boro stitching

Hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I needed to take a break from my creative work. Funny though, I found that I missed cataloging my adventures. So, here I am with my newest crafting adventure, boro stitching. Google it. The images are so yummy!

I’ve been wanting to take this class with Jody Alexander for some time, but my schedule never matched. Jody is an artist, bookbinder, librarian, and teacher who lives and works here in my home town of Santa Cruz, California. Here is her current listing of classes.

I’ve taken her book binding class and fell in love with book binding all over again. Recently, she published a book with Blurb Books, The Boro Aesthetic: Books, Bags, Zakka and Zokin. Well, I couldn’t resist and it has been AWEsome! Here are some of my pages from the book I did following her easy step by step instructions.

 

I’m going to try a boro bag next. Drop me a line and let me know what have you been up to this week. I’m super interested in your crafting and adventures.

kyrrha

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getting ready for the holidays

I’ve been getting in the holiday mood by drawing wreaths and decorating the house. Here are a couple of my wreaths.

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I’ve also been making my own gift tags.

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Here is a picture of our hearth. We didn’t do a tree this year. I love my reindeer, gifted to us by our son-in-law a couple years ago.

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

grandsons and spoonflower

Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s an online store where you can upload your digital art and print it on fabric, wall paper and gift wrap. Here is a pattern design I created and had printed on fabric for my dad’s curtains in his camper. He wanted polka dots and it had to match his cushion fabric.

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Anyway, Spoonflower is where I returned to last week to start a new project for my grandson, who is three. He just started drawing people. Below is a picture he drew of himself and his mom and dad.

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I wanted to take his person and create fabric just like I did for my dad’s curtains. So, I took one of his drawings and uploaded it to Spoonflower and had it printed on a fat quarter of cotton. Here is his person printed on the fat quarter.

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Then I made it into a stuffed pillow / person for him. It’s super soft. It’s funny, he thought when it was done, it looked like a tooth. What do you think?

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

penland school of crafts

I recently stumbled upon Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I really want to take classes there someday. It’s an amazing little school and a tiny town of 200 people in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have classes in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles and wood. Here is the entrance sign.

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I visited the gallery.

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I saw Cristina Cordova’s “Cerca Y Lejos” exhibit.  These were so moving and HUGE.

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Here are some pics of the classrooms. Who wouldn’t want to play here, right?

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As I was walking the campus I came upon this porch with rockers. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I LOVE to rock.

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I hope I have the privledge of attending a Penland class some day. It’s beautiful and the students and teachers are really nice and welcoming.

What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

bugs and the north carolina arboretum

I visited the North Carolina Arboretum recently. It was a lot of fun. They had this exhibit called the “World of Giant Insects.” They were huge and they moved and made noises. Here is a picture of some of them.

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They inspired me to draw. Here is a peek into my buggy sketchbook.

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

 

graffiti in asheville

I’ve been impressed with the street art of Asheville, especially the graffiti. I’ve always admired the bold, bright use of colors and the illusive nature of the art. There are several artists that come to mind when I think of this genre. One I LOVE is Banksy and his political pieces. Another is skateboard and surfboard artist Jim Phillips. Graffiti is controversial and is considered vandalism but, it is an inspiring part of our natural consciousness. Here are some inspiring and colorful pieces I came across on my walks through Asheville.

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Here is some that I found inside the Asheville Art Museum. I didn’t get the artists name. ;(

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha