The Ridler sisters, Suzie, Jamie and Shannon, discuss their creative projects, from challenges to celebrations, and support each other's creative lives.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012


The theme continues! Every time I do a home refresh, I'm struck by how our things reflect and express ourselves and our lives. In a time when we focus so much on decluttering and spaciousness, both of which are awesome, we sometimes forget the gifts in our tangible items. I was thrilled to find this art piece, which holds perhaps the most significant story of my visual art development. I think I'll write about it soon.


Headed out to see the brilliant and brutal film King of Devil's Island set in 1915 and based on Bast√ły Boys Home correctional facility. Definitely shows hard times and a challenging setting, but extremely well done with fantastic performance, and I always love hearing Norwegian :) See more about the film here.

Under our Willow Tree


I did a lot of housework on Monday so I had some time to be creative yesterday. I just could not get my homemade stamp to work on porcelain (I want to design my own dishes but can't figure out how to do it DIY style yet) so I tried the stamp with fabric paint on one of Reg's old t-shirts bound for donations. It came out very light but I had an outline so I filled it in. Then I made a big stencil... But that's another story (hehe, Hammy).

We all seem to be drawn to fabric, yarn, thread... I talked to Mom about it and she said that it might be in the genes. She also told me that on the way home from Arizona she stopped by Los Angeles to meet up with some family. On the train ride all the way back home she had supplies and wanted to teach herself how to crochet but could not figure it out. A woman on the train showed her how to do it and that is the beginning of Mom's crocheting story. She crocheted all the way home!


Jamie Ridler Studios said...

Shannon, I love that you love Norwegian! hehe.

Suzie Ridler said...

Jame, did you do that art piece?! OMG, it's STUNNING!

I have been anti-stuff for a while now and although it does bring some peace, I agree, it is good to have stuff that we love and use too. I am making peace with the chaos in my crafts room as a result.

Shannon, so curious, maybe there is some viking blood in our veins that you are connecting to?! I love that idea.

Jamie Ridler Studios said...

I totally love these stories you're sharing from Mom, Suzie. It's weird because I'm totally (and I mean TOTALLY) not a sew-er but I do really enjoy textiles. I'm looking forward to continuing to explore stitching!

Suzie, I totally love your commitment to being anti-stuff. You have a great sense of what's for you and what it's time to let go of - and then you let go of it!

I totally LOVE your skull and wow, I recognize your style. It's beautiful to see adn recognize you artistic voice.

I'm so glad you like that drawing. It's my favourite I've ever done. Too bad I did it on crappy paper! It's already looking kind of wonky or else I'd consider framing it!

Jamie Ridler Studios said...

I wouldn't worry about that at all. How many cuckoo clocks are there in the world? Or books about vampires? Or movies about gladiators? Or heart lockets.

Each of us inspires one another to take the exploration and share it with our own voice. I'd love to see your cupcake clock!

Suzie Ridler said...

I'm not a sewer either Jamie but isn't it fascinating we are drawn to this medium in our own way? Remember, we come from a people of weavers.

Thanks Jamie! I have really learned how to detach from stuff. I think now I have to learn to be OK with it. I figure I have just over a year before I have to downsize everything, so I'm going for it with stuff for a bit.

Yay! So glad you see my style in the skull. I took a design I liked that will be used on my cutting board and changed it to be my own.

You could totally photograph that drawing (which is fabulous bTW), send it to me, I could touch it up and you could get a print made if you'd like? Or you could do it too. There is always a way to make something work, I'd be happy to help.

I know! I agree about the clock thing. My cupcakes would totally be my own. I can see it in my kitchen and think it would just be the coolest project. Thanks Jamie!