Summer of the left hand!

Well June 30th I fell off my bike and dislocated my right thumb =( very poor timing to injure myself right at the start of a busy summer of creativity and teaching. I have been trying to make the most of being a lefty, it has been a fun, but frustrating experience. Cutting with scissors, opening jars, and doing my hair have been next to impossible. My handwriting is atrocious! However, I am not terrible at teaching painting with my left hand or painting in general! I had to make a fundraising children's book themed painted bed (see below) I also learned what it's like for left handed kids to work in the art studio-found some new tips for them.  I am also grateful I am still very mobile and didn't injure my ankle or foot, making it possible to dance two nights away at Phish Chicago Summer Tour!!!! Life is always teaching lessons with its twists and turns. 

HappY Pride Month!

Celebrate diversity, demand equality, say hi to your neighbors, and be kind!!! June is pride month in the United States, this "GeoBow" Pattern celebrates all living beings in every shape, size, and color. 

Ticket Stub Patterns

I absolutely love going to live music and dancing with friends. Once I made a ticket stub coffee table collage and made it permanent with epoxy. The tutorial can be found here, it is a very popular Pinterest pin and maybe what led you to my blog =) Here are some patterns generated from this very coffee table using the adobe capture tool. Enjoy!

Nature pics for Spring!!

I love seeing these nature thumbnails all spread across the page, and I thought you would too! These are just Pinterest pins of amazing creatures and plants, mainly in the ocean. How about all the colors and textures!!!?!?! Nature is my favorite source for inspiration =) 

Playful People!

As you might already realize, my artwork and patterns are made with my playful personality! My art has a cartoon vibe that sometimes includes a twist of surrealism or something odd. Also, I have always been fascinated by looking up words in the thesaurus, after looking up playful I realized there were SO many words and I just loved so many of them AND there was almost a synonym for all 26 letters of the English language...how cool! I had to make this little poster about it. Enjoy!

And remember to keep life..... 

GREENERY!!!!

I am pretty obsessed with the Pantone color of the year for 2017. More than just a color, Greenery is a concept and a way of life. As someone who tries very hard to live green, for the Earth, the climate, and the future generations, this color speaks to me!!! I will definitely be including more green in my designs this year and everyday working to make choices that will leave this planet better than I found it! Here is a trend board with some Greenery, my personal pictures from  travels around the world. Enjoy! Reuse them, love them, be inspired, live green!

Plus Pantone has beautiful color palette inspirations to add more green in your life and balance this bountiful color with other beauties. Check it out below!

Vision Board

Making a vision board is an exercise in defining your brand and style, the top photos are from Ikea and Pinterest. The bottom two are RHD originals. 

Rouse House Design invents playful patterns that generate positive energy for the home, stationary, and quilting markets. Made for the young and young at heart. 

Upcoming Indigo Workshops in San Diego

Winter Indigo Dyeing and Shibori one day workshops!!

Haven't you always wanted to try this!!?? Now is the time....

Come make something for yourself or someone else! 

November 5th at Art Lounge in Encinitas 9:30am - 1:00 pm 

November 6th at Bravo School of Art in Point Loma 1:00pm - 5:00 pm

December 9th at Bravo School of Art in Point Loma 10:00am - 2:00 pm

December 10th at Art Lounge in Encinitas 10:00am - 1:00pm 

January 28th at Art Lounge in Encinitas 10:00am - 1:00pm 

February 5th at The Athenaeum La Jolla TBD 

Sculptures from the past...

It is always fun to peruse portfolios from years ago, here are three sculptures I made in college at the University of Miami....10 years ago! Wow!  

Piano Chair            circa 2007                 found objects

Sugar Addict                           circa 2006                         wood

Sugar Addict                           circa 2006                         wood

Organic Chemistry Massacre                circa 2006                                 found objects

Bali Reminiscing....

Collecting research for a Tropical Holidays collection means looking at photos from our honeymoon in Bali, Indonesia, what great inspiration! Sunrise to sunset on this magical Hindu island.... 

Honeycomb Shibori Tutorial

The Honeycomb shibori pattern is pure magic! It is also quite simple to execute, making it a great beginner pattern. I will walk you through it with photos and step by step instructions, you got this! 

Step one: Collect supplies needed

* 5 gallon bucket and lid from hardware store, or some type of large dye vat capable of holding around 4-5 gallons of liquid, you will also want a lid

*  Natural fiber textiles, meaning cotton, hemp, lenin, silk, bamboo, some rayon fabrics, I recommend Dharma Trading Company or supporting your local fabric store. You may want to wash the fabric first in the washing machine, to remove dust and sizing. 

*  Indigo dye kit from Jacquard which can be purchased on Amazon, Dharma Trading CO,  or sometimes I find them at my local Arts Store, shout out to Artist&Craftsman!   see photo above for a great photo. This kit contains a small starter pack for indigo dyeing designed for a 5 gallon dye vat. 

