The Sparrow’s Nest

Behold, within the leavy shade,

Those bright blue eggs together laid !

On me the chance-discovered sight

Gleamed like a vision of delight.

– William Wordsworth, The Sparrow’s Nest, 1807

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Chinamarker, ink, acrylic, watercolour, embroidery on newsprint (12” x 12”, 30cm x 30cm)

The psychopomp and the crow- made from @Socksmith socks! 

I received these beautiful skeleton socks from Socksmith in the mail on Monday!  Oh I love them!

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Socksmith has been a long time favorite sock company for me ever since my first visit to Sockshop on Haight back in October 2010!  Here is the blog post about that visit: LINK

I remained a long time fan:  LINKS

And Socksmith sent a generous donation of socks to support my sock monkey therapy back in July 2011: LINK.  So many youth benefitted from this amazing donation!

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This past Christmas, my sweet friends, Parmida and Hailey gifted me with Frida Kahlo socks by Socksmith!

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This one headed to my dear friend, Terry Tsipouras

So what a delight to receive these black and white skeleton design socks:

These knee highs feel great.  They sit well and snug on the legs (as modelled by my daughter) and the material (63% cotton, 34% nylon, 3% spandex) feels soft.


To purchase yours go to:

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Of course, me being me, I had to make a sock monkey out of them.  As I was contemplating the design at my kitchen table, I received a visitor!

Crows are friends with death. – source

This lovely creature gave me the idea to create a psychopomp out of the socks!  Wiki describes a psychopomp as:

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To learn more about psychopomps, visit my friend, Cat Webb’s site:

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I began by turning the socks inside out:

And the creative mayhem began:

The result is a psychopomp with a crow friend, in an organic cotton skirt.  The material from the skirt sourced from UNDERABLES!

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(The white material in the face is bamboo cotton, sourced from KenDor Textiles.)

My psychopomp now sits with her new best friend (made for me by Emily Cowan) in that kitchen window:

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas: Frida No. 8: Dia de los Muertos Sock Monkey (made to order)

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I have been creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever… A surprise.

See Other Tuesday Fridas:

Numbers 1-6: LINK

Number 7: LINK

FRIDA NO. 8: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS SOCK MONKEY [MADE TO ORDER]

Frida Kahlo died on July 13, 1954.

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To celebrate her beautiful spirit, I am taking orders for my unique handmade Dia de Lost Muertos sock monkeys.

On sale for only $43 CAD (include shipping fee) until Midnight!!!

These sock monkeys are super cuddly grieving tools.  I find them so comforting to make and to hold.  Each one is one of a kind and comes with a hand-drawn embroidered sugar skull face (each one unique), a simple flower crown, plus a vintage flannel material skirt and a small original sketch of the sock monkey.

Email transfers only to britakatarina@gmail.com.  Expect 2-3 weeks for delivery.

My nephew, Henrik, at a local cafe Summer 2012.  My crafting buddy.

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“Crime Scene” creative process #graphicnovel

Spending more and more time alone these days.  Craving and receiving great moments of solitude to work. To figure shit out. To surrender.

  

“CRIME SCENE”

Testing chapter heading visuals for:

Molly, my graphic novel.

Creating on nickels and dimes.

“… even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.” – Pablo Picasso‬

I can’t stop despite money worries and fatigue-inducing insecurities…

Can I pull this off?  Am I good enough?

But the process carries on anyway.  Despite myself.

If I just keep the pen to paper… that’s the ticket.

Trust.

Surrender.

Allow the creative process.

                          

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10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Art blog event. Frida No. 1: sock doll. #recycledcraft

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event.

The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

(How many of you that know me are right now rolling your eyes and saying, “duh”…!?!?  I realize I am a tad obsessed.)

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For the next 10 Tuesdays, I will be creating 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another.  It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever…  A surprise.  I will be posting one a week.

These new and unique Frida arts and crafts are my own designs and will be for sale here on the blog for a special presale price before I put the item onto my online store.  The sale price for each product will last for one week, then it gets listed if not sold here.

Frida No. 1: the sock doll

This Frida is made out of 100% recycled, gently used product.  Her body is made from a work sock and her hair is made from a black sock.  Her skull face has a white sock as ground color.  The dia de los muertos/sugar skull face is embroidered.  All the thread is from my mom’s old sewing basket.  Her tattooed arms feature Frida portraits from discontinued socks from Haight and Ashbury, San Francisco.  Her dress is made from vintage materials and her flowers are made from an antique hand-crocheted doily.  The little lamb is made from an old blanket.   The doll is about 24 inches tall with skirt (body about 18 inches).

PRICE: $175.00 CAD (Shipping free in Canada).  Email me for purchasing details.

CONTACT KATARINA: Email

UPDATE May 27, 2015 : ITEM IS SOLD

     

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There is nothing more precious than laughter.

Frida Kahlo

 

Allá cuelga mi vestido. The Frida Kahlo paperdress in progress

I love drawing.  I love crafting.  I love street art.  And I LOVE making paper dresses. Perhaps because it combines all my art forms- I am so blissed out when I make these things!

Here is the latest one the compiles my collection of Frida doodles.

Stay tuned for photo shoot of finished piece next week.

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I may be in America but only my dress hangs there…my life is in Mexico.” – Frida Kahlo

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My interpretation of Kahlo's "My Dress Hangs There, 1933"
My interpretation of Kahlo’s “My Dress Hangs There, 1933”

I first became obsessed with paper dresses in January 2013.  Go to LINK.

My nephew Henrik helps unpack my vintage paper dress, January 2013
My nephew Henrik helps unpack my vintage paper dress, January 2013

Since then, I made three dresses [LINK].  One was sold and two ended up as street art in San Francisco.

My daughter, Anna, in dress no. 1
My daughter, Anna, in dress no. 1, April 2013
Anna in dress number 3, August 2013.
Anna in dress number 3, August 2013.

Dresses no. 4 and 5 in progress:

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