RISD Alumni + Student Art Sale, Oct. 9th

They’re not selling alumni or students, silly. But alumni from all over the country come to RISD on Alumni Weekend, and join up with some of the current students to set up on Benefit Street and sell their cool stuff. I will be there with an array of my hand-made goods as well as a couple of my books. Come on over for a grand day in the city, and visit me while you’re at it!

Here’s the official postcard. By the way, those are my birds in the middle!

RISD Alumni + Student Art Sale
Saturday, October 9th, 10-4pm
Benefit Street, between Waterman and Hopkins Streets in Providence, RI

Hope to see you there!

Something Completely Different…

Eric and I decided to try something new a few months back. We agreed to work on set design for Swamp Meadow Community Theater’s upcoming play based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Our kids were going to be in the play, so we’d be pretty involved anyway. We both figured it would be a fun, non-work diversion. We both like making and designing stuff, after all. And it’s nice to get away from the computer sometimes!

So, the first thing we did was collaborate on the production logo, which has been used for the playbill, t-shirts, ads, and what-have-you.


We tried to get as many of the wacky elements in there as was graphically feasible- the Grail, the Holy Hand Grenade, killer rabbit, coconuts, French taunters, a shubbery, and the Black Knight!

Set-wise, we started by making some of the bigger props. Here’s the Cave of Caer Bannog (where lives the Killer Rabbit), and the Trojan Bunny. Eric built it out of a humidifier box, and I painted it in faux bois. The cave is made out of a foam insulation panel.


Here’s me painting the Black Beast of Arrrggghhh, which is sort of a giant puppet operated by one person dressed in black.


We have never made a cloud for God before. But we have now!


We decided to make a curtain backdrop, painted to look like a forest. I had the idea to give it an Eyvind Earle look (inasmuch as can be done while painting on a giant piece of floppy fabric). Eric worked out the details in miniature, then we transferred it to the fabric. It was the biggest thing I have ever sewed in my life!


We had some volunteers on a cold day in November to help paint the backdrop.


We worked on the 2 castles simultaneously. One was a castle exterior, and one was an arrangement of panels that would look like 2 castle interiors, depending on how you arranged them. The castle exterior:


And the castle interior, being worked on the exterior of our house! We did end up doing detail work inside on them.


Eric’s doing some detail work.

The castle panels had to be assembled on-site at the school where the plays play out:

Bob and Eric assemble castle walls while a kid “supervises”!

Here’s how things look in the real production!

God rides his cloud and tells Arthur about his new quest!

Swamp Castle exterior, complete with confused guards.

Herbert waits to be rescued from the castle.

The Knights Who Say Ni are in the forest…you can see the backdrop well here.

The castle interior, set up for the tragic wedding scene.

The castle interior, this time rearranged to look like the Castle Anthrax.

There’s the killer rabbit in his cave!

Another prop- the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. The pin is removable so it can be hurled at the killer bunny. I hope it survives the last 3 shows!

The Legendary Black Beast of Aaaarrrggghhh! In action!

It’s been a lot of work, but also great fun to watch this all come together. This being our first attempt at stage design, we’ve learned a lot.
That’s good, because we’ll be helping out with the next show, too- Alice in Wonderland!

If you’re in Rhode Island, there’s still time to see Swamp Meadow’s Quest For The Holy Grail.
Click right over here for tickets!
Shows are Dec. 11 and 12, at 7pm, and Dec. 13 at 3pm.

The Birds!

Finally got a few more things up in my Etsy shop, Recycle Rabbit!

Sewing this kind of stuff is really a hobby. I like doing it as a change from drawing. I’m hoping to have more time for sewing now that it’s Fall (more or less) and I can actually stand to be in my upstairs sewing room (which gets to be 100 degrees in the summer). Hope I’ll have a little time, too!

new etsy

Happy Crafty Day!

Wow- I am a lucky girl today!
Apparently one of the Etsy treasuries I was in made it to the much-sought-after Front Page:

This great collection was put together by TinyViolet, who also happens to make the most adorable dolls.
Thanks Amy!

And this morning, I am honored to be featured in PenguinandFish’s blog!

Visit Alyssa’s Etsy shop for fabulous plushies with personality!

Really guys…thank you so much for the crafty love. Right back at you!

Front Page Etsy Joy!

If you love your Etsy, and I know I do, then maybe you like to make treasuries. This is a way for you, a regular person, to pick and choose items you like and make a lovely arrangement, often with a theme of some kind. Etsy calls it “curating”, as if you are hanging your own exhibit in a museum.
The idea is that it isn’t for self-promotion (so you don’t put your own items in it), but to celebrate the awesomeness of others. Hundreds of these lists are made all the time, and if you’re really lucky, they choose your list to be on the glorious Front Page.
Well, lucky me…I have recently had TWO lists chosen for the Front Page!

The first one was oatmeal themed:

Seriously delicious stuff…At least 8 items sold from that treasury!

And I have one up right now, with a Scottish/ tartan theme:

OH, how I love plaid, Scotland, and Scottish stuff. I definitely made this treasury for my own plaid-obsessed purposes, so I am rightly surprised that it made it to the front page, and that (yay!) other people love tartan too!

On the theme of Etsy, I have been back at the sewing table lately, where my massive vault of vintage fabrics and trims have been calling me. I put together these little birds:

These are available in my Etsy shop, Recycle Rabbit.

Seriously, I have no clue whether anyone but me likes anything in my Etsy shop (OK, some do), but I just get on jags where I simply MUST sew or make something, and ideas take me over until I make them. It seems to be a necessity that I shake up my own artistic landscape every so often.

SO, having sewed, now I can get back to my illustration and design jobs, and feel good about it.

Which I had better do.


Random Cuteness Day!

Y’know…EVERY day should be random cuteness day. Here’s a dose now:

I love to sew and embroider, but I cannot knit or crochet. Therefore, I enjoy the work of people who can. It started with ONE octopus. But it was too cute. We needed more.
Now, each kid has one, and so do I.
Now we can do stuff like this:

These particular bits of cuteness come from All About Kendra’s Etsy shop.
Way to crochet, Connie!

Pie Time!

Yes, truly- the knarly, distinctly organic apples that grow in our orchard are technically harvestable already. Maybe not ALL of them, but a whole bunch. Like hundreds. So what to do?
PIE, of course!

You have to roll out the crust:

Ask your pony friends to fill the crusts:

And lastly, bake them with My Little Pony, cats and octopi on them.

Octopi? Octo-pie? OH, haha…I just got that one!
Well, that’s what fall is like around here!