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{In the Studio} Polyfil & Plush

It’s been a bustling studio in the last few weeks! I’ve never made so many thread drawing plush in such a short period of time. We’ve been living in a world of polyfil & boxes thanks to the KLTworks sale at Fab.com last week and I’m finally emerging from the studio & trying to catch up on life. Chris took this photo Sunday at midnight, right after we finished the last plush heading to Fab.com and I thought I would share. 

Hope you are all having a great week! What have you been up to?

{Update} Shop & Studio…

There has been an extra hustle & bustle in the klt:works studio these days. One of the tricks to being a one person business, is finding the time to make new things while filling orders. This is a balance that I have not perfected over the last 5 years- but I’m learning. So, I’m happy to say, there are a few new items in the shop now- a recycled rabbit & bulldog tote (both limited editions).  I’ve also been busy restocking new rabbit & bulldog plushies as well! 

Admittedly, what I’ve been just itching to make are dolls. I had this idea years ago actually- sketches & details sketched out even. These characters have been occupying my brain & kicking around my studio in finger puppet form for a long time. I fancied them being more to entertain myself & one of kinds- sort of a morphing of my “fine art” days with what I do now. While I was having some printing done for the previous products, I had some faces that I had dreamed up, printed on fabric- which was the first step. I’ve decided to break the monotony of the constant mobile making, by making dolls here & there in short intervals. 



Yesterday I was so excited to start & I made a doll prototype in the short time that my son was in pre-school. Yes, I did have mobiles to make – but it was a necessary creative break. I was tickled at the end product. I used my friend Daria as inspiration. I have 3 more screen printed faces to make dolls for & I can’t wait. These will all be one of a kinds, made with up-cycled sweaters that I have been saving for this purpose. Stay tuned…  Hope everyone is having a great week! 

{Everyday Inspiration} and so I whisper…

The blogosphere is a pretty fantastic place. It’s truly wonderful the friendships that form &  connections that are made through blogging. One can play the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game with people you meet on the web. Which brings me to Anabel Fournier & her blog, and so I whisper. I first learned about Anabel & her company “Fournier” through my friend Chantale (who I also met via blogging). I found & bought the necklace above & started following Anabel’s blog because of Chantales high praise. 

There is this great series on And So I Whisper,  called “Where I get Creative”. Anabel interviews all sorts of creative & inspiring ladies including Florence Rolando & my friend Chantale. Reading about other creatives & their work space inspires me & I love the idea of this series. I was really honored to have been asked to contribute as well. 
Here’s a little peek of my interview that was posted yesterday. You can read the whole post plus get a little studio tour here

Thanks for including me in your series Anabel! I look forward to reading more “Where I Get Creative” interviews along with previewing your gorgeous products (& photos) on your blog. 

{top photo via here

{Everyday Inspiration} and so I whisper…

The blogosphere is a pretty fantastic place. It’s truly wonderful the friendships that form &  connections that are made through blogging. One can play the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game with people you meet on the web. Which brings me to Anabel Fournier & her blog, and so I whisper. I first learned about Anabel & her company “Fournier” through my friend Chantale (who I also met via blogging). I found & bought the necklace above & started following Anabel’s blog because of Chantales high praise. 

There is this great series on And So I Whisper,  called “Where I get Creative”. Anabel interviews all sorts of creative & inspiring ladies including Florence Rolando & my friend Chantale. Reading about other creatives & their work space inspires me & I love the idea of this series. I was really honored to have been asked to contribute as well. 
Here’s a little peek of my interview that was posted yesterday. You can read the whole post plus get a little studio tour here

Thanks for including me in your series Anabel! I look forward to reading more “Where I Get Creative” interviews along with previewing your gorgeous products (& photos) on your blog. 

{top photo via here

{behind the studio door} my view…

This is one of my favorite views of my studio. You can’t really see where I do most of my work (it’s off to the left) but you can see Sayer’s work & hangout area. He’s been spending more & more time with me in the studio these days & it’s always interesting to see where things end up being stashed at the end of our studio time. He’s my goofy squirrel. His little work table is so great- it has a storage drawer in it that always has a ton of my spools of thread stored away. If I’m ever out of a color of thread, chances are- it’s in his work table. His machine is an old one a friend gave me (minus the needle). It won’t be long before I could add the needle- he seem like a natural (or maybe that is wishful thinking). He hoards my lime green felt too so that he can sew Grinch costumes.

It’s silly, but I sort of fancy my studio space as an old fashioned, mini toy factory. I love to imagine how Sayer might view this space being a child. I guess that’s one of the reasons (other than for inspiration) that I have all of my vintage toys & books stored up there. I want him to feel a sense of wonder & freedom to create anything that pops into his mind. I suppose I feel a great deal of pride knowing that he watches me create things too. Hearing him tell me that he has to help me work makes my heart warm. These days in the studio, while being  simple and frequent, are what favorite memories are made of… 

{behind the studio door} my view…

This is one of my favorite views of my studio. You can’t really see where I do most of my work (it’s off to the left) but you can see Sayer’s work & hangout area. He’s been spending more & more time with me in the studio these days & it’s always interesting to see where things end up being stashed at the end of our studio time. He’s my goofy squirrel. His little work table is so great- it has a storage drawer in it that always has a ton of my spools of thread stored away. If I’m ever out of a color of thread, chances are- it’s in his work table. His machine is an old one a friend gave me (minus the needle). It won’t be long before I could add the needle- he seem like a natural (or maybe that is wishful thinking). He hoards my lime green felt too so that he can sew Grinch costumes.

It’s silly, but I sort of fancy my studio space as an old fashioned, mini toy factory. I love to imagine how Sayer might view this space being a child. I guess that’s one of the reasons (other than for inspiration) that I have all of my vintage toys & books stored up there. I want him to feel a sense of wonder & freedom to create anything that pops into his mind. I suppose I feel a great deal of pride knowing that he watches me create things too. Hearing him tell me that he has to help me work makes my heart warm. These days in the studio, while being  simple and frequent, are what favorite memories are made of… 

{studio visit} a whirlwind of giggles..

Yesterday morning, the klt:studio was bursting at the seams with energy! Melinda, a friend of mine, teaches  a sewing class to a small group of girls and brought them over for a studio visit. I have to say, it was so much fun and I loved their enthusiasm! Much to Melinda’s credit, they were well versed in all of the klt:works products. I was pretty impressed when they pointed to various plush and called them by name or recognized the “nest pillow” among the many in the living room. They spotted Sayer’s Crawling Critters mobile in his room and went in for a better look. Once they were in his room they all plopped down on the rug and showed me their sewing projects that they had brought with them, beaming with pride. When we were in the studio, they all seemed to be interested in my thread drawing images and were curious to know how I drew them. So, I thought I would set up the sewing machine to let them free-motion sew a little bit. It was really interesting to watch how each little girl approached their drawing.

Anna jumped in first and just went for it! She didn’t hesitate at all and the other two girls watched her every move. 

Sydney was a little more cautious and wanted more specific instructions. Meanwhile, Maggie was still watching very intently at the mechanics of the process. 

Once it was Maggie’s turn, she picked up one of my kitty images and told me that she wanted to draw that one. I explained that sometimes it is more fun to start drawing on the machine without an idea of what the finished drawing would be and to let it be a surprise. She sat there at the machine with so much confidence and created a nice little sketch. When I showed Chris this picture he told me that Maggie looked like a mini Kristin without glasses. Maybe that’s  why she looked so at home sitting there sewing.

I am not around little girls very often and these three just cracked me up! I loved how comfortable they were in the studio. I turned around at one point, and they were lounged in the book nook, giggling and admiring their matching toe nail polish. The comment that sticks in my mind is Maggie’s statement assuring us not to worry that she wasn’t sitting up straight because she was wearing a skort (shorts/skirt combo for those that don’t know that term). Soon these girls were off like a flash and on to their next stop… the Calico Cupboard Bakery for a cookie. That little whirlwind of excitement left me with a really big smile and a tall mocha. Thanks for stopping by girls- let me know when you are looking for jobs!

{studio visit} a whirlwind of giggles..

Yesterday morning, the klt:studio was bursting at the seams with energy! Melinda, a friend of mine, teaches  a sewing class to a small group of girls and brought them over for a studio visit. I have to say, it was so much fun and I loved their enthusiasm! Much to Melinda’s credit, they were well versed in all of the klt:works products. I was pretty impressed when they pointed to various plush and called them by name or recognized the “nest pillow” among the many in the living room. They spotted Sayer’s Crawling Critters mobile in his room and went in for a better look. Once they were in his room they all plopped down on the rug and showed me their sewing projects that they had brought with them, beaming with pride. When we were in the studio, they all seemed to be interested in my thread drawing images and were curious to know how I drew them. So, I thought I would set up the sewing machine to let them free-motion sew a little bit. It was really interesting to watch how each little girl approached their drawing.

Anna jumped in first and just went for it! She didn’t hesitate at all and the other two girls watched her every move. 

Sydney was a little more cautious and wanted more specific instructions. Meanwhile, Maggie was still watching very intently at the mechanics of the process. 

Once it was Maggie’s turn, she picked up one of my kitty images and told me that she wanted to draw that one. I explained that sometimes it is more fun to start drawing on the machine without an idea of what the finished drawing would be and to let it be a surprise. She sat there at the machine with so much confidence and created a nice little sketch. When I showed Chris this picture he told me that Maggie looked like a mini Kristin without glasses. Maybe that’s  why she looked so at home sitting there sewing.

