This was the pencil I sent before adding color to the final art. I kept similar palettes between Taliesin and the Courtyard art so they would group together as a pair. It was a thrilling challenge to work on! Final cards and prints will be available at the Taliesin Visitor Center this Spring and also online. I will sell signed prints of Taliesin and the Courtyard in my Etsy shop and will donate 25% back to Taliesin Preservation so they can maintain these historic landmarks for future generations.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
It was a mid June day, so not a lot of flowers were in bloom.It was in between the Spring and summer stock. I do have a general knowledge of midwest perennials, so I could tell by the leaves what would be blooming later in summer. Later on when I started the illustration, I added several I saw in other photos online, including the purple Clematis on the trellis.
The sculptures placed around the courtyard were also on my list to include.
This was the Courtyard view from his bedroom window. I liked the reflecting pool a lot.
I loved the graceful line work in this sculpture near the end of our tour.
Here's what my pencil drawing looked like before I scanned it into the computer.
The final illustration! It will be sold at the Taliesin Bookstore as both prints and cards. I will be selling fine art versions in my Etsy Shop and donating 25% of the proceeds to Taliesin Preservation for continuing upkeep of this historic Frank Lloyd Wright space.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
|Hillside Assembly Hall built in 1903|
|Romeo & Juliet windmill|
|Visitor Center which celebrates its 50th birthday in 2017|
It's been an honor and a dream come true for me to work on these illustrations with the Taliesin team.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
It's like Christmas when I get to see projects stitched using my latest Janome designs!
I really love how Wendy added the word "HOME" to my pine cone design. She picked a complimentary font and made it just the right size and color to compliment my art. This is also stitched onto a heavier weight tea towel, but can't you imagine making a pillow out of this design for your home or cabin? The final dimensions are 5.5" x 5". There is flexibility in resizing the design for other applications.
Look how cool the poppies look stitched onto jeans! Thank you, Wendy, for using your imagination and sewing skills to create these fun sample projects, I can't wait to see more.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
It is so exciting to see my line art embroidered onto fabric! This Janome technology is truly amazing and is masterfully sewn by my friends Sandy and Brandi at Valley West Sewing Center in Bloomington. They surprised me by stitching my latest collection on their Janome Memory Craft 1500 sewing machine and invited me down to take a look.
|Oak leaf and Acorn design.|
|Forget Me Not design with metallic thread edging on the flowers|
|This Bittersweet can be repeated to create a border design.|
|The Dragonflies can also be repeated for a border design.|
|The Calla Lily would be even better on white fabric.|
|The Ginkgo Twist design|
|Lotus has a lot of possibilities.|
|Poppy trio. I'll soon be showing you a wonderful sample of it embroidered onto jeans.|
|I love the Arts and Crafts style Rose Heart.|
Monday, February 27, 2017
|My section in the Anne McGilvray & Company Minneapolis Mart Showroom|
At the beginning of the year, Square One was sold to another wholesale rep company called Anne McGilvray & Company based in Dallas, Texas. They welcomed me to their team, helped me transfer my items to their website, and gave me a new booth in their brand new Minneapolis showroom. It was still in progress when I went out for the first show last month. As you can see in the photo, they creatively hung my cards clothes line fashion and prominently displayed my prints, posters and magnets. My name plaque wasn't yet in place. Fortunately, my Square One reps, Judy, Amy, Liz and Sharon, made the transition, too. They are simply the best people to work with.
Anne McGilvray was in town to meet us during the show and welcome us to her team. She runs a huge retail repping company with showrooms in Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle with many top national wholesale lines, so I feel fortunate to be represented by her team. My work will only be shown in the Minneapolis Showroom but she has additional reps in Iowa and North and South Dakota who will represent my lines, so I expect my customer list to grow. Here's a little bit more about Anne McGilvray and Company.
|A cropped view of my web page.|
|My latest catalog.|
Thursday, November 3, 2016
I embraced the change and made it an opportunity to restyle my working space. This new style I have lovingly dubbed "William Morris meets Ikea". I combined simple clean tabletops and bookcases with touches of detailed Arts and Crafts design.
While driving down 50th Street in Minneapolis, I saw this stained glass window in the Antique shop's store display and knew it was perfect. The shop owner asked if I was 'seriously' considering buying it because it was going to be difficult to retrieve it from the front window wedged between other antique pieces. I assured her I was. It had the simplicity, the design and colors that I loved. I debated where and how I wanted to display it in my new studio space and decided I wanted to see it as the first thing I was when I entered the room. It is flanked by two hand crafted candle sticks I bought at an Arts and Crafts Show in Chicago and my own framed art.
I also kept my card filing system with pull out bins. It's functional and looks good. I splurged and bought a William Morris 5x8' wool rug for the floor. I've always wanted one and found the perfect combination of colors and design online.
There's one last item to hang. I ordered an extra large poster print of my Frank Lloyd Wright Graycliff house illustration to frame and hang on the last empty wall space.
It has been a long year of purging and planning to get here. But I really enjoy how it has all come together to be a space that feels like me.