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!

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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quiller Mandala - reflection time.

 I am not one of those people who typically spend a lot time on self reflection or meditation, it's simply not my bag.  However, I had done a little reading on Mandala's and healing and thought "I could do that. It might be outside of my realm of comfortable but I could try." So I drew up a mandala on AutoCAD and started painting into it.  I focused on blue tones because according to the internet that is a healing mandala.  I had a lot of fun creating it, it was puzzling at times and quite intricate as well. This piece is up for sale on my etsy site if you like it!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Full of mind, or not at all...

 This piece was a bit of a triumph. I say this because I did it twice.  The first time, I finished it and sent it off, only to become aware that "Mindfullness", is in fact spelled Mindfulness with one "L".  It was embarrassing and ironic, because I was in fact, not being mindful as I created the piece.  It was very humbling and it taught me a lot of lessons.  One thing is for sure, I will be checking and triple checking my spelling on everything. It has also shown me the importance of sharing my sketches with the client before I send it out, that way they have approval before I carry through the labour intensive part of quilling. 
It has also shown me that life is more fragile than you think. I was going through a rough patch in my life, and I had thought that I was doing all right, but clearly my life problems were spilling into my work. This also became evident in my day job as well. However, How can a person know how they will deal with stress or grief until they experience it? I learned for myself one of the results of being under that kind of duress is that things slip through the cracks.  I was lucky to have such a patient and understanding client while this was going on and she is quite happy with the pieces now that they are correct!  

 I do still really like this piece, and I think, I liked it even better the second time around. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

20 Sweet years...

This piece was inspired by a Yulia Brodskaya piece. With the same idea in mind I created this piece all in white featuring the number 20. This is apparently going to be the front of a program for a 20th anniversary celebration!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tutorial for a Mot mot Bird pinata!!! for a Fundraiser you should come to!

This Pinata was created for a Silent Auction for a Fundraising event happening on Oct. 6th, at the Tom Patterson theatre in Stratford, Ontario.  The event is being held to raise funds for a school and theatre in Suchitoto, El Salvador, where they are creating a theatre so that they can bring in tourism, keep the kids away from gangs and to promote the arts in that country. For more information please check out the Suchitoto Cabaret facebook page. You can also buy tickets at the Stratford Festival Website. So please come and if not at least check it out and perhaps donate!

 Inside the pinata will be Latin American Candies which I had to go to Toronto to get! I would have liked to find purely El Salvadorean but they are not readily available in Canada.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lover Ducky you're the one!

This is probably the oddest piece I have ever created.  This piece was created for a family who's father had gotten remarried and they wanted to celebrate the two families coming together. I understand from the messages that both the husband and wife were characters and they were interested in some fascinating hobbies. The husband really liked fixing up this awesome car and the wife had an extensive rubber ducky collection.  So that's how ended up with the images in this piece.

Hey man, who am I to judge? I've got a lot of Scotty Dog Paraphernalia...

I drew this and I was going to quill the car and the ducky as well, but they just didn't read as nice as when they were in just watercolour so this is how the piece ended up. After drawing this car, I applaud the people who can draw cars so easily. It's quite challenging especially when literally this is the first detailed drawing and watercolour of a car I have ever done.

Anyhoo, I wish the happy couple, happy days for the years to come.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Crunchy Mountain.

I must say that this was my most painful piece to create.  My crunchy technique for creating texture, while interesting, is not easy on the hands, especially after filling an 11 x 14 sized piece of it.  I do like this piece though, I created it as a first anniversary gift ( that's the paper year...) for a couple who got married on the top of this mountain. 
Also hidden in the crunchy texture is the date in which they got married. Can you find it? It's like "where's waldo!"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Floral Quilling for Glade Run

This is my second piece for Glade Run Lutheran Services. This piece was intended to be used as part of their video series called "stories of impact". I don't think that the videos are up yet, but you should check out their site especially if you live in the Pittsburgh area.
I included several different types of flowers that grow in front of their campus including  Blue Horizon Ageratum, Red Celosias, and snapdragons.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Glade Run Logo Quilling

I was recently hired by Glade Run Lutheran Services to create some pieces for them. The first piece is their logo in what I call the crunchy technique of quilling.  This technique as I discovered is actually quite painful to do on this kind of scale, usually I will do small areas filled like this, however they wanted the whole thing. Thankfully my husband helped to scrunch the paper, or I would have been done for! 

