official wedding artist

last month two of my dear friends, eitan and joanna, were married.  their wedding was a completely epic weekend event that really exemplified  the idea of a community coming together to make something happen.  but months and months before this monumental weekend i started working on wedding artwork!  they asked me to create their wedding invitations and it sort of evolved from there, and i started considering myself the official wedding artist.  the first thing i created was their save the date cards.  the three of us sat down to get an idea of what they liked and talk about some imagery, then joanna sent me examples of things she liked.  then i disregarded every bit of imagery that we had discussed and drew a picture of them.  well they are both very kind and patient people and were happy with the save the date card.

save the date card

when it came time for the discussion of the invite i had to remind myself that this invite was about them and what they wanted, not about me!!!  so many conversations later we decided upon some imagery, fonts, paper  and colors and the drawing for the invite was created.  joanna helped me print the invites.  if anyone is interested the save the date cards were drawn in pen, scanned and then just photocopied on to recycled cardstock, with 4-up on a page.  the invites were letterpress printed from a photopolymer plate, that was created off of a drawing, the text was also printed from a photopolymer plate.  then the pond lily was hand colored with watercolor paint.  the response cards were also drawn in pen, laid out on the computer and digitally printed.

wedding invite and response card

along with the invite was a hand drawn map of how to get to the location that the wedding was held, and a small card announcing the brunch that would be held the day after the wedding.  the last printed piece was a schedule of events for the day of the wedding and the ceremony.  once again these were drawn in pen, and digitally printed.

front of the schedule

back of schedule

i stuck to all of my deadlines and everything was finished on time.  a lot of people came to the wedding a day or two early to help set up and prepare, myself included.  i was immediately put to work on writing out chalkboards.  for two days i wrote out many chalkboards, none of which i have pictures of, but they turned out lovely.  one of the best things is that we decided to barter for payment.  for invites and all the other drawings eitan, with the help of my patrick, made us a dining room table!!!!  it is beautiful, and i sit at it as i type this.  the table is a farm table that is made from reclaimed pine, from a house torn down in detroit, with cedar legs.  we all thought we got the better end of the bargain, so i will take  that as a good barter.  congratulations eitan and joanna!!!!!

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little tiny vest

here is a project from the back log of the past year!  i made a little vest for my nephew’s 2nd birthday.  my sister really likes for him to be sharply dressed, and matching, so i thought i would make her a little vest for him.  i also hate knitting sleeves!!!

vest

yarn colors are so hard to photograph, and this yarn is a bit more teal in real life.  but it was made from a really soft cotton/wool blend that was a superwash yarn, made by spud and chloe.  the pattern was the julian vest, via ravelry.  it was a pretty quick knit, although i did have a little trouble with some of the center v’s, as i just couldn’t get them to come out right, so i modified that part a bit.

 

but it came out really nice and fit him perfectly!!  i really liked the little details of the buttons on the shoulders.  i have a few long done knitting projects to post.  hopefully it will encourage me to finish the sweater that i have been making patrick as his birthday gift last year!!!  maybe for his birthday this year i will finish it.

buttons

as always, raveled here.

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chalkboards

wow, it has been a really long time.  and i have a lot of projects that i have been working on for the last 9 months to share!  so here we go.  in the spring detroit finally got it’s very own farm and garden store, called detroit farm and garden (that we will refer to as dfg from here on) opened by my friend and neighbor jeff.  i, along with my talented friend nina created the logo for dfg.  i made the center image for the logo and nina did the rest, including creating the font in the word detroit!   after the store opened jeff asked me to come in and talk about creating some signage for the store.  he had made two huge chalkboards that sit behind the counter.  they are made from plywood painted with chalkboard paint, and he envisioned that they would house information on bulk items, new products, classes and any other pertinent information.

blank looming chalkboards

each chalkboard is 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide.  as i did some research on chalk i discovered that those handy chalk pens don’t work so well on chalkboard painted boards.  they look great, but they leave a ghost image after erased, especially color pigmented markers, as the material is too porous and the pigment seeps in.  they apparently erase just fine on a regular chalkboard.  so we went with regular chalk, which is harder to work with in some ways than chalk markers.  the first thing i did was decide how to divide up information and make a small to scale mock up of the boards and get a basic idea of how much room to allocate each area.  then i figured out how big the text had to be for it to be legible from the door.

chalkboards being gridded off

using painters tape (one of my favorite tools to always have on hand!) i marked off the boards into sections and to make sure that the text was straight and evenly spaced.

left board sketched in

 

right board sketched in

 

after the board was gridded off i drew everything in with regular white chalk, which was sort of like sketching in with pencil.  next i made sure that everything looked as it should and was spelled correctly.

starting to put color in

after the initial laying down of information i went in with the colored chalk to make it pop!!!  and then many hours later it was finished and extremely colorful!!

finished boards

it popped really well in the space as jeff was working with a limited color palette in the space, following the colors in the logo.  you may be surprised to hear that a farm and garden store would have a color palette at all, but this is not your average farm and garden store!  it has all of your farm and garden needs, and it is a very well put together store.  there is a better photo of the chalkboards and the store itself in this slide show from the free press.  this post is very process heavy, mainly because i personally love seeing how people do the things that they do, so when i remember to document the process i will post it here, as well as the final project!!

