When your designs become reality

Over the last several months, I have been working at the McCord Museum and let me tell ya, I’ve been busy!

Here are only some of the designs I created.

Perhaps you may have even walked by them ūüėČ

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Dream a little dream of… an art studio

One day (soon I hope) I would love to have a my own space to create, paint and hang out (close friends would have an open invitation to share and play with me¬†too). Right now my space is located in my bedroom. It’s nothing fancy but suits my need for now. I have a large bedroom so it’s not that bad but *sigh* I (and always have) longed for¬†my own and “real” studio and yes, with an sink!

In the meantime, get my fill of inspiration and great ideas from Houzz. I have had my account for many years now and love hoarding away images in my Ideabooks. These images make me smile, dream and hope.

Here’s my curated “Studios” Ideabook. If you aren’t already on www.houzz.com, you should be. It’s wonderful.

Craft Fairs, Art Shows, Festivals and Sidewalk Sales Are Coming! Are your ready?

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Photo source: Unsplash.com

Attention Crafters, artists and artisans: Craft Fairs, Festivals, Art Shows, Bazaars and Sidewalk Sales Are Coming! Are your ready?

Spring is around the corner (really, it is) and this means it’s time to rejuvenate your look for 2017. You’ve sewn, painted, knitted,¬†crocheted, beaded, sculpted all your beautifully handcrafted items throughout the long and cold winter months for the seasonal fairs and you feel that you are all set to go. But are you really? With so many people vying for attention and sales at craft fairs and festivals these days, now more than ever, it’s crucial to stand out from the crowd.

Signs, promotional cards, banners and posters can help you gain more attention and more sales

Don’t get lost in the¬†sea of table tops this year. Your artistry, talent and craft are on display and you need¬†to attract and keep eyeballs (and wallets) at your table for as long as possible.

You cannot afford to overlook your look in 2017 – Claim it

If you are in the midst of preparing for the craft fair and festival circuit this summer, let me help you boost your promotion strategy and bring your craft and talent the attention it deserves.

Contact me and we can make your idea happen!

Gouache & Acrylic (matte and metallics)

Today I decided to experiment with my paints and wanted to see how the high pigment but matte quality of gouache and the equally unique pigments in my metallic paints would play against each other.

I really like the result. I used a high quality archival Touch marker to outline my forms.

I feel as though I may have been channeling Klimt.

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Behold my own FB Page & Shop!

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Well, I’ve done it!¬†My very own Facebook Page.

After managing other Pages for many years, I finally have one of my very own to keep an eye on.

It’s very new and very empty right now but trust me, over the next few weeks that will change. I intend to give my personal Facebook profile a break from the artsy posts and use this as the centre of my creative pull.

I hope you will join me here @handmadeinmind and see what I am making, crafting and experimenting with. As my Page indicates “Handmade in Mind” is aimed at providing handmade and one of a kind crochet pieces for those who are not interested in wearing what everybody else is wearing and aren’t afraid to make a bold style statement.

Now if you want something quick and already made, you can purchase one of the items from the Hand Made in Mind Shop (more details about that in the next paragraph).

About the Shop! The Shop will mainly focus on my one of kind crochet items – my explorations. There will usually only be one of these items available. Those designs can also serve as the basis of a collaboration with a client too.

As I sharpen my photography skills over the coming weeks, more of my designs will appear in the Shop.

My art pieces will not appear in the Shop but rather will remain as a separate post with the option for more information, purchasing details or for commissions. I’m not married to that decision but as with all things, change and evolution is inevitable.

Thanks in advance and I hope to interact with you and, of course, answer any of your questions here; on my Facebook Page.

 Thanks a bunch!

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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a little dabble in some fabric design

My latest design has been uploaded to Spoonflower as of this morning. It’s called peas and onions. I am excited to see my three designs in real life. Coming soon!

Once I receive my sample proofs, I will officially start selling them. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, you can take a look at them on the Spoonflower site directly by clicking on any of these three images.

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peas and onions by josyan mcgregor

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rings and things by josyan mcgregor

quand le soleil
quand le soleil by josyan mcgregor