Open Studios and Winter Art Sale

Today and tomorrow I’m taking part in this event. If you’re in the Calgary area, please drop by!

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Admittedly I don’t have much left to sell, but it’s a great opportunity to see where a number of wonderful artists work and there will be loads of their work for sale. Hope to see you there!

What happened to October?

I swear it was only a few minutes ago that I posted – could it really have been Oct. 3? My my my. What a busy blogger I’ve been, just not blogging. Sorry but you all know how that works!

I am stealing a few minutes in the airport to get this post done. I’m off to Art Quilt Tahoe for what promises to be a fantastic course with Jane Dunnewold. The class is called “Improvisational Design for Digital Printing”. If that doesn’t sound fabulous, I don’t know what does! In case you don’t believe me, I’ll post about the workshop and conference at the end of the week – promise.

Here are a few shots to show you what I’ve been up to, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook. If you already do, I apologize for the repetition.Kush in a basket shields for DFG printed tea towel printed items Kush watching me in the studioDrat – wanted to put some explanations in for the photos, but I’m out of time. Apparently my flight won’t wait for me! So welcome back and thanks for sticking with me.

studio update

I’ve been looking through old photos – old as in photos sorted and stored in photo albums. What a riot! There are a few things I’ve noticed about many of my photos. Here’s a list of the most obvious differences:

1. I believe my photographic skills have improved since the seventies.

2. My camera equipment has definitely improved.

3. All the adults I know used to be thinner. Many used to have more hair.

4. My studio is now truly lived in, especially when you see the way it looked in 1988. Note the clean and shiny floor, the bare walls and windows and the teeny tiny computer. I think that is my Commodore 64 with my dot matrix printer. (I remember how thrilling it was to use a word processor for the first time – making my Olivetti electric typewriter obsolete!)my studio in 1988 my studio todayHere’s a similar view of the studio with just a little more going on now! I didn’t bother to “clean up” for the photo. I wanted to share the chaos that I work in. If I ever clean it up to a studio tour level of cleanliness, I’ll certainly let you see. Right now I’m busy scanning all of our old photos, some of which I’ll post in future.

studio accessories

I like to try to keep my studio clean. This is a gargantuan task, considering the massive amounts of stuff in my studio. ¬†Don’t get me wrong – 98% of this stuff is really good stuff – there are just mountains of it. Since there is too much stuff to dust easily, I have made dust covers for a number of ¬†items. These include my sewing machine, my computer monitor, my external hard drive and my Ott light (with magnifying lens). I sewed and appliqued with materials that were close at hand. Here are the results:

sewing machine cover

sewing machine cover

computer moniter cover