I am not around little girls very often and these three just cracked me up! I loved how comfortable they were in the studio. I turned around at one point, and they were lounged in the book nook, giggling and admiring their matching toe nail polish. The comment that sticks in my mind is Maggie’s statement assuring us not to worry that she wasn’t sitting up straight because she was wearing a skort (shorts/skirt combo for those that don’t know that term). Soon these girls were off like a flash and on to their next stop… the Calico Cupboard Bakery for a cookie. That little whirlwind of excitement left me with a really big smile and a tall mocha. Thanks for stopping by girls- let me know when you are looking for jobs!

{studio visit} a whirlwind of giggles..

Yesterday morning, the klt:studio was bursting at the seams with energy! Melinda, a friend of mine, teaches  a sewing class to a small group of girls and brought them over for a studio visit. I have to say, it was so much fun and I loved their enthusiasm! Much to Melinda’s credit, they were well versed in all of the klt:works products. I was pretty impressed when they pointed to various plush and called them by name or recognized the “nest pillow” among the many in the living room. They spotted Sayer’s Crawling Critters mobile in his room and went in for a better look. Once they were in his room they all plopped down on the rug and showed me their sewing projects that they had brought with them, beaming with pride. When we were in the studio, they all seemed to be interested in my thread drawing images and were curious to know how I drew them. So, I thought I would set up the sewing machine to let them free-motion sew a little bit. It was really interesting to watch how each little girl approached their drawing.

Anna jumped in first and just went for it! She didn’t hesitate at all and the other two girls watched her every move. 

Sydney was a little more cautious and wanted more specific instructions. Meanwhile, Maggie was still watching very intently at the mechanics of the process. 

Once it was Maggie’s turn, she picked up one of my kitty images and told me that she wanted to draw that one. I explained that sometimes it is more fun to start drawing on the machine without an idea of what the finished drawing would be and to let it be a surprise. She sat there at the machine with so much confidence and created a nice little sketch. When I showed Chris this picture he told me that Maggie looked like a mini Kristin without glasses. Maybe that’s  why she looked so at home sitting there sewing.

I am not around little girls very often and these three just cracked me up! I loved how comfortable they were in the studio. I turned around at one point, and they were lounged in the book nook, giggling and admiring their matching toe nail polish. The comment that sticks in my mind is Maggie’s statement assuring us not to worry that she wasn’t sitting up straight because she was wearing a skort (shorts/skirt combo for those that don’t know that term). Soon these girls were off like a flash and on to their next stop… the Calico Cupboard Bakery for a cookie. That little whirlwind of excitement left me with a really big smile and a tall mocha. Thanks for stopping by girls- let me know when you are looking for jobs!

{Experiment} Reflections…

I am really lucky in the fact that I get to make things and use the creative part of my brain everyday. But every now and then, I get the urge to do something that is considered a little more “fine arty”. After all, that is more in line with what I have been trained to do. I miss having the time to just creatively play without a care as to whether an idea is going to work out. I do design things for klt:works much in that fashion, but for right now, I am working on ideas that have been pretty much solidified… there is not a lot of mystery about my day to day process. 

Admittedly, I have been feeling a bit burned out lately and I needed a little artistic recharging. The camera has been really great for this. I find it is just what I need right now to get me thinking about other interests. A little background to my week: my mom takes care of Sayer 3 days a week so that I can work. During this time I scoot and get as much done as I can- it is a multitasking frenzy. Well, my parents are now on vacation and on the last day my mom took care of Sayer last week, I gave myself 1.5 hours to play. I knew it was one of the only times I would have to do it and I had an idea in mind. I wanted to play with an untraditional series of self portraits – partly because over the years, I have started to hide from the camera. Both literally and figuratively, I wanted to do this by way of reflection. Because this is a sketchbook, I thought I would share a little of the process. 

At the base of the stairwell leading to my studio, there is a cluster of mirrors. I was noticing how cool it was that I could see different parts of my body in different mirrors. I started taking photos of it and found after the fact, that I liked the ambiguous, and dreamlike quality in each mirror. I started cropping them down as their own single image (which is what is pictured in the collages). The look I was after was of an old piece of film, found in the attic… all scratched and worn- sort of like an old silent film. I think the coolest thing about all of it, is that it completely held my attention and the 1.5 hours flew by in a wink on an eye.

Before I finished, I went outside and took a few photos in the window of our shed. There is thick, black plastic behind the window so I got  some cool rippling in the image. After playing a bit, I got this picture of me behind the camera that I sort of like. I think all of the images that were taken, have a painterly quality about them, which is what appeals to me. The coolest part of this little experiment however, is that it did rejuvenate me and it made me realize that I need to do something like this much more often. What do you do to recharge?