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Wednesday
Feb042015

Art Challenge Day 2

 

I've been drawing since I was a little girl. Specifically, I was drawing evening gowns, wedding dresses and flowers. Apparently, some things never change! Now I draw clothing for knit and crochet design work (a book on evening wear would be a DREAM COME TRUE). And I draw flowers for stationery, art on canvas, and for fun in my sketch books.

I LOVE to hand write letters and I like to draw pictures individually for each recipient. Why? Remember the line from that movie, "If you build it, they will come?" Well, I would love to have a line of stationery with my artwork on it one day, so until then I will fake it ;) Here are some samples of my stationery drawings: 

 

These are drawings from my sketchpad. Some are inspired by knitting and crochet, some by lace, some by flowers and some by a variety of tattoo art.

I've been asked to design tattoos for people many, many times. The only one that has come to fruition so far is my sister's tattoo. I was sketching while watching the sunset with her one evening and she loved what I did so much she took the drawing to a tattoo shop and had them apply it to her shoulder! Here is the original drawing and her tattoo in steps. Most tattoos are not done in one setting. The coolest part about this event was that the tattoo parlour was so impressed with my portfolio that night they offered me an apprenticeship! How awesome is that? But this girl has to work, I don't have time to work for free. And I'm probably not quite cool enough to work in a tattoo parlour anyway LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some pictures I drew and painted on canvas or cardboard for gifts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've also been drawing portraits for years. I prefer to draw from a photograph than a living breathing person in front of me. I've been combing the house to find a portrait I drew of Marlon when he was a toddler and I can't find it yet. So heartbreaking that I may have lost it. Bonus if I could find the photgraph from which I drew the portrait. 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb032015

Art Challenge Day 1

My friend, Drew Emborsky, nominated me for a fun 5 day art challenge. Each day I am supposed to share a different type of art I enjoy creating and nominate someone else for the challenge.

While knitting and crochet (fiber arts) are the obvious choice for me, you may be surprised to learn I love to create in other mediums as well. For today's post, I decided share one of my greatest passions: jewelry! Oddly enough, I am not a fan of store bought jewelry, but whenever I can squeeze out time in my schedule, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to design and create jewelry. Here are a few pieces I've made:

This is wire wrapping (which I LOVE SO MUCH)! If anyone is interested in YouTube tutorials and/or kits please leave a comment below. I would love to teach this clever and simple technique. This is my favorite necklace to wear right now. 

This is beading with London Blue Topaz and 24 carat gold beads. OMG so expensive but so decadent. This was my first beading project, my own design, and totally inspired by Cleopatra. I wear this necklace when I want to feel fancy. 

This is memory wire beading. Probably the EASIEST way to make jewelry. Again, if anyone is interested in a YouTube tutorial or kits, please leave a comment below. This was my first attempt and I make 7 wraps, but next time I would make this bracelet about twice as wide. The beads are 24carat gold cubes. So darn gorgeous. I love this bracelet. Another Cleopatra inspired design ;)

Another type of wire wrapping, these bangle bracelets are ridiculously fast and easy to make. I like to stack them on my wrist. Seriously, I cannot leave the house without someone commenting on them. You could make a stack in about a couple hours. I have had so much fun shopping for fun and unusual beads and stones for these. This is another project that I'd love to YouTube tutorial and kit, if you are interested.

Crochet wire cuff bracelet. LOVE LOVE LOVE this one. I've been teaching and wearing this one for years. Super easy. And you can watch the YouTube tutorial here: 

Crochet Earrings. The fancier the yarn, the fancier the earrings. They are only single crochet and chains (but since we use sequins and beads, no one needs to know). And you can watch the YouTube tutorial here: 

Again, I love deceptively simple design. Using simple crochet chain, but embellishing with 240 crystals gives this necklace the wow factor! Love the cinching/non-closure in the back? Simple single crochet :) You can order the kit here: Crystal Chain Necklace Kit

And you can watch the YouTube tutorial here:

Crochet Wire Earrings, based on an edging from my book "The Finer Edge". Its the same edging as the border around the afghan project in the book, actually! What a difference, right?

And you can watch the YouTube tutorial video here: 

Friday
Jan302015

Creative Process of Felted Bag from Crochet So Lovely

One of my favorite projects from Crochet So Lovely is the felted bag. Inspired by the expensive laser cut leather handbags I see in the stores, I wondered if crochet mesh would look somewhat laser cut after felting.

Tada! As an experimental designer, I cannot tell you how exciting it is for me when something goes exactly as planned. The beautiful flowers look sewn on, right? Nope! They are incorporated right into the motifs that are joined as you go for a seamless construction. Awesome, right? I was torn about lining or not lining the bag. I think if you are going to use it for your purse, maybe line it. But if you are going to use it for a knitting/crochet project bag, maybe leave it unlined so you can see more pretty yarn through the "laser cut" design?
Before felting:

After felting:

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