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MOLLUSCA

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This guy is part of a collaboration with my favorite print house, iolabs. Mollusca and Wood Slice are available to purchase as prints in their Curio shop. There is a second phase of this project coming soon that I am super excited about. For all those “does form-follow-function or does function-follow-form” types, stay tuned.

FRIZZLE

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frizzle_blogDo you have any idea how many ridiculous breeds of chickens there are??!

EVERYONE WILL WANT A SILKIE CHICKEN

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So far, 2016 can move along. It’s brought its share of black clouds and anxiety. And I realized that it was starting to show in all the tight little lines I was drawing. Not that I will ever give up my obsession with repetition and the poetry of said lines- but I needed to free up my hand a bit and get loose.  That’s where the Silkie chickens come in. Ridiculous muppets that couldn’t be more fun to draw. And now my kids want one. They are part one of drawing therapy.  Lines, lines, inky splotchiness and breeeeathe…

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BODY SCHEMA

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I recently read an article about how inanimate objects or even other people can become extensions of our own body when used enough. It’s the theory of “body schema” or the mental awareness of how we move through space- sort of like the 3rd eye version of a cat’s whiskers. It describes how after using a tool for an extended period of time, you begin to see or feel the edges of that object like you would with your own fingers.

Exactly how I feel when I’m drawing- probably most artists would say the same. You become so focused on the lines, or the act of drawing or painting, paying almost no attention the the physical pen.  There are times when I’m so engrossed that I feel like I’ve grown tentacles or antennae, reaching out to the universe. It’s a little unnerving, very meditative and all comforting.

I grew up dancing and am still a total ballethead. This article begins by spotlighting the Tango and the three minutes that the two dancers are moving together with one brain. Watching my friends dance at Festival Ballet Providence, I am made aware of how true that is. Moving sculpture responding to each other as naturally and as fluid as breathing. Ballet is one of the few art forms that is performed almost exactly as it was hundreds of years ago. Century old stories still being danced, and it’s about as gorgeous as any human can strive to be.

And that was the looong way around to explain these pieces. They were made for FBP during their performances of The Firebird and Afternoon of a Faun. They are a bit different from my usual style…

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GET READY

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So many new projects and adventures coming this year.  Started it off with a bang- Take a look at our teeny tiny city that we made even tinier for one of our favorite clients, the Providence Children’s Film Festival:

Tons more to come and a peak at a few things that I finished up last year (I hosted Gallery Night Providence eek!). 2016, baby.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

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This was a last minute piece for a show my friend, Shaun was putting together for Dia De Los Muertos.

Decided this goat skull was an appropriate subject. Also, I got caught up in the driftwood lines and curves of the horns. A million hairs of india ink later and I may be a little cross eyed now. I do love getting to know animals and plants in this way. To realize the growth patterns of bones, horns, feathers. This guy’s grew like rings of a tree.

STAY TUNED

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Back to school and back to blogging.  I managed to get some sketching done this summer amidst all the kids and craze. And despite the impending plunge into the gray, I really do look forward to the autumn and winter.  From the ghostly crispness of New England in all its glorious, creepy charm, where the first blast of cooler air wakes up that lazy vacationhead, to the battened down hatches of winter. When you live in the Northeast, you are very aware of how precious and short the deck-lounging months are, then I find myself shelving projects in an effort to get outside with my girls and drink in all that warm sunshine. So, when the dark comes quicker and the windows get closed, all of these projects move to the top of the list.

Stay tuned to find out what’s in store. Textiles? Applied design? New production? Yes to it all.insta2_small insta_small

LE VERT DE COEUR

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It’s been quite a while since my last post; a summer’s length really. And although the time was nice, I wasn’t sad to be on to the fall. I’ve had Mums planted for a month in an effort to mentally move forward and enjoy the time before the great plunge into the gray.

This is one project that got me excited for the busiest part of our year. Le Vert de Coeur, or the Green of Heart, is pretty obviously just that. A knotted bunch of some of the beautiful flora you’ll find in the gardens of Southside Community Landtrust : tomatoes, raspberries, squash flowers, nasturtium, and bok choy. The bok choy being as close to arteries and veins as you can get in a vegetable. It will be part of the auction at their annual Harvesting Hope fundraiser this Tuesday.

DAY JOB

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A snippet from my “day job” as a designer- I made these brand cards for an incredible and “sparkly” (as my girls once called her) friend who owns the most adorable apothecary in magical Provincetown, MA. She is one of our many creative and lovely friends who are doing wonderful things and inspire me everyday. If you ever find yourself at the end of the rainbow, stop in to her shop, Kiss and Makeup.

SLICE

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The ongoing affair I have with minutia…My daughter found this wood slice in the yard and all those teeny, tiny lines were calling to me. You can purchase Wood Slice at iolabs.

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An exercise in depth and repetition for interest’s sake. Going to try to add a new tool next go around, we’ll see how it goes.

Oh, ya, we won a Telly for the holiday card I made for the Smithsonian. Pretty neat.