Sketchbook Project 2015

 It's not too late to sign up for the Sketchbook Project 2015 and it's open to international participants.


Illustration Friday ✩ octopus ✩

 I like playing with both sides of a drawing done with a sharpie.
These days I've got aliens on the brain, more than octopi,
though I came across this inspiring piece this morning:

Greek coin from Eretria, c. 500-465 BC with octopus.

To view all the submissions for "octopus" click here.


Watches from the 17th Century

~ watch, Jean Rousseau, Geneva ~

~ watch, Jean Fardoil, Paris ~

~ painting, Hendrick Andriessen ~

~ watch, Pierre Debaufre, Paris ~

 Horlogerie Ancienne Collections  has so many more watches and oil paintings to peruse.
Thank you, Miss Yves, for sharing this link with me.


Illustration Friday ✩ wish ✩

A full moon to make a wish upon.

To view all the submissions for "wish" click here.


& Caitlin McCormack

untitled via Fibre Arts 

 Love these pieces and their loose threads.
Described as "crocheted apocryphal animal skeletons" by the artist, Caitlin McCormack.
Check her website here.

C. Orexis
 cotton string, glue; pinned to black velvet in a 15" x 12" x 2" frame


◅ Witch Doctors & Healers ▻

"These are portraits of modern healers and medicine workers 
who carry traditions from the ancient past into this time of plastic bags and cellphones." 

Photographs from Thomas Rousset and Raphael Verona's book Waska Tatay


Illustration Friday ✩ skull ✩ (pin cushion)

~ 2½" embroidered pin cushion ~

 I am so happy with the results of this project.
Free People posted an article showing of to craft a mason jar into a sewing kit, take a look here.
I had a tiny mason jar perfect for storing pins and making a pin cushion with the lid is a great idea. 

 I embroidered the fabric first, then stuffed in a lot of batting. The lid snapped easily into place with the ring, even with the fabric in between. I trimmed the excess fabric off and hot glued it down to the center of the lid.  Here are some photos of the process. 

To view all the submissions for "skull" click here.

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