Introducing the latest creations bound for Natural Historie. I am so inspired by architecture – there is nothing quite like an old building. Maybe it’s their tendency toward superfluous beauty. Or maybe it’s the enduring appeal of traditional architectural forms. Pediments, spires and columns will never see their aesthetic demise. Whatever the reason, flipping through my sketchbook from two years past I came upon a pen and ink drawing of the Western façade of Notre Dame de Paris, and I’ve been meaning to reinvent it all summer. So here they are, my Rose Window Notecards, cleanly printed in black on white, but unexpectedly bedecked with a little extra sparkle. Natural Historie
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Love it or dread it, when fashion calls so does the ironing board. But whether you grab the iron somewhere between shower and breakfast, or painstakingly primp your dresses and blouses, you’ve probably thrown a faithful companion by the wayside. My little ironing board was the one that was in want of a fresh new garment, so at last I’ve replaced its thin, scorched broadcloth cover with a stripped drawstring ensemble sewn from sturdy cotton and twill tape.
1. I couldn’t find a cover for an ironing board of this size in any store, so I resorted to making my own. I cut a pattern, about four or five inches larger than the perimeter of the board in order to sew a large hem for the twill tape drawstring. 2. Finished drawstring, tightly tied on the underside of the board. 3. The finished project. 4. While I was at it, I spruced up the board itself (made of wood) with a fresh coat of white paint. Natural Historie
Monday, September 3, 2007
I love the sheer versatility of paper – creating the patterns and prints, embellishing with original motifs, and turning it into a dimensional product. New additions to the paperie at Natural Historie were inevitable. And at last they are here - the first in my new line of original tags.Little Notes from the Studio:
1. It all starts in the sketchbook, my favorite of all little black books. I usually work in black ink for versatility. The pink floral pattern in the background of the Luster Tags started as a black and white drawing, so did the chandelier image (shown). The bird image in my Robin Egg Tags began as an ink and acrylic sketch.
2. Now technology takes a turn – just a little scanning, editing, layering, cropping, arranging, and color manipulation and viola! A finished digital tag.
3. Finally a printed sheet of tags is cut by hand, carefully punched with a mini hole punch and strung with soft twine. Natural Historie
Labels: Drawing + Painting