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{Everyday Inspiration} A good day for a circus…

One of my all time favorite artists is Alexander Calder. While he was probably best known for his mobile sculptures (he coined the word “mobile”), he also had a lifetime love of the circus.  One of his early jobs as an illustrator for the National Police Gazette, sent him to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to sketch circus scenes for 2 weeks in 1925. Later when he moved to Paris (1926) he created “Cirque Calder”. All the pieces were small enough to be packed in a small trunk which allowed him to take it with him places and have impromptu circus performances. They usually lasted for about 2 hours and were very elaborate. Every now and then I like to watch this video & thumb through my Calder books for inspiration. I thought today would be a good day for an impromptu circus performance here (only 5minutes rather than 2 hours). Hope you enjoyed it! 

Photos via: herehere, & here

{Everyday Inspiration} A good day for a circus…

One of my all time favorite artists is Alexander Calder. While he was probably best known for his mobile sculptures (he coined the word “mobile”), he also had a lifetime love of the circus.  One of his early jobs as an illustrator for the National Police Gazette, sent him to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to sketch circus scenes for 2 weeks in 1925. Later when he moved to Paris (1926) he created “Cirque Calder”. All the pieces were small enough to be packed in a small trunk which allowed him to take it with him places and have impromptu circus performances. They usually lasted for about 2 hours and were very elaborate. Every now and then I like to watch this video & thumb through my Calder books for inspiration. I thought today would be a good day for an impromptu circus performance here (only 5minutes rather than 2 hours). Hope you enjoyed it! 

Photos via: herehere, & here

{Everyday Inspiration} A good day for a circus…

One of my all time favorite artists is Alexander Calder. While he was probably best known for his mobile sculptures (he coined the word “mobile”), he also had a lifetime love of the circus.  One of his early jobs as an illustrator for the National Police Gazette, sent him to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to sketch circus scenes for 2 weeks in 1925. Later when he moved to Paris (1926) he created “Cirque Calder”. All the pieces were small enough to be packed in a small trunk which allowed him to take it with him places and have impromptu circus performances. They usually lasted for about 2 hours and were very elaborate. Every now and then I like to watch this video & thumb through my Calder books for inspiration. I thought today would be a good day for an impromptu circus performance here (only 5minutes rather than 2 hours). Hope you enjoyed it! 

Photos via: herehere, & here

{Fabric Friday} send in the clowns…

It’s a dark, dreary, & rainy day in the NW. What ‘s a girl to do to bring in the cheer around here? Well, the only solution that I came up with was to bring in the clowns & the circus to Fabric Friday. I love all things circus & fair related. I think because of all of the Halloween & costume hubbub lately, my mind has sort of been stuck on the traveling circus. I thought it would be fun to travel the web and find some fabric dedicated to one of my favorite themes. Half of my finds were vintage & the other have were new. Take a little gander won’t you?
’50’s Fairground Vintage Fabric found here & Vintage Circus Fabric  found here 
Circus Tent Vintage Fabric found here & Shelburne Circus found here 

Japanese Clowns Fabric on cotton/linen found here  & Kokka Japanese Circus Fabric found here 

I think that might have just done the trick. I feel the corners of my mouth curving up.  But now I could sure use some popcorn & lemonade… Happy Fabric Friday!


{Fabric Friday} send in the clowns…

It’s a dark, dreary, & rainy day in the NW. What ‘s a girl to do to bring in the cheer around here? Well, the only solution that I came up with was to bring in the clowns & the circus to Fabric Friday. I love all things circus & fair related. I think because of all of the Halloween & costume hubbub lately, my mind has sort of been stuck on the traveling circus. I thought it would be fun to travel the web and find some fabric dedicated to one of my favorite themes. Half of my finds were vintage & the other have were new. Take a little gander won’t you?
’50’s Fairground Vintage Fabric found here & Vintage Circus Fabric  found here 
Circus Tent Vintage Fabric found here & Shelburne Circus found here 

Japanese Clowns Fabric on cotton/linen found here  & Kokka Japanese Circus Fabric found here 

I think that might have just done the trick. I feel the corners of my mouth curving up.  But now I could sure use some popcorn & lemonade… Happy Fabric Friday!


{Fabric Friday} send in the clowns…

It’s a dark, dreary, & rainy day in the NW. What ‘s a girl to do to bring in the cheer around here? Well, the only solution that I came up with was to bring in the clowns & the circus to Fabric Friday. I love all things circus & fair related. I think because of all of the Halloween & costume hubbub lately, my mind has sort of been stuck on the traveling circus. I thought it would be fun to travel the web and find some fabric dedicated to one of my favorite themes. Half of my finds were vintage & the other have were new. Take a little gander won’t you?
’50’s Fairground Vintage Fabric found here & Vintage Circus Fabric  found here 
Circus Tent Vintage Fabric found here & Shelburne Circus found here 

Japanese Clowns Fabric on cotton/linen found here  & Kokka Japanese Circus Fabric found here 

I think that might have just done the trick. I feel the corners of my mouth curving up.  But now I could sure use some popcorn & lemonade… Happy Fabric Friday!


Let’s go to the circus…


My love of pop- books and carnivals has collided. Thanks to Deborah from the Kickcan & Conkers blog, who tweeted about this amazing book! Tina Kraus is a book illustrator/designer out of Germany who created this gorgeous carnival pop-up book called Circus Zingaro. 

Pretty darn cool, huh? There is just so much to love about this book! -Paper inspiration at it’s best. {images via here}

Let’s go to the circus…


My love of pop- books and carnivals has collided. Thanks to Deborah from the Kickcan & Conkers blog, who tweeted about this amazing book! Tina Kraus is a book illustrator/designer out of Germany who created this gorgeous carnival pop-up book called Circus Zingaro. 

Pretty darn cool, huh? There is just so much to love about this book! -Paper inspiration at it’s best. {images via here}

Let’s go to the circus…


My love of pop- books and carnivals has collided. Thanks to Deborah from the Kickcan & Conkers blog, who tweeted about this amazing book! Tina Kraus is a book illustrator/designer out of Germany who created this gorgeous carnival pop-up book called Circus Zingaro. 

Pretty darn cool, huh? There is just so much to love about this book! -Paper inspiration at it’s best. {images via here}