Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crow berry.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sketch for Crow

I did a lot of holiday sewing. This is a sketch for a picture I made for my grandmother.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Eight geese a laying.

All the babies are getting a goose for Christmas. If I can get them finished.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Art Sale!!!!

I was able to take part in a wonderful art sale last weekend and we are doing it again. Sat. 10th. Lots of good stuff from great folks.
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Christmas Cards

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Lightenin' Bugs

This is a new piece I made with my new electronics knowledge. Nostalgic scene of fireflies caught on a summers evenin'. They flicker in the mason jar and never die (well until the battery does, but it can be changed).
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Electrical Station

Now that I sorta have a general knowledge of circuits, LEDs and switches, I felt free to spread out and dive into this project full force. The odds and ends look a little different than my fabric space. There are still spools but they are covered in wire instead of thread.

My new electrical tacklebox.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

"New Do" Sketch

Layers for "The Crusade"

I have been working on re-working my mechanical toy, "The Crusade". You can see older post on what it looks like to date but soon it will take a new form with more sophisticated layering and stronger working parts, and lights. Here is a quick look at the lasercut layering.

Drawn Layers
Lasercutter in action
Lasercut Layers
Cut Acrylic

Friday, November 05, 2010

Turtle Transportation: Shell

The turtle shell is Done! and the birds are on their way to take over their new ride.

The shell before it is glazedBefore it is glazed. (what it looks like underneath)Under glazed shell
Glazed and fired shell!!!!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Locating my inner Electrician

I have been working on incorporating light into my work for a while now. You may remember the shadow boxes I took to the American Craft Council show. Those were cool and all but they just tore through batteries. I needed to figure out how I could make lights last longer and incorporate them better into my work. I had already been thinking about the "Creatures of the Night" and had them pretty much finished when I got the bright ;) idea to use them as guinea pigs. (are guinea pigs nocturnal?) So here my journey into the world of electronics begins.

First step was figuring out how the light effects the piece. What needs to be lit. what is too much light. things like that. I really wanted white light but found it hard to find flickering white lights in town.

This is the final combo. Checking all the connections with alligator clips. I found this fascinating. I think i might start making my artwork with them. White paper is great for dispersing the light. Or diffusing it. This is my embroidered star with the light.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creatures of the NIght (unsewn)

The next step in the process is done. Usually I would stop here, put on the back layer and get them ready to hang. The end. But not this time. These pieces have a greater purpose. Stay tuned to find out what.... If you dare. Mmwwhahahahahah. ( That is my mad scientist chuckle. Happy Halloween!)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sketches for "Creatures of the Night"

The "Creatures of the Night" for a gallery in WV, Taylor Books/Annex Gallery. Here are the sketches from my sketchbook. Now I have to get them ready to sew, frame, and possibly illuminate. (If I can figure out what I am doing and get the more technical side of my brain to work.)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fiber Options Post Card

I just recieved some postcards for the Fiber Options Show.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fiber Options 2010

I just mailed a piece to an fibers exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD. "Happy Thought Vacuum" has been around my studio for a while and I am excited to show it. I did a makeover on it before it left, adding a wooden frame and a permanent light source.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Making Geese for "Wild Goose Chase"

Making Plush Geese was an interesting process. I didn't have a pattern so I had to figure out the piecing for myself. I ended up making fifteen for my installation. I loved stuffing them. With no pattern they all ended up with their own unique character. These are the cut fabric pieces readed to be sewn. (I need a new iron!!!)All these feet.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Catching the Big One

I am going to have a nephew!!!!"Catching the Big One"

My baby brother, Scott, and wife, Beverly are due to give birth later on this month. We are all so excited to welcome Michael Leon Carlisle into the family. I made this picture for the nursery. They settled on a cute turtle theme for the decor. I figure Scott will pass on his love for fishing to his son so why not get a head start on how to catch a big one. Beverly and Scott

Sketch of the piece.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Night Owls

This is a piece I made for a dear old friend and a new one in celebration of their union. Seems like I have had a lot of occasions to make for, but It's a really nice break from school to make things specifically for someone.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Turtle Transportation

While on our trip up north, David and I made a little detour through Richmond and spent some time scavenging thrift stores and looking for books. I found some really cool stuff, but I think I like some of his treasures best.

In one of the book stores, Richmond Book Shop, David found two Brownie books. Having been to the Geppi entertainment museum earlier this year, I have been exposed to Brownies and become fond of the illustrations of Palmer Cox. I had never seen a full story or looked through a book before. What a treat. They are so fun.

I found this drawing.
And was inspired to draw this one. I like it so much I am working on a 3d sketch. in order to work things out for a larger sculpture.
I will keep you updated on the progress.