*  You will also want a great pair of utility or dish gloves that you don't mind turning blue, some scissors, and depending on how many you make, different sizes of cord, rope, whatever you can find! 

Step two: Design Pattern: Determine width of fabric and begin to roll on the cord

* As you can see there are lots of photos documenting this step, but it is easy, especially after trying this a few times. Important things to note:

  1. Make sure the rope is longer than the width of your fabric, I am making really small                   samples, the fabric can be really wide if you have long rope and strength to squash it down. 

2. You can fold the fabric in half either direction, to make a mirrored effect of the pattern. Or you can try rolling the fabric diagonally on the rope. Or you can roll from end to end. The pattern will pretty much always make a blue color gradient with the lightest part of the pattern being on the inside, where you being rolling the fabric, and the darker part being on the outside. 

3. You want to roll the fabric evenly across and you don't want to do it too tight, otherwise the next step can be challenging, especially if you have lots of fabric

Step Three: Squash the Fabric

*  Once the fabric has been rolled all the way up the rope, you will push the fabric on both ends of the rope until it is squashed together.  This squashing/bunching action is what creates the honeycomb pattern on the rope. 

* When the fabric is pushed down tight on both sides (sometimes I have someone help me do this if there is lots of fabric rolled up) You will tie off the rope with a simple double knot, keeping everything in place, and you are ready to dye!

* Note that there will be a little "tail" of the fabric sticking out at the end, this usually isn't too much of a problem because it adds to the ombre gradient created in the piece. If you feel like not enough was tucked in at the end, restart, every time you roll the fabric you will get better!

Step Four: The dyeing process

*  Indigo has a very unique dyeing process, because it is a natural dye, there is a chemical reaction involved with the oxygen in the air, which turns the fabric blue. You obtain darker richer shades of blue by continually dipping the fabric in the vat and letting it oxidize over time and then redipping. There are excellent instructions in the dye kit. Keep in mind that it is possible to dye fabrics over several days, leaving your fabrics out and the dye vat covered. However, the dye will be strongest the first few days. 

* You might want to do this outside, on a patio, or in a local park.  If you do this inside you will want to have lots of plastic sheeting underneath for stray splashes and drips that always happen. Also you might want some type of storage container to rest your piece in as it oxidizes, something to catch all the excess dye. 

* Also it is important to flip your pieces over as they oxidize, you will see they are green/teal where the air is not getting to the fabric. After 20-30 minutes dip again

*  What I tell my students all the time, is the most deceiving thing about this process is how dark blue the fabric looks when you are in the middle of dyeing the fabric, but this is because the fabric hasn't been washed/rinsed and dried. After the fabric dries it will be much lighter than you realize. Therefore, it is important to have patience with this process and dip the fabric as much as you can. (The dips are only 5 minutes, the time in between can be 25+ minutes) Sometimes I set this up and dip fabrics throughout the day or over a few days)

Step Five: The reveal

* Now for the most exciting part! The unraveling! When you are sure you have dipped your fabric enough, you can unwind the fabric from the rope. 

* As you can see in the photos below, the fabric will be that light teal/greenish color that we started out with, this is normal! The oxygen hasn't been able to penetrate this part of the fabric, overtime the whole fabric will oxidize and the piece will change right before your eyes!

* Keep in mind the white will stay white, the teal will turn lighter blue, the already oxidized blue will be the darkest part. 

* Hang your fabric to oxidize and dry, when the whole piece is blue and white you can rinse the fabric in cool water until the water turns clean. Then you can hand wash with mild soap and more dye will come out again, wash and rinse until the water runs clear again, hang to dry and you are ready to wear your new garments or sew a new project!

 

Those Leggings!

They are in stock! Leggings digitally printed with my pattern are available on Society6 check it out and get a pair this weekend, they are having a Labor Day Sale!!!! They are super comfortable with a mosaic/kaleidoscope effect and the hidden yogi poses change direction, so when you are inverted the bottoms of the leggings will be in the right direction. Pretty fun and so unique! These are inspired by Mosaic Studios, here is San Diego, if you live in the area it is a MUST check out yoga spot. They also have a spot in Charlottesville. Have a great holiday weekend!

 

That's a wrap!

I have just returned to San Diego from 9 weeks in northern Michigan where I have been directing a summer art program for children and teaching workshops for adults. It is always a refreshing change to work with kids and hear their funny stories and witness their endless imagination. 

Student work

Showing of the impressive work from my summer workshops for adults, taught at a Chautauqua in northern Michigan, called Bay View. Introduction to printmaking and indigo dyeing were very popular classes this summer and my students were wonderful!  

Indigo drying on the line  

Indigo drying on the line  

A students first Monoprint, complete with a rainbow roll and added texture. A big success!  

A students first Monoprint, complete with a rainbow roll and added texture. A big success!  

This student already sewed a jacket from her indigo fabric.  

This student already sewed a jacket from her indigo fabric.  

Hand printed greeting cards  

Hand printed greeting cards  

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More monoprints!