Creativity Club Assignment #2, Copying

Hi! Did you have a lovely weekend? Good, me too.

I took a bit of time to finish up February’s Creativity Club project today. The assignment was to find an image of the word house (the other options were coffee pot, pencil, and eye), so I searched Pinterest and found this cozy attic-treehouse…

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I did my best, but, I can’t tell you where this image originates…sorry!

And then I copied it by drawing it once,

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And then copied it again in a different medium. I chose a paper collage, because when I was deciding what form my second copy would take, I remembered about this wood-look paper I had stashed away (one little piece! perfect.)

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I love this little room. I loved too when T came into the kitchen and I was cutting out those tiny circles, and he said, ‘why?’ and I said, ‘I don’t think you understand crafting…’

I know fundamentally that when you push your creativity, really great things happen, and yet, I don’t do it as often as I would like. That’s why I think projects like these are so great.

Happy creating!

Edie’s Ensembles

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If you’re not already familiar, let me tell you about the lovely books of Ashley Spires. It started out in our family with Larf, Small Saul, and Ella’s Umbrella’s – favorites that we would get again and again from the library. And then one time I read the About The Author, and realized that Ashley was living right here in the same city. Gasp. So, we met finally at a craft sale and immediately made plans for me to start turning her characters into dolls. First there was Larf, and then Small Saul and Binky

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And most recently is Edie and Andrew from Edie’s Ensembles. The book is about Edie’s love of clothing and the kinds of attention her outfits can get (and what happens when it goes a little too far…). There are loads of wardrobe changes, which made the outfits for the dolls really fun to choose from, and I’m sure fun to draw (oh, and Ashley also has a blog where she illustrates her own wardrobe!). I went with what is described as ‘one of her best ensembles‘ for Edie, and the little details, buttons, scarves, and bags added finishing touches for each of them.

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Ashley’s books are still favorites for us, and working with other imaginative, creative people is what I love to do most – so it all adds up for me. It makes me happy to think that these two will get to join in on lots of upcoming school visits. Thanks so much for this book Ashley, and the inspiration to make awesome stuff.

Happy reading to all of you!

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Project: Drawing A Day

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Recently I was going through (again) my box of personal paper and notes, letters and collected bits from over the years. I came across a sketchbook from about ten years ago (ten years! that is nuts), filled with my drawings of that year. I remember it well, I had bought a copy of Danny Gregory’s The Creative License, and inspired by it I drew everything in front of me. I don’t have the book anymore, but I think it had a lot to do not only with drawing but with really seeing your life, taking the time to follow the curve and bumps of your orange peel. I wrote little notes beside the drawings, and looking back on this is a completely different experience than a photo album – like a drawn journal. I made another entire book that year on a trip to Mexico with my mom.

I realized looking back at these books how much they captured a moment in my life, and how much I would love to keep up a drawing practice. I want to draw something everyday, I don’t care what it is, if it’s something in front of me, or some imagined gap toothed lady. And I know too that I’ll forget sometimes (so this is really called Drawing A Day-ish), but hopefully the habit will become a good one. Habits are good.

The other day in the car my daughter asked, because she is six, ‘how are you such a good draw-er?’ And I told her…because I always loved it, and I did it over and over, and no one ever told me I wasn’t good at it (and that even if they did I probably wouldn’t have listened, because I’m stubborn like that), and I practiced, and I love being able to put on paper what I think in my head, and you just keep getting better and learning and figuring out what comes out of your pen. And that now I wouldn’t care if people didn’t like it, because I like it, and that’s what matters. Which is exactly what I want to teach her, about everything.

Is there something you love to do, that maybe you’ve forgotten about, but can’t wait to get back to? Let’s do it together. Hopefully I will occasionally post some of my drawings from this project here – can’t wait.

The Progression of a Doll

Hello fine friends. Recently I undertook the process of sorting through my digital photos (this here computer said, enough!), which turned out to be no small task. Along with tossing thousands of photos, I came across all of my product shots too. Looking back at these, the early ones especially, is a little hilarious, a little embarrassing, and a lot humbling.

I have always been a big proponent of photographing your work – for record keeping, and to show how it has evolved. I am finally at the point where I can look back and see the changes – it’s so obvious to me now where the little differences in making happened along the way, and how the dolls changed shape, and in my eyes, got better. And it’s crazy embarrassing to see those first dolls (the very very first, well, there are no proper photos of them, the weirdest of them all!), with arms akimbo and barely any faces, skinny little bodies, and strange fabric choices. I can’t help but feel like they look sloppy now, but they were truly one of a kind, and it’s likely that part that people were interested in. And yes, to every one of you who has been with me from the beginning, who bought one of my creations along the way, thank you. Though I was creating because I loved it, I doubt I would have spent the same kind of time and energy without the sales that came along. Creating more product allowed me to keep trying, to keep figuring out what Boolah Baguette was.

I think it’s great to look back on your work over years and cringe a little. It means you’ve grown and changed, and are likely making something closer to ideal. I hope that never stops happening (and of course, reminds me of this now very famous quote from Ira Glass). And with that, Boolah Baguette over the years…

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Here’s to more making, and continuous growth!

-Erin