December 23, 2011

Handmade Tea

I just finished making some handmade tea as christmas presents for a whole bunch of people.
I bought a whole bunch of loose leaf tea from the health food store and found
some heat-sealable tea bags. I mixed up a bunch of different combinations of tea and sealed
the bags with a hair straightener. The great thing is you can make any possible combination of herbs
 and spices you can think of - you could even try adding cinnamon, cloves or cocoa powder
to make the perfect holiday treat!

December 22, 2011

Christmas Presents!

I'm almost finished wrapping christmas presents.
This year, I designed my own wrapping paper by drawing simple white patterns onto kraft paper.
This little guy is going into one of those packages too - I'm definitely going to have to make
more baby penguins and put them up for sale in the new year - he's way too cute!

December 20, 2011

Alleyway Find

I found this wooden crate in an alleyway.
It was in pretty rough shape, filthy and mostly come apart.
But I picked it up anyway, washed it, pulled out the rusty nails, hammered it back
together and sanded it down to reveal some beautiful wood only micrometres below the surface.
From now on, I'm traveling the city exclusively through alleyways!

December 18, 2011

Necklaces

Preparing for a handmade christmas is A LOT of work. But fun, sparkly work.
These are a bunch of necklaces and bracelets I made as gifts for my sisters and friends.
Mostly out of polymer clay painted with gold and silver metallics (or left white, like the rose).
The added elements are bits and pieces of some of old found jewelry
which I took apart; a few wooden beads, some fake pearls and little pieces of metal.

(This post is top secret, I made my family swear not to check my blog before christmas,
not that I think they check it very often)

November 29, 2011

Branch Hooks

I made these branch hooks out of a scrap piece of wood and a bunch of collected twigs.
I carved off the bark and flattened the backs of each twig with a knife and glued
the bare branches to the board. They can't support a whole ton of weight,
but they are perfect for hanging jewelry and other light things.

November 22, 2011

Markings

taking pleasure in simple black and white - pen and ink markings.

Geometric Pendants

I am thrilled to post about this new collection of geometric beads I have been working on.
They are carved out of polymer clay. The colours are all hand-mixed acrylic paint,
so each colour combination is completely unique and one-of-a-kind.

It's been a while since I worked with so much colour,
so I am really excited with how these turned out. They are for sale in my shop.

November 18, 2011

November 17, 2011

Peas in a Pod + Notebook

A pair of sugar snap peas in pods - for sale in my shop.

And a new notebook I bound - this time just for myself!
Made out of over 20 different kinds of paper using a coptic binding stitch
so that the spine lays nice and flat when open.

November 15, 2011

silver geometric beads

experiments with polymer clay and silver acrylic paint...

November 13, 2011

Pomegranate

It's pomegranate season and I can't get enough of the delicious fruit!
The pendant is for sale in my shop.

November 12, 2011

Avocado

I'm pretty excited about this avocado pendant. Doesn't it look edible?

November 10, 2011

are there jackalope around here?

 A custom order jackalope...

 A new rabbit design - available in my shop!

and another custom order - some silver berries.

November 2, 2011

Scorpion Pendant + a Giveaway!

I made this scorpion pendant as a birthday present for a Scorpio.
Molded out of polymer clay, painted with silver acrylic, and finished with
a protective coat of glossy varnish.

Also, the awesome blog Bloesem is hosting a giveaway of one of my fox pendants.
All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on their blog!

November 1, 2011

Notebook

I made this notebook as a birthday present for a friend.
It is filled with over 15 different types of paper - blank paper, lined paper, grid paper,
tracing paper, card stock, and sprinkled with pages from magazines and art gallery pamphlets.
I hand-cut and bound the pages together and made the cover out of cardboard and an old paper bag.
I am totally in love with the textures of all the different papers,
and I like the idea of using a notebook like this
where inspiration is allowed to flow from the paper itself.

October 26, 2011

Clay Berries + an Interview

I made these raspberry and blackberry pendants out of polymer clay
and painted them with acrylics.

I also did a little interview with Discover Paper (a blog all about paper,
featuring the work of many different paper artists and crafters).
Check it out if you'd like to learn more about my work!

October 25, 2011

rainy tuesday

some things I have been working on... a hand-painted cup,
and some little woodland creature pendants.

October 18, 2011

Animal Pendants

Yesterday I sculpted a series of animal pendants.
They are made out of polymer clay, painted with acrylics and coated with a clear gloss varnish.
If you would like to own one, they are for sale in my etsy shop.

October 17, 2011

New Ships

I just dropped off a new fleet of ships at Freedom. They are approximately 11" tall.

September 22, 2011

Twig Pendant

I made this twig pendant out of polymer clay and wire.
For sale in my etsy shop!

September 21, 2011

Embroidery

I made this simple grass embroidery.
It's hard to tell from the picture, but there are two layers - the fabric is semi-opaque, s
o it has a sort of three dimensional quality to it.

September 20, 2011

Antler Pendant

Today I made a collection of antler pendants out of polymer clay.
They are now for sale at Freedom Clothing Collective and in my etsy shop!

September 17, 2011

Drawer Shelf

I made this shelf out of a discarded drawer.
I glued in some small wooden boxes and painted the whole thing white.
I'm glad to have finally found a home for my light bulbs and other miniature objects.

September 13, 2011

Terracotta Houses


I molded these little houses out of terracotta,
painted them with white acrylic and carved out the doors with a knife.
They are about 2 cm tall.

September 6, 2011

Paper Flowers

Inspired by fibre artist Lizz Aston, I decided I wanted to make
some paper flowers of my own.
So I crocheted these ones out of my hand-spun shifu (paper thread).

September 4, 2011

Shifu

Yesterday I taught myself how to spin paper into thread (shifu).
These two samples are made from 8"x10" sheets of washi.
The grey one is a Kozo paper, and the beige one is a Tengu-jo tissue.
I think I like the Kozo better because it's a little bit sturdier.
I've been doing research on shifu, but haven't found much information, I'd be curious to know if
anyone else has experience spinning their own thread out of paper,
and if so, what is your method for attaching the ends to each other?
I find that these are weak points, but glue doesn't really work very well because it makes them stiff.

September 3, 2011

tiny white houses + an interview

This is sort of a work in progress. I want to make these into a series,
but I am not sure yet what form it will take.
The houses are made out of cardboard and split bamboo skewers whitewashed with acrylic paint.
They are really small - less than 1 inch high.

Also, I recently did a live online radio interview with Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby of
Crafted Spaces. You can listen to it if you are interested in hearing more about my work with paper.
The first 15 minutes of the program are with Lizz Aston, a very talented Toronto-based fibre artist,
and the second half is with me.

August 28, 2011

my workspace

Some things that I find beautiful.

August 14, 2011

August: a short series of photos

These are some of the things I've been up to this summer.

I painted this espresso set as a wedding present for a friend.

Another series of houses, made from bamboo skewers
(split into thin pieces), cardboard, japanese paper.

 More shrink plastic necklaces

And an embroidery hoop.