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{Music Monday} The Name Game…

“Did you name your son Sayer, after Leo Sayer?”, inquiring minds frequently ask me. Let me go on the record (so to speak) by saying no, no we did not. However, that is not to say that we didn’t put some Leo S. songs on Sayer’s playlists when he was a baby. The more I have become familiar with Leo Sayer, the more I realize that it isn’t such a far fetched question. There is one song in particular that I remembered from my childhood and it still makes me smile. It also makes me think of the early baby Sayer days when we played it often and boogied around the house to entertain him. 

While the energy and charisma that Leo Sayer projects is infectious, the man that we named Sayer after is even cooler. Richard Sayer would be that guy. Chris and Dick became friends in a high school art class back in 1983 and they are still really great friends today. 


It is pretty awesome that both of them are practicing artists and can still bounce creative ideas off of each other. They have done their art teacher proud. She actually sent Chris & Dick those two top pictures about a year ago (the other picture is a self-portrait of Dick). Oddly, I have never met Dick in person. We live on different sides of the US and all of us seem to work everyday, every minute. But I feel like I know him and consider him a friend as well. I can’t think of a better person to name Sayer after. 


So there you have it. Sayer was not named after a famous musician, but an artist and music lover nonetheless. However, we still enjoy some Leo Sayer tunes now and then. For those it applies to, hope you are enjoying your long weekend! Happy Music Monday! 

{Music Monday} The Name Game…

“Did you name your son Sayer, after Leo Sayer?”, inquiring minds frequently ask me. Let me go on the record (so to speak) by saying no, no we did not. However, that is not to say that we didn’t put some Leo S. songs on Sayer’s playlists when he was a baby. The more I have become familiar with Leo Sayer, the more I realize that it isn’t such a far fetched question. There is one song in particular that I remembered from my childhood and it still makes me smile. It also makes me think of the early baby Sayer days when we played it often and boogied around the house to entertain him. 

While the energy and charisma that Leo Sayer projects is infectious, the man that we named Sayer after is even cooler. Richard Sayer would be that guy. Chris and Dick became friends in a high school art class back in 1983 and they are still really great friends today. 


It is pretty awesome that both of them are practicing artists and can still bounce creative ideas off of each other. They have done their art teacher proud. She actually sent Chris & Dick those two top pictures about a year ago (the other picture is a self-portrait of Dick). Oddly, I have never met Dick in person. We live on different sides of the US and all of us seem to work everyday, every minute. But I feel like I know him and consider him a friend as well. I can’t think of a better person to name Sayer after. 


So there you have it. Sayer was not named after a famous musician, but an artist and music lover nonetheless. However, we still enjoy some Leo Sayer tunes now and then. For those it applies to, hope you are enjoying your long weekend! Happy Music Monday! 

{Inspiring Artist} For the love of stop-motion…

{still images via here}

While reading, It’s Nice That a while back, I stumbled on an article about Joseph Mann. The article was about the stop motion representation of William Goldsmith’s, The Chimney Sweep that Joseph Mann painstakingly created by hand. I loved the image of the two clay figures sitting on the rooftop and immediately looked him up. Mann, finished his last year of school at Glasgow School of Art and has some pretty wonderful work to show. I am particularly taken with, Taller Than Trees, and Me and My Toes. This guy is pretty darn inspiring. Enjoy! 

{Inspiring Artist} For the love of stop-motion…

{still images via here}

While reading, It’s Nice That a while back, I stumbled on an article about Joseph Mann. The article was about the stop motion representation of William Goldsmith’s, The Chimney Sweep that Joseph Mann painstakingly created by hand. I loved the image of the two clay figures sitting on the rooftop and immediately looked him up. Mann, finished his last year of school at Glasgow School of Art and has some pretty wonderful work to show. I am particularly taken with, Taller Than Trees, and Me and My Toes. This guy is pretty darn inspiring. Enjoy! 

{Inspiring Artist} For the love of stop-motion…

{still images via here}

While reading, It’s Nice That a while back, I stumbled on an article about Joseph Mann. The article was about the stop motion representation of William Goldsmith’s, The Chimney Sweep that Joseph Mann painstakingly created by hand. I loved the image of the two clay figures sitting on the rooftop and immediately looked him up. Mann, finished his last year of school at Glasgow School of Art and has some pretty wonderful work to show. I am particularly taken with, Taller Than Trees, and Me and My Toes. This guy is pretty darn inspiring. Enjoy! 

{Music Monday} Spectacular Collaborations…

I finally had a chance to read through my issue #2 of, It’s Nice That, the other night & I stumbled on an interview with photographer, Peter Funch. It gave me a chance to re-visit a video that I have always really enjoyed & it happened to work quite nicely for this Music Monday post. As you have probably picked up already, I absolutely love making artistic connections and this is another good one! It is all about color & music that makes you feel good today.

Peter Funch worked with Sony Bravia to create an advertising video that used colorful, bouncing balls throughout the streets of San Francisco. The music featured, was “heartbeats” by another klt:studio fav, Jose Gonzalez.  This collaborative video is an amazing fit ! It gives me chills everytime I watch it.

