?...'She couldn't see her nose in spite of her face?' Or something like that. Anywho, I was explaining to a friend that I was combing through books looking for Newfoundland imagery and she wandered why I didn't just go out and take a few photos of my own. Now why didn't I think of that? So that's what I did on this beautiful day on my way to Lark Harbour to teach the Grade Five's how to weave on a cardboard loom. (Most enjoyable by the way.) I've also been dyeing up some 'Circle Shawls' in what are considered the 'trend' colours for this season. I hardly ever follow trends...in fact I like to set them!! lol
Monday, February 8, 2010
Birthdays are always a time for reflection. Are they not? I decided this month should be a time to try and follow every idea. Two reasons...first I have a Grant to create new work and, I'll probably have to get a 'real' job soon for awhile so I should take advantage of the time I have. Try as I might over the past five years, I still haven't figured out how to make a good living as a Craftsperson. In the meantime, I cashed in my Gift Cards from Christmas and bought this great book which will have me dreaming about Paris I'm sure. Meanwhile, my first idea to follow, is to use only undyed fleece to make felt.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Ah...winter has returned to the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and all is well again. In the meantime I was successful in getting that Grant I mentioned a post or two ago. A big 'Thank You' to the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. I've been combing through books looking for imagery of 'land and sea' and ordering supplies for my newly purchased loom. I've got to find room in my apartment for the loom (not sure that's really going to work)and redesign my work table in my studio, to start screen printing again. I'd better get to work!