Going International!

Ok, so first things first.  I have been really missing the blog.  Sure, it is so much more quick and easy to load something up on facebook or instagram and get an immediate response from people.  But I really miss the ability to ramble delve a little deeper into things as I am able to do here.  So, I’ve decided to make it a real priority to do at least one blog post a week.  Starting small may get me back into the swing of things.  I haven’t fully decided which day I aim to post on, but I’ll figure that out as I go.

And in other news, I just received my copy of the Australian magazine “Textile Fibre Forum.”   What a thrill to discover a couple of weeks ago that my piece, “Suspension” made it into this issue.  And an additional thrill to discover that I have two photos of the piece in the magazine- a full and a detail.  It is a really great magazine too, showcasing a lot of great talent.   It is my first magazine outside of North America so it is a pretty big deal for me!

Stay tuned for more magazine news in the near future.  😉

Karen

Panel #5

It’s finished!   This one I found really fun to work on.  So much shading and changing colours.  I veered off a fair bit from my original design too.  On the left hand side I had a bit more detail sketched in, but in the end I found it too distracting.  I really wanted the focus to be on the kids and their relationship to each other, so I went with just road instead and I think in the end that was the best approach.

For some reason I really love her sandals in this piece.  Up close they look just like blue blobs and I had slated them for ripping out and trying again.  But then when I backed away from the piece (as happens so often) I thought wow, they really do look like her sandals.  So they stayed.

All of the pieces in this series hold a lot of meaning for me, but this one is really special.  When we found out that child #2 was going to be a boy, it was fairly frequently said to us that the kids wouldn’t be “as close” because they were of different genders.   Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.  Do they get along all the time?  Of course not, but the same is true for all siblings.  It has nothing to do with gender.  But there is also a total layer of closeness between them.  She is super protective of him, and at times when he is having a meltdown over something she is the one who understands what has set him off and how to fix it.  He, on the other hand, completely adores her.  To him she can do no wrong and he idolizes and wants to be her.  Sometimes if we are out walking somewhere he will refuse to take my hand, but will hold hers no problem.  All of the intricacies of their relationship is all melded together and portrayed in this hooked rug.  I know that they will always be close because they truly do love each other and will continue to look out for each other, no matter what.

I’m in the early stages of Panel #6.  Hard to believe I am almost at the end of this series!   This week has been March Break so the kids and I have been having a lot of fun together:  doing art, going on outings, laughing and playing games.  I always love having my girl home so that the three of us can just hang out together.

I’ve been looking ahead to the summer and fall too, booking travel and fun getaways.  I love the time of year when we get to travel- I think it is so important for parents to expose their kids to the world.  I love that my kids are growing up thinking that travel is the norm and they love doing it.  I know that they will choose travel as a priority for the rest of their lives.

Spring is in the air and there are so many things to look forward to!

 

Karen