edina tien: August 2006

August 29, 2006

yummy new stamps

Michelle Ward has come out with a new line of unmounteds that are fab! Check them out at Green Pepper Press (click on New Rubber). I took a class from her last year and think her style and personality are wonderful. She's taking a break from teaching but when she starts up again, I definitely recommend her as a teacher - you will learn a lot and have fun, too. No affiliation with her, just a big fan!

run, don't walk...

to your video store and rent this movie about the art and architecture of Frank Gehry. As soon as I heard the opening voiceover, I knew it was going to be great:
Director Sydney Pollack: "Is starting hard?"

Frank Gehry: "You know it is. I don't know what you do when you start, but I clean my desk, I make a lot of stupid appointments that I make sound important...avoidance, delay, denial. I'm always scared that I'm not going to know what to do. It's a terrifying moment. And then when I start, I'm always amazed...so that wasn't so bad."
If you rent the DVD, don't forget the special features; there's a Q&A with the director that offers insight into how the film came to be. Both the movie and Q&A are fascinating glimpses into the process of artmaking.

August 25, 2006

cool book

I've been meaning to share this book that I bought awhile ago. I purchased it without realizing that crewel is a type of specialized embroidery that uses wool thread on linen fabric. Aren't the designs fun? Though they might look a little different, I imagine they could easily work with "regular" embroidery.


Before I even had a chance to give my friend, Suzanne, her gift (see yesterday's post), she presented me with lots of goodies. First, a sweet little bag she made - her craftswomanship is awesome! Next, some darling fabric which I love and can never seem to find on my own. And last, but not least, a fun retro knitting book from 1985. Brings back memories...I'm not that old (am I?), but grew up on these clothes and hairdos. Though the styles are outdated, there's lots to learn about color and patterns from the talented Kaffe Fassett. I'm including one of my favorite photos from the book - enjoy!

presents! (cont'd)

August 24, 2006

new canvas

Just finished this 4"x6" piece for a friend's birthday/housewarming gift (she bought a vacation house by the beach - lucky her!)

August 21, 2006

mmca meet-up

This weekend, I met a fellow member of MMCA who was visiting Portland, Chris Young. I took her to a few cool stores: Collage, Paper Zone, Rejuvenation Hardware, and Hippo Hardware. I had really wanted to show her SCRAP but, unfortunately, their website forgot to mention (or maybe I just didn't see) that it would be closed due to a special event. The event sounded cool, like a recycling artist's version of Iron Chef, but we didn't stay for that.

The above photo shows the ATC and shrink plastic earrings that Chris made for me - isn't that nice? The one I swapped with her was the blue one from my previous post. The red one will be swapped with Melissa who was supposed to join us in our outing but had to cancel at the last minute.

August 16, 2006

more ATCs

The "bling" doesn't show up well in the photo but the little dots are colored rhinestones.

August 15, 2006

speaking of drawing...

Someone posted this cool link to PAC (local art group I belong to) that I thought I'd share. It lists some other online sketchbook links as well.

August 07, 2006


Here are some ATCs I made for a swap (if it's not obvious, the theme is "white"). The last one has a snippet from a fortune cookie fortune and was way out of my comfort zone as I do not draw well but decided to give it a try anyway. Practice makes...well...at least better than if I didn't, right?

August 03, 2006

birthday gift

Here's something I made for my friend, Shari's birthday. Inspired by Anna Corba and Pam Garrison.

August 02, 2006

artchix turns five

Here are the five ATCs I made for the ARTchix ATC contest to commemorate their 5th anniversary. Since I decided to enter at the last minute and they have to arrive in Canada by the 15th, I challenged myself to finishing these in only a few days (remember, I'm SLOW!). The last time I sent something to Canada, it took almost three weeks to arrive, but I'm hoping these make it by the deadline. It took me a day longer than I planned to complete them and not all of them turned out as well as I wanted, but I'm proud of the fact that I set a goal and didn't flake on myself. When I commit to other people's deadlines, I never flake, but projects for myself...that's another story (as the piles around my studio will attest). But, I'm really trying to turn over a new leaf and finish things that I start...call it a mid-year's resolution!

i'm easily amused...

For those who can't get enough stamping during the day, check this out: stamp mugs!