Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Group of Art Challenge at the Bohemian... Self Portrait

Stylized Me.... "My Rough Side" carved in orange Alabaster stone...
profile showing my bump in the middle of my nose & my bad habit of slouching...
back view...
my rough patch!

Here's some info about the challenge show at the Bohemian in Bracebridge as taken from their website:


Challenge #1 - Self Reflective
Canada Day
Friday July 1st, 7 - 9 pm

In this challenge each of the 25 artists have been asked to create a self portrait which displays their personality and are challenged to share/expose characteristics of themselves in their artwork.
Guest Judge: Pat Whittle
Featuring live music by Van Newell and the Bodenville Flyers.

Monthly guest judges will judge each artwork and give points which are based on a point system. The points will be calculated and a monthly winner announced. The points will also be collected for all 11 month challenges to conclude with the overall winner receiveing a 3 week solo show at the Bohemian Cafe & Gallery in July 2012!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Full Moon Goddess

Pictured above is the wet sanding process, followed by the oiled finished reclining sculpture I started last week on the full moon. How appropriate that she would be finished today on the summer solstice. She is just shy of 8 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The groove of her back makes a lovely touchstone! She is inspired by ancient goddess sculptures and is carved in Quebec soapstone. Please get in touch if you would like to make her your own as she is available for purchase.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Reversible Sun Hat!

Pictured here is my up-cycled reversible sun hat made of reused black denim and houndstooth. I had lots of fun making it so I will share how I did it in case you want to try one. The sizing will differ according to head size. I cut one out from each fabric: 8inch wide circle, rectangular band around 6inch x 26inch, and fat crescent moon for the bill/beak (which was cut from a round plastic ice cream container lid) around 6inch x 3inch, try to scribe the crescent to fit the shape of your forehead. First I sewed each band around matching circle to make 2 caps. Then I sewed them together along the bottom but left the opening for the beak/bill. Then I sewed a little pocket for the plastic bill to go in, using houndstooth on one side & denim on the other. Finally I sewed the bill in to the opening actually sewing through the plastic underneath the fabric (I used a large needle and black embroidery thread the whole time). The hat was long enough that I could fold up the bottom inch or so to reveal the reverse pattern. Alternatively you could wear it down and have only the denim bill with denim cap and when you reverse it it could be all houndstooth. If you make one, please leave me a comment, I would love to hear about it!