Saturday, July 24, 2010

{Everyday Inspiration} Summer color...

Look at the gorgeous color I saw at the local water park tonight! This little cluster of kids caught my attention immediately.  Their suits, against the water & sprinkler structure dazzled me. There were so many rainbows, not to mentions some great shadows from the sun. 

Nothing like bright summer color & spunk to inspire a little creativity.  It was a good day...

Friday, July 23, 2010

{Fabric Friday} Holley & Gill...

I used to read art books about the New York School of artists back in the day and wished that I were one of them. The idea of sitting at coffee shops with fellow artists and sharing thoughts about art, books, movies, music and other inspirations is something I think I will always find appealing. But I have to say… Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, & blogs are my virtual coffee shops where I feel like I am a part of a bunch of creative groups. I look forward to my virtual cups of coffee with my artistic and visionary pals. One designer pal from my virtual coffee shop is Michelle, from Holley & Gill. When I first learned about the work she creates, I knew I wanted to write about it someday. So this Fabric Friday post is one I dreamed up before I even had a blog and my thoughts were just jotted down in a moleskine notebook.   

Michelle and her husband Conrad are the Montreal based design duo that creates handmade, screen printed textiles that are later constructed into unique, design savvy headboards. Holley & Gill designs are elegant, beautiful and add a nice feel to a room. They are made lovingly, with attention to detail and process. I am a huge fan of hand screenprinted fabrics and love to see the work that they do, reflected in the world of interior design. 

If you love interior design as I do, you will most likely enjoy visiting the Holley & Gill blog as well. There are always heartfelt words & lovely interiors to looks at. It is the kind of blog that makes you think about the posts for many days after the first read. 

So that  wraps up a week of reflective black and white... Happy Fabric Friday! 

All images: Holley & Gill via here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

{Fun} Summertime inspiration...

It really felt like summer here today. While I watched Sayer play in the backyard, I plopped myself under a tree and created my first Etsy treasury. Summertime was my inspiration and I had a blast finding things that reminded me of  a nice, simple, summer day. Because it was my first attempt at a treasury, I thought that I should document it on my virtual sketchbook. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

{Experiment} Reflections...

I am really lucky in the fact that I get to make things and use the creative part of my brain everyday. But every now and then, I get the urge to do something that is considered a little more "fine arty". After all, that is more in line with what I have been trained to do. I miss having the time to just creatively play without a care as to whether an idea is going to work out. I do design things for klt:works much in that fashion, but for right now, I am working on ideas that have been pretty much solidified... there is not a lot of mystery about my day to day process. 

Admittedly, I have been feeling a bit burned out lately and I needed a little artistic recharging. The camera has been really great for this. I find it is just what I need right now to get me thinking about other interests. A little background to my week: my mom takes care of Sayer 3 days a week so that I can work. During this time I scoot and get as much done as I can- it is a multitasking frenzy. Well, my parents are now on vacation and on the last day my mom took care of Sayer last week, I gave myself 1.5 hours to play. I knew it was one of the only times I would have to do it and I had an idea in mind. I wanted to play with an untraditional series of self portraits - partly because over the years, I have started to hide from the camera. Both literally and figuratively, I wanted to do this by way of reflection. Because this is a sketchbook, I thought I would share a little of the process. 

At the base of the stairwell leading to my studio, there is a cluster of mirrors. I was noticing how cool it was that I could see different parts of my body in different mirrors. I started taking photos of it and found after the fact, that I liked the ambiguous, and dreamlike quality in each mirror. I started cropping them down as their own single image (which is what is pictured in the collages). The look I was after was of an old piece of film, found in the attic... all scratched and worn- sort of like an old silent film. I think the coolest thing about all of it, is that it completely held my attention and the 1.5 hours flew by in a wink on an eye.

Before I finished, I went outside and took a few photos in the window of our shed. There is thick, black plastic behind the window so I got  some cool rippling in the image. After playing a bit, I got this picture of me behind the camera that I sort of like. I think all of the images that were taken, have a painterly quality about them, which is what appeals to me. The coolest part of this little experiment however, is that it did rejuvenate me and it made me realize that I need to do something like this much more often. What do you do to recharge?

Monday, July 19, 2010

{Music Monday} Black & White

{image via here}
Although this may not need to be said, I have been particularly interested in playing around with black & white photography lately. This is not a new interest for me - I have always loved the quality of a black & white photo. But it is fairly new that I am taking the photos & at this pace. I am seeing everything as a potential photograph these days and am particularly aware of what I am after aesthetically. When I saw the new video release from She & Him, I was interested on a level that goes beyond music. 

The soft, grainy, vintage feeling of the video really speaks to me artistically- as does the music. It inspires me in so many ways. Happy Music Monday!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Oh Joy :: Part II

The feeling of flying high in the sky & knowing that there are strong arms below to hold us up- those are two simple things that bring a tremendous amount of comfort & joy... 


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