Friday, September 28, 2012

In the Studio



Studio over view-hello.....is anyone there?

It seems as though Chad (my studio mate) and I are constantly re-arranging the studio to suit our needs.
Currently we both work so much at the computer that we are trying to come up with ways to make use of the space. So far a dance club is the most popular choice.

All of our books and research material are also a topic of discussion. It seems that everything is just a click of the mouse away. It's interesting to me how little I use the physical material around me and rely instead on the computer. And although Pinterest has almost taken away the need for "style" boards, I still like thumbtacking things to the wall. I just do less and less of it.

What about you? Do you notice that you work differently? If you are an illustrator do you still paint everything or are you mainly on the computer? It is something that I resisted for awhile but now I find that I enjoy the combination of painting and technology. It enables me to do more and to be more creative which is something that I never thought I would say. I am curious to hear your thoughts and hope that you will take the time to share.

Where I sit and paint the bits and pieces that go into the computer.


 Looking towards Chad's desk.


 Chad and I in the studio.



 My loyal friends.


xop

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap 2012

The card I sent.


 This is the third year I've participated in the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap and, once again, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This years theme was "Discover".

Beth Nichols from Do What You Love  does a great job of organizing this event and if you've never participated you really should give it a go the next time the opportunity comes up.
With 250+ participants, this was the biggest swap to date.

My card was crafted from paper and all hand stitched. The idea was that you had to discover the bits and pieces in the card. The card was sent across the pond to Pam Hetherington of Hortensia Designs and she, in turn, sent me one.
Pam's card included images of her garden with some lovely hand stitching on the front. The words "Discover My Garden" were written on the back.  

To see this years winners, view more cards or to sign up for the next event click here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lucky Me




On Friday a package arrived. Although I was expecting it, I had no idea what was inside. When I opened it I found that it contained 7 pairs of beautifully wrapped vintage shoes from my friends Eric Cortina and David. Pretty great you say? Well it gets better. They all seem to have been used at Warner Brothers Studio. Tom seemed a little confused by the whole thing but fortunately my studio mate Chad was here and we were squealing with delight.  We immediately launched into who may have worn them and in what movies they may have appeared. 
They are all tiny (sizes 3 up to a whopping 6.5), beautiful and as far as Chad and I are concerned, packed full of history.


Two pair in satin.

Love the worn toes on these.

 I am drooling.....I wish this pair was my size.

Even the labels are beautiful.


I am totally inspired to re-do the bedroom to suit these lovelies and to start working on a new shoe collection for licensing. At this point I am not sure which one will come first. 

 Thanks Eric and David! xop