Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

A day with Amy Duncan

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Just had the most wonderful day….Amy Duncan held a Valentine’s Day Card Making party at her beautiful home & studio. Amy transformed her living room in to a working studio for all, complete with trunks of goodies, tables of trinkets and piles of great papers…all for creating collages.

What used to be a dining room, is now a studio table!

Tables of treasures to play with

There is something magical about sitting around a table with kindred spirits…creating…working…planning…chatting…laughing…comparing life notes. Most of us work alone in our studios..this was a rare treat to come together and create in community.

Amy Duncan, our hostess and inspiration

Quilters call it “stitch and bitch”, I call it WONDERFUL!

I can show you a sample of some of the cards that were created, but I wish I could bottle the “mojo” and send that along as well.

Some results from the day

Better yet, go get a group of friends together and do this on your own. Check out Amy’s blog for fabu ideas!

don’t clean your studio!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Someone once asked me how I created my collages.

While I would have loved to wax poetic on the creative process (which changes daily in my view), the honest answer is that some of my favorite collage were total accidents.

I could tell you about the time my work table collapsed in the middle of a design deadline….my nerves were completely frayed….in a total freak out now that days of work had just piled into one nasty mess on my floor…when I looked over and saw that the very design I had been struggling with had just assembled itself in the most wonderful way.

Well a similar thing happened recently. In an effort to clean up my forever untidy studio, I had some elements on a table that holds my dried ferns and leaves under it’s glass top.

Since I always start with switchplate designs, once the collage was finished, I had a wonderful new fern design for my client and for Full Circle Studio.

But wait, there’s more.

Now that I am doing a line of specialty pillows, a fabric from this collage was also made in to a large, square, cotton, delicious pillow!

And all this from a mess in my studio!