Inspiration: New York Public Library Digital Gallery

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

This weeks marks the one week furlough of the Seattle Public Library.

The library is part of my weekly ritual.  Going to my nearest branch is like visiting an ark of ideas; where all the cultures of our great city come together to celebrate our humanity.  A magical place, where in the right light the spine of a book could catch your eye and transport you into worlds unknown.

There is nothing like a frigate.  Emily Dickinson was right.

However, the library is closed.  I won’t be taking my weekly constitution to admire the display proudly displaying the  summer reading accomplishments of local children. Instead you’ll find me parked in front of my computer.

There I’ll be exploring the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection.  There are numerous collections of images on all sorts of subjects:


Fucus vesiculosus

Fucus vesiculosus

Ocean Flowers: Anna Atkins’s Cyanotypes of British Algae

These cyanotypes make me want to head the Puget Sound with my sketchbook.


1. Callicore marchali, Colombie; 2. Papilio pylades, Congo; 3. Papilio zalmoxis, Congo; 4. Hestia lynceus, Malaisie; 5. ...

1. Callicore marchali, Colombie; 2. Papilio pylades, Congo; 3. Papilio zalmoxis, Congo; 4. Hestia lynceus, Malaisie; 5. ...

Ornament and Pattern: Pre-Victorian to Art Deco

The bold composition and various patterns of flight remind me of the time I spent as a volunteer at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH.


Women Go Into Co-Operatives

Women Go Into Co-Operatives

Posters of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1922

I love the coloring, the delicate shading in the figures, and interesting scale.  Plus, that watermelon skirt is a bold fashion statement!

See you at the Seattle Public Library when it reopens next week!

As always, thanks for reading.

❤ Grace Willard


Summer in Seattle

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Golden Plums

Golden Plums

It’s pretty rare I have a day to myself. You know the type that start with unscheduled extra time in bed, breakfast over LOL Cats, a nice long walk in no hurry to no where in particular.

Many neglected fruit trees in the my neighborhood have been shedding fruit in the summer heat.  Its been too warm to can anything, so I’ve been collecting these bite sized beauties  to eat out of hand and freeze to make jam at a later date. Its always wonderful to have the time to play around and make something unexpectedly lovely out of the something completely ordinary.


Honey Bees

Honey Bees

I had the good fortune to be kind to my neighbors and help them around the house while they were out of town.  The ladies pictured are always busy when I visit but they are an excellent reminder that the fruits of our labors can be very sweet!  They are so gorgeous working the flowers, taking in the summer sun and swarming around the yard.

Roof Top

Roof Top

The summer sky in Seattle is gorgeous in a way that makes you forget about the steel gray it wears for the rest of the year.  I think I’ll keep this picture handy come January!

I wonder what type of plant has grown and died on top of my friend’s roof? What ever it is, it make the roof top look like a miniature forest!


Little Red Hen

Little Red Hen

Both of my friends have acquired some friendly feathered friends.  I was happy to look after them; we spent the morning eating cantaloupe and relaxing in the shade. This little red hen laid some excellent eggs which made for a tasty lunch.

Everybody could use a day off.  It was nice to take a little time off before getting started on the next big project (stay tuned for upcoming news)!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

❤ Grace Willard

Favorite Kick Starter Projects

August 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

August, 2010

Kick Starter is a relatively new way to raise funds for projects. To use there own words:

We’re a great way for artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, writers, illustrators, explorers, curators, promoters, performers, and others to bring their projects and ambitions to life.

There rules are pretty simple. Submit a creative project, encourage patronage with fun prizes, funding is all or nothing, you can receive funding over your goal, and the folks at Kick Starter keep 5%.  Pretty simple right?

I’ve just been accepted to do a Kick Starter project and thought I would take a quick look at some successful projects.

Here are four of my recent favorites:

Katie Armstrong is so cute. I want her to go to Germany, I want to hear more of her songs and I want to see more animations! Her project was a success so I’m sure it will happen sooner than later. Her prize incentives for donating are simple yet creative and unique in her style (examples include a zine/poster, buttons, t-shirt, etc)

This project is really engaging because of it’s unique perspective of a some what anxiety inducing topic. Tom Henderson has a great sense of humor leading me to believe his book would be incredibly funny – and I just might learn something!

Phyllis Green has some really interesting and engaging art work. Her cause is a worthy one – she wants to document her retrospective show which features 25 of years of artwork. I love seeing Phyllis’s studio and her collection of catalogs!

Musical robots!?! YES!!!

