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April 17, 2013

The Art of Conversation


I like to draw, I just don’t do it very often. I can draw well when given time and a subject/photo to render, but most often when I am passing time, I doodle. The other night I was on the phone with a friend and ended up doodling the whole page with a design. What I realized is that I am more present in the conversation and able to listen and effectively respond much better as well.

There is proof that I am on to something here 🙂 Science is proving that mindless doodling actually improves memory and retention!

Check out Science Daily for their article on doodling.

Sooooo, of course I will have to start keeping all my phone doodles, I am compiling them into a book, its title will be “The Art of Conversation”  I am sure that title has been used over and over, but does it contain random scribbles?  I think not!

Here is the beginning of the collection, I will post them as I have them. Doodle on!





April 7, 2013

My Experience of the Snow

structure of snow copy

Not my best design work by any means, but an accurate experience of my feeling about the cold and snow.

March 25, 2013

Image Testing


March 25, 2013

Screen Printing

I have been wanting to screen print for years and I am finally getting around to doing it. I am starting with an interesting painting technique for my first frame. I used a embroidery hoop and stretched my screen into it. I then used a latex paint to paint my design onto the screen. The tricky part was remembering that I had to paint the reverse of what I wanted to see


I have a light shining from the back side to show where I painted and where I did not. Where you can see the light, is where the ink will bleed through to create my design.

After letting it dry overnight I tested it out on a T-shirt…

Screen print frame

I needed a pretty small squeegee and had to break a spatula which was my only idea in that particular moment.


Screen Printed Tshirt

Here is the finished screen print.. It says “I’m Alive”  …well it is missing the apostrophe…it is a work in process 🙂

It was just fun to see that it worked.

March 24, 2013

Look Up

The other night my brother called me at work and asked if I wanted to meet for happy hour at a little bar not too far from our house. I agreed and met him there after work. One of the things that I love about this city is that they keep so many of the original buildings intact. The little bar that I met Ken at was one of those kind of buildings. Original old beat up but still beautiful hardwood floors, who knows if the bar was original or not, but it too was all beautiful carved wood and mirrors. After a few drinks I had to excuse myself  and go in search of the bathroom.  While in my stall taking care of business, I look up, and holy shit if that ceiling was not the coolest thing ever! Repainted in who-knows how many coats of paint, was this amazing tin Pepto Bismol ceiling with cream crown moulding to die for.

Pink Tin Ceiling


I think the chandelier was a little understated considering the ceiling, but it was after all a dive bar with $1.50 well, wine and draft…what do you expect. Yes, my hour was happy indeed.

March 24, 2013


I have been refashioning clothes for years and years. It has finally caught on thanks to sites like to Pinterest. A few weeks ago I decided to use a mens shirt made out of a knit cotton material and rework it for a summer shirt for myself. I am going stir crazy with this snow that will not melt and I figure the only way to make peace with the reality of the cold is to start making clothes that I can wear when it starts to warm up.

Mens dress shirt

Here is the mens knit shirt and the knit fabric that I started with.



in progress mens wear

Part of the process when you are refashioning something is playing and experimenting. I am deciding if I want to add sleeves.



Finished shirt and Maxi

Crappy android phone image, which, I might add was really difficult to take a picture of myself of the back of my ensemble. The back has all the detail and I wanted the picture to show that. At some point I will have someone photograph me in this outfit. Not to bad for a few hours of sewing.

March 24, 2013

Delayed Response

Wow have I been busy! You would think that after eliminating time intensive activities, like full-time studenting (maybe I should rethink my withdrawing from school with word like that) that there would be more time for creating posts about creating. Yea, well…

I withdrew from MCAD a week after the spring semester started. I found my dream job and they wanted me to be full time, now I am, and I love it!  Learn more about the awesome company I work for here. For the first time in five years, I am creating and pursuing all the projects I did not have time for while being enrolled in school. So for the last two months I have just been going crazy with all sorts of projects: photos, screen printing, designing clothes, sewing, painting, refashioning, felting and reading. Oh yea, did I mention reading? You would think that reading would not be a problem in school; however, aside from a required reading of Darwin’s On The Origin of Species last semester, I did not have any extra time for pleasure reading.

I am going to fill up the next several posts with all my latest projects and crappy phone images to showcase them…one of these days soon I will use my camera for these types of things, until then enjoy the world of android images.

December 15, 2012

Wallpaper Fashion

My last assignment in my 3D class was “fashion.”  Our instructor left the medium completely open but required that we create something for the body. I work for a company that creates beautiful wallpapers fashioned with artists’ work. So needless to say, I have access to some very beautiful wallpapers and what better medium to use! So I set out to create a masterpiece of a dress only to realize that I was not going to have enough time to complete the project. What could I make that was quick and could still grant me a good grade? I decided on a skirt. A whimsical little skirt with a ruffle made from a garbage bag.

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Of course I have to thank Nicole who is modeling it for the picture…so perfect on her!

November 12, 2012

3D Foundations Studio

We were to explore and construct with wood for the most recent project in my 3D class. We were asked to glean our inspiration from the Bauhaus movement/school. Here is my tribute to Josef Albers.




I was surprised to find that wood felt more restrictive than metal and presented its own challenges. I am looking forward to our next project in which I have the ability to combine both metal and wood or any other medium. I am working on creating miniature dioramas with found objects.


November 11, 2012

Cute Little Monsters

My son Zachary draws cute little monsters that I have started to needle felt. Needle felting is quite a process and takes time; the more detailed, the more time it takes. As an additive process, I thought it would work well for a stop motion video. It is amazing that this one minute video took me over 20 hours to shoot and edit!