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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: 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: 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: LET THE SUMMER BEGIN!

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Jennie Suddick, Artist in Residents, Award Winner, Installation, Paper work, Silkscreen, Print, Sculpture, Prince Edward County

Jennie Suddick, Artist in Residents, Award Winner, Installation, Paper work, Silkscreen, Print, Sculpture, Prince Edward County

Jennie Suddick, Artist in Residents, Award Winner, Installation, Paper work, Silkscreen, Print, Sculpture, Prince Edward County

We had such a great time hosting a week-long residency for Toronto artist Jennie Suddick. She is such an inspiring person and amazing artist. While here she worked on a series of paper sculptures inspired by the site map for the Sandbanks Provincial Park. It is always nice to see the area influence the work the artist creates while here. (see more images here)

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

 

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

Halifax-based artist Charley Young will be with us for the month of May and we already know it is going to be fantastic! As soon as I saw her website I was excited to have her as a visiting artist. While here she will be producing a series of photo-transfers, and potentially a site-specific project.

This week we have artist Robert Davidovitz and writer Francesca Piredda staying with us at the residency.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

Collograph, Printmaking, Workshop, Ink, Paper, Red, Roller, High School

Collograph, Printmaking, Workshop, Ink, Paper, Red, Roller, High School

Solarplate, Printmaking, Workshop, High School, Lesson, Ink, Rollers, Paper, Relief

Solarplate, Printmaking, Workshop, High School, Lesson, Ink, Rollers, Paper, Relief

We ran two great workshops with the local high school teachers, one at our studio where we worked with Solarplates and one at Loyalist College where we worked with collograph and Foilography (coined by Charles Morgan).

We attended the fourth year exhibition at Queen’s University where we saw some great work and wished the graduating class congratulations on completing the program.

Ebonnie Hollenbeck, Queen's BFA, Exhibition, Graduating Class, Installation, Print, Found Objects

Installation by Ebonnie Hollenbeck

Emily Carlaw, Print, Etching, Queen's BFA, Exhibition, Graduating Class, Textiles

Installation by Emily Carlaw

Sarah Tompkins, Painting, Queen's BFA, Exhibition, Graduating Class, Interiors

Works by Sarah Tompkins

We also attended the PEC Doors Open event held  at the end of April. My work was up at the Macaulay House (read more about that project here) and at the John Demille House. We also finally got to visit the Al Purdy A-frame, which plans become a writers retreat.

Lanterns, Macaulay House, Picton, Doors Open, Chrissy Poitras

My lanterns for the Macaulay House exhibit

John Demille House, Doors Open, Prince Edward County

John Demille House, Doors Open, Prince Edward County

Al Purdy House, Prince Edward County, Doors Open

With 25 days left on our Letterpress campaign we are starting to feel the pressure of getting the last little bit we need to bring this amazing piece of equipment to our studio. If you haven’t already please take a look at the campaign support in anyway you can (donations or sharing it with others).

Letterpress, Indiegogo Campaign, Printing, Fundraising, Crowdsourcing, Type

Other things we have been up include updating the studio and starting to work on Frabrik our collaborative mobile store project with Alex Fida of Angeline’s Inn.

Flat Files, Studio Update, Print Studio, Spark Box Studio

Fabrick, Trailer, Mobile Shop, Spark Box and Angeline's, Afida

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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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PAST RESIDENT: DEBORAH KANFER

Deborah Kanfer, Artist in Residence, Residency Award Winner, Photographer, Canadian Artist, Black and White

Alter Ego

 

Deborah Kanfer, Photography, Black and White, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Canadian Artist

Band Boy

In 2010 we granted Deborah Kanfer a week-long stay at the residency as one of our award winners. Her application stated she was interested in darkroom photography and the possibilities of photographic collage. During her stay she worked in the darkroom and took many photographs around the residency and Picton, but the work I enjoyed most were the photomontages. Through a laborious process of cutting and layering her photographs Deborah built large photo-collages creating stirring scenes of Toronto’s annex and harbourfront.

