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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Coming soon: The SUMMER Sassy Little Craft Show 2013!

Mark your calendars! Summer Sassy is less than a month away!
We have an amazing line up of vendors for our summertime craft show.   

The Central's two floors and two beautiful patios will be brimming with Artisans and Indie shoppers. 
Don't miss the party!




Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Gorgeous Coffee Filter Lilies

I saw a project in Martha Stewart Living about making lilies out of coffee filters

I made a simpler version with my students using a little bit of crayola markers 'n' water instead of dye.

I can't believe how beautiful even our quick version turned out!

I have glued the lily pad part of the lilies to each other in a row, making a garland, which I will hang for our Kindergarten Graduation.  I'm also thinking of repurposing them to be decorations for my Summer themed Sassy Little Craft Show coming up in July. Thanks Martha!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Paintings and Textiles at Not my Dog (and revisiting the Halloween Portraits)

For the months of June and July, my paintings and textiles will be hanging at an awesome little Parkdale bar called Not My Dog.  This is one of my favourite places: great staff, people, live music every night, and great art on their walls! *smile* 
My new work and some of my older pieces are there for in-person viewing, and I will be adding new work over the next two months so be sure to stop by.




One throwback series that I have featured at Not My Dog is my Halloween Portraits Series.  Painted in 2004, I had freshly returned from a year-long tour of Europe, and I was particularly interested in human rituals involving costumes, make-up and gatherings inspired by the resreach I had been doing on ancient and modern civilizations during my travels.  
I also was discovering a love for rendering the minute details of various fabrics, wigs and hairstyles, and make-up in my portraiture.

A Halloween party gave me the images that inspired these portraits.






There were more, but many of them have been sold or given away since.