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!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Quiller Love

 Well, I have done several versions of this same piece, this one is a combination of two designs that I have out and I also added personal text at the bottom for a great wedding gift!
The pictures were taken at night so I am not happy with the way the colours show up in the pictures, but the cool palette looks much nicer in real life than via my camera!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Commedia Masks for a Friend


 I created a set of masks for a friend of mine that was also part of a grant that I received from my work.  I created 24 masks which was kind of nutty, ( Sooo many at one time in my tiny studio space)  so I painted them three different ways, I call the colour schemes, chocolate, dusty road and red velvet.  I was given four characters that were to be created and a lot of free reign so these are what I came up with. The top mask above is the character Pantalone. Who is typically an older gentleman with business skills of some kind, often with money, or someone who used to have a lot of money...
 This above is Tartaglia, He or She is an old dainty character that sometimes has a stutter, usually is a lawyer or notary of some sort.
 This is my Arlechino, He is usually played as a dim-witted fellow, who is always hungry and is a bit of a buffoon.
And Here is my La Ruffiana. She is an old woman and her profession differs; sometimes an old prostitute, or sometimes an old mother or town gossip.
Although the characters typically are male or female I tried to keep them somewhat gender neutral. I hope that my friend and his students enjoy working with these masks as much as I enjoyed making them.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Quiller Elephant for mom...

Hey Folks,

Well this one was fun.. I spent quite awhile researching elephants ( which is always fun!) and also looking up jungle scenes. 
 I think this is a really nice gesture for my clients mom...




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Love is" a Textatic Quilling piece

 This piece started as commission, I was asked to create a piece surrounding the words "Love is". I got a good idea and I went with it, but I realized a half day into it, that it really didn't represent what my client wanted.  So I stopped working on this and began working on something else for her, however I then went back and finished this.  I sold this piece at an Auction to raise funds for a program that I have talked about before on my blog, The Es Artes Project in Suchitoto, El Salvador.  I went down to El Salvador for 6 and a half weeks to teach kids at an Art school down there. It was a life changing experience for me, so I thought this piece fit very nicely with the fundraiser.

 I created this piece by starting with a watercolour of a rose, I then used similar coloured paper over top of the image to create the "almost invisible" effect of the lettering.  I really like this style and would love to do more pieces like it. Even if it did take a realllly long time!


Friday, October 11, 2013

A Quiller Scotty Dog

 I had this idea to create some pieces that used an animal silhouette accompanied by the sound that they created.  I drew up about 15 different sketches and this is the one I liked the most so I went with it.  I might like it the most because it is a Scotty Dog and I have a Scotty. And boy, does my Scotty bark! He also "Harumphs" but that was a bit silly I thought.
 I played around with different ideas to fill in the silhouette but eventually it came down to what a lot of our accessories for my Scottish pup look like ; plaid.  I didn't really follow any specific plaid, because I was not sure how this was going to work out exactly but it's pretty simple looking, however it was actually pretty difficult to fill it all in. 
Look at them eyebrows!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Biggest Quilling piece I have made yet!

 This piece was a commission for a woman who wanted her and husband's initials quilled between a yin/ying of fire and water. This piece is really kind of neat because it is actually a tattoo that both of them share.  This piece is HUGE for me. It is way bigger than I have ever created before, and took me a loooooonnnngg time to create!
 I used watercolour first, so that the colours were really saturated.  I especially wanted the black to read really black. I then painted everything to look like flames and water before I started any of the quillng. 
 This was a really neat piece to create and figuring out how to ship it was equally a conundrum. I create my pieces on matte board, but the size of this was 36" x 18" and I desperately didn't want any warping to happen in shipping, so I created a foam core box for it, then put two cardboard square tube boxes flat across the back that kept it rigid.  When the client received it she said it was like Fort Knox to get into, but at least it got there safe!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Quiller Ukulele


I have been working a new series surrounding music and how it connects with me emotionally and I would be remiss if I didn't include a ukulele. I started playing the uke three years ago, when my hubby gave it to me for Valentine's day.  It is an intensely joyful instrument and it lends itself to creating wonderfully tinny chords against my singing.  I took the Ukulele with me to El Salvador, and the kids loved it. So every time I play it now, I am reminded of them as well.
 This piece will be feature in an Art Show with Gallery 96 "For the love of Paper" at Factory 163, in Stratford, ON from Sept 21-29th.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Quiller Violin

