the filigree deer & postmark deadline

31 Jan

Can you believe it? It’s already the last day of January, which means that my sketchbook project is getting documented, wrapped up and sent down to New York with the most secure postage I can possibly purchase. I learned a hard lesson exactly one year ago, when my 2011 Art House Sketchbook Project went missing in the post (pretty much because I got bullied by the local post office cow to send it without tracking… she later inspired me to build the faux post office in my studio). As you know from reading my previous 2012 sketchbook posts, I still have quite a few pages of my sketchbook left to share with you, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to post one of my favorite pages from both the lost sketchbook as well as the new one in “I remember you”…The spread above from my 2011 sketchbook is now known as the filigree deer. This page actually inspired the first homage I made to my lost sketchbook, which in turn indirectly inspired a series of hand screen printed moleskines called “animal patterns.”  With the theme “I remember you” and drawing inspiration from my lost sketchbook, I of course had to create another “filigree deer” for a two page spread. I’m thrilled with the results and believe that this design will be transformed into a screenprinted moleskine sometime in the spring. Isn’t my new buck just as beautiful as the first?! He was drawn completely with HB graphite and mounted into the book with silver photo corners. The pattern on the left inspired the heart-shaped Mandela which floats delicately amongst his antlers. The patterned green paper also has a lovely acrylic gloss that has been printed over areas of the design: adding texture and shine when it moves in the light at different angles. I can’t wait for my sketchbook to show up in New York for the World Tour so it can actually have the hands of eager readers flipping through it’s colourful and creative pages.  It’d make my “figuring you out” 2011 sketchbook oh-so-proud. Stay tuned to blog as I will be continuing to share the rest of my creations for Art House’s awesome collaborative project in the following few weeks.

7 Responses to “the filigree deer & postmark deadline”

  1. aisforanika 31/01/2012 at 10:15 #

    I love it! That filigree dear was always one of my favorite works of yours, and I’m so happy to see he now has a buddy! Good stuff!

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 31/01/2012 at 14:42 #

    Another stellar page! I’m eagerly anticipating seeing the entire sketchbook!!

  3. Shelby 31/01/2012 at 15:10 #


  4. Charlotte Vallance 31/01/2012 at 16:01 #

    Well, he is just GORGEOUS!

  5. Donna 01/02/2012 at 12:19 #

    Love this so much!!! xox

  6. Sumi Senthi 01/02/2012 at 17:27 #

    Aw I didn’t know it was an homage. They are both lovely!! I always have my copy of your filigree deer on my desk!


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