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{Art Show} The Lincoln Theatre

The Lincoln Theatre is one of my favorite places in our valley. My history with this theatre goes way back.It was one of the original movies theaters in downtown Mount Vernon. I remember vividly going to see, On Golden Pond, Flash Dance, and Tootsie there back in the ’80’s.Now the Lincoln is a place to see plays, music, and indie films – it’s been restored and didn’t lose any of it’s original charm. There is still an organ player that plays before the films start.

A really nice feature at the Lincoln is the Art Bar. It’s here that artists get a chance to show their work and people can hang out and enjoy a beverage before and after the events that they attend. I’m lucky enough to be the featured artist for the month of February and we just had a reception for the exhibit this last weekend. The first image is a serigraph that I just made that was inspired by the Lincoln.It’s my interpretation of the view from the stage of a seated crowd. I thought it would be nice to post some of the work that is in the show right now for those of you that can’t attend. Most of the pieces are serigraphs that I’ve been working on within the last year. I’ll walk you through the show… 

The imagery that you see in my work is originally drawn with thread on canvas using free-motion sewing and I included some of my first thread drawing portraits in the exhibit for reference. I really love the continuous line quality that I can get from the thread. When I am happy with an image, I then scan it and make a screen from it to use in the screen printing process. You can view my thread drawing process and more of my thread drawings here and here

I know I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again many times, but I’m really lucky to know, let alone be married to, Chris. We make a good creative team. He’s a master at hanging shows and figuring out how to hang this whole show by utilizing picture molding on the uneven walls of an old building was a trick. He also proved to be a great bartender at the opening. The little details like the wine bottles and cans of flowers from our yard being covered by my prints – and my printed scarf used as a table cloth, was all him. I also like his signature look- a skinny tie with a hoodie. Chris is the whole package. 

Thanks for walking through the show with me. Have you seen anything noteworthy lately?

{Textile Tuesday} Anticipating Spring

Back when I was in college, I took my first serigraphy class (screen printing). I was completely hooked & took three more serigraphy classes before I graduated. I really love all printmaking, but there is something about the aesthetic of screen printing that I gravitate towards. Two summers ago, Chris helped me set up a little screen printing studio and I’ve been honing my craft ever since. I’ve been getting more proficient at printing textiles and last spring printed my first collection of scarves at the nudging of the ladies of a great design shop in Bellingham called Ideal. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying making a new line of scarves for this spring/summer that are heavily influenced by my surroundings. 

We live among the beautiful tulip fields in the Skagit Valley and I wanted to create a mid century inspired tulip textile. I was playing with fuchsia and yellow in the anticipation of warmer weather and the fields of color that on the way. 

After printing this weekend, my guys indulged me in heading out to take some photos of my scarves among some of the landscape that currently inspires me. The river is a bit high right now due to all of the rain and I love the reflections and bare trees on the river’s edge. 
I’m pretty lucky that my family indulges my creative whims. I think deep down they enjoy the adventures that we find ourselves on in the pursuit of a that perfect photo that I’m always seeking. 

This is one of the things I’ve been up to lately. How about you? What is keeping you creatively interested?

{Music Monday} Raven’s Song

I’m one of those people who stay at the end of the movie and wait for the credits. I hone in on the music when I watch a movie and usually want to know more about an unrecognizable song that piques my interest. I discovered the music of Aaron Embry by exactly that method – while watching Wish I Was Here. Raven’s Song was a stand out for me and I immediately looked it up and discovered even more to love – the music of Aaron Embry. He got his start playing and recording with musicians like Elliot Smith and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – so it’s no surprise that I was attracted to his music. 

The album Tiny Prayers has been on constant repeat in the screen printing studio lately. I use the imagery of birds, particularly ravens in my work. That, coupled with the gorgeous piano, makes it a nice studio fit.  

What are you listening to lately?

{Shop Update} The Snowy Owl…

Winter at klt:works means snowy owls & hoodies. So I was really excited about getting this salt & peppy snowy owl hoodie printed in time for the cozy weather. For this screen printing job (along with more owl cardigans), I worked with a local screen printing studio called Innate. Their creative energy was a perfect fit.

Of course, a new hoodie added to the klt:mix meant that Sayer needed to test it out – with me camera ready. So we headed out for the afternoon to explore the cool nooks & crannies of our downtown. 

Now the klt:shop is all stocked up for the winter with cozy shades of grey & oodles of owls.  

{new to the shop}
More Owl Cardigans here
Snowy Owl Toddler Hoodie here
It’s always fun to work with different creatives – so if you are local & looking for some custom work, give the guys at Innate a visit. They also have a store front where they sell their own designs. They are always working on interesting & fun projects so they are bound to inspire you.

Innate FB page here
Innate Web here