everyday inspiration, Fibre Art, my thoughts, Portfolio, stuff from my life, texture is my obsession

modern quilting, graphic design, podcasts and a new life path

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My absolute first quilt top with fabric I had available. Negative space, as far as I am concerned, can be anything you want.

I have fallen in total love with modern quilting – there I wrote it. Prior to this and to my own embarrassment, I was a quilt snob. I certainly appreciated their place in fabric and textile history but in no way did  I consider this traditional form of craft in my design or aesthetic vocabulary.

After all, I am a lover of colourful graphic patterns and scandinavian design. I love Marimekko’s bold flowers and simple lines. I drool at thought of Charles and Ray Eames’ body of work. I have watched Helvetica and Objectify many more times than I care to admit. I am fascinated by architecture, specifically Brutalist Architecture! There was no way that quilting fit within all that. I mean, right?

Some background

A few months back, I was an avid tech podcast listener and had been since 2002, but I was looking for something new. I was simply burned out on technology.

Something more… me

I am in my late forties, I am at the stage in my life where I need something that will re-ignite and inspire me to get back on the right path. I want to rejuvenate the next part of my own creative journey.

Enter Sandi

One day on my commute to work, I simply searched for two keywords: creative and podcast, and there it appeared. I listened to my first Crafty Planner Podcast on Google Play Music and was instantly hooked and the rest, as they say, is history. I would literally never be the same again.

Through Sandi Hazelwood’s Crafty Planner Podcasts, I have been introduced to quilters / makers / artists like Jacquie Gering, Heather Jones, Frank Palmer, Libs Elliott, Karen McTavish; fabric designers like Tula Pink, Heather Ross, Amy Butler and finally, sewists / designers like Cal Patch and Annabel Wrigley and much much more.

The world of modern quilting was totally new to me and I loved it. It awakened the sleeping artist inside of me. As a research maniac, I could not get enough of the images and creative vision I was seeing. The endless possibilities that this medium can open is mind-blowing. I can now see how architecture could be interpreted through modern quilting and textile art. There you have it, I have finally found a way to combine my love of architecture, graphic design, fine art, textile art, fibre arts, bold colours, line art, simple patterns, negative space exploration and conceptual art.

Over the last 3-4 months, I have listened with enormous focus and intent and I have laughed and openly wept at my many “ah ha” moments while listening to Sandi’s sensitive, honest and intelligent conversation-style interviews.

The other important reason I am writing this post today is because I’d like to thank Sandi. I’d like to let her know, that she has played a huge part in my soul search and my ultimate reconnection.

As a graphic designer, I have had many opportunities to create but in the end, I have realised that my style of “creation” is definitely more hands-on. Creating texture will now be my focus.

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This was an improv piece (zesty pi) with colours I love. The flowery pattern fabric is from a 70’s bed sheet which I have held on to for years. I have lots but I am being super selective as to when I use it.

It’s been a turbulent but enlightening couple of months for me personally, professionally and creatively and I now find myself with the time to develop my thoughts and my art.

I am promising myself a long and thoughtful meander along a largely unknown path filled with new hope and energy. Let’s see where it leads.

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fabric design, Portfolio

quand le soleil : fabric design first for me

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quand le soleil > inspired by my maternal Grandfather > always there > always an inspiration

Well here it is! My first attempt at a repeat. I’ve sent it off to Spoonflower to see how it looks on fabric. Fingers crossed it all lines up.

If I love it, I will offer it up for sale on Spoonflower.

Wish me luck!

branding, just a thought, Portfolio, stuff from my life, tech

Database and why it’s crucial to your success (blog post for my day gig)

Very proud of this article!

Building and nurturing interactions, loyalty and awareness for donors, volunteers as well as the public at large is the root of data collection.

Read the whole article here: http://www.phil.ca/your-database-is-crucial-to-your-success-why-not-give-it-some-tlc/

ceramics, everyday inspiration, line art

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.

Colors I Love, everyday inspiration, stuff from my life

inspiration is everywhere

flower plateA few years ago now, my long-time boyfriend and I stopped on the side of the road to take a look at one of those random yard sales. This is the only thing I purchased that day. It’s a beautiful graphic example of what I love best. Bold and simple flowers with the colours I am drawn to always – yellow, orange and green. What can I say, I am a child of the 70s and this is my aesthetic. I love to have my breakfast (only) in this plate and before it’s deteriorates further, I wanted to take a picture of it to remind myself that even everyday things can be a source of inspiration.

Plate: Snowhite – Johnson Bros – Made in England – Stoneware, Garden Party