Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crochet Gerks, by OMG! Heart. Love!

Alice over at OMG! Heart has a super sweet blog. It's all about sewing, knitting and crochet, oh my! I love these cute crochet Gurk Characters that she's created, they're so nerdy fun. She gives you an in depth look into what Gerks are as well as the supplies need to make. Yeah!

They look like they could kick some serious arse!

Love the little beard!

Alice has lots of other free patterns and other great information on crafting. A must see!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Passage Quilting- Examining Life's Patterns

Since 2002 Sherry Lynn Wood creator of Passage Quilting  has helped people work thru their grievances by the craft of quilt making. Utilizing recycled textiles Passage Quilting is an active, hands-on, therapeutic process for working through life transitions.
"Beginning with the architecture of the clothing, these quilts are pieced without a predetermined pattern. This process provides the maker an opportunity to examine his or her life patterns.
The resulting quilts reflect the relationship of the maker to the materials, retain a sense of the body, and in the case of bereavement, carry the consoling essence of the beloved."

The quilts are really beautiful. Sherry also has a wonderful blog.
Via Little Somethings

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cute & Free Paper toys!

I got to do a little paper craft work with the awesome studio Fashion Buddha for their project Cam & Maggie. The characters of Cam & Maggie were illustrated by the talented Mr. Alberto CerriteƱo and then turned into puppets to create a series of short video's for Intel around the concept of Context-Aware Computing.
Context-°©‐aware computing focuses on gathering information about a person using a computing device—such as the person’s current location, patterns of activity, communication with others,immediate pursuits, and so on. The device then uses that information to offer guidance, recommendations, personalized choices, and other options tailored to the individual’s behavior and lifestyle.
I took the flat artwork and created 4 paper toys that you can download for free!

Here some shots from the first video. I love those puppets, so cute!

These puppets are taller than me!
Love this part in the video!
Hey, my dog does that too!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book Review: Drawing Nature, by Jill Bliss

I recently met Jill Bliss at a Portland State University portfolio review where we both teach part time.I've known of her wonderful nature-inspired illustrations and patterns for quite sometime and was happy that she wanted me to check out her new book, Jill Bliss Drawing Nature. It's a wonderful introduction to drawing nature with easy-to-follow exercises that explore ways of seeing the natural world and translating it into simple marks on a page.
" This journal will help you learn to "re-see" the world as you did when you were a child."
This is a great drawing journal and I love all of the encouraging notes and delightful drawings in the top and bottom of the pages. There's also full pages of her drawings sprinkled throughout for inspirations, which are fabulous!

Jill reminds us that in a world where information moves quickly "were discovering that many ideas are best expressed with images rather than written language." I couldn't agree more. What a great opportunity to slow down and observe the world around us by discovering the simplicity of nature. Her drawing exercises teaches you to translate what you see into marks on a page.
"Just like you learned verbal language, you'll need to learn your own distinctive visual vocabulary by trying out several different ones until you find one that works for you.

I heart this page!

Her lovely drawings.

My first drawing..it's a little rough!
Nice references in the back!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Memorial Day photocards

Working on some new cards for Memorial Day, here's a sneak peak.
They could be sent year round too! You can get them here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Threads of Change

Threads of Change is making a difference in Ghana.

I love these mudcloth bags, clutches, and iphone cases they make. Not only because of the way they are made but why they are made. Designers Rhion Magee and Laura Pursell have collaborated with Project OKURAS to help a rural village in Ghana build a vocational school and sewing center.
Our goal is for Okurase women to have a sustainable trade and an independent income stream to put food on their families’ tables.
In the village of Okurase there is no clean or safe water, no toilets and no medical care. Women struggle to get enough food to feed themselves and their children. With every purchase of a Threads of Change product, money is raised towards helping Project OKURAS reach it's goal.

Check out more projects on their etsy shop as well as their website for more information!

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