Thursday, December 19, 2013

A successful first craft show!

Saturday's Craft Show was a big success! I am blown away by the positive response I got from everyone who stopped by my table. Urban Craft really knows how to put on one heck of a show, and I am honoured to have been included alongside so many incredibly talented craftspeople. And the people who came to the show: what an incredibly supportive, art-loving community, my goodness! I had so many lovely conversations, it felt more like a party than me trying to hawk my wares! (I didn't even get a chance to try out the excellent sales techniques I witnessed in South East Asia ;). What an awesome city I live in!

A huge thank you to all my friends who braved the bitterly cold day to come by to visit and support me: you're the best! xo

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Adorable children's drawings turned into adorable, custom fabric

When I was out west this summer I got together with a good friend who I used to work with at a studio in Toronto. She moved out west when she was pregnant, and I finally got to see my friend again, and meet her daughter, who's now six! It was so great to meet her, and experience her incredible personality. A little bit shy at first, by the end of the night she was chatting up a storm and showing me her art projects. It is so inspiring to see young people so unhindered, drawing because they enjoy it, not criticizing themselves, just enjoying the process of putting pencil/pen/marker/highlighter/paint/etc to paper/etc. And it's incredible to see their translation and resulting unique expression of what they see in the world or their imagination.

So, to honour this young artists incredible talent and joy of art-making, I took the drawing she gave me, and turned it into her very own fabric!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Urban Craft Market: tomorrow!

I've been busily preparing for tomorrow's craft show, and am looking forward to showing my wares! I'll have all the houses that are in my shop, as well as some new designs, and new items too, including some hand puppets, embroidered notecards, and even a few scrunchies from some lovely fabric I bought in Japan. (If fashion in Japan is anything to indicate, scrunchies are back, in a big way!)

So if you're in the Ottawa area, come in from the cold, and check out all the talented vendors! It's all happening at the Glebe Community Centre, from 10am to 3pm, and entry is free! Hope to see you there!

Gingerbread Houses!

Each Gingerbread House comes with a Gingerbread Man.
(I think he's the one that made the snow angel in the front yard.)

Nordic A-Frame Cabin

Puppets, bashful and exuberant!

Notecards featuring my own embroidery (foreground) and upcycled embroidery (background)

The House in the Night

The Cottage by the Lake

Interior of The House in the Night

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Free shipping AND $5 off!

From now until midnight this Sunday, December 8, receive FREE SHIPPING worldwide, AND $5 off each of the prints in my Society6 shop! So if there's one you've had your eye on, now is the perfect time to order! And if there's another photo from my blog that you love, let me know, and I will make it available in the shop. Thanks for your support!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Introducing: Kitty, Bunny, and Owl!

If you've been keeping an eye on my instagram recently, you'll have noticed some new characters on the scene. I've captured their growth in various states, tracking their journey from pencil-on-paper into puppet-hood, and they are now ready to introduce themselves properly! Meet: Kitty, Bunny, and Owl. Kitty is sporting a poppy-red pinafore and shiny Mary-Janes, while Bunny is ready to work in his scruffy-patched overalls, and Owl is prepared for punctuality with his pocket watch (precisely synced to Greenwich Mean Time, of course) tucked in his Bilbo-esque vest.

I will be posting them in the shop after my show, next Saturday, December 14th at the Glebe Community Centre in Ottawa. Come and see them there!