Flowers and Metal

This is a piece I completed this week. I used metallic acrylic paints and I accentuated the colour blocks with ink linework.

I did not use a canvas but rather a sheet from a mixed-media paper block from Papier Canal Papers (a machine-made paper company located in Montreal) which I purchased from DeSerres a few weeks ago.

The unusual format of the paper block was what I was attracted to first and then to its one rough edge. It’s unframed right now but that could change over the next few weeks.

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Leaves & Flowers, mixed media on handmade paper

This is a piece I worked on during the last week of 2016. I used a sheet of paper I had tucked away for over 10 years. It’s truly a one of a kind.

I loved working on this paper and started searching online for more. To my dismay, there nothing really like this anymore.

All is not lost! I have discovered a new interest in this process and plan to continue my mixed media exploration on quality handmade paper.

I am lucky and live in the Montreal area and found Papiers Canal Papers on Saint-Patrick Street in Montreal. They make a variety of machine made paper which is fabricated from fibres left from clothing industry offcuts, white tee-shirts, blue denim and flax straw from farmers.

My next projects will be using this type of paper. More to come!

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Size: 24×36 inches framed

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line art and ceramics

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This is part of a set of dishes I managed to wrangle out of my Mum’s cupboard. It’s a set that I remember throughout my youth. I believe it comes from my grandmother (French Quebec-side of my family) and I treasure them now.

I love the simple graphic style as well as the line art used to embellish the circles and squares. It’s another example of design that doesn’t need to be fussy to be beautiful. Banking this one as another source of everyday inspiration.

doorways to the future

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I’ve been seeing this door on my way to work in Montreal and fell in love with it. I managed to take a snap while standing on the bus with my camera phone.  I find that the glare, courtesy of the bus window, adds a layer of interest and non-perfection.

The thing that strikes me about this door is the bold choice of graphic and colours used. It totally says the people who live here don’t subscribe to the regular ideal of design. I secretly want to meet them. Maybe I have or maybe I will.