Friday, November 26, 2021

A Crafty Minute on TikTok!

I've started making a few short videos discussing art and related topics on TIKTOK - they're only a minute long so it isn't a huge investment to watch one.

If you have a minute, check them out!

https://www.tiktok.com/@thecraftyhag


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Speed Demons at Art Crank MPLS



 

I was thrilled to be selected as a participating artist for the 2021 Art Crank event in Minneapolis. Artists are chosen to design a bicycle inspired artwork and print a limited edition of original posters - either letter press or screen print. The actual event is held at a brewery and folks can come and buy posters or they are also available for a limited time online.  Check out  ARTCRANK for more info and to see other designs from this year and other years as well.



 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sticker Madness

 I have completely gone overboard with making stickers out of some of my linocut designs.

I'm so excited to be working with a woman owned, independent small business to have them printed.
The quality is exceptional, I was very impressed when the first one arrived. The matte vinyl is heavy duty and waterproof!  My water bottle is COVERED in stickers. I am adding new designs frequently so I'm thinking maybe I need another water bottle to cover...




Saturday, May 15, 2021

Good News

 It has been a weekend of good news popping up both here in MN and back in FL! 

I have been accepted into the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair in July- my first large local festival here in MN

 
AND

I found out that my piece at Mize Gallery in the FLA show has sold

Very grateful and excited about these two recent notifications!


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Playing With Friends...

Been having some fun collaborating with a potter friend, Matt Wassenaar of Black Dog Pottery. He throws these amazing mugs and then I get to apply underglaze designs with brushes and my carved stamps. It has been ages since I worked on ceramics but I used to love hand building different things. I was never a great wheel thrower though, so this is a real treat!





 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Florida Welcomes You

Florida Welcomes You (detail) / Linocut and Graphite on Wood 

Created for FLA exhibit at MIZE GALLERY May 2021

In this piece I tried to capture the tropical shirts and vintage marketing flavors that were part of old Florida vacations… The famous citrus, pelicans, tropical plants, seashells, and alligators were all iconic symbols of this exotic get-away. I took my first Florida vacation as a kid with my mom in 1976. We went to Disney World, Busch Gardens and the Ringling Circus Museum but my favorite thing was the beach and collecting shells. Even as an adult Florida resident that natural magic never waned and I came to cherish the flora and fauna of Florida. The spontaneous graphite lines are in honor of the younger me that fell in love with the idea of Florida decades ago. For me they represent the underlying promise of fun in the sun that is part of the Florida lifestyle. They’re also intentionally made with pencil which is not as permanent as ink because the dream vacation is always temporary.

This piece was created by translating my original sketches into hand carved relief blocks, like large rubber stamps, that were then inked and printed carefully one at a time in layers onto the prepared wooden surface. This is a one-shot process, if you screw up you start over as there is no way to change things once the ink is on the wood. There were several layers involved—the background was white washed with gouache then the first layer of souvenir pennant shapes were printed in yellow and pastel sky blue. On top of that came the orange layer, then the dark blue layer, then the pencil lines added last. The blocks are printed with an archival dye ink that has a transparent quality that permits the layers of color to interact and change when combined.


 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

April is National Poetry Month

 

In honor of National Poetry Month I created some postcards that I left in the Little Free Libraries in my neighborhood. It was my first Free Art Friday activity since moving to Minnesota and it was really fun. Nice that so many libraries are in my area, then I don't have to worry about work getting rained on or blowing away and becoming litter.  I'll be doing this again for sure!