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RECENT NEWS: SPRING RUSH

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Julia Van Bommel, Print, Silkscreen, Artist in Residence JuliaVanBommel2_2014

I love when the weather starts to get warmer and the rooms start to get fuller here at Spark Box. April began with a great group of artists. Friends and artists Alex Robbins and Genna Kusch were here for the first week of Aprilalong with printmaker Julia Van Bommel.

Maddy Mayo, Artist in Residence, Painting, Paper, Silkscreen, ColourfulMaddy Mayo, Artist in Residence, Painting, Paper, Silkscreen, Colourful

Manuela Buechting, Artist in Residence, Printmaking, Book Making

Manuela Buechting, Artist in Residence, Printmaking, Book MakingManuela Buechting, Artist in Residence, Printmaking, Book MakingManuela Buechting, Artist in Residence, Printmaking, Book Making

The following week we had Madeleine Mayo, Randall Okita, and Manuela Buchting. There was a flurry of printmaking in the studio with Manu’s book project and Maddy’s silkscreen pins (a special element of her upcoming show at Galerie d’art Contemporain). It was also great to welcome Randall Okita to the studio as our first National Award Winner.

Matt Cully, Musician, Artist in Residence, Song WritingMatt Cully, Musician, Artist in Residence, Song Writing, Recording

This past week we welcomed musician Matt Cully and painter Gillian King and Randall continued to work on several of his current projects.

Randall Okita, Artist in Residence, National Award Winner, FilmmakerRandall Okita, Artist in Residence, National Award Winner, FilmmakerGillian King, Artist in Residence, Painter, Oil

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Studio, Print, Pink, Roller

Print, Workshop, Hand PrintingPrint, Studio, MonoprintRelief, Print, Keys, Lino, StudioWe hosted a number of our Loyalist College students at the studio the past few weekends in an effort to help them get some good prints done for their last project in the Fine Art Studio class. They worked on drypoint prints and linocuts.

York University, Printmaking

We were in Toronto a number of times to speak at OCADU and York University. York University invited us to participate in the print critiques for the third and fourth year students – it was great.

fire, springMatt Cully, Fire, SpringWe had our first fire of the season which was truly lovely! Marshmallows, music and great conversation.

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- Check out the links to the upcoming craft sales we are going to be a part of: Handmade Harvest & Spring Chicken.

- This online portfolio site is pretty great.

- The work of Monica Ramos is so much fun!

- We had a great article on Printeresting written by past resident Josh Dannin.

 

 


RECENT NEWS: SOUTHERN GRAPHICS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

We had a great trip to San Francisco for the 2014 Southern Graphics International Conference. It was a week filled with great demos, awesome exhibits, inspiring chats, and beautiful site-seeing. Here are some of the highlights:

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Vendor FairWe set up a cute little table with information about the residency and some examples of our printed goods at the vendor fair.

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Exhibit, Print, Relief

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Exhibit, Art Studio, Print Shop, LetterpressSouthern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Exhibit, Book Arts

The first night was spent at the Academy of Art University participating in demos, performances, and exhibitions.

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Exhibition, Kites

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Exhibition, Paper Lithography

The following day we visited the San Francisco State University to see the Lithopixel Refactory Collective (black and white prints seen above) and the Kite Flying Portfolio (first image above).

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Exhibition, Diego Rivera

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Print Demonstration, Stamps, Mail Art

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Print Demonstration, Stamps

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Print Demonstration, Textiles, Monotype

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Print Demonstration, Textiles, Monotype

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Print Demonstration, Textiles, Monotype

After the San Francisco State University we went to the City College of San Francisco to see the Rubber Stamping demo by artist John Held Jr. , the Evolving Print Matrix lead by April Katz and Iowa State University, and an Iron-on Photo Intaglio demo by Zea Mays Printmaking.

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Exhibition, Diego Rivera

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Sea Lions, Pier 39

Southern Graphics Conference International, San Francisco, Spark Box Studio, Arcade

Along with seeing all the great demos and getting a chance to met with and catch up with many printmakers we also had some time for site-seeing – checking out the Diego Rivera mural exhibit, touring pier 39 to see the sea lions and going to the Musee Mechanique to play the old fashion arcade games.

Such a great trip! But we are happy to be home and excited for the spring.

 


RECENT NEWS: AMAZING EMERGING ARTISTS!

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Lucy Satzewich, Model Ship, Ghost Ships, Story Telling, Wood, Sculpture, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Lucy Satzewich, Model Ship, Ghost Ships, Story Telling, Wood, Sculpture, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Lucy Satzewich, Model Ship, Ghost Ships, Story Telling, Wood, Sculpture, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Lucy Satzewich, Model Ship, Ghost Ships, Story Telling, Wood, Sculpture, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

One of our favorite parts of Spark Box is offering residencies to awesome Canadian emerging artists and this past week we shared the studio with three! Lucy Satzewich came to do some preliminary work for a new project where she uses her trade and craft background to create a mythic model of the SS Baychimo, ‘ghost ship,’. She intends to tell the stories of the diverse groups that manned in ‘unmanned’ ship. How cool is that?

Adrienne Kammerer, Drawing, Pencil, Paper, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Adrienne Kammerer, Drawing, Pencil, Paper, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Adrienne Kammerer, Drawing, Pencil, Paper, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

 Adrienne Kammerer, an artist I have admired, was also here last week working on a large graphite drawing featuring mythology, folk-legend and fairy tales, from diverse geographical origins and time periods.

Jamiyla Lowe, Painting, Illustration, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Jamiyla Lowe, Painting, Illustration, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Jamiyla Lowe, Painting, Illustration, Artist in Residents, Emerging Canadian Artist

Do you remember the beautifully detailed illustration of Toronto artist Jamiyla Lowe from last fall? Well, she came back to work on a few more of the characters for her snakes and ladders game. I can’t get enough of these guys with their hilarious facial expressions and little hairy bodies!

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Craft, Textile, Spark Box, Pouch, Silkscreen

Craft, Handkercheif, Silkscreen, Mountain, Spark Box

This week was less busy for us. We got to do a lot of administrative work (YEAH!). We posted two new items to the Etsy shop – the mountain pocket square/handkerchief and the mountain pouch. Both items were printed here at the studio and sewn by hand.

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- Check out this great Creative Entrepreneur Advice site.

- Looking for some sketchbook inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board for sketchbooks!

- I have been sending a lot of mail this year … so much fun! Here is a page I go to for inspiration.

- I made one of these cute little guys the other day and I love it!

- Currently reading through this, and waiting for spring.

Have a wonderful week!


RECENT NEWS: SO MUCH PRINTING!!!!

