July 24, 2009
This is what 15 weeks' worth of garbage looks like for our family of four. The two on the left are 2/3 full and the large one on the right can fit a few more bags, but the cat litter is being stored elsewhere, so it evens out to about this many bins, full. The city and its workers have reached a tentative agreement, so we're hopeful that when we get back from vacation these will have been emptied. Finally.
Otherwise, the strike has actually had some benefits for our city. People bitched and moaned at first about the parks not being mowed, but as the weeks wore on and the wildflowers began maturing and flowering, attitudes slowly changed. All manner of wildlife, some that had never been seen around here before, are cropping up in our public spaces. You started hearing people instead talking about how lovely it all looked, speculating on how we could keep some of that wild beauty intact after the workers are back to the job of cleaning and mowing. And finally, the city announces that some of those spaces will indeed be left unmowed. Something lovely comes to our town so unexpectedly.
After the Toronto show last weekend (which went well) I uploaded a big batch of the new dress prints to my etsy store. Go and have a look if you like. Here’s one:
I’m going to be away from the internet for a couple of weeks, but when I get back I plan to spend a bit more time here, posting more often. I know, I’ve said that before. I think I might mean it this time.
Posted by jodi on July 24, 2009 at 6.33am
July 9, 2009
I’ve been working long hours in the studio this week finishing up some new work for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, taking place this weekend July 10 to 13 in Nathan Phillips Square in beautiful downtown T.O. If you’re in the neighbourhood be sure to come by and say hello; I’m easy to find, in booth #311 right near the corner of Queen and Bay Streets. I will be wearing dresses from The Wardrobe Project so that I’ll match my work in an obnoxious way. Fun!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new work I’ll be showing:
These sweet little dress prints are 5 x 10 inches, a mixture of Sharpie drawing, watercolour, woodcut, chine colle and wood intaglio. Holy crap! There are a lot of layers packed into these little darlings. And I’ll be selling them cheap to help finance the Lendrum I’m secretly hoping to bring home with me.
This is woodcut and chine colle, using the Ambassador Bridge block I carved for the On Crossing project. I have a small series of these, some on Japanese paper and some on rag, and they’re all different.
In other news, I received the catalogue for Graphica Creativa and it blew me away with its beauty (as well as making me feel like an international superstar). Perhaps I’ll scan some pages to post here later on so I can toot my own horn (and Jessica’s!) some more. Don’t forget you can catch the exhibition through the end of September at the Jyväskylä Centre for Printmaking in Jyväskylä, Finland. After that we’ll be exhibiting the work right here in Windsor, Ontario (stay tuned).
The Incredible Print Show at Artstream has closed, but it looks like you can still view the works online. It’s a great chance for those of you in the States to pick up one of my more popular prints without having to pay the exorbitant Canada Post shipping charges, and there are loads of other fantastic prints there as well.
In yet other news, there’s some exciting possible job stuff on the horizon that I’d really love to talk about if only I weren’t too superstitious to do so before I’ve actually received a formal offer and signed a contract and all that nitty gritty. Soon, my pretties. Soon!
Posted by jodi on July 9, 2009 at 10.04am