Deborah Kanfer, Photographer, Canadian Artist, Black and White, Artist in Residence, Award Winner

Deborah Kanfer, Artist in Residence, Artist Award Winner, Photography, Black and White

Deborah Kanfer, Photography, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Black and White

In her own words “a manipulation and amalgamation of the past and present is both evident and surreal in the original photographic works that I create. When incorporating the things that are invested with emotion and thought in one’s existence and being, and merging them into an artwork, memory becomes preserved, and continues to be appreciated, especially when viewing and absorbing it as a work of fine art. It then becomes a personal entity of one’s history. My endeavor as a Fine Art Photographer is to provide a service and skill that combine the methods of archiving and fine art creation, and merging the two into one. My traditional approach in creating my photographic artworks allows me to explore and define different possibilities and break boundaries that so many are afraid to pursue.”

Deborah Kanfer, Photography, Collage, Black and White, Artist in Residence, Award Winner

Work in Progress, 2010

 

Deborah Kanfer, Photography, Collage, Photomontage, Artist in Residence, Award Winner, Canadian Artist

The Annex, Black and White Silver Print Photomontage

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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: LEAH GOLD

 

Leah Gold, Illustration, Drawing, Animal, Black and White, Ink, Artist in Residence

Daily Drawing

 

Leah Gold, Illustration, Daily Drawing, Artist in Residence, Black and White

Daily Drawing

Residency award winner Leah Gold attended the residency last March and worked on several mixed media and ink drawings during her stay. Like so many visiting artists she was interested in entering a new environment and seeing how it translated into her work. Leah’s day job as a childcare worker in many ways acts as research for her current work as her drawings build on narratives and imaginary stories she tells the children. “The stories I tell often centre around animals whose elaborate lives are hidden in plain view.  Recently, these animals have nudged their way into my studio practice, pushing aside the portraiture I had been working on before. These works look at a fantastical depiction of how an animal has adapted to our urban environment.”

Leah Gold, Portrait, Drawing, Artist in Residence, Black and White

Portrait

Leah Gold, Bison, Drawing, Illustration, Black and White, Artist in Residence

Depressive Bison in High Park

Leah Gold, Drawing, Artist in Residence, Animal, Illustration, Black and White

Depressive Bison in High Park 2

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STUDIO TIPS – WHEN YOU CAN’T BUY IT BUILD IT!

Drill, Building, Construction, DIY, Studio Space, Printshop

Kyle and I moved to the new house just over a year ago and while the new space is wonderful there is always room for improvement. I had mentioned a few weeks back that we built a new drying rack for the printshop and that it was the start of a complete revamp … well the revamp has begun. Kyle has been working endlessly on drawing up plans for the new studio layout.

Blueprint, Studio, Printshop, Building, DIY, Construction

Since we want everything to fit perfectly in our space we have decided to build it all ourselves. The other day we adventured to the Home Depot to purchase a few supplies in order to start building one section of counter space for the new silkscreen area. We are super excited to have the space functioning the way we have always imagined it would. Plus these new changes are going to make the space much more user friendly for our students, visiting artists and open studio members.

Home Depot, Pipes, Building, Constuction, DIY, Studio

Kyle Topping, Printshop, Building, Construction, DIY

Tips we can share about building your own studio:

1. Think about work flow. When we first moved to the new location we just needed to get things off the driveway and into the space so there wasn’t a lot of planning. This has resulted in many re-arrangments because a good flow goes a long way in a print shop. Our new plans have been carefully considered and each printing area will be fit with everything needed for that process.

2. Think about light. Studio spaces are best when they have a lot of natural light and proper hanging lights. Invest in many windows and daylight bulbs.

3. Storage. This is something that has been an issue for us from the beginning. Perhaps some of you don’t know this but artists tend to be pack rats … because you never know when you might use that thing you found in the street/garbage. Our new cabinets are going to have ample storage for paper, inks, tools and other supplies.

