May/June Update

 

May was a busy month with getting the exterior of the house painted. The house was a light grey stucco with darker grey stained cedar, and accents of mostly cobalt blue tile mosaics. One can only stand grey for just so long. I have been unable to get a decent photo of the house front as a whole for a variety of reasons. Hopefully these progress photos will give you an idea of how the house looks now.

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The intense blue covers the back and both sides of the house, and there are 3 different orange colors on the front. The lightest orange isn’t visible in any of these photos, but I’ll catch it when I do some overall shots. We were extremely fortunate to have had great weather for most of the painting month. As all this work was done by one person, it was a huge job. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with the results!

June has been a relatively wet month so work has moved indoors. I’m still trying to get my print studio operational. It is very close… It’s been raining all morning but the sun has just broken through. That’s my signal to get ready to go out to a friend’s barbecue. Considering the change in weather, I’d say he must be doing something right!

2018 – What’s in Store?

As it is almost time to change the page on the calendar, I thought I’d best write a post. I’ve been a bit under the weather with a cold, but have still managed to get a few things done. I’m working my way through the basement crawl space – no easy feat I can assure you. I’ve unearthed boxes that have not been looked at since they were put in place in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I know that many people would just pitch everything that had been out of sight for so long, but not me. I have found some trash, loads of things to donate and a few treasures that I knew were around “somewhere”. The best thing so far is that I’ve made it to one of the back corners without encountering a single mouse body, though that is foremost on my mind every time I pull a container away from the wall. Also I discovered that the built in vaccuum reaches all the way to the furthest corner, so I am empowered to keep going. I have a very complex numbering system for keeping track of all my boxes. Most of the “boxes” are in fact large plastic bins with lids that fold closed – chosen because they are mouse proof and cannot be damaged by water. So far so good.

One of the reasons for my renewed attack on my excess stuff is the fact that we are planning to create a print studio here at home. This requires a lot of culling and shifting. I am anxious to start work in my new studio but for now must satisfy my creative urges by keeping a watchful eye out for design inspiration. Here are a few ideas to inspire.

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The first two photos were taken on a walk in the park, the third was the pattern on a sweater that I donated, and the last photo shows coloured glass rods from a demo at Bee Kingdom Glass. What could be better than rods of pure colour?

Contextural Artisan Sale

It’s that time of year again! My fibre group is having their annual sale this weekend and I hope to see everyone there. I’ve been busy prepping for the last few weeks and I’m almost certain everything will be ready for set-up on Friday. This is the first year that we’ll be open for sales on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday. Should be fun!

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July Progress

The summer is racing along and my summer residency at the Art College is more than half way done. How did that happen? I feel this is a wake-up call and I will be more focused on printing for the next 6 weeks. Today I spent most my studio time working on new screens. I had been thinking about some design ideas while visiting my folks in Lethbridge. I couldn’t get any work done there, but I spent time working out ideas in my head. The notebook that I took with me was untouched. Obviously, it wasn’t necessary.

Here are rough prints made from the new screens. I’m too frugal to waste too much ink testing them, so there are a few light spots that will print properly with enough ink.

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You need to use your imagination to clean up the images. I printed them onto my drop cloth because it was handy. The first screen is very delicate and might prove useful when I’m creating overall patterns on fabric. The second screen was the one I planned last week and I think I’ll redo it with a few minor adjustments. Overall I like the effect. The last screen was a surprise and I really like it. The only problem is that the giant orb almost fills the whole screen. I need to figure out how to use it, or how to modify the design to a smaller size. It’s a never-ending job. It’s a job I love but the pay is terrible.

Cutting this short so I can get it posted before it gets lost.

BTW I see that I can preview my post the way it looks on a computer, a tablet and a phone. The only one that is readable is the computer. If anyone can help me make it more viewable in the other formats, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks

 

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