Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Again with the Limitations

Let your limitations set you free. Who said that? I am sure that someone other that me has said that. How does that apply to production art? For me the limitation of pallet or shape frees me to explore other possibilities. I just finishes a bunch of shawl pins with the same shape, three possible colours of clay, and four possible colours of antiquing and I am happy with the variety that emerged. Limitless possibilities makes it almost impossible for me to be creative. Give me limitations that I can pull against any day.

Right now time is the biggest limitation. The day after tomorrow I will be driving to Vancouver Island to set for Filberg Festival. It's a great event and if you are on the Island maybe I will see you there. I am not sure if I will manage to blog while I am there but I will try.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Production Crazy

I am trying to get things ready for Filberg, starting August 2nd in Comox but tomorrow I will be at Ladner vi. I will not be at the Ladner Markets during August.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Just Whistle

Whistle becoming an orchid
I have come to the realization that there is no way that I will be blogging every day while I am at Granville Island. During the ten hours a day I am there I make enough things from polymer clay that needs some finishing touches at home, that the rest of the day almost is fill up. I have also begun to reclaim my garden from the weeds.

I am happy how things are going though. I am trying a lot of new things and some of my whistle are taking a turn for the botanical.

Across from Granville Island on the Mainland - fish!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Premo Smudge - Just and Observation

I am in the habit of leaving the label or part of it on sheets of conditioned clay, especially for a clay that I have not used before. I usually use Fimo and have had no problem with this practice. When I tried this trick with Premo the ink on the package label smudged. This seems to be old packaging, perhaps the newer packaging will not so this. The printed surface of the packaging was not in direct contact with the clay but the ink dissolved. I will continue to observe.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

New Twist on the Blues

Silver and Carnelian - moving upscale
I am having a rest from Granville Island but the inspiration that comes from being there has upped my game.

Tomorrow I will be at Ladner Village Market. The car is ready to go and I will hit the road at 7:00 AM. I am lucky to be so close some of the vendors start of at 5 AM and some come the day before. If you are in the the area between 10 AM and 4:00 PM, come and join the fun. There is great music, eats and lots to see.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Shoe Shelf Storage

A - covered up. B - Stuff revealed. C - Folded up ready to go
I am away from Granville Island for the next six days. Sunday I will be at Ladner Village Market, but I hope to get a lot done in the next few days.

It is proving harder than I thought to post from Granville Island but that is not for lack of ideas. One thing that is making my life there easier is fold up storage shelf that helps get thing off the floor or my limited workspace - organization will be the nest step. I highly recommend break down shoe shelves for light break down-able storage in small spaces.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Keeping Track

These ten hour day leave little time to post, but expediency has lead to a neat way to keep track of findings. Just a sheet of uncooked clay and everything stays in place. When you are working in a busy place were anything dropped is lost the trick as helped a lot.
The mat is completely recyclable of course.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Nothing New Today for the US of A

I would feel guilty about not producing anything special for our American cousins on their national day, but Google didn't have a special banner for our friends to the South. I and dusting off my eagles in tribute to America. I am told that there will be a lot of visitors from the South today. Time will tell bukt I am still taking a lot of work to do in my on site studio.
( I am sure that is not the case for those living south of the boarder.)

Happy July 4th!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Berry Good Way to Transport Raw Clay

Berry Crates - A great way to transport uncooked projects.
Have ever had to transport uncooked or half finished projects? Well the solution that I came across was as near as the grocery store. Boxes that transport berries have to fit together in a compact space and keep something as delicate as a raspberry from being crushed. The same thing will work for your clay work. The ears on the boxes interlock so you can stack them as high as you like without anything being crushed. You just have to guard against your work sliding sideways. This system works for me taking work back and forth to my "oven-less studio" in Granville Island Market where I will be every day until July 11th.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Some Like it Hot

Yesterday was the hottest yet this year. It was so rainy and cool in June that people were anxious to get out. There were lots of enthusiastic crowds out for the Canada Day festivities on the island and I took a few minutes from my table to snap a couple of shots. I was glad that pod mate suggested getting a electric fan. The breeze made working happier. I did manage to make more pins in spite of the crowds.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Canada Day and all that Jazz

Today is Canada Day. The Market was crowded yesterday but it will be even more crowded today. It is the last day of the Vancouver Jazz Festival on top of all the other Canada Day festivities. I expect that there will be a brisk trade and slushy drinks since summer has finally arrived to the coast. This is the first Canada Day at Granville Island so I will see how it goes. I wonder if anyone will be looking at crafts, and if I will be able to work with the crowds around.

My kind of blues - some pins that I made at the market yesterday.