4. Get inspired. I love checking out the studio spaces on these websites: The Shelby, Printeresting and Fine Little Day.

Happy building!

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RECENT NEWS: ENGAGING WITH THE LOCAL ART SCENE

Paper Lantern, Small Pond, Craft, DIY, Prince Edward County, Workshop

Our Jellyfish Lantern

What a fun week! We made paper lanterns, checked out some of the local art studios and participated in a craft event.

 

Kyle Topping, Mile Murtanovski, Small Pond, Paper Lanterns, Craft Night

Kyle and Mile starting their paper lantern

Nella Casson, Small Pond, Paper Lantern, Pink, Jellyfish

Nella working on our Jellyfish Lantern

In preparation for an upcoming Lantern Festival Kyle and I attended a paper lantern workshop at Small Pond Arts earlier in the week. Ourselves, along with five others, were instructed by studio owners Krista and Mile on how to make lanterns using bamboo, tissue paper and a candle. Nell Casson and I built a medium sized jellyfish lantern, while Kyle and Mile joined forces and started building a huge fish lantern.

Paper Lantern, Waves, Small Pond Arts, Craft, Workshop

Paper Lanterns, Small Pond Arts, Craft, Workshop

Everyone with their Lanterns

Later in the week I took the three residents around to a couple of the studios on the PEC Studio Tour. The rainy weather left us only seeing a few studios around Wellington and Bloomfield. The best parts of this trip were stopping into one of my favorite pottery studio in Wellington and a visit to the Oeno Gallery.

Wellington, Pottery, Studio, Ceramics, Studio Tour, PEC

A few works by Wellington Pottery

 

Oeno Gallery, Studio Tour, Shayne Dark, Sculpture Garden

Olivia, Linda and I with the Shayne Dark piece at Oeno Gallery

During the weekend Kyle and I set-up a craft sale table outside Mobius on the main street of Picton. Although it was rainy, windy and cold we still had fun handing out on the main street, visiting with people and selling our goods.

Craft, Spark Box, Paper Goods, Prints, Cards, Textiles, Bags, Kyle Topping, Mobius

On Saturday afternoon I left our craft table early so I could attended Porchfest in Belleville, where my two friends Laura Todd and Sean Bokenkamp were playing their first show as Caesar Shift.

Porchfest, Music, Festival, Belleville

Porchfest, Laura Todd, Sean Bokenkamp, Caesar Shift, Bellevile, Music Festival

Sean and Laura Playing at Porchfest

My weekend closed with a short trip to the Kaleidoscope craft sale held at Fields on West Lake. I enjoyed the booth set-up of Michelle Morrissey’s Drifter Studios, the presentation really suited the nature of the work.

Craft Sale, Picton, Ontario, Drifter, Michelle Morrissey, Jewelry

Michelle Morrissey's Booth

Links This Week:

-Getting ready for Christmas season and thinking about putting together a free kids card making event … may get some inspiration from here.

-I love this work found on the Jealous Curator Page.

-Check out this weird fuzzy people GIF.

-Resident Linda Cunningham wrote a nice post about Finding Focus here at the studio.

-This calligraphy pen looks awesome!

Have a great week everyone. See you in October!

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RECENT NEWS: ORGANIC VEGGIES, ART & WEDDINGS

Zora Anaya, Toronto, Painter, Resin, Mixed Media, Abstract

Zora working in the studio on a few paintings

 

Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Printmaking, Letterpress, Drawing

Vanessa's table in her studio.

I know, I know once again we disappear for two weeks. The last two weeks have been great though! Our last week of August brought two residents for a week-long stay each. Toronto based artist Zora Anaya came to work on a series of paintings in which she experimented with resin. These bright coloured, abstract landscapes really took shape with the application of resin. Multidisciplinary artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher was testing out silkscreen as a potential medium for an upcoming project. She also completed a number of line drawing prints similar to those seen in her Porabolas works.