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Mel Coleman, Artist in Residents, Painting, Collage, Oil Paint, Pattern, Monoprint, Watercolour

Mel Coleman, Artist in Residents, Painting, Collage, Oil Paint, Pattern, Monoprint, Watercolour

Toronto painter and printmaker Mel Coleman made her way into the print studio during the last week of her stay. Starting with a copper plate etching and finishing with a number of watercolour monprints.  She also started several other paintings … all of which made me really want to watch a romantic thriller, like Sleeping with the Enemy.

Ontario College of Art and Design, OCADU, Retreat, Artists, Publications, Print, Letterpress

Ontario College of Art and Design, OCADU, Retreat, Artists, Publications, Print, Letterpress

Ontario College of Art and Design, OCADU, Retreat, Artists, Publications, Print, Letterpress

Ontario College of Art and Design, OCADU, Retreat, Artists, Publications, Print, Letterpress

Last weekend we filled every room with air mattresses, pillows and blankets in order to make the 9 students from OCADU‘s publications department comfortable for the weekend retreat at Spark Box. It was a fabulous weekend with great creative energy as the group worked towards a collective goal – creating a mini-conference to be held at OCADU this May.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Workshop, Etching, Loyalist College, Printmaking, Students

Workshop, Etching, Loyalist College, Printmaking, Students

Seems to be the time of year when everyone is looking to get out of the house and do something different. Which means we have been hosting a number of workshops lately. We ran a great workshop with Loyalist College where over 30 students were at the studio for an etching workshop. The energy in the space with that many people was really incredible.

Etching, Workshop, Copper, Print

Etching, Workshop, Copper, Print

We also held a private workshop with a mother and daughter who were interested in learning about etching. Their hard ground etchings turned out so nicely and they intend to come back to work on a few more prints soon.

Monotype, Letterpress, Workshop, Moira Secondary School

Monotype, Letterpress, Workshop, Moira Secondary School

Fourteen Moira Secondary School students came to our studio last week to learn about letterpress and monoprinting. We made broadsides with a quote from Matisse and ink based monotypes by each of the students.

Linocut, Relief Print, Carving

Linocut, Relief Print, Carving, Print, Notebooks

Kyle Topping, Drawing, Illustration, Art, Black and White

I also started working on a new series of small notebooks and Kyle has been working hard on his new series of drawings.

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- I love these floral pairings.

- I pretty great online gallery.

- Awesome tips for letterpress from Sycamore Street Press.

- Some really lovely pottery.

- Can’t get to a cafe but love the ambient noise? Check out this website.

Have a wonderful week!


RECENT NEWS: BATHROOM RENO & 2014

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Christine Fischer Guy, Writing, Novel, Edits, Artist in Residents, Writers Retreat, Ontario, Toronto Writer

2014 started by hosting past resident Christine Fischer Guy who came to work out some final edits on her new novel The Umbrella Mender.

Tamara Hope, Musician, Acoustic Guitar, Folk, Female, Canadian, Artist in Residents

Last week we enjoyed sharing our home with musician Tamara Hope. It was lovely having her playing acoustic guitar in front of the wood stove.

 

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Winter, Dog, Walking

New Years, Party, Decor, Balloons

Craft, Book Arts Fair, OCADU, Paper Goods, Print

Craft Fair, Table, Print, Textiles, Christmas

2013 ended with some great craft sales, lots of time with family and friends, and some new house changes (including the resident bathroom renovations and the brick wall).

Exposed brick, woodstove, living room

 

Residency, Bathroom renovations, tile shower

We also got some really fun publicity over the holidays in Canadian Art Magazine!

Publicity, Canadian Art Magazine, Feature, Spark Box Studio

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- Send more mail!

- Get inspired to sketch.

- Start planning this years garden.

- Make something new.

Have a great week!

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RECENT NEWS: WEDDING INVITES & WONDERFUL PEOPLE

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Carey Sookocheff, Drawing, Illustration, Residency, Artist, Bear, Acrylic, Paint

Julia Breckenreid, Illustrator, Artist in Residents, Drawing, Painting, Acrylic, Paper

Illustrators Carey Sookocheff and Julia Breckenreid came for a weekend at Spark Box Studio recently. They set-up shop in front of the windows in the print studio and painted and drew many wonderful little pieces.

Writer Sarah Henstra was also here for a weekend working on edits of her new novel. While here she also found some time to vintage shop and discovered many great finds at the local shop Frugal and Company.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Rico, Couch, Dog, Sleeping

Wedding, Invite, Type, Handmade

Wedding, Invite, Handmade, Type

Other than shoveling all the time we have been working on the invites for Kyle’s sisters wedding which is coming up this summer.

We also prepped plates for our workshop with the Loyalist Art and Design Foundations program next week.

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- I want to make this gingersnap crumble.

- I think I might make these felt baskets for my craft room.

- Hand Painted Type

- Love Rebecca Atwood’s studio

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RECENT NEWS: UNCAMOUFLAGING THE CAMOUFLAGED

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Alana Bartol, Installation, Artist in Residents, Performance

Alana Bartol, Installation, Artist in Residents, Performance

I had a great time roaming around the corn fields with Windsor-based artist Alana Bartol to capture some images for her ongoing work Forms of Awareness.

Lisa Jackson, Filmmaker, Movies, Canadian, Artist in Residence

Still from Snare

Screen shot 2013-11-14 at 11.19.14 PM

Still from Hidden Driveway

We shared a very nice four days with filmmakers Lisa Jackson and Sarah Goodman who are joining forces to create a television series.

Jan Ollner, Painter, Toronto, Drawing, Trees, Artist in Residence, Award WinnerJan Ollner, Painter, Toronto, Drawing, Trees, Artist in Residence, Award Winner

Painter Jan Ollner worked on what he called his “screen play” for an upcoming series of paintings. He also drew a number of these beautiful tree images with ink on paper.

Emily Smit-Dicks, Collage, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Hands Emily Smit-Dicks, Collage, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Hands
Toronto-based artist Emily Smit-Dicks worked on collage works, which pieced together many bits of the human anatomy – hands, feet, muscles, tissues.

Jamiyla Lowe, Illustration, Toronto Artist, Board Game, Painting, Artist in Residence, Award WinnerJamiyla Lowe, Illustration, Toronto Artist, Board Game, Painting, Artist in Residence, Award Winner

Have you ever wanted to make your own board game? Well illustrator Jamiyla Lowe started doing just that while here for her week-long residency. She painted a number of wild characters which will become the main illustrations to her own version of snakes and ladders.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Pillow Covers, Christmas Crafts, Handmade, Silkscreen, Abstract
So much crafting! I have completed a number of projects including these pillow covers! Plus, Kyle has been working on a fourth silkscreen print to go with his new series of works.

