Tuesday, March 30, 2010

First Show of 2010!

Hello Everyone!

And may I say (is it too early?) "Happy Spring"!

So pleased to announce that my first show of 2010 will be held on Saturday April 10th, from 10:00am - 3:00pm in a lovely penthouse party room at Sheppard Avenue & Yonge Street in Toronto...188 Doris Avenue to be specific.
It's going to be an exclusive little affair, with invites going out to all my customers, and those of a new friend, PuntaRocks (www.puntarocks.com)!

Looking forward to holding this event with Michelle of PuntaRocks, and introducing our new line of jewellery pieces for this spring!
Please RSVP your attendance to karen@subtledetails.ca

My image is looking a little fuzzy I see, so if you're having trouble reading it, you may visit my facebook fan page... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richmond-Hill-ON/Subtle-Details/170787796120?v=photos&ref=ts#!/photo.php?pid=4204820&id=170787796120
....or, as I've noticed, you can double-click on the image in this post to view it larger.

Friday, March 12, 2010

definitely Out of the Box Ideas!

Love, Love, LOVE these invitations (and others) from Out of the Box Ideas!

Love the use of colour (of course, no one appreciates colour more than I do...well, maybe there are others, but I do like colour!).

Love the mix of textures.

Love the bold graphics.

Designed by Jeromina Juan, creative genius and owner behind Out of the Box Ideas (and good friend of mine), her invitations are so clean and meticulously thought out. Which brings me to another love...

Love the details! I'm all about details. Just looking at this invitation I'm noticing the fold-out "beach-bag" or "gift bag" tapered at the bottom (the whole tropical theme makes me think "beach"), the pockets within that hold the various card components, the actual "handles" that hold the "bag" together just like a real one, the coordinating colour paper back inside the grass paper "bag", the tag on the bag....oh the details!

Jeromina is promising she'll be creating her own Blog and Facebook Fan Page for Out of the Box Ideas soon...

Looking forward to it Jer, we need to see more of those great designs!

Until then, have a peek at her website: www.outoftheboxideas.ca

Thursday, March 11, 2010

just realized...

that my last few posts (pictures) have been GREEN!

I love green! And the best thing is, despite changing shades a little, it always seems to be "in", in one way or another!

That's all...just a random thought that occurred to me just now.

Take care everyone,

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Now I know my ABC's

The first of a new idea...well, not so new, it's not like I invented ABC art!...but new for me & my Li'l Art framed sculpture.

This piece was finished on Sunday morning, just in time for my sister's baby shower (in true Karen fashion, I completed my work on time, though JUST in time!).

I'm very happy with the results! The idea came to me back in November I think, when I was thinking about making a special from-the-heart shower present for my sister, but it took a little longer to decide on the size & arrangement of the squares. You wouldn't believe how frustrating it was, for someone like me who likes things to be "just so", to be working with an alphabet that has 26 letters! Somehow, miraculously, it came to me at the last minute that, yes, the "y" & "z" could be combined on one square, making it a perfect 5 x 5 arrangement. Really, you have no idea how much I agonized over this! And the solution was SO SIMPLE!

My second challenge was working out the colours for the background. I had originally thought to mix the colours (having prepared an whole wack of oranges, corals, pinks, and greens)...but when put them together, began to fuss...finally resolving on the 3 shades of green...ironically enough, just like some of my more visually simplistic jewellery pieces. I guess sometimes lessons do need to be learned more than once!

The third & final challenge was picking out fun animals, food, instruments, plants, WHATEVER seemed appropriate for a child's room ABC art. I must add here that I got some help from various images found on-line (in all forms of media), and even from other artists work, as I found myself wondering what an owl looked like!

After all this was settled, the piece came along quite nicely...but the design did take some prep work.

Now I find myself brainstorming and even scanning through dictionaries to find other THINGS that may be represented in clay & become representatives for the letters of the alphabet...the follow-up to this design will be letter squares personalized to children's names...so I need all the THINGS I or YOU can think of...I welcome your strokes of genius!

Visit & join my Facebook Fan Page (link on the right side of your screen) for more photos...I will be adding a new folder to include the image above & individual images of each letter.