Saturday, April 12, 2008

metamorphosis part 1

well folks, in a month or so there will be yet another public place hosting a greenstarstudio creation. this time, it's the towson chamber of commerce , and just what are they hosting? glad you asked... this sketch and stark white fiberglass butterfly will soon merge into one 3" x 3" collage & paint covered butterfly beauty! if all goes according to plan, that is. stay tuned...

Friday, April 11, 2008

how we embroider

I'm juggling quite a few projects these days (which, in order to maintain sanity, I am only discussing one or two at a time... Conversely, I am working on them all at once. And I wonder why I had a migraine last night?). Anyway, todays highlighted project is rebuilding the sadly diminished knitimal collection. For months the pieces have been knit but balled up into little "pre kinitimal" packets... Like knitimal sushi rolls, waiting to be sewn. Yesterday I managed to sew up 2 dolls (have I mentioned before that sewing all those seams by hand takes HOURS? And why did I have that migraine last night?). Today, however, I'm embroidering. Yet another entry for the softies, this little guy is (as the category requires) "embroidered to death!).

Little mason has taken up residency on my lap (he's not feeling well and was up all night crying. And WHY did I have that migraine last night?!?), SO this is how we embroider today.

Stay tuned for new project updates like: painting the butterfly, mocking up the mural color and new coloring books.

Oh, also, if you're local... You can pick up a drawing of mine, entitled "at the door" at the MAP (Maryland art place) "out of order" silent auction this evening. Tickets are $40 and serve not only as donations to this wonderfully necessary organization, but also get you music, food and open bar! Plus a chance to bid on and take home some local art!

Xo, danamarie

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

The verdict!

Well, she watched me sewing this little guy together for hours, and as soon as he was all stitched up she said "I can see it you made it, please?"... And has been drawing while holding him ever since.

This is Quaid the plaid quail, and he's going to be entered in the "pink or plaid" category of the 2nd annual softie awards (which I will keep you posted on, of course... I can't figure out how to include links when I'm doing posts from the mobile... I'll just owe it to you, or you can follow the link to the left, in the side bar.

Alright, more new knitimals to sew up!
Xoxo, danamarie
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Pencil dog

Well its not perfect, but its only the second dog sweater I've ever made, and this one was without a pattern. This is, most likely, mason's costume for the costume contest at the March for the Animals in 2 weeks. I mentioned a "storm" coming... I barely even have time to write a post, its so insane. I have a number of shows coming up and maybe 7 knitimals on hand (eek!); i'm starting a new mural for Baltimore city in 2 weeks and designing a butterfly for the Towson Chamber of Commerce and going to Florida to teach another workshop. And that's just the next 2 weeks. AND just what I can remember off hand. Sigh. Busy is good right? And I just remembered the folders of digital pictures on my desktop that I've been setting aside to post for, oh, I don't know, 3 months? I will. Soon. I promise. On that note, there's only a few days left to add your donation to the pack! The March is April 20th and mason and I would love to walk up with a huge check. Please click on the link to the left and make a donation. Thanks! Wish me luck... On second thought, I'm heading to bed. Xo, danamarie

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Calm before the storm

This is the calm. Tomorrow, i'll show you the storm. xo, danamarie
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the aforementioned storm

... and when the calm is over... yes, the storm. so, mason's destruction of this poor innocent ladybug is a perfect visual analogy for the way my head feels. literally, my allergies are wrecking my face and all of its interior parts. figuratively, my brain is swelling with good & wonderful (but no less pressure inducing) projects on the horizon. "what projects?" you may ask... stay tuned.