we could all use some of this today. Boston Strong.
I took this photograph on Thursday evening, on my way home, outside of the Boston Garden.
For my cousin’s upcoming wedding, she wanted to put a twist on the traditional guest book and have something that would be enjoyed more often. Let’s face it - how many of you married folk out there look through your guest books? That one time after your wedding, am I right?
I designed for her and her fiance this puzzle in the shape of an oak tree. It totals 108 pieces with a few extra hearts in the trunk so they can choose their favorite. They prepared the wood, a great piece of 1/8” baltic birch plywood, by staining the front and painting the reverse black so no one would mistakenly sign the wrong side of a piece. Then I brought the wood to a laser cutting/etching studio called Danger!Awesome in Cambridge, gave them my files, and voila! After a few minutes under the laser the puzzle was cut. It was separated onto two pieces of wood - the laser bed fit 18” x 24”, and the puzzle measures approximately 33” x 26”. Brian, my other half who happens to work & make art at the studio, made sure everything was perfect ;)
Personalized, local, and much more economical than those crazy, wedding puzzle-makers on Etsy.
Happy (almost!) Wedding, Brenna & Randy! <3
This past Christmas I quilted a pair of stockings for myself and my other half. I was lucky enough to make it to Candlelite Quilts before the shop closed at the end of 2012 for this wondrous fabric and a pattern to fit exactly what I was imagining. The fabric had the perfect vintage look to it, down to the baubles and the soft colors. I cut, pieced, quilted and embroidered the two stockings side by side. Look! One of the corners line up almost perfectly! For the names, I found a sampler alphabet online and transfered the letters. The fronts mirror one another with Brian’s stocking featuring more stripes and less baubles, and the back featuring musical notes rather than my typography-based sort. aww, so cute. Maybe next year I’ll finish that tree skirt I started last year…
Candlelite Quilts is where I took quilting lessons while my senior thesis, storyquilting, was in the works. The store front has now closed <tear> so while there is no longer floor to ceiling room-after-room of gorgeous fabric to ponder over, Cathy is still teaching classes and selling patterns. If you’re in the eastern Massachusetts area and have even the tiniest interest in learning how to quilt, you should learn. Quilting is amazing, and Cathy is the nicest person to learn from.
The months of November and December [wait, it’s already February?] were spent working on so many projects. Seriously, so many. The end of November meant it was time to start thinking about the holidays. I whipped up this embroidery for my company’s holiday card. Actually, it is more accurate to say that I slowly stirred it up over the course of a few days because I decided to turn it into a stop-motion greeting for those who would not be receiving a physical card. And, it did make it to our customers in time for the holiday season - I’ve just been too busy to update.
You check out this book I made (and purchase a copy!) at Night in the Box, a MassArt Graduate Auction, Thursday, November 15 from 7-10pm. The auction will be a pop-up gallery featured at 240 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.
I am for an art.
Words by Claes Oldenburg, 1961.
Visual interpretation by Hayley Parker, 2011-2012.
/ edition number 3
/ hand set and letterpress printed on Rives BKF through a Vandercook
/ machine- and hand-bound artist book with a vinyl cover
project: embroidered endangered animals series
part four: Cuban Parrot
part five: African Elephant
These are the last two animals I had planned for the set of endangered embroideries. I’m thrilled with how the feathers of the parrot turned out. The span of the series reaches the oceans, skies, jungles and grasslands. It highlights animals that aren’t immediately recognized by most as endangered, and those who have so blatantly diminished. Save the whales (and everything else), folks.
DIY Book of the Week, week 3: Wire-Hinge Tetrahedron
This week the group, based out of PRESS, worked on a book with a wire-hinge binding technique that allows the panels to fold both back and forth, lay flat, and fold into a tetrahedron. The design, developed by book artist Daniel Kelm, includes a wire that is held against the book board when wrapping it, and one panel is attached to another by a figure-8 stitch around the wires.
DIY Sketchbook: The book that started Book of the Week Club.
Upcycled cardboard and paper, with book tape and waxed thread.
A day meant for cleaning the shop turning into a day of bookmaking and no cleaning, with this sketchbook as the result. The signatures are sewn directly into the spine of the book, showcasing the stitches on the outside. Colored book tape was used to hold the skeleton of the book together rather then a whole sheet of book cloth. Gotta show off that cardboard.
DIY Book of the Week Club, week 2: Accordion Book with Removable Spine.
This week I led the group in making a simple book with a removable spine. I first learned of this book from Lisa Rosowsky in Typography 3 and have always wanted to make it. Here are the instructions I followed. This type of book allows for more pages to be added, the book to start from both front and back, and binding sans adhesive. To make this book I used scraps left over from my Map It Out book and Janis Joplin series.