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Let’s Tesselate

Do you know what tessellation is? I got this definition from MathisFun.com:

A pattern made of identical shapes:

  • the shapes must fit together without any gaps
  • the shapes should not overlap.

That’s right. Math. I try to as little math as possible so I don’t really care about that part of it, truth be told. I learned about tesselation patterns and how to create them in art school. You’ll run into tessellations a lot if you ever delve into mosaics as the repeating pattern motifs are often comprised of tessellations. There is also a song from a band I like very much that is about tessellating, but this is a (mostly) family friendly blog, so we won’t be deciphering those lyrics today. And oh yeah! M.C. Escher.

Now that I think about it, it might have been the song playing on the radio over and over again that got me thinking about tessellations. I had to go back and relearn what I forgot from schooling and now that I have relearned and/or remember, I am tessellating all over the place.

Let me back up, just a little bit by saying that one of my goals for a long time has been trying to figure out what I wanted to do creatively. For a long, long, long (too long) time I thought that would be something like illustrating children’s books, but I realized, quite to my surprise, that I really didn’t have any interest in doing that at all. I just thought I wanted that goal for so long that I never stopped and questioned if I really did, or never considered anything else.

What I DO know, is that I like making things. Things that I want to make. I’ll make them and then sell them on something like Etsy and/or Store Envy. I want to do it rightwhich is why it’s taking so long. One thing I want to make is silk scarves. Wearable art if you will. So…scarves, patterns…I am sure you can see where I am going with this.

Here’s a swatch of the Queen Bee tessellation I want to get printed on silk for a scarf:

I’m trying to decide if I want a border or just the pattern. I’m leaning toward border, but I’ll keep you posted. I can’t wait to see what this looks like once it’s printed. I hope it turns out.

2014 Reboot

Why hello there! How have you been?

Holy cow, I can’t believe how long I’ve neglected to blogand here we are at the start of a new year!

I’ve got some big things I want to accomplish this year. Things like sewing more clothing, working on the house, getting my art career up and running, perfecting my macarons, and blogging more (of course)!

I’m going to try to use the old blog here to document and share my journey and progress.

I mentioned last summer that I was working with a life/career coach who was helping me get my act together in terms of making my personal career dreams turn into a reality. A lot of that was me actually DOING work, MAKING art, THINKING about what I want EXACTLY, which, is time consuming with a full-time job.

I think the hardest part for me was/is that creating illustrations, or drawings, is a form of self expression, right? Well…what do I want to express?

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I’m still working on that part, but I’m getting there.

P.S. I’m going to Paris for my birthday this year which is TOTALLY worth mentioning, but since the tickets and apartment are BOOKED it’s not an aspiration. It’s HAPPENING.

!!!!!

BACK

Back from Summer Break!!

What? I never told you I was taking a break?

I didn’t really plan it…it just sort of happened. I didn’t feel like blogging, I didn’t think about blogging (that much), stayed off instagram…I guess it was kind of like unplugging. But not really.

It’s been an AWESOME summer. Let’s recap:

Jefe and I went to Wyoming and had the best time ever with my parents, friends and a long lost cousin and her husband.

A Store With All of the Dead Things. I almost bought a beaver pelt, but then came to my senses. Seriously though…it was the best vacation ever.

Hung out with my cat on lazy summer afternoons not blogging.


Started making some of those tree stumps as side tables I’ve seen all over the place. I got most of the bark off, but now it’s moved into Orbital Sander phase. I need an Orbital Sander. Project stalled.

I’m Art-ing up the joint with my hat stands. I’ve been refining my technique and am very pleased with how it’s coming along. Project full steam ahead!

I’m finally ripping up the burnt orange carpet in the upstairs bedroom. Ugh…what a chore. The particle board subfloor will be a million times better. I’m toying around with the idea of stenciling it, but then I found someone who used brown paper and stain on a subfloor! Wow…it looks like leather.

I’ve let my garden go to hell and I don’t have a picture because I am ashamed. Poor Jefe asks me every time we’re out grocery shopping: “So…we don’t have any salad greens in the garden?” Shame straight to my SOUL.

What else…we finally fired up the cob oven and ended up with a dirty, sooty, piece of raw dough and toppings. The oven, clearly, was not hot enough.

So…there’s my “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” report. Lots of focus on house projects, which I am sure will continue. We ripped out a kitchen cabinet and chopped off a chunk of counter this weekend to make room for a new fridge being delivered later in the week. (yay!) As a consequence I am patching holes in the wall and thinking about paint colors.

I am going to try to catch up on all of the blogs I’ve not been reading on vacation so I expect that everyone else has been having as awesome a summer as I have!