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Leipzig Book Fair 2016

This is going to be a short blog post, but I wanted to share a few highlights from the Leipzig Book Fair last week.

MarchBlogPhotos11. Books, books and more books! I spent most of my time in the children’s publisher section of the fair, but also wandered into the art books section towards the end of the day. There are many beautiful children’s books being published this year, and I was especially excited to find a couple with embroidery on display.

2. Great location. The Leipzig Messe is the biggest and most beautiful exhibition space I’ve ever visited. It’s full of natural light and easy to navigate, considering it’s size.

3. Ice cream! Need I say more?

4. New connections. Last year I was too shy to practice my German and didn’t talk to many of the vendors in Leipzig, but this year I dove right in, handed out some fancy new business cards and met some really nice people.

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5. I bought a new sticker book. Like my hat? Very excited to put these stickers to use on my outgoing mail orders.

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Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Instagram Challenge: #MarchMeettheMaker

I’ve been wanting to bulk up my website with more photos of my process, and the “behind the scenes” of my freelance business, so I was excited to see this #MarchMeettheMaker challenge on Instagram a few days ago. I’m a few days late jumping in, but here are a couple photos I’ve made for the challenge so far.

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I find challenges like this are helpful to get ideas flowing and it’s interesting to see what makers around the globe are up to. Hopefully, by the end of this month I’ll have at least 5-10 photos that I can put together as a collage on my website .

Being an artist is kind of a risky business and I have many days where I ask myself if this is a good/responsible career choice. So I’m sure this will be a good 30-day exercise of re-focussing on WHY I do what I do and also to show those interested a bit of HOW I do it. If you’d like to follow along, you can find my Instagram account here.

 

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Book Contract with Simply Read Books!

I’ve got some very exciting news to announce in today’s blog post. After much planning, dreaming, learning, promoting and waiting I have signed a book contract with Canadian publisher Simply Read Books for the first-ever Mr.Buttonman children’s picture book!

I first met the publisher of Simply Read Books last year at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair where I introduced my book idea to him. He was very open and interested in my character and embroidered illustrations and we immediately exchanged contact information. Now almost a year later, the agreement is official!

The story has been written by me and will be filled with 32 hand-embroidered illustrations. There is much work ahead before publication next Spring 2017, but I am so excited to get to working on it!

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New Christmas Illustration

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As I was planning this new illustration I had to remember Christmas’s with our wiener dog, Karmen. Yes, I know, it’s not exactly the most manly of names, but he was named after my great-grandfather’s wiener dog. Karmen was a feisty little guy. We quickly learned that wiener dogs are much bigger in their heads and very capable of mass destruction. He always found something to rip to shreds, if we weren’t quick enough to give him a bone to chew on. The cuteness factor quickly wore off for our neighbours who had to endure his incessant barking. But I loved him in spite of all his mischief.

I think if I had been a bit smaller, I could have easily convinced Karmen to pull me in a box around the living room. Given the opportunity, he would be the most determined little reindeer on Santa’s sleigh.

I hope you have fun looking at this illustration because I had a lot of fun making it. Maybe it will bring you back to your childhood Christmas’s and all the imagination and “anticipation” that surrounded the season (though I still haven’t grown out of this!).

And on a totally different note. I finished that CD cover design I mentioned in my last blog post. Here is a photo of the printed CD’s taken by Projekt: Kirche.

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My inspiration for the cover design was a patchwork quilt. The CD contains music from 12 different artists, who have through this CD project been patched together. Most of the artists are based in Berlin. The CD can be purchased through Projekt: Kirche, and 50% of the cost goes directly to the artists. The other 50% covers production costs. I would highly recommend it, if you are looking to discover some up and coming musicians in Europe.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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New Birthday, Baby and Thank-You Card Designs with Mr.Buttonman

It’s September! This means back-to-school for many poor souls and back to work for me! I had a lovely 2 week vacation in August, and am ready to jump into some new projects this fall. There are some exciting things coming up, but I can’t share all of them with you quite yet 🙂

What I can tell you is that I’ve finished designing 5 new Mr.Buttonman folded greeting cards. The new baby card will be available in pink, blue and/or green. As of today, they are up on my Etsy shop. Yipee! When folded, the cards are A6 size  (148 mm by 105 mm) and printed on 300g satin white paper, blank on the inside and come with a kraft paper envelope. I’ve chosen to do a print-on-demand approach this time, which means that the cards will be lovingly cut and folded by hand after each purchase. This is to reduce paper waste and help me determine which cards are the favourites before making any big orders. They are available for individual sale, but also in packs of 4 or 5, similar to last years Christmas cards.

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Ciao for now 🙂

 

 

 

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Airborne- Illustration Friday Post

I’ve submitted one of my older illustrations for this week’s Illustration Friday Blog. The theme is ‘Airborne’.  This is still one of my favourite Mr. Buttonman illustrations. I sold the original in an art exhibition last summer, but have made a new copy for myself which is hanging in our bedroom at this very moment. ButtonmanBalloonWEB

If I imagine a story around this illustration it would be that Mr. Buttonman has decided it’s time for him to travel the world. Button balloon travel is by far the best mode of transportation for a Buttonman, and the great thing about these balloons is they never deflate. He does, on one or two occasions, end up in places he did not plan on visiting, but overall has a grand adventure. The end.

