Tag Archives: patterns and paws

hello patterns & paws

28 Jun

Long time blog readers will be excited today, as I am sharing more progress from the collaborative sketchboooks that I’ve been creating for a while now with my talented friend Anika Starmer (the envelope below contained my recent additions). patternsandpaws1Several years ago, we embarked on an exciting project together, and haven’t looked back since. The basis of patterns & paws was spawned from the fact that Anika loves patterns and I love paws; we just decided to draw in sketchbooks together. We create diptychs, where Anika draws on the left pages while I draw on the right, and we also work on pieces together, overlapping our imagery on two page spreads. If you would like to see the evolution of the project be sure to check out these six previous posts (in chronological order):  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Below are my latest additions to the books: the first three photos capture my responses to Anika’s most recent patterns, while the last three show the new pages I created for Anika to draw upon. patternsandpaws2 patternsandpaws3 patternsandpaws4 patternsandpaws7 patternsandpaws5 patternsandpaws6Let Anika and I know what you think of our collaborative books; commments and thoughts are always appreciated!

spring sketchbook snaps

6 May

Last week consisted of a lot of spring cleaning, but it also yielded tons of much needed creativity. Because of this, my sketchbooks saw a lot of love. I’ve been trying to just doodle and sketch more, as I tend to over work a lot of drawings due to my obsession with detail and texture. Simplifying my illustrations has been fun.Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 12.11.43 PM Although of course, I can’t stay away from meticulously drawing animals, and so a few more excessive renderings have started to emerge. Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 12.12.36 PMSome new pieces in my ongoing collaborative sketchbooks with Anika Starmer, Patterns & Paws, have started to come together. Stoked to finally have a bit of time to devote to these beauties so I can mail them back to Maryland soon. Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 12.12.02 PMWhat have you been drawing in your sketchbook?

postal pleasures – incoming & outgoing

22 Apr

Plenty of incoming and outgoing postal pleasures to share with you this week, starting with my darling sister, who sent me a very interestingly shaped package with seriously sufficient postage. The obscure dimensions were courtesy of a Kicking Horse Coffee tin that held many thoughtful gifties like epic Canada rubber stamps and a beautiful felt bowl she’d made. There was also a giant bag of decorative seashells (which put my dozen seashells and beach sand that I diligently collected in Mexico, to shame. lol).  I received my first letter from a longtime and dear friend, Ryan Mathieson, and enjoyed every little bit of it. His handwriting, the topics in his letter, recent photography work and a new adventure in his creative career: coloured resin casting. so awesome. Jane Murray had quite the elaborate mail art piece: She wrote her letter on raw canvas and used it as an envelope to hold lots of lovely ephemera like wildlife postcards, screenprints and vintage embroidery decals. The canvas was then wrapped up in purple tissue, fabric bows and sealed with clear tape. It’s safe to assume that almost every envelope plastered in bright or cute animal stickers is bound to be from Jenny Cutnam. She filled a handmade greeting card right to the edges with her beautiful printing, and continued onto some other animal themed notepaper to finish her thoughts. The above letter was in response to a recent envelope I sent to Jen only a week or so earlier. It was made out of a cardboard cover from a sticker set and featured a cool glassine paw print with which I filled with colorful animal stickers, long typewritten reply, mexican memories and a cute kitty.Jeannine Saylor (@saylor_made) started a new theme for our mail art & developed an altered postcard exchange. I chronicled this new idea of hers in a previous mail art post, along with the materials she provided me for my first attempt at the project. I’m now able to share the results, as well as the envelope I sent containing it and the materials that I hand selected for her first mixed media postcard creation for this series. I wrote back to Nicole Palmer on an old book page from a medical journal, since she told me she likes medical illustrations and ephemera. She also loves zebras, so I took note of that and included a couple along with a memory of mine from my Mexican vacation.Upon returning from Mexico I wrote a long typewritten letter to Marissa Falco (@czarcastic) thanking her for gifting me a #5 zine. I sent it along with some memories of my trip including hotel stationery, a mixed media drawing on a coaster from my hotel and also a genuine shell and sand from the sunny shores of the Mayan Riviera. The beautiful Emily Orpin (@ejorpin) found a badly addressed envelope from me. Ironic that I’d complain about people turning my last name into gRowling when I do the same type of thing to poor Emily… I wrote orpHin. UGH. I hope that the pretty stamps and lovely treats hidden inside made up for my labelling mistake. Barbara Wanhill (@2catsandapencil) always gifts me stamps so I decided to return the favor and picked out a really nice set (complete with cardboard cover and all) from my vintage stash. I also owed her a vintage tea card after she gifted me one of an antelope. I typed her a letter and also included some patterned papers and one of my final Mexican seashell and sand packages.I surprised Anika Starmer (@aisforanika) a week ago when I let her know that our collaboration was already flying back to her with my additions. Check out this recent post which chronicles all of the progress and new imagery inside these wonderfully colorful and inventive sketchbooks. I sent with them a little wiener dog joke and the beginning of a drawing I sadly never finished for a collaborative post Anika did ages ago. I made an envelope for the fantastic Helen Young out of a page from an Art in America magazine: it had a guy carrying a cube over his head, wearing a leather vest with an embroidered laser green-eyed tiger on the back. Awesomeness ensued on the inside. Mail art unfortunately will not be chronicled next week, as I am travelling back to both of my hometowns (Calgary, AB and Invermere, BC ) to take care of some business including packing, family time, printmaking, bird watching, dinners with friends, walks in the woods and gallery visits. You’ll see in due time though, as I always do my best to bring you along for the ride….