Admittedly, it is the Sony Bravia video that introduced me to Jose Gonzalez’s music back in 2006 and ever since then, it has been a studio staple. “The Nest” & “Sensing Owls” are two of my favorite songs that seem to get a lot of air time while I work. I am a believer that music can affect imagery. I tend to listen to songs about birds particularly when I am drawing them in thread. {And a side note: Jose Gonzalez radio on Pandora is excellent too!}


Bouncing back to the balls, I was able to find the making of the Sony Bravia video to share with those of you that enjoy process like I do. I find innovative thinkers so inspiring, don’t you? So, happy Music Monday! Hope these videos helped “put you in a nice place”. What is your favorite music/video collaboration?

{Music Monday} Spectacular Collaborations…

I finally had a chance to read through my issue #2 of, It’s Nice That, the other night & I stumbled on an interview with photographer, Peter Funch. It gave me a chance to re-visit a video that I have always really enjoyed & it happened to work quite nicely for this Music Monday post. As you have probably picked up already, I absolutely love making artistic connections and this is another good one! It is all about color & music that makes you feel good today.

Peter Funch worked with Sony Bravia to create an advertising video that used colorful, bouncing balls throughout the streets of San Francisco. The music featured, was “heartbeats” by another klt:studio fav, Jose Gonzalez.  This collaborative video is an amazing fit ! It gives me chills everytime I watch it.

Admittedly, it is the Sony Bravia video that introduced me to Jose Gonzalez’s music back in 2006 and ever since then, it has been a studio staple. “The Nest” & “Sensing Owls” are two of my favorite songs that seem to get a lot of air time while I work. I am a believer that music can affect imagery. I tend to listen to songs about birds particularly when I am drawing them in thread. {And a side note: Jose Gonzalez radio on Pandora is excellent too!}


Bouncing back to the balls, I was able to find the making of the Sony Bravia video to share with those of you that enjoy process like I do. I find innovative thinkers so inspiring, don’t you? So, happy Music Monday! Hope these videos helped “put you in a nice place”. What is your favorite music/video collaboration?

{Music Monday} Spectacular Collaborations…

I finally had a chance to read through my issue #2 of, It’s Nice That, the other night & I stumbled on an interview with photographer, Peter Funch. It gave me a chance to re-visit a video that I have always really enjoyed & it happened to work quite nicely for this Music Monday post. As you have probably picked up already, I absolutely love making artistic connections and this is another good one! It is all about color & music that makes you feel good today.

Peter Funch worked with Sony Bravia to create an advertising video that used colorful, bouncing balls throughout the streets of San Francisco. The music featured, was “heartbeats” by another klt:studio fav, Jose Gonzalez.  This collaborative video is an amazing fit ! It gives me chills everytime I watch it.

Admittedly, it is the Sony Bravia video that introduced me to Jose Gonzalez’s music back in 2006 and ever since then, it has been a studio staple. “The Nest” & “Sensing Owls” are two of my favorite songs that seem to get a lot of air time while I work. I am a believer that music can affect imagery. I tend to listen to songs about birds particularly when I am drawing them in thread. {And a side note: Jose Gonzalez radio on Pandora is excellent too!}


Bouncing back to the balls, I was able to find the making of the Sony Bravia video to share with those of you that enjoy process like I do. I find innovative thinkers so inspiring, don’t you? So, happy Music Monday! Hope these videos helped “put you in a nice place”. What is your favorite music/video collaboration?

Celebrating “scherenschnitte” at hutch studio

Inspiration is something that comes in all forms. I am really lucky that Chris and I are both artists.  We both like to push ourselves creatively and I find that quite inspiring. There are always evening conversations about new ideas, inspirations, and techniques. Our house seems to continuously buzz with the sounds of many hands making and music for dancing. Through hutch studio, Chris is able to explore avenues that he may not normally explore through his “fine art” however, there is a definite common thread. I truly enjoy seeing what he comes up with on a daily basis and thought that you may enjoy a peek. 

Scherenschnitte is the german art of scissor snipping and a favorite technique at hutch studio right now. From window cut outs that play with light and shadow, to birdhouse light boxes depicting nature scenes, Chris has created some beautiful things to look at while showcasing the scherenschnitte technique. To truly appreciate the scherenschnitte technique at it’s most unique form, you should drive down Morris Street in La Conner, WA when it is dark out. The windows of hutch studio are all backlit and the window coverings are stunning! 

Celebrating “scherenschnitte” at hutch studio

Inspiration is something that comes in all forms. I am really lucky that Chris and I are both artists.  We both like to push ourselves creatively and I find that quite inspiring. There are always evening conversations about new ideas, inspirations, and techniques. Our house seems to continuously buzz with the sounds of many hands making and music for dancing. Through hutch studio, Chris is able to explore avenues that he may not normally explore through his “fine art” however, there is a definite common thread. I truly enjoy seeing what he comes up with on a daily basis and thought that you may enjoy a peek. 

Scherenschnitte is the german art of scissor snipping and a favorite technique at hutch studio right now. From window cut outs that play with light and shadow, to birdhouse light boxes depicting nature scenes, Chris has created some beautiful things to look at while showcasing the scherenschnitte technique. To truly appreciate the scherenschnitte technique at it’s most unique form, you should drive down Morris Street in La Conner, WA when it is dark out. The windows of hutch studio are all backlit and the window coverings are stunning!