smART Event: Dee Fontans

The smART group is having another speaker event, Dee Fontans of ArtaWearness fame, among other things.  Dee is so great to do this for us, as I know she is a very busy person.  She is someone I respect as an artist and as a person, and I feel I’ve learned a lot about both life and art from her.

The talk is Tuesday, March 30th, at 6PM in the lecture hall at ACAD.  The poster is below.

Jacquard Weaving Workshop

This past weekend I participated in a Jacquard Weaving Workshop, hosted by the Fibre Department.  Our guest artist was the amazing Louise Lemieux Bérubé, who runs the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (which Becki and I visited when we were in Montreal last year.  It’s really an amazing place.  They offer a full time program, as well as workshops in the summer and internships.

Anyway, the focus of our workshop was on photo manipulation to prepare files to be woven by the Jacquard loom at the center.  We learned how to impose weave structures on color layers, as well as a lot of tips and tricks for making repeating patterns and image manipulations.  I see these skills also being useful for Spoonflower, so that may be one of my summer projects.

Here’s some examples of the files I made.  For example, this:

 Plus this:

Equals this:

And then, some repeating patterns:

Ok, um, slight problem with the weaving files- more to come later.

Jacquard Weaving Workshop

This past weekend I participated in a Jacquard Weaving Workshop, hosted by the Fibre Department.  Our guest artist was the amazing Louise Lemieux Bérubé, who runs the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (which Becki and I visited when we were in Montreal last year.  It’s really an amazing place.  They offer a full time program, as well as workshops in the summer and internships.

Anyway, the focus of our workshop was on photo manipulation to prepare files to be woven by the Jacquard loom at the center.  We learned how to impose weave structures on color layers, as well as a lot of tips and tricks for making repeating patterns and image manipulations.  I see these skills also being useful for Spoonflower, so that may be one of my summer projects.

Here’s some examples of the files I made.  For example, this:

 Plus this:

Equals this:

And then, some repeating patterns:

Ok, um, slight problem with the weaving files- more to come later.

Sock Monkey Queen!

You may have seen this before, but I just discovered Rebecca Yaker.  If you recognize her name, you’ll know that she is everything Sock Monkey!  See more of her stuff.
Rebecca makes Sock Monkey Dresses, and sock money dolls, including Siamese monkeys!
  
Photos from HazelandMelvin.com

(discovered by way of Craftsanity.com, which happens to be run by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, who, besides having the weird name coincidence with me, has an amazing crafter podcast!)

Fairytale Fashion!

Wow, this IS mighty interesting!  This applies to so much more than fashion…. I wonder if I could make my larger sculptures infatable…. probably!  This site is going to be useful- I hope they post more!

Fairytale Fashion

A particularly interesting video on deployable structures:

Fairytale Fashion!

Wow, this IS mighty interesting!  This applies to so much more than fashion…. I wonder if I could make my larger sculptures infatable…. probably!  This site is going to be useful- I hope they post more!

Fairytale Fashion

A particularly interesting video on deployable structures:

It’s a trap! A trap, I say!

So, a bit of a funny story…. I just came out of the washroom, and there was a nice cold bottle of coke sitting in the middle of the hallway, and so, I bent down to pick it up, and all the sudden, there was a blanket over my head!  It was a trap!  Bear set a trap and got me, but after he caught me, he didn’t know what to do with me, so he let me go, and now I’m posting it on my blog.  I’m sure he appreciates that.  lol.

But thank you for the coke, Bear!

I think maybe I’m procrastinating a little.  See previous post. (Hey, everybody does it.)

New Supplies!!

I went to Fabricland last weekend, when they had their 50% off sale.  I made off like a bandit!  It’s an especially good deal, as I shop out of the bargain bin anyway.  I got 11 colours of polyester, 5 meters each, and 30 spools of thread for $150!  That should last me all semester, for my Directed Studio, in which I am making microbe like forms out of the melted material.  Here’s all the pretty colors!
 
And all the pretty threads…
 
And what I do with them….