Have a happy weekend, full of blue skies and flighty thoughts 🙂

 

 

 

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Illustration Friday: Noise

Well, it’s been about a month since my last personal blog. I must say, I was quite shocked at the increase in views, but also very encouraged by all the thoughtful comments. Thank you!

This past month was a bit crazy, with moving to a new flat and sorting out all the details for that. Thus, I haven’t had as much time as I wanted to devote to illustration. However, I’ve done what I can and have been steadily working on sketches for the Mr.Buttonman picture book.

With all of this sketching, I’ve been itching to bring at least one work to completion. So this week, I decided to do an illustration for the Illustration Friday blog, just for fun. Though I noticed today, that I actually missed the deadline to post it on their blog. I’ll have to be quicker next time! I hope at least you will enjoy it!

The theme for this week was Noise. And here’s Mr.Buttonman being very noisy in the kitchen.

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I was quite pleased with how this turned out. It’s one of the first times I’ve put Mr.Buttonman in such a detailed background. There will be more detailed backgrounds in the picture book so this illustration was a good testing ground.

Have a great Friday and make some noise!

 

 

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New Projects with Mr.Buttonman

 

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I’m sure you’ve already met Mr.Buttonman if you’ve been following my website, blog or life in general. He has been an ongoing project for me, that has slowly grown bigger and bigger. It seems that every time I think I am “finished” with the character, something happens to pull me back to him. And the reason is not because I’m obsessed or in love with buttons. I do like buttons, and this character was definitely invented in a “button phase” of my life, but I think there is another reason.

Over the past 3 years, I’ve displayed, sold and exhibited Mr.Buttonman in various settings. In a way, it feels as if I’ve been gathering research based on the different feedback or reactions I’ve gotten. This year I’ve had the opportunity to display him in Berlin, to an international audience, and that has been really affirming. Even though, I haven’t yet had great “success” (as in Mr.Buttonman hasn’t paid any of my bills or become famous) I still feel in my gut that there could be great potential here. Maybe I’m wrong, and will eventually have to give up. But I don’t feel that I’ve pushed him to the limit yet. This is why: I’m writing a storybook!

There have always been little stories embedded in the Mr.Buttonman illustrations, but I’ve never sewn the images together into one plot. I’ve never actually defined: Who Mr.Buttonman is, where he lives, what he eats, who his friends are, and what happens to him on a daily basis.

I’m really excited about this next project and have gotten a lot of affirmation over the past few weeks as I’ve discussed my ideas with fellow artists and writers. If everything goes according to plan, I’m hoping to have my first draft of the book finished by April 2015.

In the meantime, I’m also planning  to release a series of Buttonman Christmas cards for this year in October. So stay tuned for those on my Etsy shop.

Here’s to not giving up on long-term projects, and thanks to all of you who have been an encourager of Mr.Buttonman. You’ve helped keep him alive!

 

 

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“Dear Life” Exhibit at the Vancouver Public Library.

Starting September 2nd my two newest artworks will be on display at The Mote Gallery in Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. I’m very excited to be participating in this exhibit, but sad that I won’t be there for it’s launching. This is a group exhibition of members from the Open Book Art Collective and is inspired by a book of short stories, Dear Life by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.

I’ve been a member of this collective for over a year now, and this is our third exhibit and the second book we’ve selected as a group. Basically, we’re a group of artists who love literature and who made a book club that also functions as an art collective. If you’re a fellow book/art lover, and maybe an Alice Munro fan, we’d love to get some feedback from you on our latest exhibit at the VPL.

Here are images of the two works I’m contributing along with my artist statements.

**SPOILER ALERT! Don’t continue if you’re planning on seeing the work in person! (Art is always better in real life)**

“A New Reality”. Based on Corrie.

This drawing illustrates a key moment of realization in Corrie that alters the main character’s reality and shocks unsuspecting readers. My aim was to create a situation where the viewer might look twice, as I had to read this story twice.

 

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“The Captain of the Pinafore”. Based on Amundsen.

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 […]and in burst Mary[…]she threw off her coat and displayed herself in a red-and-yellow costume. She […] began to prance around the table, singing at the same time in a plaintive but vigorous young voice[…] I’m the Captain of the Pinafore. And a good right captain too!

This artwork is inspired by the character of Mary, who was a bright star in ‘Amundsen’, though not the main protagonist. For me, she was innocence, joy and an unexpected beacon, in a village of Tuberculosis and depression. There is a risk of not taking characters like Mary seriously. Especially when they burst into closed rooms uninvited. But Mary truly was a Captain. In her display of colour and song, she offered a chance for escape from the inevitable.

 

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Photo Gallery of “Stitch and Line” Art Exhibit

Here are a few photos from the opening night of  “Stitch and Line” art exhibit in Speakeasy Sprachzeug language school in Berlin.  The exhibit showcases work from myself and Sarah Stein ( www.sarahstein.com).  Thanks to everyone who could make it out; it was a fantastic night. I really enjoyed the musical performance of Canadian musician Bruce Millar and meeting so many new faces!

For those of you who couldn’t come to opening night, you still have time to see the exhibit. It will be up until November 7th. 

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