Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. You can find intense embroidery, paper quilling mania, crazy gingerbread houses, masks, puppets, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Puppet heads! the line of Banquo..

Here are a series of puppet heads, I did rather quickly but they are really quite fun for teaching purposes. These are based on the kings referred to by the witches in Macbeth, where he is shown the line of heirs that will be king. These are my kings...

I will be helped by students to make crowns and capes and scepters, but I am still working on their bodies... which will come soon..

I sculpted them on top of Dollar store skulls with celluclay. Which is both an aggravating and interesting medium to work in.  It's like sculpting with tuna. So these are my tuna heads.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

yet still, more masks! El Dottore..

I am not going to lie, this is my favourite character to wear. The minute you seem him in your reflection, you just want to act like an idiot, a bumbling fool.  Super duper fun.  He is the Doctor, obviously, but he isn't very good, and he will probably give you a bad diagnosis, while tripping into the room...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More Masks! Brighella...

Brighella is another Commedia Character I have been working on.  They are the cousin to Arlechinno, but a little more dumb and can be a little mean spirited and selfish. They can also be a bit of a coward...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Masks! El Capitano and Pulcinella

These masks are for my friend Duncan, he is using them to teach mask work in schools. These were a hoot to make and by creating them I have added several more characters to my Commedia mask Collection.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Peace for always, oh and seahorses too.

This piece was created to be featured in Dasherie Magazine's winter edition, it is on the back cover of the magazine, which is pretty exciting. I love the focus on "peace" in this creation. There is so much turbulence and chaos in this world right now that the focus on peace and resolution feels like the right kind of energy to send out into the world. I wish all of my readers peace and joy over this holiday season and always.

Creating this piece was a challenge as it was all in one colour on a light blue/teal background. This presented a difficulty in that I wanted the piece to have different areas of definition, but couldn't use my typical aid, watercolour, to create that.  So, I cut out some letters and raised them up, so that the text would have the punch it needed to really stand out. 
 The Snowflakes were quite challenging as they were extremely specific geometric angles.  As I went it became clear that this section would be the most time consuming and  meticulous part of the piece.  I did this part in stages because it drove me crazy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A little bit of Quillling and a whole lot of watercolour - a Mountainous wedding gift

 This piece was commissioned and created as a gift for a wedding. The happy couple got engaged on a mountain and later got married on a mountain as well. Some people are so much more adventurous than me! But kudos and Congratulations to them!  This is the mountain in which they wed and obviously, their names. Originally, I was going to paper quill the whole piece, but after doing a piece similar to this I realized that sometimes quilling works better with things that are close up, rather than a lot of fine detail in the distance,as a lot of the details and depth gets lost the further out you go. It's necessary to generalize the space which I didn't want to do with this.  So, I created the watercolour intending to quill over it like I usually do, but I liked it so much I realized quilling would kind of defer from the image so I left it at that and just quilled the names.  I have not painted a lot of watercolour landscapes, very few, in fact so this took me a long time and was very challenging, however so much fun! I am really happy with the results and intend to make this something I do more of in the future!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Featured in Dasherie Magazine!

I was asked in September to be a part of this really cool magazine called Dasherie that focuses on text, typography and calligraphy. Their tagline is "For hearts that love letters" and that really fits who I am!
It was a real honour to be included and it is so just so neat to be in a print magazine.  There are some really amazing artists that they feature in the magazine who create beautiful handcrafted lettering from many areas of the world, and in many different styles. If you want to check out the feature or order your own copy, you can check them out at Dasheriemag.com.