It has been ages since I have done a proper blog update!
Cannot believe how quickly time goes by when you’re working away, not to mention travelling like crazy. This year has been incredible as far as travelling goes- to many wonderful faraway places- I swam in the Atlantic and the Pacific, and a few spots in between as well. I even got to leave this continent and spend some time in England when the roses were blooming everywhere- that was a very special treat. I’ve been keeping up with instagram and many of my travels are well documented here. Now I’m grounded in my studio in the balmiest Canadian December I can recall getting ready for my first time exhibiting at PrintSource, a pattern trade show in NYC in January. Exciting!
I’ve been busy making new patterns and also working on my illustration portfolio. This week I was thrilled to launch two new risograph prints in my Etsy shop (click here to get there fast!) : “Cloud Whale” (pictured above)and “Seedling to Blossom” (pictured here)
I also have sorted out that pesky missing V from my alphabet and that print is now available as well. We are finding that print very handy around our house, as the little one is learning his letters and loves to show us when he’s got another one down pat. The pictures are little clues to help figure out what’s what.
Yesterday I picked up some beautiful fluroescent pink and cornflower blue risograph Alphabet posters I designed- printed by the awesome Colour Code Print studio here in Toronto. Today I set up virtual shop! Check them out– the colours are so vibrant. See if you can figure out what I chose for each letter! There’s only a couple of goodies available right now, but there will be more soon– stay tuned!
Just got back from an inspiring and refreshing holiday- camping in Ontario and visiting my 96 year old grandmother in England. England was green green green with honeysuckle and roses around every corner. And I found a lovely little art supply shop in Oxford with these inks that I have never seen or used before and HOLY smokes are they ever gorgeous. I managed to squeeze a few into my suitcase and now that I am back home and settled into my studio I have been taking them out for a run. I took a TON of photos for inspiration and I’m loving making some new little paintings of all the beautiful flowers and critters I encountered on my travels. On our walks around Oxford we saw loads of Elderflower in bloom- this is what they look like before they pop into gorgeous tiny white flowers. There were also twisting vines along the paths- I love this one little green flower in particular with curly stem and balloon like buds. Today I’m going to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden- my first time there- cant wait. Bringing my paints and pencils and camera of course! Yay for summer!!!
I’m in my new studio, loving the space and the energy here. It’s taken a couple of days to set up and settle in, but I’m pretty much there now, and kind of giddy about it! I’m working on hand-lettering some of my favourite phrases, and this one is always at the tip of my mind, something I am eternally grateful for whenever it comes my way…good luck, bonne chance, buena suerte!
I have sent off my booth fabric, my illustration portfolio and my lookbook for printing– all to bring to Surtex in May. Phew!! So today I celebrated and made a new pattern. I’ve been working on this one for a while, in my spare time, and I’m so happy with it I thought I would share a sneak peek! It’s very timely- April has been fully bringing the showers (including hail!) for the past few days. I have to remind myself of the May flowers at the other end of these dreary, cold, no-fun-for-biking days. Drawing this pattern also helped offset the grey outside. Plus there’s totally some green out there FINALLY, and my daffodils even bloomed so things are definitely looking up!!
Hello blogosphere! Did you miss me? I missed you!
I have been neglecting my blog of late, caught up in the immediacy of instagram and Facebook- and also deep in show prep mode. I’m so excited to be returning to Surtex this year– in a few short weeks! I have been working very hard preparing my new collection- lots of fresh new patterns and even a few little illustrations (many of which have appeared as daily postcard posts over at instagram). My palette this season makes me deliriously happy- I think it got me through this crazy winter! It’s amazing to work with colours that instantly take me to a summery, cheery place. I really do love colour!
I wanted to write about a project I started recently- something I have been thinking about and doing here and there for a while. I am deeply inspired by the work of Katsuji Wakisaka, a textile designer with Sou Sou. His textiles are beautiful and open and joyful- and colorful of course! He has spent years creating a postcard every day, many of which (all of which?) end up being textile patterns. I love the discipline and routine of this project, and the looseness within the confines of the format. So, once I was all settled in my new studio (!!) (a sunny sublet until May) I decided to go for it, and get down to business with the daily postcard project. I went out and got me some giant pieces of delicious Stonehenge paper, set to work with my trusty bone folder and ripped them up into perfect postcard sized paper canvasses- good to go! I’ve been documenting the work over at instagram- check out my feed!– and although I did miss a week there being out of commission with a flu type deal, I am feeling so energized and excited about this work. I really love the opportunity to explore some random subject everyday- and to draw and paint a bit too!!