she's a threadhead

FOR HOLDEN

Oh my. What a whirlwind of a time I’ve been having! After working my tail off for a company for the past few months, this weekend I was unceremoniously let go. It’s rather heartbreaking – I loved working there, loved the staff. But, the management made their choices and because I’ve been working as a “casual employee” I have no rights. It’s a total bummer. But, luckily, I’ve been able to console myself with my embroidery.

And LUCKILY LUCKILY, this city is filled with beautiful people, who love handmade things. One of whom, commissioned a birth chart similar to the one that I made my goddaughter.

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This birth chart was made using both cross stitch and back stitches, taken legally from a variety of online resources. IMG_2311

The canvas used was 18 count Aida in Navy, purchased from Maria at Stitch-It Central. The thread used was DMC Ecru purchased in-store from EweKnit in Toronto, Ontario.

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Similar to the previous birth chart I’ve made, the information include the child’s name, birth date, height and weight at the time of birth. As well, I included the weekday rhyme from A. E. Bray’s Traditions of Devonshire and the star sign, month’s flower and stone as well as the designation in the Chinese Zodiac.

IMG_2307The creatures included in this birth chart are little owls perched on a branch, sparrows swooping down in flight and busy little hummingbirds. I thoroughly enjoyed stitching the sparrows and hummingbirds, although I found the owls quite taxing and the visual effect was not as pleasing as I hoped. I doubt I will reuse the motif in the future.

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Similar to the previous birth chart I made, this piece was hand sewn over two dowels. This method is very effective for larger wall hangings.

Please let me know what you think – particularly about the owls! The customer was more than pleased, but he doesn’t know needlework like you folks do! 

If you’re interested in commissioning your own birth chart, send me a message using the “Contact” page. My rate for the custom design & execution of these birth charts is very reasonable! 

OK – I’m back to filling out job applications, joy.

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EVERY TRUE ARTIST

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Untitled –E.A. Douglas, 2014.

“Every true artist is the salvation of every other. Only artists produce for each other a world that is fit to live in.” – D. H. L.

Njoy yr wknd.


MILKWEED

One of the reasons that I’ve been so quiet here lately is because things have been very busy in my offline life. Earlier this year I was contacted by an acquaintance asking if I would be interested in helping with an erotica zine she was putting together.

At first, I was a little bit unsure. While I do have experience editing and making zines, sexuality can be a very sensitive topic. I am a part of a diverse community, and my understanding of that, recognizes that my view point, that of a heterosexual, white woman, is frequently portrayed in media. Was it really worthwhile for me to share my experiences?

After some thinkin’, and some drinkin’, I figured I should give it a try. If anything my experience making and selling the Sophisticated Boom Boom Zines 1 & 2 would be useful. I am so glad that I went for it!
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Milkweed has been the vessel for some very interesting art projects, and has pushed me to communicate with my community about what gets us all off. Submissions close next week (April 30), so if you’ve got anything to smutty share – you’re welcome to send it to us at milkweedzine@gmail.com.


WHAT LIES

Feeling quite blue today, I stumbled upon this poem a while back and it is the perfect pick-me-up for a cold Friday.

What lies before us
and what lies behind us
are small matters
compared to what
lies within us.

And when you
bring what is within
out into the world,
miracles happen.

by Henry David Thoreau


UNINTENTIONAL PORTRAITS: BADOUR

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“Oh” Mike – E.A. Douglas, 2014

This image was taken using a KODAK FUN SAVER Single Use Camera. The images were processed by me (yay!) with the help of We Develop Film in Toronto, Canada.

I met Michael Freeman Badour a few years ago, when he knocked on the door and then decided to stick around. We were roommates for several years, through several interesting apartments. He’s not a guy I see a lot lot these days, but I hope that we’ll get opportunities to hang out more in the upcoming year.

Last year was kind of a big deal for Mike. He worked his butt off at thesis and was awarded the 2014 Medal for Drawing & Painting. He also co-formed the nomadic arts organization CARRIER, which puts on shows featuring emerging artists in a variety of spaces, including a room rented off of Air B’n’B, and a vacant basement apartment.

To check out more of Michael Freeman Badour’s paintings visit, http://www.badour.info.
For more information about CARRIER, see http://www.carrierarts.org.


[little tree]

[little tree]

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

by E.E. Cummings


VENGT CINQ

birthday

Untitled – E.A. Douglas, 2014

Today is my 25th birthday.

I have plans including a pottery studio, watching the latest episode of Once Upon A Time, and an Earl Gray Lavender cake. Hopefully, the next year is as fun as the last few have been.