DIY, Drying Rack, Printmaking, Handmade, Burch

Our new handmade drying rack.

Kyle and I took some time during the week to work on a few projects we had been wanting to complete/start. A big project was building a proper drying rack for the print studio. A traditional metal drying rack won’t work in our studio space, so Kyle made a custom drying rack. This is just the beginning of the changes to come in the print studio.

Vicki's Veggies, Prince Edward County, Organic Vegetable, Tomato, Festival

Vicki's tasting table.

 

Vanessa Dion Feltcher, Vicki's Veggies, Heirloom Tomato Tasting, Prince Edward County, Organic Food

Vanessa getting ready to taste a tomato at Vicki's.

We also did some custom printing  during the week for Vicki’s Veggies, a local organic vegetable farm. They needed their logo printed onto handmade bags for their annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting Event. We also attended the event on the Saturday and brought our resident Vanessa with us. It was great to be outside, see a number of friendly faces and taste over a 100 different tomatoes.  Our week ended with a super cute farm wedding for our friends Katie and Dave.

wedding, diy, pompoms, country wedding, Prince Edward County

Katie and Dave ... so cute!

Olivia Cusack, Studio Space, Drawing, Text

I love this caption on Olivia's studio wall.

September began with two new residents, Olivia Cusack and Alea Drain. Olivia drove all the way to the County from Nova Scotia and will be with us for the month of September. During her stay she will be moving between painting and drawing.

Alea Drain, Residency, Award Winner, Toronto, Drawing, Pattern, Faces, Painting, Blue, Mustard

A sweet little piece by Alea.

Alea was with us for the week as one of our Fall Residency Award Winners. She took the time at the studio to re-inspire herself and to test out a few new ideas. We received a lovely email from her just after she left which said: “I wanted that spark (no pun intended) again! That’s what this week gave me. I can’t express how great it’s been for me to be able to focus in such an amazing environment, and your words of encouragement …” The works started during her stay were successful and she is excited to continue to work on this series at her studio in Toronto.

 

Tess Sarbutt, Residency, Artist in Residence, Painting, Portraits, Waterbased Oils, Purple, Children

Resident Tess Anne Sarbutt continues her exploration of painting through a series of small works. I love the colour palette she has chosen to use for these portraits.

Fair, Carousel, Rides, County Fair, Picton, Ontario, Horses

Got to ride the carousel with my niece at the fair.

Fall is like spring, a good time of year to tidy around the house and get ready for the next season … winter. So, last week was spent cleaning up around our home, preparing for winter and getting ready for the new school year at Loyalist. It was also the weekend of the Picton Fair, which I attended with my two nieces (so cute) and the wedding of our two good friends Mel and Dari (remember the posters we made for their invitations … they were such a hit!).

Wedding, Mel Larkin, Farm Wedding, DIY, Prince Edward County,

Mel and Dari during the ceremony ... so beautiful!

We are excited to be back teaching this week and can’t wait to meet our newest resident Linda Cunningham who will be arriving to the studio.

Links this week:

- Totally in love with this blog!

-Interested in making things but unsure what to make? Check this website out for inspiration and to receive DIY kits in the mail!

-Inspired by this TED Talk by Phil Hansen.

-18 Days Left to apply to this open call … might get your work shown at the Miami Art Basel.

-The Abstraction Exhibition at the Oeno Gallery made it to the front page of Akimbo (nice)!

Here’s to an amazing September!

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RECENT NEWS: MAKING ART WITH KIDS & THE PFF

Kids Camp, Workshop, Life Drawing, Learning, Pinecone

Kids Camp: Drawing from Life

If the week before wasn’t crazy enough this past week we hosted our week-long day camp. This year we invited teacher, past camp counselor and open studio member Genna Kusch to help us build an awesome day camp. Genna and I filled each day with serious art making, drama games and cute animal breaks (i.e. watching a couple YouTube videos about kittens/bunnies/owls). The girls who participated in the camp couldn’t have been more focused and serious about each and every project. They created pinhole cameras, Andy Warhol inspired silkscreen portraits, natural dyes for tie-dying and an edition of four relief prints (just to name a few projects).

