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  • The evolution of a blouse
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    My painting, Wide Open, was created in April, 2014. It caught the eye of an Anthropologie apparel designer.

    My painting, Wide Open, was created in April, 2014. It caught the eye of an Anthropologie apparel designer.


    The evolution of my Aquarelle Silk Blouse, with ANTHROPOLOGIE: I am often asked how things work with Anthropologie, with regards to my art being reproduced on some of their products. While I’m not at liberty to disclose details of our agreement, I thought you might be interested in seeing a bit of the process—specifically, the Aquarelle Silk Blouse, which hit the shelves circa March 13th:

    1: One of my paintings, “Wide Open”, caught the eye of Anthropologie apparel designers.
    2: After several discussions, the blouse design was sent to me by the designer at Anthro.

    Anthropologie apparel design team sent me this mockup, showing how they could adapt my painting to a blouse.

    Anthropologie apparel design team sent me this mockup, showing how they could adapt my painting to a blouse.


    3: Exciting times: The final product, on the Anthro web site!
    Once the product has been developed, then it is photographed.

    Once the product has been developed, then it is photographed.


    The model wore white skinny jeans, which contrast nicely with the printed silk blouse. I like her chunky green bracelet, too.

    The model wore white skinny jeans, which contrast nicely with the printed silk blouse. I like her chunky green bracelet, too.

    Close-up photo of the front shoulder of the blouse: it's important to show all the details of the fabric.

    Close-up photo of the front shoulder of the blouse: it's important to show all the details of the fabric.

    It's important to shoot the product from every angle, so here's the back side of the silk blouse.

    It's important to shoot the product from every angle, so here's the back side of the silk blouse.

    Once all the product details were figured out and the photos are just right, the blouse went online!

    Once all the product details were figured out and the photos are just right, the blouse went online!

    It’s only been a few days, and the blouse is already sold out… BUT! You can check Anthropologie’s web site for other apparel with my art on it!


    My take on The Artist Project contemporary art fair
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    It’s been almost one month since the start of The Artist Project, contemporary art fair in Toronto, which ran from February 19th to the 22nd. We all worked so hard, to get there, and when it was over, our energy was completely tapped out. We came down with colds that we nursed and eventually slept off. I kept telling people that I felt like a bug that had gone “splat” onto a windshield, and I think that most accurately describes how I felt, when all was said and done!
     

    There was such a surge of excitement around the whole event: the opening night and each day that ensued. I embraced the entire experience, participating in as many fair-related activities as I could: I entered both the TYPE competition, as well as Art Battle 228. It was great fun, and I felt myself enjoying a huge adrenalin rush, the entire weekend. It’s no small wonder that we collapsed at the end of it!
     

    I had several sales while there, including one of my largest pieces, and many sales came after the event itself. I received a bunch of commissions, and was approached by numerous galleries and designers. Overall, it was worth every bit of effort, and I plan to do it all over again, next year!

    Artist Claire Desjardins sets up her booth, at The Artist Project, in Toronto - Feb. 2015.

    Artist Claire Desjardins sets up her booth, at The Artist Project, in Toronto - Feb. 2015.

    When the last painting was hung, it was time to raise a glass of prosecco. Cheers!

    When the last painting was hung, it was time to raise a glass of prosecco. Cheers!

    The exhibition opened, and people flowed through the booths. It was wonderful!

    The exhibition opened, and people flowed through the booths. It was wonderful!

    Opening night was well attended. So many art lovers!

    Opening night was well attended. So many art lovers!

    The TYPE art competition rules.

    The TYPE art competition rules.

    Taking a stand: Claire Desjardins, beside her entry, a painting called Wonderland.

    Taking a stand: Claire Desjardins, beside her entry, a painting called Wonderland.

    Waiting for Art Battle 228 painting competition to begin: the stage is set, the audience awaits!

    Waiting for Art Battle 228 painting competition to begin: the stage is set, the audience awaits!


    Expressions in Paint workshop: May 2015
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    Students' paintings from the last art workshop that I gave, at the Helen Day Art Center, in Stowe, Vermont.

    Students' paintings from the last art workshop that I gave, at the Helen Day Art Center, in Stowe, Vermont.


    It’s official: I’ll be giving another “Expressions in Paint” workshop, this coming May! It will be at the Helen Day Art Center, in Stowe, Vermont… Any excuse to go back to my beloved Vermont, and spend time there! If you aren’t familiar with the region, let me tell you how beautiful it is: commanding mountains (ski slopes, in the winter months), surrounded by rivers, cow-filled pastures, wooden barns, and dotted with old, New England villages. It’s a privilege for me to be asked back to HDAC.

    If you’re interested in signing up for my workshop, be sure to sign up early, to ensure yourself a place, as the last couple of workshops I gave there, sold out.


    A hot new little purse… With my art on it!
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    A hot new little evening purse is now being shown in Paris sur Mode 2015: it’s this little snakeskin design, by Cheet London (see photos below). What makes it special to me? The answer to that is that the person producing it is my cousin, Emily Cheetham. Emily and I collaborated on the design, using my painting, “Thunder” as inspiration, and her elegant snakeskin evening purse design. I live in Canada, she lives in Singapore. We are oceans apart, but we are joined in our desire to collaborate on something new, exciting, and fun!

    My painting, Thunder (50 inches by 40 inches, acrylics on canvas): the inspiration for the purse!

    My painting, Thunder (50 inches by 40 inches, acrylics on canvas): the inspiration for the purse!

    The Thunder-inspired, snakeskin evening purse, by Elyse and I, Cheet London.

    The Thunder-inspired, snakeskin evening purse, by Elyse and I, Cheet London.

    My little snakeskin purse: shown bottom left, at Elyse & I booth, at Paris sur Mode 2015.

    My little snakeskin purse: shown bottom left, at Elyse & I booth, at Paris sur Mode 2015.

    Elyse & i displays a striking ensemble of evening purses, including my abstract art handbag, 2nd shelf down, on the left.

    Elyse & i displays a striking ensemble of evening purses, including my abstract art handbag, 2nd shelf down, on the left.

    Emily snapped all the photos in my post, including this one, of the sign at the entrance to Paris sur Mode 2015.

    Entering Paris sur Mode 2015: how exciting! Photo: Emily Cheetham.

    Entering Paris sur Mode 2015: how exciting! Photo: Emily Cheetham.


    Check out Emily’s Cheet London page on Facebook (click here), and my own Facebook page, too!