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the ‘cat’alyst

17 Jun

My instagram followers will know that a several weeks ago the most gorgeous tortoise shell cat wandered onto my property. Despite leaving for work and other errands she continued to stay. Diligent research over the first week proved that she was no one’s pet, so being an animal lover (and as a person who is learning to accept fate) it was clear she needed to be with me. She is a true gourmand with the food, took incredibly to the litter box, and just needed a bit of stimulation when meowing at windows (probably wanting to hunt birds… or calling to the gents; spaying this week!) She was the (pardon the pun) catalyst for some big changes and I can’t wait to share them all with you. The biggest and best news ever is that we found the most incredible new home for us all, and it includes an absolutely adorable studio space for NMF! More to come soon; until then, here’s a few snaps of my kitty (yet to be named!?) Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.54 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.41 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.27 AM

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sprouting new ideas

16 Feb

New ideas have been sprouting out of my brain like crazy… my sketchbook pages especially have been sprouting some new things. I’m super happy to have my creative groove back, and a new body of work that has been on the forefront these days is a series all about mushrooms. I AM IN LOVE! The shapes, the texture, the colors… they are adorable and absolutely fascinating. I’ve been playing with line drawing and relief printmaking so far, and truly have enjoyed just making and experimenting. I might want to try my hand at painting or sculpting a few of these cuties too, but I’ll make sure to keep it simple if I do. Who knows where this new series will take me!? Thought I’d share some photographs of the process, exploration and results thus far. Enjoy! mush1 mush2 mush3 mush4 mush5 mush7 mush8 mush9

a week of rewards

8 Aug

hardwork3 hardwork4 hardwork6 hardwork5What is that old saying… hard work pays off? Well if so, you could apply that to my adventures last week in the Windermere Valley. I enjoyed 4 fun-filled days at the beloved Blackstar Studio, teaching kids some exciting ways to create. We learned about snail mail and made our own personalized stationery, pressed our own designs into buttons & magnets, got crazy with glue and paper during collage and also dabbled in the magical world of Shrinky Dinks. Kids always impress me with their excitement, eagerness and wild imaginations; it was a lot of work, but I had a blast, and I’m positive they did too. hardwork2 hardwork1The weekend caught up to me quickly, and before I knew it, I was participating in my 5th Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts! My parents were immensely helpful throughout the day (especially when it rained, twice), and surprisingly, despite all the random wet weather, I had a great and prosperous day. I owe tons of gratitude to everyone who supported me: small purchases like magnets are just a important to me as my framed etchings, so thank you for helping foster my practice as an artist. For those who couldn’t make it out to see me in person at Tour, don’t forget you can always pick up any of my goodies from my etsy shop.