As I figure out what my goals will be for this year, I have been doing some small 4″ x 4″ drawings with my Curious Creature characters. I’ve been playing with paper types and colour combos. One thing I do know is that I’m ready to expand and add a few creatures to the world. Here are some of the experiments.
I’m really drawn to these one off art things for some reason. Maybe because their random and allow me to procrastinate from things I “should be doing”.
Enter Light Grey Art Lab. They had an artist art swap taking place before Christmas. Thinking this would be a great way to connect with a random artist in another city, into the hat my name was entered. A few days later an email appeared with a listing of all the partnered up people.
It work out that I was paired up with another Canadian woman. Her name is Jill Bogart and she does some really lovely illustrations. I especially love her Spoonflower patterns. Do check her out if you have a chance.
Now to the exchange! I have been itching to make some movable art pieces for awhile now and inspiration struck. My little Ave Paradisus character that I love to draw is always up to mischief so why not a trip across Canada to deliver a message. 🙂 Below is the work in it’s “closed” state and then after you run the tab with the starfish on it up…behold a holiday message 🙂 It was really too much fun.
So what did she send me you ask? Well… a whole lot of awesome that’s what.
She had been making felt ornaments as gifts for people and she made me my very own felted Curious Creature! The same critter that I sent to her. Coincidence? YES, because neither of us new what we were sending each other. They came with a couple of great “backgrounds” that are prints of some of the patterns she sells in her Spoonflower shop. Check out the stuff she sent below.
This was a super fun swap. Hoping I get to do it again next year.
If you were in Edmonton September 12-14 for the Kaleido Festival maybe you happened by some miniature Cabinets of Curiosity that were left in random spots on the festival site to promote my work in the festival.
I certainly had fun making them AND finding places to leave them. Once found they were free to take home and I only asked that the new owner post a pic or comment on Instagram or Twitter letting me know they were found.
No one played along in the posting, but all were taken. Hopefully they have all found their way to happy homes.
Here they are as I saw them last.
As for the show itself it went really great. Met a bunch of wonderful artists and got to see some great work in the Gallery and all over the site. Here are the finished cabinets as I promised a view of the finished works. If you are interested in purchasing them send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.