Residency, Award, National, Canada, Artist, Opporunity, Free
We are counting down the days until our Open Call for the National Residency Award is over. Then we will work through the applications and pick the first recipient for this new award.

Links This Week:

- I am totally making these cookies this weekend. I can’t wait!

- This site has some really great sewing tips.

- I am planning to do a lot of research from this website on New Directions in Printmaking.

- I just got this book and this book out from the library. I will give some feedback about them next week.

- I started a tumblr site … still need to populate it more.

Have a great weekend!

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RECENT NEWS: SO MUCH PRINTING!

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Zosia Gibbs, Print, Silkscreen Pattern, Animals, Raccoon, Squirrel, Crow, Artist in Residents

Zosia Gibbs, Etching, Aquatint, Animals, Fox, Artist in Residents

Beautiful prints of mischievous animals and local plants filled the studio the first two weeks of October while Zosienka finished up her residency stay. Silkscreen, etching, linocut, she really dabbled in as many processes as she could while she was here. If you were interest in the county silkscreen print she did in this post: SUPER SIZED PRINT I have them for sale at the studio.

Sera Senakovicz, Print, Houses, Stories, History, Relief, Artist in Residents, Halifax

County, Prince Edward County. Picton, Residents, Outing

 The work Sera made during her stay truly made me happy to live here in Prince Edward County. Day tripping around the area to see old houses and meet with friends to chat about what they love about their homes and land was the perfect way to spend the beautiful days of October.

Erin Robinson Grant, Drawing, Paper, Large, Portland, Artist in Residents, Figure, Anatomy

The dark and eerie work of Portland-based artist Erin Robinson Grant was being created here mid-October. Large scale drawings of tangled women biting into the air after pomegranates, human anatomy drawings, and baby fetuses were what could be found the Erin’s studio.

David Franklin, LA, Writer, Filmmaker, Artist in Residents

Coming in after Erin was LA-based filmmaker David Franklin. David spent his days quietly writing in the sunny dining room, taking in all of the experiences of the area as potential for future stories.

Ursula Handleigh, Photography, Toronto Artist, Artist in Residents, Award Winner, Anthotype, Berries, Organic, Contact Printing

Ursula Handleigh, Photography, Toronto Artist, Artist in Residents, Award Winner, Anthotype, Berries, Organic, Contact Printing

After Sera, Zosienka, and David’s residency came to an end, Basil AlZeri and Ursula Handleigh’s residency stay began. Ursula, a photographer from Toronto, spent her days foraging for berries, beets, and other plant life for her anthotype pieces. Basil, an interdisciplinary artist from Toronto, worked through several writing projects and took a letterpress workshop with us to create new business cards.

Basil AlZeri, Print, Workshop, Letterpress, Type, Business Cards, Artist in Residents

Basil AlZeri, Print, Workshop, Letterpress, Type, Business Cards, Artist in Residents

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Etching, Workshop, Family, Print, Intaglio

Etching, Workshop, Family, Print, Intaglio

Loyalist, Workshop, Collagraph, Print, Texture, Collage, Relief

We have run a couple workshops – a family etching workshop and a collagraph workshop for teens. Plus had a great Skype chat with a class from Ohio State University about opening your own arts business.

AGO, Exhibit, Ai Weiwei, Contemporary Art

We have been to the AGO with Loyalist to see the Ai Weiwei exhibit, which was fantastic.

Silkscreen, Printing, Textiles, Pattern, Chrissy Poitras, Craft

Kyle Topping, Silkscreen, Print, Paper, Illustration, Science

Plus, we have been printing like crazy in preparation for upcoming craft sales. Kyle has been working on paper goods and I have been working on textiles.

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RECENT NEWS: SUPER SIZE PRINTS

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Zosia Gibbs, Print, Silkscreen Pattern, Animals, Raccoon, Squirrel, Crow, Artist in Residents

Zosienka has been working on some large patterned pieces this week. The illustrations are based on items and creatures found in our area (she hopes to see a raccoon at some point before leaving).

Sera Senakovicz, Print, Houses, Stories, History, Relief, Artist in Residents, Halifax

Sera has been busy collecting stories, drawing, and starting a few etchings.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Chrissy Poitras, Painting, Watercolour, Abstract, Paper

I am still painting away. I sent out five paintings last week which was a great feeling.

Kyle Topping, Print, Silkscreen, Art, Blue, Vintage

Kyle has been making a ton of prints including this great one above.

Residency, Award, National, Canada, Artist, Opporunity, Free

We accepted our Fall Residency Award winners which is so much fun! Also, we posted our very first National Residency Award. That’s right we are now offering a free residency to artist throughout the country. We are very excited about this. The Open Call is up now and ends November 30, 2013. For more details visit: http://sparkboxstudio.com/nationalaward/

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- 101 Conceptual Art Ideas!

- Great site, with lovely images.

- Watercolour by Yelena Bryksenkova “Dancing with Myself” is totally me!

-Free Google Fonts for your blog.

- Maybe we should do this at Spark Box?!


RECENT NEWS: MEDITATION, RESIDENCY AWARDS & PRINTS

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

James Thomas, Artist, Resident, Meditation, Yoga, Writing, Youth Outreach

James finished his two week stay with us in mid-September completing his writing goals and some other goal – like climbing to the top of the hay bales.

Sera Senakovicz, Print, Houses, Stories, History, Relief, Artist in Residents, Halifax

Sera Senakovicz, Print, Houses, Stories, History, Relief, Artist in Residents, Halifax

Sera Senakovicz has come to stay with us for a month from Halifax, NS. While here she will be working on a great project called The What Was Here Project which looks at personal stories surrounding the architecture and landscape of Prince Edward County. If you want to be part of this great project contact Sera directly (whatwashere@gmail.com), or stop by the studio for a visit, or call her at 613.476.0337.

Zosia Gibbs, Artist in Residents, London, UK, Illustration, Print, Fox, Drawing

We will also be sharing the house with British artist Zosia Gibbs who will also be working on prints during her residency. She will be focusing on textile printing and pattern work.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Chrissy Poitras, Painting, Watercolour, Abstract, Paper

I have been writing grants (still), doing a lot of painting, and a lot of work for Loyalist.

Residency, Award, National, Canada, Artist, Opporunity, Free

We accepted our Fall Residency Award winners which is so much fun! Also, we posted our very first National Residency Award. That’s right we are now offering a free residency to artist throughout the country. We are very excited about this. The Open Call is up now and ends November 30, 2013. For more details visit: http://sparkboxstudio.com/nationalaward/

Letterpress, Type, Poetry, Print, Workshop

Print, Workshop, Solarplate, Letterpress, Broadside

We had our great friend visit us from Halifax for a week and got the chance to teach her letterpress and solar plate printing. She took a section of a poem she had written and hand-set her own type … so impressed!

