Monday, July 30, 2007

ComicCon International and inspiration file

Back from San Diego Comic Con where I worked a great many hours and caught whatever the fellow booth mates had.

I beaded this weekly quilt while there, having finished the main work on Tuesday evening before flying out the next morning.

There are some amazing artists out there, and all were so different. I met quite a few.

Here are a bunch of artists I met while at the ComicCon.

The fine folks at Slave Labor Graphics (including my buddy Dan Vado, to whom I dedicate my chicken hat)

Erica Vess (related to Charles Vess)

CJ Metzger at her "ArtistSisters" booth

Nan Kim and her adorable art

Eric Davison and his squid art

Stephanie Roberts' fairie paintings

Lark Pien (whose little bat watercolors I bought)

Brain Ewing, whose stuff is amazing

Darryl Young and amazing color use at

the adorable art of Fomato

Andrew Bawidamann and some of the most beautiful pinup that is actually tasteful

Mari Inukai - beautiful paintings-

Rochelle Heagh Phister and her dark art at cute bags and sewn stuff!

Lucien Shapiro and his creepy sculptures at

Gris Grimly, whose desins I adore

Love the girls from the Tired Girl Collective

Christina Benavides (whose small watercolor furry animal painting I bought) @

The Toxic Toon Team at

The changing portraits at

And in the airport...Jesse Hernandez

So what else did I see that inspired me?

The TokiDoki booth

Kokeshki Ink, from Spicy Brown

So much, and I have so many ideas now. To the sketchbook, Robin....

Monday, July 23, 2007

Plastic bag recycling

I read a great many blogs. Too many, sometimes. But I have noticed a trend in the blogosphere when it comes to craft blogs. They link to each other a great deal. So while it's been great to get new links and new blogs to read from reading a few favorites, sometimes an idea gets beaten to death.
Which takes me to this week's quilt.
A few weeks ago, everyone and their sister was making things out of fused plastic bags. Like here, and here, and the tutorial that started it all, here.
I want to be a craft grrl. So here is my attempt to live like a lemming and add the recycled plastic bag craft revolution to my quilting.
Making it was fun, not nearly as stinky as proposed in the tutorial, and way harder to sew that it seems. It was very slippery on the batting, and it had to be tacked in places just to stay on. Next time, fusing it to fusible web is necessary.
Oh, and the wording came from a Michaels bag, that said "Ideas, Inspiration and Information".

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Down the spiral

The house is still chaotic, so I went to one of my last doodles from week 3-4. Week 28
This week has been very non-arty. I am writing a technical manual and it's so bland and dry I could curl up and die everytime I have to sit and write it. But as an unusual side-effect, I'm NOT bursting with creative energy. I don't feel creative at all. This manual is sucking the creative life out of me.
On the other hand, I am going to the San Diego Comic Con next week, so I have to think of a project to take with me, and I also have a few obligation projects to get done. I joined a new ATC swap on, so I am looking forward to starting that back up. The new studio is helping, and I am thinking of all kinds of things to adorn it with. At the con, I hope to get inspired and take a few photos and make some sketches that will fuel me for a while.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Still going...and going...and going...

First off, I have now been doing the weekly quilt series for 27 weeks. That's over half a year, but who's counting?

Here is week 26. I decided on a white on white allover pattern to commemorate my half year mark. I adapted this pattern from and their Provence mini wholecloth kit pattern, which is normally 16 inches, and mine is only 6 inches. I have lots of work to do on very small filler quilting. In addition, I put this pattern on the back, so the work here is the bobbin.

Week 27 is another story. We have finally moved in. This shape is all I will see for many weeks. I needed a fast project, and not many of my weekly quilts are biographical, so this fit the bill.

Here are some promised photos of my new Quilt studio. Before, it had a purple and green little girl's theme. The previous owner tried some freehand butterflies on the wall. I may do something to them later. This is the before photo.

And this is the current work in progress. It has a walk in closet with a baby changing station in it, which I will use as a cutting station. The fabric bins are from Ikea, I chose lower wire baskets to see the colors of the fabric better. They were out of the laminate tops that will form a shelf across the top, on which I will set some projects.
My sewing table has always been a grey fold up computer table, and the drop keyboard area has been modified to meet the level of the bed on the sewing machine, essentially giving me one of those custom sewing platforms with almost zero cost. The best part is that I have space for an 18 x 24 inch cutting mat on the backside of the table, which I use to work on, and then just go around the table to sew.
The big white box with silver edges near the ironing board is an old Nokia cell phone sign that hung in a store in a mall. It was given to my husband for free who thought it would make a good lightbox. Since the one side still says Nokia, and the back was white, it was perfect, and who can beat free? I have the best husband for thinking of these things for me.
I hung one piece of art, a frame from Target that has 12 2.5 x 3.5 inch openings, perfect for ATCs. I took 12 great ATCs from my collection and popped them in, and hung it up. I plan to get a few more frames to display even more.
I still have plenty to find a place for, and the wall I am standing against to take this photo is where the design wall will be. A 360 degree photo will come soon, closer to completion.