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  • Documentation of Historical Events

    This year I decided I wanted to give mostly handmade gifts for the holiday season. This would allow me to spend more time than usual making things (since it's for someone else, I have to put in the time!), and not go too crazy, budget-wise. Of course, I underestimated the time needed to hand-sew the binding on a quilt for my parents (next time I'll know to plan for my initial estimate plus 3-5 hours), which cut into my time for other projects. With a strict deadline looming, I knew I had to sit down and draw until it was done:

    at anzio beach

    This is a portrait of my grandfather Edward in the Army in 1944, just after receiving a medal at Anzio Beach. He recently sent me a few photos of himself from that era, and I was excited to use them as drawing inspiration. After one disappointing attempt at a realistic drawing, I decided to go with my heart and make it cartoony. My grandfather loved the drawing, but told me that I'd drawn him wearing the wrong boots. It's ok, he didn't make me re-draw them.

    I've enjoyed playing around with some watercolor for the shading and am going to try to implement that in a few more projects I'm working on right now. Color can feel so daunting when you're used to working in just black and white, but I like the challenge of stretching a limited palette to its full potential.

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  • Prints now available!

    Bazaar Bizarre was great, and I've finally had a chance to list all the good stuff that was left over from the sale. Namely: prints! I made prints of a bunch of my favorite drawings from this blog. You can check them out at thimblewinder.com


    Thou Shalt Not... [print]


    Middle-Aged Kurt Cobain [print]


    Amelia's Sinuses [print]


    Guinea-Corn [print]


    Also, today I signed up for Somerville Open Studios! That's not until May, so stay tuned for more info over the next few months. I'm sure I'll have a lot of photos of my process to share.

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  • progress!

    I've been ridiculously busy working on stuff to sell at Bazaar Bizarre Boston this Sunday! I don't even want to think about how many hours I've spent hand-sewing little projects in front of the television.

    At this point, my inventory of finished projects includes sixty of these little guys you saw in my last post:

    ornament

    Silkscreening + hand-sewing = the proper balance of assembly-line and time-consuming.

    If you can't make it to the Bazaar Bizarre, don't worry, anything that's left over will be up in my thimblewinder shop on Monday.

    More about BBB later!

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  • and now for something mostly related

    hi! it's just under two weeks until the famed bazaar bizarre boston and i'm hard at work making all kinds of tiny delights. traditionally most of the crafts i make for the bazaar bizarre are sewn, but this year my goal was to include MUCH more of my illustration in my creations. for example, these little squares of felt that will become holiday ornaments. i drew the ornament, and then silkscreened them onto the fabric:

    silkscreened ornaments

    i've been doing some illustration for the bazaar, too:

    BBB 2009 illustration

    early birds

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  • Now featured on the Charmingwall blog!

    Hey guys! A quick post to let you know that I am a featured artist at the blog over at Charmingwall, the big gallery behind the Six By Six gallery.

    You can read the interview HERE.

    Also, in other super exciting news, the Six By Six Gallery is keeping my painting up for another month, so if you're in the city you can stop by to see it through the month of November. Woohoo!!

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