Sarah Burwash, Watercolour, Resident, Halifax, Book, Publication, Collection of Paintings

Sarah Burwash, Watercolour, Resident, Halifax, Book, Publication, Collection of PaintingsSarah Burwash, Watercolour, Resident, Halifax, Book, Publication, Collection of Paintings

We also got a great package in the mail from past resident Sarah Burwash. It is a copy of her book, which includes many works she did while at the residency (there is even a little mention of us). We love it! If you want your own copy you can get them here: Conumdrum Press.

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- Really like the DIY’s on this page!

- Getting ready for craft sales which means looking for craft tips.

- Great home tours on this site.

- Textiles by Heather Chontos.

See you next week!

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RECENT NEWS: GRANT REPORTS AND WEAVING

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Amanda Rataj, Resident, Artist, Weaving, Textiles, Loom, Yarn

We went to the train station Tuesday afternoon to pick-up Toronto artist Amanda Rataj and there she was, loom in tow, ready to get to the studio to work on some new weaving projects. It is always inspiring to us to see the studios being used for so many diverse practices.

James Thomas, Artist, Resident, Meditation, Yoga, Writing, Youth Outreach

Multidisciplinary artist Jame Thomas is currently at the residency working through ideas for a mobile community art bus. He intends to travel to schools around Canada offering workshops that will empower youth through the arts. In between writing he has also been practicing yoga and meditation.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

The majority of the week was spent writing grant reports, reviewing applications, working on lesson plans for Loyalist, and cleaning off my computer … not the most exciting week but a productive one.

Chrissy Poitras, Painting, Watercolour, Abstract, Paper

I did finish five of the paintings which I am sending out to the Indie Gogo Campaign contributors.

Kyle Topping, Silkscreen, Paper, Print, Art, Vintage Image

Kyle completed a new print this week which will be part of an ongoing series he will be creating for upcoming craft sales this winter.

Jaclyne Grimoldby, Print, Relief, Woodcut, Open Studio

We welcomed a new Open Studio member on the weekend, Jaclyne Grimoldby. She will be coming out to the studio to work on woodcut prints.

THIS WEEKS LINKS:

- If you love pattern as much as I do you will love this blog.

- I love websites that feel like you are looking through someones collections.

- Amanda and I went and picked pears behind our house and then made these Pear Galettes. So good!

Enjoy the sunshine!

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RECENT NEWS: MUSIC IN THE STUDIO

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

 

Mel Larkin, Music, Artist in Residents, Canadian, Vocals, Recording

Mel Larkin, Music, Artist in Residents, Canadian, Vocals, Recording

Two inspiring women stayed with us last week, Mel Larkin and Kirsten McCrea. We have always wanted to have musicians stay at the residency and it finally happened. Local musician Mel Larkin worked on her vocals, wrote, reviewed songs for her upcoming album, and gave herself some much needed TLC during her week-long residency.

Kirsten McCrea, Artist in Residents, Painting, Acrylic, Portraits, Canadian, ColourfulKirsten McCrea, Artist in Residents, Painting, Acrylic, Portraits, Canadian, Colourful

We were very happy to share our studio with former resident Kirsten McCrea who came back to work on some new paintings. These acrylic works on paper feature brightly painted ladies with some amazingly crazy hair styles.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?
Collograph, Workshop, Print, Relief, Private Workshop,

Collograph, Workshop, Print, Relief, Private Workshop,

We have been collecting, saving, and searching for amazing bits and pieces to be used in our collograph workshops, and local artist Mary Brett got some time to play with all of them last week during a private workshop.

County Fair, Kids Art, Owl, Prince Edward County, Picton, Paper, CollageCounty Fair, Kids Art, Owl, Prince Edward County, Picton, Paper, Collage

I enjoyed a Saturday afternoon with fellow artist (and good friend) Nell Casson at the kids art exhibit at the Picton Fair.

We also were busy preparing for our first week back at Loyalist and upcoming grant reports … to be honest it was a pretty heavy administrative week.

This Weeks Links:

- This post about the Ultra James Bond ways to add personality to your writing.

- Yellowtrace – design, art, fashion.

- Our new design plan for Spark Box is to imitate the kitschiest hotel in the world.

- Food blog … I can’t help myself … food pictures are so pretty (plus when I am sitting at my computer all day forgetting to make lunch they brighten my mood).

Until next week!

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RECENT NEWS: WOAH IT’S FALL

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Collage, Vintage, Paper, Cutout, Solar Print, Figure, Household, Animals, Indiego, Artist in Residents, Canada, Ohio Artist

Image by Adrienne Slane

We have been sharing the residency with some amazing people this summer. During the last part of August we had Ohio-based artist Adrienne Slane working on a several large collage pieces and a few solar prints. Read all about her time here at Spark Box on her blog: Little Sun.

Artist in Residents, Craft, Print, Silkcreen, Plush Toys, Owl, Bunny, Flowers, KIriki Press

Image by Michelle Galletta

We had a very talented Toronto crafter Michelle Galletta of Kiriki Press here making silkscreen plush toys and wall hangings.

Lindsey Guile, Artist in Residents, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Life Drawing, Charcol

Image by Lindsey Guile

New York based artist Lindsey Guile was here working on many large scale charcoal drawings focused on the female figure.

Christine Leu, Alan Webb, Artist in Residents, Installation, Sound, Toronto

Image from LeuWebb Projects

Collaborative team LeuWebb, made up of Christine Leu and Alan Webb, stayed with us in the last week of August to work on upcoming installation pieces.

Irina Schestakowich, Artist in Residents, Printmaker, Intaglio, Drypoint, Story Telling, Drawing

Irina Schestakowich, Artist in Residents, Printmaker, Intaglio, Drypoint, Story Telling, Drawing

And we had Toronto printmaker Irina Schestakowich here developing a series of drypoint prints.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Workshop, Print, Textiles, Felting, Weaving, Etching, Silkscreen, Letterpress

We ran a great week-long art workshop with two talented young ladies. They worked with screen printing, intaglio solar plates, digital photography, felting, weaving, letterpress, and more. It was such a fun week.

Letterpress, Party, Thank You, Open House, Studio, Sparks

We hosted our Letterpress Thank-You Party which was a great success. The party lasted late into the evening with residents and friends around the campfire signing songs and eating s’mores.

In the following week we started working on our Loyalist planning and took a much needed weekend away at a cottage in the Kwaratha Lakes.

Links we Love This Week:

- This fun site called Sugar & Cloth.

