Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lent 2016

Lent 2016 begins today and it lasts until March 27 (Easter Sunday). Lent is my favourite season. In the past I have given up wine, sugar, and chocolate and have taken up daily practices at least 15 minutes in duration: drawing from life, mark-making, yoga, and a gratitude practice. The daily yoga continues (1848 days-in-a-row since Lent 2011) as does an almost-daily mark-making practice (701 days since Lent 2014). Last year's gratitude practice was powerful and over time I noticed patterns of what sparked the most joy in my life. The nice thing about a gratitude journal is that it is a pleasure to read years into the future. This year I'll revisit my practice of recording three moments of gratitude each day. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Quotes: Brian Eno

"Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences." –– Brian Eno (b. 1948), British musician and producer

Friday, February 5, 2016

Video: Grimes Flesh without Blood


Canadian performer Grimes' Flesh without Blood is very danceable –– perfect for dance breaks in the studio (but no break dancing).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Studio Series: screen prints

November 2015 screenprints © Karen Thiessen, 2016
My winter screen print class is already one-third over and I still have at least fifteen designs that I'd like to print. Each week I arrive with a work plan where I've made all the decisions about ink colours to mix, and papers and designs to print. This helps tremendously. Above are designs that I printed during the fall session. I've already collaged with many of these papers and one pattern made it into an early 2016 birthday gift for a friend.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Quotes: Herman Melville

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." –– Herman Melville (1819-1891) American novelist, best known for his novel Moby-Dick

Friday, January 29, 2016

Studio Series: material explorations

Pop tab sample © Karen Thiessen, 2016
On my long list of things to do in the studio this year is to make time for material explorations. As a textiles student at Sheridan College, I was expected to create all manner of samples: dye, print, stitch, and more. I made the pop tab sample for my Material Explorations class while I was a student. The textile pattern is my thumb print enlarged. I dyed the blue fabric and then screen printed my thumb print pattern with pigments. The stitched pop tabs followed. At the moment I'm in UFO (UnFinished Object) completion mode and I hope that I balance that with at least some material exploration–– I finished three textile projects since my last post!

Thursday, January 28, 2016