Visions Artists Studio Tour and Art Sale

For the first time, I am opening my studio to the public, as part of Visions Artists Studio Tour and Art Sale. There are 27 artists showing at 19 studios in this free open house tour.

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Come out and support the Arts in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

Visit the website for more information and map.

 

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AN ART PLAY DATE WITH ALWEN

When Alwen from Belle Brocante invites you for an art play date…you drop everything and shout YES!!!! and then you hyperventilate from sheer glee.

She is my  collage  guru and I have learned so many great tricks and techniques from her over the years…..And, she also is a lovely, generous, fun person….. And, her creativity is awe inspiring.

I packed up some supplies and headed down island to Victoria to Alwen’s house.

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Her house is like Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. It takes a while to drink it all in.

I drooled over her new acquisitions from her latest Brocante treasure hunting trip to France. She will be selling many of her fabulous finds on her etsy shop.: Oscar Naylor

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We had a great time catching up and creating together.  I started work on a couple of new assemblage boxes while Alwen worked on painting some antique Natural History Illustrations with water colours.

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Charlie her adorable cat made sure he got his fair share of our attention.

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Thank you Alwen for a great day!

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STUDIO: cubbies by hubby

C’est le bonheur d’avoir un mari bricoleur!

Merci Michel pour ton aide et ton talent.

My husband is such a great support. He is my number one cheerleader and helper.

He has built a set of custom cubbies to mount on the studio wall.

They are made of pine and stained with dark walnut stain.

They will hold all my tools. Hurray!

Here they are with my old computer table. Painted the table legs to match.

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And here they are all filled up and ready to go!

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STUDIO: paper filing cabinet

The studio is coming together. Next piece a paper filing cabinet from an upcycled dresser.  We found a very inexpensive tall narrow dresser at the General Salvage store. It had 8 drawers. Perfect! This is not the actual cabinet…I forgot to take a before pic but it was very similar to this.dressercollage3

 

Two coats of charcoal FAT paint, some light distressing and three coats of wax and it looks much better. We also added some nice trim.

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Filled up the drawers with my paper collection.

 

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And voila the finished cabinet.

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STUDIO – upcycled desk

Creartful dodger is still working on the new studio.

New installment upcycled desk.

Found a great inexpensive desk at a second hand shop in Chemainus.second had desk before

I knew it was meant for me because it had a world map laminated on the top. I mean really, we all know I adore maps! It was a no brainer.

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Carted it home with glee. Charmed the Monsieur into helping me reinforce it.

Charcoal FAT Paint and Wax  worked wonders on the frame and door fronts.

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And Voila! What was old is new again and will be the perfect computer desk for my new studio office.

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I think my little R2D2 speakers look fine perched up on there.

Feeling Fancy!

In the studio

Creartfuldodger will be not be cre-arting for awhile…

Instead I will be working on my new studio, in an artful way of course.

Whoot! Whoot! It’s a real studio, not just a corner of a busy shared space!

Phase one : Repurpose a salvaged tool drawer unit that was destined for the skip.

Here it is in it’s before state: or almost we added some wood to hold it together.

Note the ugly brown paint and green labels…it was dirty! I decided to try my hand at chalk

paint for the first time.

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Added two shelves and a new top with some trim.  Sanded and cleaned each drawer. Two coats of Emerald Green Fat paint and wax purchased from Cameo Boutique and Union 22 in Cobble Hill. Reaffixed the old copper hardware. Lined the drawers with old Atlas pages. And it was ready to hold some creartful junk. Feeling smug! Merci Michel mon cheri pour ton aide et ton soutien!

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X, Y, Z AND OTHER TREASURES

A selection of vintage treasures gleefully collected from various vintage summer sales. The bounty paid for from the sale of my work.  Hurray!

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Foot tall, industrial letters with lovely patina…. X Y Z  ….Y not?

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A bird cage, a vanity case and my new, old lunch box!

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A storage box for my hardware.

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A school atlas from 1878 discounted because it is grungy Bahaha!

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Plan of Paris with pull out maps , YES!

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A handful of labels…so lovely.

Sigh, time to go back to my other life of long hours at work and only stolen moments of art and junking…Sigh.

Flea Market Finds for the studio

My last trip to Paris and London was over a year ago now…sigh. Nottinghill , Spitalfields, Bricklane, St. Ouen, Vanves...double sigh.

Ah the treasures we find at the flea market! Somethings made it home, some did not.

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Ma boutique préférée à St. Ouen : Tombées du Camion...le paradis!

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Can one have too many antique bird cages?  I think not.

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Some things made it home: old love letters from 1901, legal documents on parchment from the 1800s, old keys, escutcheons, doll eye balls, old house numbers, a wooden spool and a printers tray and some wooden letters.

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Some things did not make it home: a old prosthetic leg attached to rather large underpants.

and a valise chockablock full of taxidermy ducklings.

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They really wanted to come to Canada but hélàs no room!

IN THE STUDIO

The flotsam and jetsam of everyday life from the past are nestled in antique printer’s trays ( brought home gleefully from London’s Portobello Road Market ) . Artfully displayed supplies inspire creativity: optical lenses, transistors, frozen charlottes, keys, stamps, eyeballs, teeth, legs, buttons, typewriter keys, tiny house numbers, gears, watch faces, dominoes, teeny tiny light bulbs, a rat’s skull …endless possibilities.

 

 

Artful crates for studio storage

Artful storage for the art studio. New cedar crates transformed with biodegradable weathering compound and pastels and vintage labels. Thank you to Michel for the crates and the Graphic Fairy for the labels. The transfer technique is so easy and involves printing  in reverse on parchment paper. Now all my vintage supplies will have a lovely home.