- Great site for home gardening, composting, etc.

- I am loving this book: What is Contemporary Art? A Guide for Kids.

- This makes me want to get back into using my sketchbook.

Enjoy the first week of September!

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RECENT NEWS: WORKSHOPS & LETTERPRESS

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Genna Kusch, Printing, Woodcut, Relief, Snake, Artist in Residence

Genna Kusch, Printing, Woodcut, Relief, Snake, Artist in Residence

We want to give Genna a high five for finishing her woodcut prints two weeks ago. They look great! In her last week she worked on a number of small drawings in preparation for prints to come.

Alex Robbins, Writing, Writer in Residence, Novel, Young Adult Fiction

Alex Robbins, Printmaking, Silkscreen, Illustration, Artist in Residents

Alex wrote up a storm during his month here, Plus, in  his last week he managed to completed a four colour silkscreen based on a drawing of one of his characters.

Julie Kesti, Artist in Residents, American, Painting, Bookmaking, Abstract, Colourful, Paper work

Julie Kesti, Artist in Residents, American, Painting, Bookmaking, Abstract, Colourful, Paper work

Julie completed the last few projects she had planned and took a short workshop in letterpress before her residency ended.

Julie Kesti, Letterpress, Book, Workshop, Printmaking, Type, Vandercook, Lesson Kevin Merritt, a Kingston-based illustrator, quickly got started on series of illustrated playing cards during his first week with us. In his second week he completed the card series and designed and printed a two-colour screen print.

Kevin Merritt, Illustrator, Artist in Residents, Digital, Drawing

Kevin Merritt, Artist in Residents, Printmaking, Illustration. Silkscreen, Purple

Last week we welcomed Ohio-based collage artist Adrienne Slane to the residency. She will be with us for two weeks working on a new series of collage pieces.

Adrienne Slane, Collage, Artist, Paperworks, Artist in Residents, Residency

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Open House, Letterpress, Party, Print, Thank You

We have been preparing for our upcoming Open House this Saturday.  Event details can be found here: Letterpress Open House

Collagraph, Workshop, Printmaking, Art, Kids Workshop, Print, Relief

We ran a few workshops with our residents– two silkscreen workshops with Kevin and Alex and one letterpress workshop with  Julie. We also held a private etching workshop with local artist Elizabeth Hutchinson and a group collagraph and letterpress workshop.

Hope to see some of you on Saturday!


RECENT NEWS: HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS & FUN NEW RESIDENTS

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Genna Kusch, Printing, Woodcut, Relief, Snake, Artist in Residence

I might have been a bit ambitious when I gave Genna a week deadline to complete her woodcut series. But, it did light a fire under her butt and she has made great progress.

Alex Robbins, Writer, Artist in Residents, Ontario, Novel, Young Adult Novel

Ender has been writing away and also creating a drawing which will be turned into a screen print.

Residents, Show and Tell, Art, Picton, Ontario

Sadly, it was Christine and Marta’s last week with us. We had a great “Show & Tell” with everyone where we showed the work we had been making over the week. It was a great exchange and so much fun discussing the pieces everyone had been creating.

Marta Tiesenga, Printmaking, Etching, Copper, Drawing, Line, Artist, Artist in Residents, Artist Retreat, Ontario

Marta finished her super large etching and printed into the early morning the day before she drove back home to Rochester.

Julie Kesti, Artist in Residents, American, Painting, Bookmaking, Abstract, Colourful, Paper work

Art Swap, Barter, Art Trade, Projects, Artist in Residency

Mid-week we welcomed Julie Kesti to the residency. She will be here with us for just over a week working on a series of drawings, paintings, and book projects. Julie is also the founding member of a great project called Art Swap.  We have set-up an Art Swap here at the studio which will be up for the next month. Art Swap brings you back to the basics: bartering. You bring a handmade good (art or craft) and you take a handmade good from the Art Swap Gallery.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Open House, Letterpress, Party, Print, Thank You

We are happy to announce our Letterpress Open House and Thank You Party!

Marshmallows, Camp Fire, Food, Homemade, Friends, Summer

Marshmallows, Camp Fire, Food, Homemade, Friends, Summer

We had a fabulous visit from past resident Katie Bruce this week. So much fun and so many great meals! Best meal this week was homemade burgers, with garlic fries and homemade marshmallows for s’mores!

Craft Sale, Art, Print, Fifth Town Cheese, Prince Edward County, Handmade

We participated in two craft events this week. Fifth Town Cheese had a long weekend special event with theater, craft vendors, and great food. Zine Dream was also on this weekend in Toronto.

Christine Fischer Guy, Print, Etching, Workshop, Intaglio

Christine completed the editing of her novel and took the time she had left to learn how to create an etching.

Sadly no web links this week … next week!

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RECENT NEWS: MAILING PERKS & FINISHING GRANTS

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Marta Tiesenga, Printmaking, Etching, Copper, Drawing, Line, Artist, Artist in Residents, Artist Retreat, Ontario

This week Marta has been putting her full attention on her large copper plate etching. These tiny lines and this crazy pattern are going to make for a really amazing etching!

Genna Kusch, Printing, Woodcut, Relief, Artist in Residents, Ontario

Genna finished her snake carving and started proofing her print. Can’t wait to see the final piece by the end of this week.

Alex is making headway on his fiction novel and has drawn a three colour illustration which we will be screen printing before he finishes his residency.

Christine Fischer Guy, Writing, Novel, Edits, Artist in Residents, Writers Retreat, Ontario, Toronto Writer

Toronto author Christine Fischer Guy arrived for her two week residency last week. She will be working on the edits for her first novel which will be published in Fall 2014.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Chrissy Poitras, Painting, Abstract, Watercolour, Small Paper Work, Blue

I have been painting A LOT this past week.  Having a nice series of work on the go is such a great feeling. I hope all the folks that requested a painting as a perk for the letterpress campaign enjoy these new pieces.

 

Tinfoil Lithography, Printmaking, Booklet, Grant, Guide

Kyle has been busy finishing the Tinfoil Lithography booklet for our Ontario Arts Council grant. We have been getting great results with this method. Our modifications to the process (original seen in this video) have proven to make a consistent plate. Success!

 

Artist Residency, Open Call, Ontario, Award, Grant

 

The Open Call for our Fall Artist Residency Award is up now. If you are an Ontario-based artist between the ages of 20 – 35 this opportunity is for you. We will grant six week-long residency stay between the months of October and November 2013. For more details please click here.

