Embroidery Designing

Embroidered (3) different colorways of an octopus design to decide which I prefer and found I love each equally so!

As I decide my future plans for these flower holding octopuses, I finished another piece for a completely different series in which I am working. It’s a portrait of my fibroid; originally a photo from the surgery which I photo edited and then had printed onto fabric. Finally, I French Knotted DMC 115 into 8cm of “Bloody Mess.”

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Art Books for World Book Day – March 1st

Part of the St Helens Arts in Libraries Commision, To England they go, to the Eccleston Library for World Book Day, March 1st:

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(Update Mar 22, 2018: Congrats to St Helens for earning the First Burough of Culture!!)

Several of us from Art Byte Critique who have participated in Tokyo Art Book Fair have been invited to contribute to this year’s World Book Day. I chose to provide three of my embroidered Navigation/Migration series books:

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Now w/Art Books! The Honolulu Printmakers Show…

Starting this Friday, Nov 25, Impressions16 will open 10 -4 at Honolulu Museum of Art School.

This year is unique in that Art Books are now part of the show!

I’ll have a great selection of my Travel Journals available. Part of my Migration/Navigation series, I’ve used old flight maps from around the world as inspiration for the Art Books with embroidered themes.

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I’ll have a great selection of my map paged Travel Journals available. The reverse of each map page is a plain white page for more notes.

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Honu Mamebon 豆本 (Little Bean Book)

Sharing a table with the amazing paper maker, Allison Roscoe, Friday is a good time to stop by for a visit. I’ll be there from 1 – 4PM.

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Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona area.

This weekend is a great time to choose a few gifts for your favorite traveller.

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Compass Rose

Stop by, Impressions16, the Honolulu Printmakers Show this weekend, now with Art Books!!

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All Four Seasons – My Latest Art Adventures

2015 has been a very eventful year! It’s still going strong and thankfully so am I.

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“The artist must participate in the epoch in which he lives; he must be of his country, of his people if he wants to be authentic.” – Francesco Oller

This is a great book about Hawaiian Islands history. A good outline of what various people brought here or what drew them here and when they arrived on the islands.

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Found myself in the local library studying again for another botanical art installation. Many of the flora we think of as native to Hawaii are actually imports with some being quite invasive. I began to see myself in some of the species and began to ask questions about what kind of life do I want to have here in Hawaii. Will I become naturalized and flourish here? Or will I be just another non-native, invasive as the Strawberry Guava?

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In between the book studying and meeting new friends, I have found myself playing with the shadows and light as I work on various wire crochet designs.

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SOLD!! Thanks to an art lover, these four seasons have been sold via the Mixed Media Miniature 18  exhibition at Koa Art Gallery. A great way to round out my 4th show of the year!

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My small steps into the world of knitting continue. A failed 2014 New Year’s Resolution has found success in 2015.

Have a great holiday season everyone!

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There’s a Portfolio here, too!

Yes, Finally! This artist has an online portfolio here

Found my way between preparations for the Tokyo Art Book Fair and R & D on my next installation project, I’ve updated my website to a cleaner, portfolio supported theme called Illustratr.

I haven’t decided if it’s best to add any descriptions such as, materials used or the size, etc.

 

Thank You!  Enjoy my Portfolio!

 

Migration/Navigation Art Book Series – Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014

My largest piece in the Migration/Navigation art book series is just about done. So far the series includes Travel Journals, each with unique map pages, and mini art books called mamebons. I have also completed other map art books with Migration/Navigation themes such as,  Route 66 and the Montgolfier Brothers hot air balloon.

This large piece is a great sea serpent design from an antique sailing map called the Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus. It’s first copies were printed in the early 1500s. I’ve hand-embroidered his design onto a modern day aviation chart. The complete piece measures approximately 50cm x 30cm (20″ x 11″)

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I’ve been stitching madly to ensure it is completed in time for our booth at the Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair!  

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All scrolled up as antique charts were, making it my favorite art book design so far. It will be available for sale at the Tokyo Art Book Fair. Look for me at the Tokyo Art Byte Critique group’s booth.

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Patterie by Rie Suzuki

I finally got to meet Rie Suzuki earlier this month at Spiral’s Independent Creators Festival. Her gorgeous embroidery work has impressed me from the first time I saw it.

Using sheer fabrics in multiple layers, satins, ribbons, beads and smoothly wrapping the hoops all leads to a lovely floating world for her feminine characters to swim, float and dance. Anything that brings stitch work into the 3D world such as Rie’s Stitch Drawings really inspire me.

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IMG_0003 Her meticulous attention to detail has led her to dye the fabric she used for this piece to ensure the best color for her work.

IMG_0004 Visit Rie’s Blog, or her website to see more of her inspiring work, including her unique stitch jewelry pieces. Don’t be shy, go say, ‘Hi!’ She is a lovely person who does speak English!