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Kick-off follow-up

May 11th, 2010

The first two shows of 2010 went well — though it might not have been the smartest thing to have done back-to-back events right after landing home from two weeks away (and yup, I’ll be posting something about California soon :)!

A few highlights…

At Ladyfest on Saturday, I was neighbours with my buddy Paul Sharp — it was a tight squeeze and some people weren’t sure whose shirts were whose, but it still made for a fun day. We called our spot “Silkscreen Corner” and that’s my friend Renée who helped me out all day. Paul happens to be having an art show in Ottawa in a couple of weeks, if you’d like to check it out.

I got some really nice feedback from people who’d bought shirts from me in past. One guy told me that he’d had people say “Hey, that’s an m chen wear!” to him when he’d worn his shirt out — in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and even Nelson, BC. Also, a couple of different people mentioned my blog; it’s always so reassuring to know people drop by here. Talk about a warm fuzzies for me!

At ArtsPark on Sunday, I fell in love with this four-month-old Cocker Spaniel – Pomeranian pup. I wanted to take this little guy home.

ArtsPark was a  very chilly and windy outdoor show. One of the music performers for the day was Amanda Rheaume — a local artist whose name I’ve heard many times but whom I only met on Sunday. She got and wore a pair of my fingerless gloves for her set. I took this video of her playing “Same Room”, during which a gust of wind actually blows her setlist off the stage (at 1:39); you can see CBC’s Amanda Putz, who host the event, run through the shot to fetch it:

A big happy thanks to everyone who helped out on both days and who dropped by with smiles, hot chocolate and kind words. I obviously get a huge kick out of this side gig of mine, so all this encouragement is big icing on the cake.

Post script: I was pretty much a zombie after the second show ended. At one point on Sunday evening, John and I were joking around over dinner and he said “My noodles are better than yours.” I was so out of it, I could’ve sworn he said “My invisibility ears.” Oy. I slept very well that night!

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It’s showtime!

May 7th, 2010

Back from Cali, just in time for two local shows this weekend — to kick off the 2010 season:

    Also… remember when I posted a couple of sneek peak pictures of stuff I was working on? Well, I will have these new items at the events this weekend, and then I’ll also be posting them to etsy in the weeks to come. Here are a few photos of some of the new stuff…

    SCARVES — jersey fabric with raw edges

    FINGERLESS GLOVES — handsewn with jersey fabric

    REVERSIBLE BELTs — handsewn, similar to a traditional Japanese obi, and can be worn in a variety of ways, with ties done up in the front or the back. One side of the belt has a silkscreen on it, and the other side has more subtle sewn details. I’ve also made black and brown versions of these, with aqua ink.

    And I also printed re[TURN] — pictured below — and re[CONNECT] on forest-green tee-dresses:

    Have a terrific weekend!

    If you happen to come to either event, please drop by and say hello :)

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    Lookee here…

    March 24th, 2010

    A big happy thank you to Jen of Indie Fixx for featuring me in her “Designer’s Sketchbook” series — which shows a few of the steps in my process from doodle to printed tee. Indie Fixx is a blog-and-a-half: a huge resource and fun place to visit, all about life and art and living. She generously supports artists, including her showcase of handmade goods in her Galleria. Merci merci, Jen!

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