Kids Camp, Workshops, Prince Edward County, Art Camp, Inkodye, Photography, Textile Printing

Kids Camp: Creating tote bags and photographs with Inkodye

 

Kids Camp, Workshops, Prince Edward County, Nature Walk, Drawing from Life, Art Camp

Kids Camp: Nature Walk/Draw your Senses

 

Kids Camp, Workshop, Prince Edward County, Art Camp, Drawing, Nature, Pastels

Kids Camp: Experiment with New Materials

While Genna and I ran the camp resident Jon Irving worked on finishing his last print before his two week stay with us came to an end. The last print was my favorite and I will try to get a good image of it for the post about his stay here. Tess Anne Sarbutt continued to experiment with water-based oil paints and began to find a way to make them behave more like the oil paints she is used to. And Kyle completed a series of four, two-colour, linocut prints (see below).

Tess Anne Sarbutt, Painting, Water-Based Oils, Landscape, Rural, Prince Edward County

Tess painting outside in our front yard.

Mid-week Kyle and I paid a visit to our friend Hri Neil’s store Mobius where some of our work can be found. The store is a great mix of vintage collectables, art, handmade furniture and fashion. I loved the vibe and pretty much all of the vintage furniture he has for sale. If you want to stop in the shop is located on Main Street, Picton, just behind Chesterfields Cafe.

Hri Neil, Mobius, Picton, Ontario, Vintage Furniture, Crafts, Art, Canadian

Outside Hri's Store

 

Peterborough, Folk Festival, Craft Sale, Spark Box Studio, Paper Goods, Textiles

Our booth at the festival

 

Kyle Topping, Linocut, Printmaking, Relief, Yello, Green, Red, Blue, Craft

Kyle's new work at the sale

On the weekend Kyle and I traveled to Peterborough for the Peterborough Folk Festival where we had a vendors booth. It was a beautiful day to be outside and we meet so many new people.

Links this week include work we loved at the sale this weekend:

Jackson Creek Press, Printmaking, Letterpress, Jeffrey Macklin, Peterborough

A great piece by Jeffrey Macklin of Jackson Creek Press

- Jeffrey Macklin letterpress printer and owner of Jackson Creek Press.

Lora Georgiou, Pottery, Vintage Bike, Drawing, Plate, White

Vintage Bike Plate by Lora Georgiou

-Lora Georgiou’s pottery is adorable. I love the drawings she has done of the bikes, hot air balloons and bees. We hope she might come and print here in the future.

Fierce Deer, Necklace, Vintage Bike, Handmade, Jewelry, Canadian

Super sweet necklace by Fierce Deer

-The Fierce Deer had such an awesome booth set-up I really had a hard time walking away … could have spent hours looking at all the great things.

Kathryn Orok, Textiles, cell phone holder, Vintage fabric, Prince Edward County, retro

Cute cell phone bag by Kathryn Orok

-Our friend Kathryn Orok was there with her retro inspired textiles.

Blacklock Longboards, Canadian, Skateboarding, Wood

These longboards were so beautifully crafted.

-Finally, the people in the booth next to us, Blacklock Longboards, were selling these wicked handmade long boards.

See you all next week!

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RECENT NEWS: EXPERIMENTS IN PRINTMAKING

Dinner, Friends, Summer, Artist in Residence

Group Dinner outside on the picnic table

 

Group Dinner, Summer, Picnic Table, Artist Residency, Ontario

Yummy food at Group Dinner

Wow August you are flying by … and I apparently can’t keep up. Two weeks ago we started the week with a house full of people. The bride and groom from the week prior, plus three friends from Scotland, got rained out of a camping trip in Algonquin Park, so they said with us for a few days. On top of that we had two residents with us (a former classmate from Queen’s and her partner who is a writer). During those three days we made art, ate amazing food and played a lot of board games.

