Saturday, December 3, 2011

{Holiday Cheer} Sweater Slugs & Santa...

December brings out cozy sweaters, velour slippers, peppermint candy canes, & snowy blues. All of which inspired these sweater slugs to make their way to the KLT shop late last night. Oh, & to answer your question, yes they do fit nicely in a stocking...

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Sayer visited Santa this morning & was happy to learn that Santa liked legos a lot when he was a kid too. Our weekend is full of traditions- we are on our way to the tree farm to find a tree tomorrow. What are your holiday traditions?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

{Thread Drawings} Tea, Thread, & Fabric...

I've been holed up in my studio the last few days working on a project. Chris & I were asked to be in an art exhibit at a local gallery for their holiday show again this year. So, I needed to squeeze in some time between filling orders & making "products"- to make "fine art". 

My favorite thing about making art vs. products is the exploration & process. I usually just dive in with reckless abandon when I'm in the studio. I got into the creative bubble & just worked & worked until my eyes crossed. I was happy with what I came up with- nothing like working up to the last minute to rev up the ol' creative adrenaline (old habits die hard). I used thread, black tea, fabric, & embroidery hoops for these pieces. The studio looks like a hurricane hit. 

Chris is delivering them to Smith & Vallee Gallery as I type. The show is called "Objectification 4" & the opening is Saturday night from 5-8pm - it's up from 12/03 -12/24. Chris & I have a "date night' without the kiddo & we will be able to mingle until our hearts content. So pop on down if you can. You can take a tour of the little town, gallery, & last year's submitted art pieces by clicking here

Now I have to clean up the studio & start making more mobiles & plush. This was sure a nice little break though....  How's your week going?

Monday, November 28, 2011

{Music Monday} My dream concert...

One of the most frequent {Music Monday} artists mentioned on this blog is Andrew Bird (& most played in my studio). He is one of my favorite musicians without a doubt. The thing that continuously interests me about his music, is his ability to collaborate & contribute to so many cool projects. I was actually planning on doing this post about his contribution to the Muppet Movie Soundtrack (because we saw it this weekend- & I love the song & Kermit). However, I found out about, "Andrew Bird & Ian Schneller's Sonic Arboretum" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago & it stopped my in my cyber tracks. What an amazing concert that will be! Ok Santa... did you hear that? Hmmm, well- I suppose that is a real long shot but it's worth putting on my pretend list. If I was a muppet, I could travel by map. So, If you are in the Chicago area & go to this, will you give me a play by play - complete with a description of what socks he was wearing? 

So,  anyway, back to my original thought - here is a video of my favorite musician singing my favorite frog's song. And yes, the Muppet Movie was really good. I loved it.... I can't help but think that the new muppet character, Walter, was inspired a bit by Andrew Bird himself.  Happy Music Monday! Hope you have a great week!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

{Everyday Inspriation} Just a Saturday Night...

Our Saturday nights really haven't changed that much since our grad school days - after Sayer goes to bed anyway. Which is pretty cool really. We usually work in our perspective studios & meet up every now & then - throughout the night. It's particularly fun when we have deadlines or creative projects in the works. There is an energy that I really enjoy. Chris has had some shows & extra projects that he has been working on lately & had a vision that he need help executing last night. What I love, is that I was able to completely understand what his vision was. I took these photos of him in his studio last night... or hmmm, this morning I should say. His pieces that he is surrounded by are both made with clay with a technique called sgraffito & cardboard with b&w gesso. All & all - it was a pretty fun  & producive Saturday night. Hope you are having a great weekend! 


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