Hi! I just wanted give you guys a bit of an update following that last post. There will be some big changes around here in the next several weeks and I’m SO excited to share more with you all! I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule soon enough but, just to hold you over, here’s a little of what I’ve been up to lately….
Warning: I got a smartphone (FINALLY!!) so expect to be flooded with instagram photo updates for the next several weeks until the glory of my newly acquired camera phone wears off and I decide to tote around that heavy Canon again – Sorry, not sorry.
I finished up a few new papercuts recently (more on that below) and have been working with my dear, and all too generous, friend Andy down at Arrowhead Collective to build a custom frame study enough to display the largest of them – at 4×5 feet it was literally falling out of the existing frame because of the weight of the cut. The brick clad buildings are part of the Liberty Arts studio in Durham’s beautiful Goldenbelt complex where the Arrowhead guys create their incredible wood and metal work. I was so stoked to check out their shop last week and only hope that one day I’ll have the pleasure of creating my own artwork in such an inspiring space, steeped in local history. I will always be a Durham girl at heart! Also, new shoes.. can’t skip that. These hasbeen knock offs from Old Navy might as well be glued to my feet because they’re all I’ve been wearing lately. So cute, so comfy, so cheap.
This tobacco field on the way to Wake Tech’s main campus is one I’ve been driving past a lot recently. Evan’s broken his foot so I’ve been driving him to work until he’s ready to get behind the wheel again. As it happens, the injury came about an hour after we booked our flights for a last minute (and much needed) vacation to Montreal. I should probably warn you that you’ll be hearing a LOT about that too. He should be good for lots of walking and biking by the time we leave though, as long as things heal normally. The ring, I made last year but I haven’t worn it in a while and it just looked so pretty in this photo :) The dessert is there for shameless bragging – really, it was so delicious I couldn’t believe I’d actually created it. Mascarpone tart with a gingersnap crust, topped with blackberries, peaches, and an apricot glaze for Evan’s birthday. I’m gonna take full credit too because I combined so many different recipes (and improvised a large enough portion of the process) that I feel like I can claim the kudos. Sooner or later I’ll get it all down in writing so you guys can recreate the dish in all it’s fatty sugar-filled splendor.
I also snapped up this awesome 90′s Shaq jersey from a box full of Evan’s kid’s clothes, got my beloved muff pedal working so I can churn out some super gritty bass for our newest musical endeavor, purchased a $9 kiddie pool that was worth every single penny, and fell in love with some gerbils belonging to Evan’s little brothers. I want one terribly but, sadly, neither cats nor Evan approve. The other two photos were taken in downtown Raleigh on a very unfortunate day – a beautiful (and quite valuable) oil painting was stolen from one of the restaurants I was sourcing artwork for and I was downtown to help file the police report. It still boggles my mind that someone would do such a thing to a local artist! This was the 3rd theft of artwork from the same venue and we’ve now had to stop exhibiting work at that location all together. While I’ve come to terms with the fact that there’s nothing more I could have done to prevent the theft or recover the painting, my heart still breaks for the artist who so lovingly and painstakingly created it. It’s just terrible that the heinous acts of one cruel person could destroy an opportunity that would have allowed countless local artists to share their talents with the community. All we can do is protect our works as best we can and try to move on right? Enter – frames that can be nailed directly into the wall. I’d actually like to see you try, art thief!!
This is the big papercut I mentioned above – inspired by an iconic scene from Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. It’s the largest work I’ve ever created! Evan and I made the trek to Sono to try and hang this baby on three separate occasions with no luck. It’s currently resting on the floor of my studio and MAN am I ready to get that thing out of the house and onto the wall! You would think an artist might have more attachment to her work… but after countless hours of cutting and hands that ache from dragging that stupid excato knife through thick paper, not to mention the pattern fatigue (seriously, it’s a real thing) that haunts me with images of my own artwork every time I close my eyes or try to sleep, I am SOO ready to move on to smaller projects. I’m working on sketches for several new commissions at the moment, and have photos of one currently in the works to share with you tomorrow.
Also, I lightened my hair again! I’m gonna add a little red back in though… still can’t commit to the full on blonde yet (read: WUSS) Thanks again for sticking with me guys! I’m finally excited to be blogging again and I’ll have lots more for you very soon :)