What's that you see in the hands of Ben and Kay? Why it's a symbolic reference to our exciting news: we are moving to NYC next month and making a month long side trip to Paris! Our "appetite for life" is taking us on to new ventures and we can't wait to show you as they unfold. Check back as I report on our explorations and discoveries!
I dreamed of going to Art Basel in Miami for years while I lived in Georgia, but the finances and time never lined up. It's been great living so close to Miami and has enabled us to go to Basel not once, but two years in a row! Check out our full Miami adventure here on the collaborative website I run with my hubbo Benjamin Carl Stanley.
If you find yourself in Paris, why not make your way over to London while you are at it?! That's what adventure husband and I did for a quick overnight trip last year during our time in Paris. See our overnight excursion here on our collaborative website, The Kindling Workshop.
There's no better time as a freelancer than to take a stroll down memory lane so you can gather up you're travel deductions for the year! Although that is a bleak reason to reflect on the year's previous adventures, it definitely put a fun spin on tax time. Check out my trip to Paris with Ben from last year on our collaborative website, The Kindling Workshop.
Style icons can pop up in the most unexpected places. In this case, I found one in AMC's tv series, Preacher.Read More
What's the old saying, if you want something done, give it to a busy person? I applied that adage to myself this month. It's been challenging to find the time to configure the screen printing exposure unit time and negatives so I entered Sulfur Studio's call for entries for their "Outta this World" space themed show. I figured if any of my pieces were accepted it would be a good kick in the pants to dial in printing times. Well, glad to report three of my pieces were accepted!
Printing the pieces for this show was just the catalyst I needed to test negatives and print times. Explaining screen printing can be tough; there are several steps that are elusive if you haven't seen the equipment. I put together this short animation to at least show how the printed layers come together. Buy the print here!
It's been almost a year and a half since Ben and I got married! I thought it would be fun to share our wedding invite. We had a courthouse wedding with our families in my hometown in Pensacola, Florida. Ben has a big extended family concentrated in Naples, FL so we also decided to have a party there also! We branded our wedding "Forever Party" and made an exciting pop-out-of-the-box screen printed balloon that greeted our families followed by the printed invite wrapped in vellum with a sticker closure. The helium filled balloon didn't survive the trip (even with overnight shipping!) but our families were stilled thrilled with the announcement. Either way, we're still having a blast as we maneuver life together.Read More
Very excited to announce the opening of my online store featuring the first batch of kitchen towels available for purchase! I've spent the last few years trying out different fabrics, printing methods and sizes. I wanted a manageable size and absorbent fabric – it's always such a disappointment to have a beautiful kitchen towel that doesn't absorb, so it was really important to me to find a fabric that would. Keeping the soft hand of the fabric was also a priority, so I chose a great print house that offered "direct to garment printing" which fuses the ink with the fabric but still keeps the towel soft. It's been satisfying to have all the research and experimentation culminate into this first collection and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I've collected a bunch of images over the years of vintage type I've found at thrift stores and antique shops. Feels good to cross publishing this collection off of my to do list and share it with you. Please enjoy this reference material!Read More
So our medieval subject matter paved the way for our May assignment, tarot cards! I was given a chart to find my sign and then a corresponding card to draw, "the star." I went with a vintage space theme.
I love the topics provided in my Make Art that Sells class! They are topics I would never make up for myself and they end up being so inspiring. This month's mini warm up topic is "medieval." Here are some explorations I came up with.Read More
My husband and I recently celebrated our one year anniversary! We did a road trip last year to kick off our union. We thought it would be fun to go by sea this year so we booked a cruise to Nassau! And would you believe we found Bahama Hand Prints, an amazing print shop that still prints fabric by yardage by hand.Read More
The full assignment for Make Art that Sells was to create ornaments – the theme still being lumberjack. I developed a bear-buckle-toting lumberjack who has a set of forest friends he adventures with.
The topic this month for The Make Art that Sells class I am taking is "lumberjack". Here are portraits of Lumber Jack and Lady Lumber I came up with.
The assignment for Make Art that Sells Bootcamp was to create a coloring book cover! Here's mine.
I'm always into seeing how people put together their work so in turn I thought I would share my process. My approach varies sometimes but this is generally how it goes.Read More