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Blog Hop Around the World

I was recently asked by Linda Cote of Musings From the Studio, to take part in the “Blog Hop Around the World”. I’m all for an opportunity to meet more bloggers and expand my community of internet friends. There are so many wonderful artists to meet!

I first met Linda through a mutual friend and was taken by her marvelous prints. Her artistic and technical skills are an absolute marvel. I do some lino carving but my work is primitive by comparison (not that we should compare). Fortunately I have been able to collect a lovely selection of her work. Linda lives in the beautiful mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, where she expresses her love of printmaking on a daily basis. Be sure to check out and follow her blog. You will enjoy her work and her stunning surroundings.

Now on to the blog hop questions…

What are you working on?

As I recently completed a self-directed residency at the Alberta College of Art and Design, I’m busy cleaning and sorting everything I brought home from the college. I printed a great deal of fabric and I’m trying to decide exactly what to do with it. I started out with the intention of printing fabrics to incorporate in my quilts, but the volume and variety of the work I produced has caused me to reconsider. I still want to make quilts, but I’m sure that there are other projects that could showcase this material. This is the stack of my summer’s work, along with a printed panel from the end of residency exhibition:printed fabric stack

printed bannerI am working on binding 6 quilts which recently came back from being quilted. No “proper” photos yet but this should give you an idea of what they look like. This is the first quilt of my Bouvardia series completed.bouvardia quilt

As the weather here has reminded me, Christmas is coming. I’d like to take part in a craft sale with the fibre group I belong to – Contextural. Guess that means I’ll be printing napkins and tea towels and more cards. I am going to silk screen and print with my carved lino blocks. I love printing on almost anything! Also stitching some unusual pincushions as I love having sewing projects on the go.

How does my work differ from others?

I favour simple graphics and sometimes layer them to create more complex patterns. I’m comfortable with colour and enjoy working with a variety of materials. Sometimes this diverse range of interests has me at a disadvantage, as there are too many things I want to do. I can’t even seem to get this blog post written as my mind jumps to various work I would like to be doing. I realize that many artists suffer from the same dilemma. Here’s a sample of my tile work from the front of our house:tile wall

Currently I am focused on printing patterns and designs over existing designs, both on paper and fabric. I think this starting point for my work is somewhat unique.4 print samples

Why do I create what I do?

Probably the driving force in my work is color, and one of my favorite expressions is “Too much is not enough.” I love art for art’s sake, but the practical side of me wants to create useful items. I feel that many people don’t want to add “things” to their lives unless they can justify owning them. I think that personal items that we use should be beautiful and give enjoyment. I like making  and embellishing beautiful things that people can use.

How does my creative process work?

I think the style of my work is artistic, but I consider myself a designer. I have a degree in Interior Design, and that background guides my choices. When I start a project, I usually have an idea in mind, and the work develops from there. I find having a few restrictions or limitations helps me make decisions, and I let the materials dictate a lot of what happens.

Between power outages and computer problems I think I’m a bit late getting this post out. I’m afraid I haven’t heard back from a couple of people I’ve invited to take part in the blog hop, but I’ll put their names out as soon as I can. I hope you feel you’ve gotten to know a little about me, and I look forward to meeting more of you on this internet blogging adventure.

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weekly photo challenge : perspective

Time for a sewing break – time to hit the computer and get a post done! I decided on a couple of interpretations of this week’s theme. The first is my beloved High Level Bridge. I love the look of this bridge from almost any perspective. I love how different it looks in each of these photos.High Level Bridge bridge detail bridge detailThe next photos show a full view of a tile mosaic mural that I created on the side of our house, and then a different perspective of the same mosaic. I designed a couple of small mosaic pieces using mirror to hang on the fence. That way I can enjoy a bit of colour when looking out the kitchen window – especially important in the winter!tile mosaic mural mosaic mirror showing muralBe sure to check out other challenge entries here.

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Oops! I dropped my phone…

A couple of weeks ago when I was out for dinner, I dropped my phone on a concrete floor. The phone landed face down with a loud smacking sound. I felt sick. I picked it up. The power was off, so I assumed that it was broken. I was relieved when I hit the power button and the little white apple appeared. Hooray! All was not lost. I was a little upset that the case was toast, but since it saved my phone, it seemed a reasonable price to pay.
broken phone case
I realized that I needed a new cover, because I certainly don’t trust myself to carry a phone without protection. What to do? What to do? I remember how difficult it was to select a case the first time. The selection is overwhelming. And now with Christmas shopping in full swing, the stores would make choosing one even more of a nightmare. I decided to check my options on-line to see what I could find. Imagine my delight in finding several sites where I could not only order a case, but I could design my own! I wanted to showcase something that I had created, and I selected a photograph of my tile work on the side of our house. The case arrived today, and I love it! What do you think? I like the way the design wraps around the sides as well.new phone case side view of phone caseKush the cat was trying to get in on the photo shoot, walking all over the desk and getting in the way. She is an incorrigible photobomb.Kush the cat on the desk

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weekly photo challenge : from lines to patterns

This week’s photo challenge invites us to look at lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made. Sometimes we don’t realize they’re there, sometimes we do. Personally, I see these design elements everywhere, and I think things look more interesting because of it. I decided to use photos from last week’s travels to Vancouver and Squamish, British Columbia. I took the first photo from the bus and was then overloaded with lush greenery during a lovely walk in the forest. Even walking past the airport washroom entrance I was attracted to the colorful, linear tile design.downtown Vancouver buildingmoss covered trees large tree stump with moss trees in the forest striped glass tile wall

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