Youth Camp, Kids Camp, Art Camp, Craft, Art, Week-long, Creative, Education

August is almost here and we are ready for all the great things that will be happening in the month. We still have a few spots in our Youth Camp, we are going to be hosting an Art Swap with resident Julie Kesti, and we will be holding an Open House to show off the new letterpress. To find out the details surrounding these events checkout our most recent newsletter.

This Weeks Links:

- Loving the site People of Print.

- With so many writers around this summer I feel like this article by the Atlantic on why Stephen King spends months or even years writing Opening Sentences is appropriate.

- We are getting all prepped for Zine Dream this Sunday in Toronto!

- Always great posts by Richard Baird on Design Survival (tips and tricks for graphic designers).

- Can’t wait to teach colour theory and mixing again this fall to the Loyalist students!

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RECENT NEWS: OLD FRIENDS & PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Genna Kusch, Woodcut, Printmaking, Relief, Artist in Residents, Artist Retreat, Carving, Ontario

At the beginning of week we welcomed our two good friends Alex Robbins and Genna Kusch to the residency. The two of them will be with us for a month writing, printing, and making delicious food.

Marta Tiesenga, Printmaking, Monoprint, Drawing, Line, Artist, Artist in Residents, Artist Retreat, Ontario

Marta has continued her work in the print shop adding to her etchings and drawing on her large monoprint pieces.

Lisa Murray, Drawing, Print, Sculpture, Artist, Artist in Residents, Artist Retreat, Ontario, Paper

Lisa Murray, Drawing, Print, Sculpture, Artist, Artist in Residents, Artist Retreat, Ontario, Paper

Lisa Murray finished her residency at the end of the week. She worked on several more drawings and a few sculptural pieces. I can’t wait to see the prints she makes based on the drawings she did here. One day we hope to have her back to work on some etchings.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Art Camp, Workshop, Kids, Printmaking, Art Making, Silkscreen, Monoprint, Painting

Art Camp, Workshop, Kids, Printmaking, Art Making, Silkscreen, Monoprint, Painting

We ran a super fun, two day workshop with five kids at the beginning of the week. We taught them monoprinting and collagraph printing on day one and silkscreen printing on day two. They made so many great pieces and I think they were all blown away with their silkscreen self-portraits. There are still a couple of spaces left for our August Youth Camp which runs from the 19th – 23th. Here is where you can register: http://sparkboxstudio.com/workshops/”

Letterpress, Studio, Print Shop, Type, Vandercook

After a delay due to studio renovations we finally got a giant stack of Indie Go Go perks mailed out. It felt great putting the packages together and using the new press to print off all the Thank You notes. Be ready to get yours in the mail soon.

Garden, Vegetables, Fresh, Ontario

We have been enjoying some fresh goods from our garden. It is such a wonderful treat to grow your own food. We are both excited to expand the garden next year.

Links This Week:

- I love lists and this list is filled with Concentration Ideas for 2D and 3D art projects. If your stuck and need some inspiration this might be a good place to look.

- I love the Big Bang Studio blog. I wish I could write blog posts like this. So lovely. So inspiring. I want to travel!

- Such a great and easy printmaking project that could be done at home or here at the studio!

- I want to paint on giant scarves!

- If you are in the County tomorrow you should check out this concert by AroarA and Jennifer Castle. Should be great!

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RECENT NEWS: TEXTILE INSTALLATIONS & RELIEF PRINTS

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Charley Young, Artist in Residents, Halifax, Printmaking, Paper Works, Installation, Buildings, Historical, Artic Project, Landscape

Charley Young, Artist in Residents, Halifax, Printmaking, Paper Works, Installation, Buildings, Historical, Artic Project, Landscape

Charley Young, Artist in Residents, Halifax, Printmaking, Paper Works, Installation, Buildings, Historical, Artic Project, Landscape

Charley Young, Artist in Residents, Halifax, Printmaking, Paper Works, Installation, Buildings, Historical, Artic Project, Landscape

Last week we said farewell to Charley Young (as always it was hard to say goodbye to such a great resident). Charley was great and she took full advantage of her time in the studio producing many works on paper. A common theme throughout her work is fabric on buildings. In the past this fabric would be draped over a building and a print of the building would be taken on its surface, however, while here she began planning out a new way of using textiles in combination with architecture. In a number of her works she depicted buildings with long sheets of fabric coming out of the windows and hanging down to the ground outside. Since her paper works generally act as sketches for her installations she decided that on her last day she would try this idea out with a hand-printed sheet of fabric and our house. The result was a very peaceful installation where the wind became an integral part, blowing the fabric in and away from the house.

Kim Wilkie, Paint, Sewing, Hand Sewing, Needlework, Canvas, Artist Residency, Retreat

Kim Wilkie, Paint, Sewing, Hand Sewing, Needlework, Canvas, Artist Residency, Retreat

Ontario-based painter Kim will be living and working at the residency for the next month. Her abstract pieces combine painting and stitching, here the negative space surrounding the brush strokes are filled with metallic thread.

 

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Indiegogo, Letterpress, Relief Print, Linocut, Perk, Thank You, Trumpet, Horns, Printmaking

Indiegogo, Letterpress, Relief Print, Linocut, Perk, Thank You, Trumpet, Horns, Printmaking

As you all know we successfully met our Letterpress Campaign which means it is time to start putting together the perk packages. Kyle put a lot of work into the print for 40 dollar perk (I mean check out the line work in those horns). I hand printed the envelopes to make the whole package super fun to receive in the mail. Can’t wait to start putting these together and sending them out to all of our amazing contributors!

Craft, Spark Box, Postcards, Silkscreen, Moose, Two Colour, Handprinted

 The Moose Postcard has been added to our Etsy  Shop (I love my grandfather’s stamp collection which I have been using in my product photos).

Youth Camp, Kids Camp, Art Camp, Craft, Art, Week-long, Creative, Education

We are still booking in kids for our Summer Art Camp. This is the perfect week-long camp for any young artist looking to get a chance to work with a variety of materials in a professional studio space. Genna and I had a great time last year showing the participants the art of pinhole photography, textile printing, natural dying, screen printing, and more. To register for this years summer camp just CLICK HERE.

This Weeks Links:

-Are you an artist? Looking for some awesome advice? Check out the Abundant Artist.

-Going to work on the “Great I AM Worksheet” by Alexandra Franzen this week.

-The A Pair of Pears website is to cute!

-Love the printed work of Christine Wu.

-These pieces by Amy Joy Watson are so much fun!

Have a wonderful week (fingers crossed my peonies will bloom soon).

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RECENT NEWS: FILMMAKERS GALORE!