I was very happy to work with them on this project as this organization, among many support programs, specializes in working with people that are on the Autism Spectrum.  As that has affected my family as well, I was pleased that my art could help support their cause. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

The birds of hope are everywhere, listen to them sing.

This piece was part of a commission from a very creative psychologist who I have mentioned before. She really liked the idea of a piece like this, which I had a bit of difficulty creating.  Originally she was inspired by the colours of a lovebird. She sent me a great image of two lovebirds cooing together, but she wanted the bird to be flying. Well! I was trying to make lovebirds look graceful in flight in all of my many sketches, unfortunately they just don't fly very gracefully and all of my sketches turned out- well, they didn't turn out. They certainly didn't embody the image of hope.  After talking to her some more, I realized my mistake and we settled on a sparrow for the shape, but went a little more stylized with the colours. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Change can do you good.

This piece was created for the office of a psychologist, I have done several pieces for her and am about to do more. I love her ideas and have had a fantastic time working on them.  This goes together with an acceptance piece which I have also created. 
 I have kind of just accepted that I like quilling better when I combine it with watercolour, so I just basically do it now on most of my pieces.
Here are both pieces together!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Acceptance is a wonderful thing

 This piece is part of several that I have created for a very creative psychologist client of mine.  They have been really neat to do and I find I am quite challenged by her ideas. 
This is the first of a set, showing the chrysalis of a butterfly and the buds of a tree ( I forget the name of the tree, but it is specifically a tree that butterflies are attracted to) which are about to bloom. Then in the next piece... we see them bloom into "Change".

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Quiller Sacred Feather

 This piece was such a joy to create.  The family that ordered this has a wonderful tradition of getting a family gift for every year created by an artisan, I was honoured that this year they chose me to create something for them.
 The Feather is a red hawk tail feather which is Sacred to the First Nations. I spent a good deal of time looking at many feathers and learning about the hawks before creating this piece, which is something that I truly enjoy about creating custom pieces.
 I loved making this feather so much that I have plans to try different feathers from a variety of birds in the future... Any suggestions of birds with a beautiful plumage that would be fun to quill?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Quiller Dragon!

Arrr...  I loved creating this piece! It was too much fun to make a dragon with flames.  Purple flames that is.
I tried to make the letters look a little singed by being burnt, however, I was a little worried that it obscured the text... it says CMG. It is a little easier to read in real life, but still I don't think I would make that choice again.  Anyhoo, how fun!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quiller Logo

 This piece is very large at 18 x 36 and was created for a company's office.  This is the logo for the company Plant Therapy,  which I was very happy to make for them. 

This is a picture of the piece still in progress.  Though it is difficult to see in the picture I used a variety of greys inside the text in interesting patterns.  I also used watercolour for the background of this piece, which I really think finishes the pieces in a way that I find much more satisfying than just using paper. 

If you are interested in having the logo of your company quilled, contact me on my etsy site, ACOCC.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Quiller Ocean Currents...

 This piece is a variation on a piece very similar to this, however this is 11 x 14 and it is also features current patterns that are based on real currents in the ocean.  I really liked the challenge of this piece and had a lot of fun researching current patterns and how to make it still look interesting as a quilled piece.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quiller Sax...

This piece was inspired by a trumpet that I created that looked very similar. After seeing this My Hubby thinks I need to do a piece with two violins and a saxophone and call it "Sax and Violins". Hardy har har...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Quiller Scales of Justice!

 This piece was created for a law office and features the scales of Justice and the initials of those at the office.  It is a very large piece at 12 x 36 inches.  I love the font on these letters and I really enjoyed creating letters with a colour gradation.

 I also love the colour choice.  Grey and Yellow are a wonderful match together.