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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Last week I was filling out some forms, describing all of the stages that go into making a Shibang purse. What I realized was that there is one important stage that I don’t highlight very much, screen printing. I use screen printing as a layer in the design and then add dimension with embellishment on top.

The branches are the design that I am referring to. They were first drawn with charcoal onto tracing paper, then exposed onto the screen (which was coated with photo sensitive emulsion). This design with the branches began as a way to create a lighter look for the felt by adding blossoms or smaller flowers. What originally was a spring/summer look has now been continued through to winter styles by changing the colours. The colours that I mix up for the pigments change every few months as well for a slightly different look.

First I cut the pattern piece and then individually print each piece.

Usually I print a batch of one colour at once and then get the mess cleaned up and back to sewing. Once I’m done printing I roll the vinyl cover back over the table and continue to lay out the fleece and construct the bag.

This is the rest of the table that I wanted to include because I made it myself, and for me it was a big project.

My new line of wall pieces is officially ready to launch. I made a few of various sizes and colours which are now stretched onto canvas and ready for the wall.

To me these wall pieces shout summer because they’re fresh and add a shot of colour that is right in season. I took some photos of the pieces unframed as well as in a white floating frame. Today when I took went looking for frames I was happy to find the perfect one that compliments the piece by keeping it contemporary.

I have plenty of other ideas of more pieces to make and how I’d like to photograph them. Once I’ve got it all ready then I’ll set up a photo shoot and commit to all of the holes I plan to put in the walls.

One more thing that I wanted to share was the piece below. This is a giclee of a photograph that I took 7 years ago when I was in my first year of college and had a passion for photography.

My interest was in flowers (big surprise) and I developed a technique using my dad’s old SLR camera to take extreme macro shots that gave the photos a painterly look. In my second year of college when I decided to start a textile arts program my intention was to make interpretations of my photos with fabric.

Now here I am, quite a few years later, going full circle and making large floral pieces for the wall. Over the weekend I’m going to look for some of the photos I have taken so that I can share them because they have definitely had an influence in my work.

One thing that I love about living in the Maritimes is that there are so many nice places to go for a little getaway. This weekend we drove to Prince Edward Island. The island is famous internationally for it’s delicious potatoes and the book Anne of Green Gables. An important part of  my purses comes from here as well. The wool roving that I dye and felt for the floral applique comes from MacAusland’s Woolen Mill in Bloomfield, PEI.

This trip was brief so we only visited Charlottetown. All of the homes and buildings in the downtown area are historic and very well maintained.  If you haven’t tried award winning Cows ice cream it’s a must this summer. The company is based out of PEI but has other locations in Nova Scotia, BC and Alberta. It really is the best ice cream.

We stayed at The Rodd Charlottetown which was is an elegant and historic hotel built by CN Railways in 1931.
I loved the old faucets in the bathroom, black and white mosaic flooring and glass door knobs.
There are lots of well manicured parks all around Charlottetown which was a nice surprise because we brought Cali.Crossing over the Confederation Bridge is always a marvel. The engineering of this 12.9 Km bridge is one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 2oth century. The most amazing part is that when you’re driving on the bridge there’s no end in sight.

There’s a little peak at this part of Canada. I would highly recommend visiting the Prince Edward Island for a summer vacation.