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Charley Young, Artist in Residents, Halifax, Printmaking, Paper Works, Installation, Buildings, Historical, Artic Project, Landscape

Charley Young, Artist in Residents, Halifax, Printmaking, Paper Works, Installation, Buildings, Historical, Artic Project, Landscape

Charley Young, Artist in Residents, Halifax, Printmaking, Paper Works, Installation, Buildings, Historical, Artic Project, Landscape

Charley ‘s work started to change focus this past week here is what she has to say about her newest pieces:

“This series of works are conceptual drawings that outline a potential installation in the arctic landscape. Using a blanket as a stencil that is placed upon the landscape, a print would be made by passing a yet to be determine material through its negative space. This would create an ephemeral print onto the white, paper like snow.

This installation idea will be completed during my time aboard a tall ship with the Arctic Circle Program in June 2014.

The screenprinted postcards depict a traditionally rigged Barquentine ship, that  I will be working aboard during that artist residency. These cards will be used as “thank you’s” for supporters who contribute to my future indie gogo campaign, that will help finance the expedition.”

 

Dinner, Spark Box, Outdoors, Picnic Table, Country, Summer, Food, Artists

We had a great time sharing the space with two great Canadian filmmakers Jordan Canning and Sara St. Onge. We also had a wonderful group dinner with three other Canadian filmmakers this week Ryan Noth, Tess Girard, and Bill Taylor.

 

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Trailer, Renovation, Mobile Shop, Craft Shop, Angeline's, Afida,We have been working hard on the trailer plans. Sadly sanding the trailer doesn’t make for a very interesting photo-op but the blueprints Kyle has made are pretty impressive.

Craft, Spark Box, Postcards, Silkscreen, Moose, Two Colour, Handprinted

New prints are being made for both the trailer and the Indie gogo perks (there are still four days left on the campaign if you wanted to support the project).

Chrissy Poitras, Painting, Abstract, Watercolour, Small Work,

New paintings have been added to my Etsy page which is pretty exciting!

Camp, Workshop, Kids, Youth, Learning, Print, Paint

Camp, Workshop, Kids, Youth, Learning, Print, Paint

We have our Summer Youth Art Camp listed on the workshop page now. If you have a budding artist our week-long camp is a great place for them to try a wide range of different techniques including painting, printmaking, and photography.

Garden, DIY, Raised Beds, Vegetables, Summer, Rural

We also made the raised beds for our veggie garden!

This Weeks Links (are back!):

- This is a new favorite food blog.

- Excited about the 2013 Festival Players Season.

- Also excited that Arrested Development is back!

- Loving the Fine Art section of Design Files.

- Really want to visit Scrap Metal Gallery in Toronto’s Junction Triangle.

Until next week!

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RECENT NEWS: WORKSHOPS, ETSY SHOP & RESIDENTS

Who’s Been Here?

 

Liz Kauffman, Painting, Watercolour, Jelly Fish, Text, Artist in Residence

Elizabeth Kauffman, Painting, Watercolour, Type, Artist in Residency

Liz Kauffman finished her week-long residency stay with us last week. I really loved the watercolour pieces she finished while here.

Launa Bacon, Installation, Sculpture, Artist in Residence, Blue, Paper Decorations

Launa Bacon, Installation, Winter, Quinzhee Hut, Balloons, Site Specific, Artist in Residence

Launa Bacon, Installation, Winter, Quinzhee Hut, Balloons, Site Specific, Artist in Residence

Launa Bacon also finished her week-long residency with us. Each day she created an installation here on the property. I only got an image of the one piece but she will be sending more and I can’t wait!

Melanie Taylor, Painting, Collage, Textile, Sign, Hand Type, Prince Edward County

Melanie Taylor and Nell Casson were at the studio this week working on their upcoming exhibition. It looks like it is going to be a really interesting exhibit. They are working with print, textiles, wood, and painting. Mel is focusing on hand-painted signs found around Prince Edward County and Nell is working on sculptural wood pieces.

What Else Is Going On?

Etching, Workshop, Prince Edward County, Copper

We now have our workshops for the winter listed online. If you are interested in coming out head over to our workshop page and take a look.

We are also excited to host a few other events in the upcoming months.

- On January 24th we are hosting a Knit Night. Come out to our place at 7:00 PM with yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, embroidery, or really anything small project (yarn-based or otherwise) to work on. Snacks and a movie will be provided.

- In February we are planning to host a potluck. Come fight the winter blues with a blue Hawaiian potluck. Date TBA.

What’s New In the Curio Shop?

Postcard, Silkscreen, Hand type, Spark Box, Craft, Quilt

Postcard, Silkscreen, Wildflowers, New York, Tan, Blue, Spark Box

Postcard, Silkscreen, Moose, New York, Spark Box

A few new postcards are in the shop. Also we have new hours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12-6 pm.

This Weeks Links:

- Great DIY Gifts.

- Love this website Simply Breakfast!

- New book on my reading list!

- Love this insight on how Twitter works.

- Interesting new art marketplace – The Beholder.

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RECENT NEWS: A NEW YEAR

Happy New Year, 2013, DIY Decorations, Streamers, Tassels

Well Happy New Year everyone, we are so excited to start 2013. With a few weeks of relaxation under our belts Kyle and I are ready to get back to running the shop and hosting residents.

Who’s Here?

 

Launa Bacon, LA Artist, Artist in Residence, Installation, Site Specific Installation

Cold Fusion, TERRA-BYTE 3.0, Los Angeles, County Arboretum & Botanical Garden 2008

We are happy to be hosting California-based artist Launa Bacon this week. She will be working on site-specific installation pieces during her stay. I will be sure to keep you posted on these pieces in case you are interested in stopping by to have a look.

Elizabeth Kauffman, Artist, Painter, Artist in Residence, Landscape, Text

Schroon Mountains after Thomas Cole, 1833, watercolor on Yupo 21” x 29"

We are also excited to be hosting Maryland-based artist Elizabeth Kauffman. While here Elizabeth will be working on a number of paintings and pastel works.

What Else is Happening?

Open Studio, Community Print Shop, Prince Edward County, Etching, Silkscreen, Relief Print, Studio Rental

 

We are taking on new Open Studio members for 2013. If you are interested please send us an email (chrissy(at)sparkboxstudio.com).

Residency Award, Emerging Artist, Ontario, Artist in Residence, Printmaking, Painting, Writing, Curating, Installation

Our Emerging Artist Award is coming close to its application deadline so if you are an Ontario artist between the ages of 19-29 years be sure to check out this great opportunity.

Workshops, Printmaking, Prince Edward County, Art Workshops, Private Workshops

We are preparing our upcoming workshops for the winter. We are thinking of a few new ideas but are always interested in hearing what you would like to have us offer. Feel free to send us an email (chrissy(at)sparkboxstudio.com) letting us know what you would like to learn at the studio.