There are tons of innovative, unusual and amazing projects on Kick Starter – a lot more than I have time or room to blog about! These projects give me some excellent insight into how to create an excellent Kick Starter project.

Have you used Kick Starter to raise funds? Comment below!

❤ Grace Willard

Spoon Flower Favorites

August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

August 18th ,2010

I love fabric.  I love the idea of creating your fabric even more and at  Spoon Flower they let you do just that very thing.  I’ve been visiting their website off and on for the past few months checking out news designs and figuring out what I could do with this creative potential. (I have some ideas I’m just not ready to share them yet!)

Through out my research I’ve come across some amazing designs: I share some of my favorites below!

Seafoam - Aqua

Fabric by Heather Dutton

Heather Dutton has an amazing collection of fabric designs inspired by her morning beach walks. In turqoiuse, coral, cream, and sap green these designs are perfect for summer time at the beach.


Fabric by Holly Zollinger


Fabric by Holly Zollinger

I love the text in Holly Zollinger’s “Insect” fabric in addition to her subtle palette of earth tones.  As far as I’m concerned it beats embroidering text any day! The rhythm of her “Poppies and Leaves”  is so relaxing and I love the outline leaves in addition to the fully colored ones.

Clockwork Collage

Fabric by Ophelia

Ophelia’s Clock Work Collage has an antique feel that would lend it to a lot of creative applications, don’t you think?  She has some interesting designs inspired by Alice & Wonderland in addition to fabrics featuring skulls and mermaids…


Fabric by AnnTuck

These nasturtiums are the perfect mix of warm and cool colors (check out other Ann Tuck designs here).  I would love to have furniture in my studio with this fabric…with some sun tea and cucumber sandwiches!

As always, thanks for reading!

❤ Grace Willard


August 14, 2010 § 4 Comments

August 14, 2010

The Fremont Arts Abbey

The Fremont Arts Abbey

Firstly, I want to sincerely thank everyone one came together to make Sprout happen and all who came out to show me support. Thank You!!!

I was incredibly impressed with the turn out of nearly 120 people, the excellent decor, superior signage, delicious food and the gorgeous venue.

Whitney Aguirre was the winner of the first Sprout event with her project “Central District Women’s Community Dance Classes”.  Whitney will be offering  low cost classes that are a combination of different dance styles that are appropriate for beginners.  I look forward to seeing Whitney around the neighborhood – I currently train in kajukenbo in the CD in addition to working at Pratt so I’m sure I’ll see her around!

(The next Sprout will be November 5th,2010.  If you’re an artist or creative person, keep a look out for your chance to participate!)

Good company & good eats

Good company & good eats

Although  my project didn’t receive funding I got something equally valuable:  an opportunity to present my work to a new audience, a chance to share my dreams and inspiration, support from my family & friends, and validation for my work as a visual artist (and some awesome food too!)

Thanks to Sprout I’ve met some clever folks who’ve given me some other resources to look into. I have even more ideas to make Microcosm: Portrait of Interurban Biosphere a reality and a creative success.

So, look forward to more updates soon.

As always, thanks for reading!

❤ Grace Willard

In Photos: CVG Opening

August 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

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A huge Thank You to everyone who came out to the opening of Postscripts from the EDGE at CVG Gallery.

If you weren’t able to make the opening, the exhibit will be on display until August 29th, 2010.   CVG is located at 331 Pacific Ave in Bremerton, WA which is a short walk from the Bremerton Ferry Terminal.  The show will be on display from August 4th – 29th, 2010.  CVG is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and on Sunday from 1:00pm-5:00pm.

As always, thanks for reading!

❤ G

Paper Mache: Works in Progress

August 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Paper Mache Shells

Paper Mache Shells

I’m happy to share what I’ve been working on in the past month – these paper mache shells!  These pieces have been lovingly coated in several layer of paper and glue and primed with acrylic paint. These shapes are a combination of corrugated plastic , foam core, and water color paper.

I’ve spent the past few weeks studying polyhedral shapes and geometry and have a lot of fun learning more about math.  I’ve also been learning more about pattern/shape and some new fiber art techniques.

Before these shapes can be painted in color and covered in fabric I’ll need to develop a full set of patterns.  So I’ll spend the next few weeks drawing the plants and animals that will be embroidered in addition to deciding which colors/fabrics to use.

You can view completed works using this technique here.

Summer is always a busy time so I’m sad to say I haven’t been able to spend as much time in my studio as I’d like to.  Lets just say I’m looking forwards to fall!

As always, thanks for reading!

❤ Grace Willard

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