New drawing collection preview for Monsters and Heroes

Here is a preview of five images from a new collection of Marc’s drawings that we are just about done putting together for publication.  The collection is called Monsters and Heroes and the drawings were chosen from Marc’s plethora of sketchbooks and notebooks from the last several years.

I’ll know we’ll have done it right if the final thing feels like a combination of instructive tale about the tricky nature of  face value,  colouring book, and high contrast, eyeball giddying stare-a-thron.

Monster drawing 2
Hero or monster? Hint: drool earrings.

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Happy Sleepy embroidered patch

Marc had this patch made in Arambol, Goa, India, back in January 2009. It’s about 6 inches wide, and it is machine embroidered. I sewed it onto one of our bags while we were travelling, to repair where it was torn. The workmanship on this patch is really rough and completely omits some of the details that were in the drawing. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time getting my hand embroidery skills off … >> read more

The process of cutting and sewing the Happy Sleepy pelts

There’s been a flurry of real in the world making activity all fall around here. I delight in having the laptop set up right beside the sewing machine set up right beside the cutting table, opposite the shelves of materials and tools. I glee up every time I pull a suitcase from under a table to rummage in my collection of fabrics, which is what the suitcases hold these days instead of clothes, books and other travel essentials. In short, I’m loving my studio space.

Flurry of cutting and piecing on the work table.
Flurry of cutting and piecing on the work table. My favourite shears were recently profesionally resharpened and now glide through multiple fabric layers like a heated knife through butter. Whoosh-chuk!

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Sculptures for “The Genomic Basis of Parallel Evolution in Three-spined Sticklebacks”

Threespine stickleback pretending to be barracuda.

These guys were commisioned by fellow Flickerite Frenquency to commemorate the end of his PhD studies of this fish species. He studied the evolutionary loss of pelvic spines and was able to switch the relevant genes back on, producing fish with one or both perlvic spines. The thesis title was “The Genomic Basis of Parallel Evolution in Three-spined Sticklebacks”.

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Toronto is home these days

Up the porch and through the length of the house and out the kitchen door to this small garden retreat. I spend a lot of time here these days. The benches are a favourite sleeping place of the cats, and great for breakfast because this outdoor room faces east.