Jon Irving, Woodcut, Artist in Residence, Printmaking, Relief Print

Works in progress by Jon Irving

Mid-week we welcomed new resident Jon Irving, a printmaker from New York. I met Jon while attending the Southern Graphics Conference in New Orleans this year. Jon plans to work on woodblock printing combined with chine-colle and silkscreen while here. During this past week he carved two blocks and nearly completed one print. His work is unique and playful.

 

Morgan Wedderspoon, Artist in Residence, Drypoint, Car, Printmaking, Intaglio

Morgan working on some prints (image by Genna Kusch)

 

Drypoint, Intaglio, Chine-Colle, Car, Morgan Wedderspoon, Artist in Residence

Work in progress by Morgan

 

Chris Gusen, Artist in Residence, Writer

Chris working in the studio

Our other printmaking resident, Morgan Wedderspoon, spent the week experimenting with a few new print processes. She wanted a change from lithography, a process that requires a studio, to something that will allow her to prep the bulk of the work at home before going to the studio to print. She started with plexi-glass dry points and they are looking awesome. Writer Chris Gusen focused on a short story project, finding spaces both inside and outside the house to write. It was really nice to see him lounging outside writing away in a notebook.

 

zines, crafts, toronto, zine dream, sale, print

Our table at Zine Dream

At the end of the week Kyle and I headed off to Toronto for the Zine Dream sale. Zine Dream is always fun and great place for us to catch up with past residents or meet residents that will be staying with us in the fall. After the sale we went out for dinner with residents Morgan and Chris (sadly they were only staying with us for a week) and past residents Kirsten and JP.

Workshop, Printmaking, Etching, Inspiration

Etching, Workshop, Prince Edward County, Copper

Last week was the week of workshops. We held a large family etching workshop, a private two person etching workshop and a weekend workshop for a group women. They all turned out great and it was so nice to have people etching at the studio.

Workshop, Etching, Intaglio, Copper, Prince Edward County

Workshop, Etching, Girls Weekend, Prince Edward County, Studio, Intaglio

Mid-week we also welcomed new resident Tess Sarbutt who will be working with water-based oil paints while she is here. Jon continued to work on his woodcut pieces and I really love the amount of white space he leaves in his work.

Links this week include a lot of fun ideas for creating art with kids (since we were planning for kids camp):

-Totally love the looks of this place in Vancouver: Collage Collage

-Great playful learning ideas from Mariah Bruehl.

-How to make vegetable dyes.

-Amazing tie dye ideas from Honestly WFT

-These awesome ceramic pieces by Natalie Choux.

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RECENT NEWS: PHOTOGRAPHY AND A DIY WEDDING

I know we haven’t been online in over a week but we seriously have a good excuse. Our good friends Genna and Alex recently got married and both Kyle and I were part of the wedding party. This wedding was unlike any other and the result was amazing and beautiful. Before wedding week though we had a great photography workshop with a young girl named Abby, welcomed two new residents, Morgan Wedderspoon and Chris Gusen, and said goodbye to Subaita Khan.

 

Photography, Workshop, Darkroom, Prince Edward County, Digital Photography, Black and White

Abby Taking Photos during her Photography Workshop

 

The start of the week included two back-to-back, day-long, photography workshops with Abby. Day one involved learning the basics about the digital camera and heading out to take images of different locations around Picton. We started our photo shoot at the studio, then moved onto the skate park for action shots, then to the yacht club and finally we went to birdhouse city. Day two included a Photoshop demo, some experimenting with Inkodye and finally darkroom work resulting in a number of black and white prints. It was a great workshop and Abby’s focus and attention to detail paid off in some really great images.