Links This Week:

-I have no idea if this works, but if it does it would be awesome: Paper Clay Tutorial.

-Unclutterer. Here’s to another year of hoping I become more organized!

-An amazing illustration of the creative process.

-I have always wondering what I should do with the paintings that just didn’t work … and now I know.

-Very informative book binding tutorial.

Hope you enjoy your week!

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RECENT NEWS: HOLIDAY SALES AND CRAFTING

Who’s Been Working at the Studio?

 

J. Shelley Harrison, Collage, Silkscreen, Printmaking, Artist in Residence, Animals, Illustration

A few new silkscreen and collage works by Shelley

 

 

Shelley Harrison, Linocut, Print, Relief Print, Artist in Residence, Abstract

Relief Print by Shelley

Along with finishing her collage works Shelley has been busy in the print shop working on a two colour reductive linocut piece and several small silkscreens.

 

Emma Senft, Studio Space, Artist in Residence, Drawing, Black and White

Part of Emma's Studio Space

 

Emma Senft, Drawing, Textile, Crochet, Artist in Residence

Drawings in Process by Emma

 

Emma Senft, Drawing, Line, Black and White, Artist in Residence

Large Drawing by Emma

Emma has been working on some amazingly detailed black and white drawings. She is also prepping for a small embossing.

What Have We Been Doing?

 

Fat Goose, Craft Sale, Craft Booth, Paper Goods, Printmaking, Linocut, Post Cards

Getting work done for the holiday sales. Last week was Fat Goose in Kingston, such a great sale. This week we have the Book Arts Fair in Toronto and the following weekend is Busy Hands in Picton.

Christmas, Cards, Tags, Holiday, Print, Silkscreen

 

Handkerchief, Silkscreen, Mountain Patter, Handmade, Print, Spark Box

Cloth Napkin, Napkin Set, Cotton, Silkscreen, Mountain Patter, Handmade, Print, Spark Box

With all the craft sale preparations there is a lot of great new items in the shop. If you can’t make it out to the sales but still want to buy local handmade items for friends and family check out our Etsy shop or come visit us at 885 County Rd. 5.

This Weeks Links:

-I love the jewelry collection of Caitlyn Rose!

-A great link suggested by current resident Emma Senft (interviews with awesome creative people).

-A funny How-To– How to wear a beanie.

-Amazing work by Kelly Reemtsen.

-Have I linked to this one yet? If I have that’s cool it is really that funny!

That’s all for this post. See you next week!

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RECENT NEWS: AWARD WINNERS, PARTY TIME & TORONTO

Who’s Been at Spark Box the Past Two Weeks?

 

Emily Crawford, Printmaking, Award Winners, Artist in Residence, Intaglio, Drypoint, Textiles

Work by Emily Crawford

Emily Crawford, Printmaker, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Intaglio, Drypoint, Plexiglass, Textile

Works by Emily Crawford

Emily Crawford, a recent graduate from the Western University‘s Fine Art Program, stayed with us for one week at the end of October. During her stay she expanded on a project entitled Lore, which she had been working on during her final year at Western. Using garments given to her from her grandmother Emily created a number of medium scale drypoints using plexiglass.

Madelaine Lyons Cooper, Drawing, Artist in Residence, Toronto Artist, Painter, Printmaker, Human, Illustration

Print in Progress by Madelaine Lyons Cooper

 

 

 

Madelaine Lyons Cooper, Drawing, Artist in Residence, Toronto Artist, Painter, Printmaker, Human, Illustration

Drawing by Madelaine Lyons Cooper

Madelaine Lyons Cooper, Toronto-based artist and OCAD graduate, worked on a number of watercolour monoprints at the studio during that last week of October. These pieces are going to become part of a larger installation based on the idea of haunting.

 

Turkey from Sara St. Onge on Vimeo

 Sara St. Onge, Toronto-based filmmaker attending the residency for two weeks to work on her second feature length film script. During her stay the group of us had the pleasure of getting a sneak preview of Sara’s first feature length film MOLLY MAXWELL. Sara’s films completely suit my aesthetics and humour.

What Have We Been Up To?

Kyle Topping, Chrissy Poitras, Festival Players, Bonnie and Clyde

We helped out Festival Players by being the models for their upcoming promotional material. Our inspiration was 1930s + Bonnie and Clyde, so fun.

Halloween, Photobooth, Polaroids, Costumes

We went to a few really great Halloween parties.

Food=Need, Chrissy Poitras, Performance Art, Toronto, WIA Projects, DPNCHC

Food=Need, Pam Patterson, Margret Dragu, WIA Projects, DPNCHC

I was part of a community performance event in Toronto at the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre entitled Food=Need. It was a great group of women including Pam Patterson, Leena Raudvee, Margaret Dragu, Cath Campbell, Liz Rucker (Arts4All), Claude Wittmann, the ladies from Tamarind Eco Art Projects and Trisha Lamie and Mary Wright (WIA Projects).

Kid Icarus, Toronto, Craft, Stationary, Shop, Silkscreen

We stopped in to visit the new Kid Icarus space, which was great! Definitely check it out if you haven’t already. Owned by Michael Viglione and Bianca Bickmore this shop is not only a store filled with beautiful handmade stationary, textiles, toys, posters and more it is also a functioning silkscreen studio. Michael and Bianca are working on putting together silkscreen workshops which sound like they are going to be perfect for people looking to learn about this versatile printmaking process.

This Weeks Links:

-Enjoying these neon sign sculptures by Olivia Steele.

-This post made me wish I would have checked out the Textile Museum in Toronto while I was there last.

-This film looks interesting.

-Emergency Resources for Artists.

-Stickwork installation is the creation of American artist Patrick Dougherty.

-Getting ready for the holidays with the new Sufjan Stevens newest song Silver and Gold.

Have a great week!
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PAST RESIDENT: JULIE GEMUEND

Julie Gemuend, Photography, Artist in Residence, Toronto, Figure, Award Winner

Julie Gemuend, Photography, Artist in Residence, Toronto, Award Winner

The month before we moved to the new house we had Julie Gemuend stay with us. Julie is a photographer working in Toronto who came to the studio as one of our residency award winners to work on a new photographic series, as well as her thesis project.

 

Julie Gemuend, Photography, Toronto, Artist in Residence, Sand, Award Winner

Julie Gemuend, Photography, Toronto, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Figure, Sand

These works all came out of her residency stay and address many of the themes she had been preoccupied with including identity, anxiety, self-transformation, the tension between hiding and revealing, opening and closing, and the many selves that exist between our most public and private moments.

Julie Gemuend, Photography, Portrait, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Toronto

Julie Gemuend, Photography, Portrait, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Toronto

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