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another shawl

here is another project i finished up a couple months ago, but have yet to post about.  after i had one shawl under my belt i decided to make another.  plus i really love the malabrigo sock yarn.  it is beautiful and so soft, and the colors are wonderful.  this shawl was made for the artist that i have been working for for the past, almost 2 years now, as her studio assistant.  she has become a mentor and good friend to me in addition to being the boss lady, and i show my love by making people things!  she was headed out of the country for a 3 month residency and i wanted to make her something she could bring with her as a congratulations, early birthday, thanks for being so great to me gift.  i picked out her favorite murple color and the pattern was really simple and lovely to make.  it turned out quite nice.

i also finished up the soap making post over at patrick’s blog and he put up a post about us making tomato paste, if you are into that sort of thing.  below is a picture of some beautiful flowers i purchased at the market a little while ago, they looked so pretty and fall like next to my pumpkin.  i have been hoarding squash since this fall!  at our market the farmers sell heirloom winter squash and pumpkins as decorative pumpkins for dirt cheap!!  so each week i have buying a different variety, knowing that they will get better as they age.  i would have bought more, but they are heavy!  and sometimes it isn’t good to give in too much to that hoarding behavior, although i am sure i will be delighted by them come january.

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cold and sunny

hi there, it seems that i have unintentionally taken a vacation from this blog.  so here is a catch up from the last couple (er, few) months.  mostly i have spent the past few months coughing, being feverish, sleeping, and then recovering.  a few days after my last post i came down with pneumonia!  i have never had pneumonia before, in fact i have never had a fever that i remember either.  but i came down with both.  so i very very sick for about two weeks until my doctor figured out that i had legionnaires disease.  then i was given the right antibiotic and started getting better, but those two weeks were pretty miserable.  then it took me a few months to recover from being that sick.  i spent a lot of time sleeping, reading and knitting as i din’t have much energy for anything else.  but now i am just about back to normal.  it is just strange adjusting to normal life and not being sick.  while i was sick i managed to make an appearance at my art show closing, but within half an hour of being there i started swaying while standing up and patrick took me home.  but i would like to send a thank you out to all the good friends who dropped off soup, juice, flowers, cookies and sent me much love during that time.  i was feeling miserable, but very loved.  after i started getting better the holidays seemed to hit.  i still can’t believe that it is december!!  i feel like i am  living in a slight haze because it feels like i missed an entire season.  but i have a back log of knitting projects to share, as i’ve spent a lot of time knitting in the past few months.  this is a shawl i finished in july for my mother in law, for her birthday, a lovely gift for an even lovelier woman!.  it is by far the most complicated thing i have ever made!!!  i made a lot of mistakes, but learned a lot as well and i think it came out beautifully.  raveled here.  i also put up a post today on patrick’s blog about making soap.  and more creative spaces here!

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more john chapman

in the course of one week we have gone from almost 100 degree temperatures to rain and lows in the 50’s.  it is truly starting to feel like fall.  i love fall, it is actually my favorite season.  but i don’t love that winter follows it so closely.  fall in michigan always seems so short in comparison to fall in maryland.  winter comes much more quickly here.  in preparation for my show that is currently up i spent a lot of time reading about the life of john chapman ( aka johnny appleseed) and pioneer times.  winter during those times was a life or death situation, but with the rising costs of food, gas, oil and the shrinking job possibilities it seems that winter is becoming more of a life or death situation to more people.  john chapman was tough rugged man.  he lived largely outdoors and alone, surviving the elements and living off the earth.  he was an animal lover and committed vegetarian.  he fervently believed in the new church of swedenborg and spent most of his life planting apple orchards spreading the good word.  as a man he is very different from the myth that was created around him.  the myth softened the edges and gentled the wild man, and made a more palatable version of this man.  ultimately, as these things often go, the man is much more interesting than the myth.  below is a paper cut from my series about his life.  more creative spaces here.

hiding in the reeds

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new solo show!

hi, wow it has been a long time.  in fact it has been a long few months and i have a lot to share.  but the most pressing to share is that i have my first solo show ever, and it is up right now!!  i will be sharing some of the artwork from that show over the next few weeks.  but here are the details:

Legends of Paul Bunyan, Lumberjack and Stacey Malasky: Cut Paper

I have two new series of paper-cuts on display at the gallery.  the first one explores the life john chapman who later came to be known as johnny appleseed.  the second is called ‘home economics’ and is centered around hands making things.  There will be a closing reception on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The artists will discuss their work at a gallery talk on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 pm. The exhibit and gallery talk are free and open to the public. The show is located at Paint Creek Center for the Arts at 407 Pine Street Rochester, MI.  The show runs through September 24th.

in addition to my show there is a group show in the upstairs gallery that is all about paul bunyan, and worth checking out!!

the good word

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