Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Back to School!

I'm back at ACAD (now that Alberta University of the Arts) for another textiles class. It's called Salvage/Selvedge and we're looking at the practical aspects of textile production and design. To start things off, we watched a couple of documentaries. Learn along with me and stay tuned to the blog :-)

The True Cost is an hour and a half long scathing looking at the often invisible human and environmental impact of fast fashion. The textile industry has always had a huge environmental footprint, but, it is only within the past ten years that the footprint has increased dramatically. From fibre production to processing to purchasing, the fast fashion industry is incredibly unsustainable and one of the largest polluters on the planet. It is amazing the producers were able to fit in such a wide survey of the textile industry into one documentary. They talk to workers, growers, factory owners, environmentalists, fashion designers and more to demonstrate the clothing continuum--and conundrum.

However, it's not all doom and gloom with the textile industry. There are lots of creative people out there working to reduce the impact or invent new processes. The Next Black is a forty five minute documentary with a very optimistic view of the future. Biocoture! 3D printing! Waterless dying! The film was made about five years ago, so it will be interesting to see where the next five years takes us.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Isla the Cat Pet Portrait

Here's another Calgary Expo Holiday Market commission that was a Christmas gift :-)

Cat sketch

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Gizmo the Cat Pet Portrait

I have a few pet sketches from the Calgary Expo Holiday Market that I can share as they were Christmas gifts. This is Gizmo and I hope the picture was well received!

Gizmo the Cat

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Instagram Top Nine 2019

Top Nine is a nifty app/website that figures out your top nine Instas (follow me here btw. I'm a little surprised but you never know what people are gonna like!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New dog illustration on Creative Market

After all of these years there's subject that is missing from my portfolio - dogs! One of my long time Christmas craft sale customers even pointed it out to me. "Still no dogs, eh?" she said. I'm happy to report that I have one dog available for personal or commercial use on Creative Market. Creative Market makes purchasing and licensing easy. The original drawing is still for sale if you are interested!

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Tis the Season for Calgary Christmas Craft Fairs

Whew, it's after Halloween! I can officially share my craft sale schedule this year ;-D The TGCA Annual Craft Fair 5600 Centre Street North, Calgary, Alberta November 15 5-9pm November 16 10-3pm Calgary Expo Holiday Market BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta November 30 10-6pm Harvest Hills Alliance Church Christmas Craft Sale and Tea 10099 Harvest Hills Blvd NW, Calgary, Alberta December 6 4-8pm December 7 9-3pm Highwood Christmas Craft Fair 16 Harlow Ave. NW, Calgary, Alberta December 13 5-8:30pm December 14 9:30-3:30pm

Monday, September 30, 2019

Frank the Cat, Pet Portrait

I finished up Frank's portrait recently. He was the last commission from the comic show and I'm quite happy with how he turned out. Frank has a lion cut, so it made it difficult to feel comfortable with the body proportions. A little bit of white paint for eyes and whiskers and it felt good to be done :-)
Frank the Cat

4x6" ::: Pencil crayon and marker ::: 2019