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now that i am home from haystack, i want to say a sincere thank you for your sweet and kind comments and emails about my last post. i loved them more than you know, and appreciated every one. my new site is going to launch very soon and i thought a lot about your comments when i was imagining some parts of the new space. i think there will still be occasional blog updates there, but probably more images (art, photos) and less text, as a rule. i'll post here when it's going live and direct you to the new site.
haystack was an incredible experience. i have so much to say and to share about it, but i am still processing a lot of it right now. i thought i'd share a few photos for now at the end if this post, though. and i also wanted to mention that i will be having an art opening at spruce and gussy in bar harbor tomorrow night, 8/22, from 3-9pm. this is a combined event with my talented friend kari chapin, author of grow your handmade business. (i illustrated the book.) she'll be there to sign books i will be showing a bunch of brand new art that i am really excited about, mostly monotype prints with some collage and papercutting layered on some of them. stop by and say hi if you're local; we'd love to see you.
just a quick note to say that this will be one of my last blog posts here at swallowfield. this blog has been quietly chugging along since early 2007, starting as a place for occasional crafty projects and stuff i was doing with the kids. as you all know, the internet has changed a lot since then, and so have i. these days i find myself more interested in using this space in a quieter way, with photographs and occasional news about what i'm doing professionally.
this weekend i'm headed off for two weeks at haystack mountain school of crafts. this is the working vacation/retreat of a lifetime for me, and i can't wait to get there. as someone who finds herself identifying first as a mom at all times, the chance to be in charge of only myself, working whenever i want 24 hours a day, with three yummy meals a day that i don't have to cook, a cozy bed, inspiring artists and craftspeople from all over, and beautiful ocean surroundings...well, you get the idea. CAN'T WAIT.
(photo from haystack's website)
when i get back, i'll be pointing you to a special new place online. i've been working with the fantastic trio at more+co since late winter on a new website and some other fun stuff that we'll roll out together in a few weeks. i am totally looking forward to the new space, and having it be a site that truly and simply reflects what i am up to these days.
my etsy shop will close tomorrow and reopen on 8/10, too. so if there's anything you've been wanting, today is the day to order it. if you have had your eye on something, i'd like to offer you a 20% off discount code on anything in my shop. use the code SUMMERVACATION at check out to get this special deal. it will work until i close the shop tomorrow night, saturday 7/28 at midnight EST.
thank you so much to everyone who visits here. thanks for your support and encouragement in all ways over these past five+ years. i am looking forward to sharing the new space with you soon.
apropos of nothing, i need to share a little bit of loveliness with you this morning and tell you that i am shamelessly in love with my new decal from shanna murray. every morning the light shines through my curtain and the speckled gold sparkles just the nicest little bit. i've been on a less-is-more kick lately about decorating my house, and i love this subtle little decal for its simplicity and beauty. it's small, too. 1"x8". perfect.
i bought mine from my friends at spruce and gussy in bar harbor. they have a nice selection of her product line. they're beautifully packaged in cardboard tubes with great labeling. but shanna also has an online shop. and it looks like she's having a sale right now. you might want to take a little peek.
i wanted to share a recent large papercut that will be auctioned off tonight at the abbe museum gala. my kids tease me that i sometimes get on 'the art channel' and tune everything else out when i am really intense on a project. i was definitely on the art channel for this papercut. many many hours in a row, calm concentration and freehand cutting from the bottom left to the upper right until it was done. there might have been some amy's microwave burritos for the kids during that time, but they didn't seem to mind.
the quote is from the tracy log, a book of reflections from a summer visitor's first visit to mount desert island. there were many lovely quotes i could have used in the book, shared with permission from the mount desert historical society, but i chose this one for my mad, true love of the ocean and its peaceful and uniting place here. who knows, i may do a few more of the quotes from the book sometime.
i think i might need to invest in a new cutting mat soon, what do you think?
i am so pleased that people have been excited about my iphone cases with society 6. thank you so much! it has been super fun to see them on your phones here and there. i've just added a few more new designs. i am trying not to let this fun project distract me from my other work. you can see all of my designs with them here.
another fun project i worked on last week was doodling with sharpies (8 of them, to be exact) on a large canvas banner. (if i had to guess it was 2.5x4.5 feet, but of course i gave it away before i measured it properly.) the mdi marathon is held where i live each year, and they have local artists do a banner for each mile of the marathon that are auctioned off at the end for a local charity. i made another banner a few years ago and was excited to work on another one this year. it feels incredibly good to go to town in a larger format than i usually work in. and i love me a sharpie.
i am excited to share that some patterns i made for land of nod last summer are now on a set of bedding! this was a dream project for me and i love the way they turned out. they're available up to queen size - i can't wait to get mine.
i love the chance to listen to great music while i'm drawing. last night i got to hear a wonderful live brass concert in a place with great acoustics, and i drew almost the entire time. sometimes i wonder if people find it rude when i have my head down drawing, but i have always throught of doodling as a way to completely concentrate on listening while i work. and now i will always think of the songs i heard last night and how they made me feel when i look back at this drawing. does that ever happen to you?
grow your handmade business, by kari chapin - you might remember i shared the cover a few months ago. it's a follow up to her wonderful book the handmade marketplace, and it's out in the world now! and i did all of the illustrations. the art director, alethea morrison at storey publishing, did a lovely job designing the book. and i've got to say - it's pretty nice to hold it in my hands. if you are a maker, or thinking of trying a new venture - this book is chock full of great advice and interviews. i can't say enough good stuff about it. congratulations kari!
among kari's upcoming engagements this summer, we'll be doing a book event together on august 22nd at spruce and gussy in bar harbor. i'm really looking forward to it.
paper lanterns in the azalea garden, papercut and digital color 8.5x11"
this is one of several new papercuts i've been working on this month - i'll show the other ones soon.
in other exciting news, this is happening. they're the dream team in my eyes - so excited to be working with them. so there might be a real website later this summer, only 5+ years after i meant to have one.