 

DIY, Fabric Bunting, Wedding, Sewing

Sewing the Bunting for the Wedding Tents

 

The rest of the week was devoted to the wedding. Genna and Alex’s wedding was almost 100% DIY and it took an army of close friends to pull the whole thing together. As a group we made and put-up decorations, planned and set-up tents, tables, the bar and lawn game areas, arranged and rehearsed the ceremony, created signage and built a pretty awesome photo booth.

 

DIY, Wedding. Guest Book, Chalkboard

The Guest Book Area

 

Singing, Wedding Party, Summer

The Wedding Party Singing, image taken by Lindsey Van De Keere

On top of all that the wedding party was also the main entertainment for the evening, singing and preforming 10 songs for the guests. It was pretty amazing to see a group of relative strangers come together to create a magnificent event for two people they all really care about.

But now the wedding is over and it is back to life at the studio … obviously I am excited to be back printing and hanging out with Rico but I must say it was pretty fun being in a band for a week.

Here are a few links, including some places I would love to vacation to:

-I really want to stay at El Cosmico in Marfa Texas.

-Was just shown this site and can’t wait to spend some time checking it out: Thanks, Textbooks.

-In my anticipation for winter I have been looking at knitting patterns and I really like these leggings.

-I REALLY want to print here!

-Go on another road trip and send friends cards like this.

Anyway, here’s to awesome friends and great memories! Have a lovely week everyone.

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RECENT NEWS: WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS

 

Inkodye, Lumi, photography, textiles, fabric, dye, negative, craft, workshops

Inkodye prep, image by Genna Kusch

 

Kyle Topping, Print, Printmaker, Linocut, Roller, Ink, relief

Kyle printing his new relief print

Last week seemed to be 90% devoted to planning and prepping for workshops. Hayden, Kyle and I spent the early part of the week getting everything ready for the Inkodye workshop which was held over the weekend. We made samples, put together material packages and planned the run through for each day. Once that was all set we moved onto planning the private workshop with 13 yr. old Abby, which involved making sure all of the black and white darkroom materials were in working order. During our testing Hayden and I realized that either the paper had aged or the developer had gone bad, so we called up local photographer Graham Davies who, luckily, saved the day by allowing us to take a look at the paper in his darkroom. Kyle and Hayden also started printing a second camera linocut which has a pretty amazing two colour blend. Can’t wait to see it with the key block printed!

Glynis Boultbee, Artist in Residence, Photography, Collage, Art

An eye Glynis had put on her wall, along with a photograph she took while adventuring

 

Paul Boultbee, Artist in Residence, Painting, Miniatures, Acrylic

A few of Paul's small painted works

This week we also said farewell to Paul and Glynis. Their two week stay here flew by, but they left expected about where their new projects were going to take them. Subaita planned for a weekend trip to Ottawa where she will take images of the Parliament buildings to use as subject matter during her final week at the studio.

 

Subaita Khan, Studio, Artist in Residence, Painting, Ink, Transfer

Subaita working on textured backgrounds in her studio

 

Inkodye, Lumi, Workshop, Outside, Fabric, Dye, Photography

Everyone outside during the workshop watching their Inkodye projects change in the sun, image by Genna Kusch

DIY, Wedding, Table, Animals, Spray Paint, Genna Kusch

Genna's table decorations drying after a heavy application of gold spray paint, image by Genna Kusch

At the end of the week we got to see all our workshop in full effect with our four participants experimenting with the Inkodye on both wood and fabric. The workshop was a lot of fun and the group was a pleasure to work with. An added bonus to the workshop was that we finally got to meet an online friend Annie Jaeger who runs the website Trout in Plaid.

The weekend was also filled with a bunch of DIY wedding projects from friend and open studio member Genna Kusch who is getting married this Friday. Congrats Genna and Alex!

This weeks links:

-How to build your own Yurt (and attach it to your car).

-50 things every creative should know.

-Rob Sweere’s “Silent Sky Project#” – groups of people cloud gazing … love this!

-Creature Comforts daily colour inspirations.

-These vibrant abstracts by Nano Rubio.

Here’s to saying goodbye to July hello to August … where has the summer gone?

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