Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

quilt art

August 12, 2013

Continuing on in sewing-related posts, check out this amazing quilt!!


You see what she did there? This quilt was handmade by one of my dearest friends, Chelsea, as a gift and she surreptitiously included one of my paintings into her design!

Here are some close-ups.




I love the texture. This is a sturdy quilt!


I am honored to the the recipient of a gift such as this. The (wo)man hours alone are staggering. You can follow Chelsea’s other quilting projects on her blog, The Bumbling Quilter. She and her husband also keep bees, get it?

Recent posts of mine on the Surprise Industries blog:

Surprise in Design: Mirrors

It’s Not a Party Until Someone Splits Their Pants

Surprising First Memories

Surprise in Design: Wordlessness

Surprise in Photography: Levitation

For more updates and silliness, you can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter.


stop-mo round up VII

February 17, 2012

I don’t know if I’m better dialed into the internet stop-motion community now or what, but I feel like this time I’ve collected enough links to stop-motion videos to be able to edit them down for your quality enjoyment.

Here’s a stop-motion that you’ll want to watch twice. Once for the stop-motion, and the second time to observe (QUICKLY!) everyone that helped make it happen.

This one is kind of long but there are so many clever details!

Here’s a video with a lot of wardrobe changes.

How to spell the Alphabet.

And two post-it stop motions by Bang Lao-Liu.

Also, some exciting news, I’ve got a brand new stop-motion on the way!

3D to 2D

February 2, 2011

Whilst browsing through a Crate and Barrel catalogue, I came along this picture of this wire wall-hanging and thought to myself, ‘My, wouldn’t that make a lovely painting?’.

image source, crappy photograph of crate and barrel catalogue page

So I set about painting it. I knew a linen canvas would be the perfect background as it mimics the unfinished concrete wall in the photo perfectly.

Initially I was taking the design straight from the picture but I had to get creative when I started running out of room. I also added little circles to make it look more floral.

It looked too flat with all the circles filled in the same color so I mixed it up a little and made the small ones darker.

After this step I still wasn’t happy so I stared at it for a couple of days and then decided some shading would finish the job.

sorry it's all pixelatey. i had to do some color correction with bad lighting. bad combo.

Tada! Now it’s hanging above our bed and I have plans to make it a few buddies in the same theme.

stop-motion inspiration

November 18, 2010

In lieu of a new stop-motion animation from yours truly, I’d like to share some of the stop-motion video projects that I’ve recently bookmarked and been inspired by.

This last one was shot and directed by my friend Andrew Jive and stars Katie Sokoler whom I’ve mentioned before.


new role model

October 17, 2010

About one month ago I learned about Katie Sokoler of the blog, ‘Color Me Katie‘.

Totally enamored with her style, I read every post until the very beginning. I LOVE her use of color and her clear appreciation for whimsy and lightheartedness, for example:

both images ©katie sokoler 2010

There might be a jillion pics of her hovering in space because she’s so full of fun and light that she floats! At least I’m pretty sure she does.

Anyway, reading through her posts reminded me that I’d kind of taken a break from being my best self. Our move across country had initially put most art projects on hold, additionally, a locally contracted case of misanthropy had worn away at my cheer. At the beginning of this year I felt like I was ready to turn over a new leaf and Katie’s photos and profuse number of ~completed~ projects reminded me that I needed to happy and GET MOVING!

In an effort to reduce negativity and wasted time, I made the somewhat difficult decision to stop reading (notice how I’m not linking? I don’t want you to suffer the same affliction). I’d somehow convinced myself that star-gazing online was less of a waste of time than parking my butt in front of cable tv (which we don’t have, fortunately). As a consequence I was able to discuss the social mishaps of Kim Kardasian, Lindsay Lohan and Taylor Momsen in a way that is unnatural for a woman my age.

I am pleased to say that I feel like things are improving, for example, this blog is a part of my new productivity as are all the things I feature on it. The negative attitude is slowly being surrounded, cornered and vaporized as well.

But enough about me…. is it any surprise to find out that Katie is a part of Improv Everywhere? I’ll leave you with a video of their most recent stunt at Coney Island.

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