 This Violin is part of my newest set of pieces around Music.  I have always been passionate about music and art. This series is a reflection of how listening to music connects with my emotions.  I can't say I am a person who always listens to classical music, but when I do, I can easily lose myself in it, my imagination swirling around me with the images that listening to it creates. I love the sense of the dramatic that seems to ooze out of it.
 This piece will be featured in an Art Show at Gallery 96 "For the love of Paper" at Factory 163 in Stratford, ON, from Sept 21st - 29th.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Quiller Horn

 In my life I have had many artistic passions, Art as one, and Music definitely as another.  I can't say that I have every played any horned instruments, as I was a clarinet player and singer in school, but I have always had a love for it's sound.  Sometimes it is easy to forget how simple it is to turn a day that's gone poorly into a day of reflection and ease when you listen to the right kind of music.
So,  I have started a series on music and how it makes me feel. Focusing mainly on the instruments and using abstract forms to demonstrate my emotional attachment to the sound they create.  There will be several more pieces in the series.  I can't say how many there will be as I very much love creating them but that there will be more!
This piece will also be featured in the Gallery 96 show "For the Love of Paper" at Factory 163 in Stratford, ON, from Sept 21st to the 29th.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Experiment with Abstract Quilling

 I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out when I started it, but I wanted to try out some experimental ideas that I had been playing with in colour and shape.  I find that when I am stressed out, I tend to doodle a pattern similar to this one, so I thought I would funnel my frustrations into a piece. 
 I am happy with the way it turned out, It's feels vibrant, colourful and playful which is great for me as it was taking feelings of frustration and turning them into something positive.  Also  I found a great frame for my pieces with a beautiful recess in behind the glass.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A beautiful Paper quilled gift

I created these two Paper quilled pieces for a birthday Gift for some very lucky twin girls.  My client was gracious enough to send me this lovely photo of the birthday party and I couldn't help but want to share it! The pieces featured butterflies and flowers surrounding their names.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Otter + Water + Monogram - a quiller combo

I was asked to create a very personal piece for a client featuring a watery surround  for a monogram with an otter swimming in it. I had great fun sketching this piece up and even more fun quilling it.  I find it really difficult with things like animals to create clear definition so you can understand what the shape is when quilling, so I was really happy with the way this otter turned out.
 Pretty fun, Eh?


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Quiller Maple Leaf and Oak Leaf

Here are some more examples of my Paper Quilling Series : "Leaves of Falcon Lake".  These two are the Majestic Maple and the Awesome Oak Leaves.




 Here is the whole Set of 4 Leaves.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Quiller Birch Leaf and Ironwood

After taking an amazing couple of weeks on vacation in Falcon Lake, Manitoba. I was inspired by the intricacies of simple leaf shapes. So here is part of my "Leaves of Falcon Lake" series. These two are the Birch Leaf, and what I believe to be an Ironwood leaf.
 Birch Leaf: Around Falcon Lake there are so many Birch trees. I do think they are my favourite tree as well. The bark pattern is just so beautiful.
 I also did some watercolour behind the leaf to give it a bit more depth.
 Here is an Ironwood Leaf. Well, at least I think it is.  I took a photo of a leaf and then I had to look it up based on what I knew about the tree and the kinds of trees native to that area.  This was my best guess! It is very similar to the Birch Leaf, but different in it's shape.
If you are interested these are for sale on my Etsy Site!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

More Classic Quiller monograms

 Creating these monograms was how I got started quilling. They are still a really popular item on my etsy site, so I thought I would show you some newer ones that I have created. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Quiller Garden!

 This piece was made for one of my favourite clients! I wanted to go a little more realistic with this one, and she wanted florals and insects so I had a lot of fun.  There are ladybugs, a dragonfly and a snail and I took the inspiration for flowers straight out of my own back garden!
 I also used watercolour in this as well, it's very slight, but I like it being there, as it almost gives an illusion of reflection of the paper, but really it's watercolour. Sneaky, right? Anyway, my favourite part of this is the dragonfly he was loads of fun to do!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Quiller Floral Monogram

 I have been going a little nutty with these floral patterns and here is another piece in that style.  I have now made this a customizable item on my etsy site, so if you want a monogram like this. It can now be done!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Snow! Woops, wrong season...

Hello, I know this piece is a little weird in timing but here I go anyway! I created this piece sometime ago, but as you may have noticed it has taken me awhile to post on here so I am doing it now!   This piece was created for someone who loved snow. ( By the end of this winter, I did not feel that way at all!) However, she loved it and loved skiing, and being out in the snow.  I wanted to create a piece that had a bit of movement and reflected the different aspects of snow.
So I included icicles, snowflakes, piles of snow and snowy mountains.  I had played around with actually doing a little tiny skier on the mountain but it just didn't read well that small.

I know it's the wrong season to appreciated it but perhaps we can think lovingly of snow in the future...