Watch the online interview with HanTV and Claire Seo, the Alberta Craft Council and Tom McFall and myself at
Thank you HanTV http://www.hantv.ca and the Alberta Craft Council http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca for asking me to be a part of this wonderful opportunity. It truly is appreciated that you have given me another opportunity to try something new both in the Artist Spotlight and inspiration towards the Architectural Designs and interview with HanTV. Also thanks to the Camera Man who did an amazing job filming and editing this interview.
Thank you all for your continued support in my design career. I appreciate all of you and wish you all a wonderful New Years and year to come. All my very best!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!! I wish this to all of you (a little late on the Christmas part). Hope you are all having a wonderful time with family and friends.
The weeks before Christmas I was busy designing a few new pieces, orders and a TV interview with Breakfast Television in Edmonton and an interview with Han TV (both thanks to the Alberta Craft Council) that will be posted at a later date. As mentioned in my previous blog the Alberta Craft Council had asked me to be the Artist Spotlight for December and I am truly thank for for this opportunity as it helped me think out of the box and begin my Architectural Collection as you can see from some of my latest pieces above. You can check out my interview on Breakfast Television below which shows some of my work at the Alberta Craft Council.
The Alberta Craft Council is a wonderful place for unique local made gifts with all price points and styles of Artwork. It has various galleries to view as well while you are there. A great place to select hand made gifts and support your local community. Check it out soon it will amaze you!
Thanks to the Alberta Craft Council for their continued support and to Han TV and Breakfast Television for the wonderful opportunities the give to Artists throughout the year.
Have a wonderful New Years and year to come! All my very best, Valerie
I wanted to thank the Alberta Craft Council Gallery for giving me the opportunity to be the Artist Spotlight this month at such an amazing venue. You can see more about the Artist Spotlight here: http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca/artist-spotlight/ I appreciate this wonderful opportunity to spread my wings and design something new this year. It may not be new here on my blog, but the inspiration for finding something special for the Artist Spotlight this month was the starting point of my Architectural Collection I have been busy working on this fall. I wanted to design a group of designs that were different from my past ones, so I went to the past era’s to find my inspiration.
Gothic Inspired Architectural designs is my newest collection. For years I have been inspired by the amazing Architecture of the past. While taking my Interior Decorating and Interior Design the one group of courses I couldn’t get enough of were Art and Architectural History. The fact that one building can take various decades and more to complete with various architects, designers, painters and the many people it takes to achieve these greatly detailed features of the architectural buildings of the past. I could go on and on about this subject, but it would take a life time to talk about it all.
Above are some of my most recent Architectural designs in the Stone Tracery collection including some One of a Kind pieces. The first Gothic Cathedral Shawl Scarf is made with a “stone wall” effect on the base of the scarf in dark stone colours with crockets and tracery around the edge as seen on Gothic Architecture. Each end is finished with a rose window effect, showing the outside view of these amazing buildings of the past. I have added two brooches to this design to accent and fasten the piece where you want. The first is the Gothic Cathedral brooch in the shape of a cross as Gothic Cathedrals were usually built in that shape during this era. The second brooch is one of my Stained Glass Rose windows which was also a predominate feature on buildings during this time period. This one of a kind piece and some of the other designs are available at the Alberta Craft Council Gallery at http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca or on my Etsy store at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com. The other scarves are various examples of my other work in this section of my Architectural Collection. There are others in this collection too as I continue to evolve this venture into new and exciting designs.
The Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf is inspired by the architectural features of the Gothic Cathedrals of the past. These sculptural Gothic Stained Glass scarf has an embellished Stained Glass Rose Window which was a prominent feature on Gothic Cathedrals and buildings of that era. As I chatted about in my previous blogs I adore vintage buildings and the amazing and exquisite architecture of the past. Stained Glass windows have always caught my attention in these beautiful buildings of the past and current. Perhaps that is why about 10 years ago I took classes on Stained Glass and made various pieces for my home. The time, skill and artistry that goes into designing and making one small window is an enormous task, but worth every moment when you see the light dancing through the wonderful colours of the pattern.
Gothic Architecture incorporates many stained glass windows as the flying buttresses used in design made it possible to have many more windows than previous architecture design. I believe this is a big reason why I love this Architecture so very much. A stained glass window has two sides with different effects on each of them. I have tried to portray this in some of the Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarves above. I have others I have designed including ear warmers, longer and smaller scarves as well that you can see at the locations listed at the bottom of this blog.
The last picture is designed with the half of the view of the Rose Window from the outside looking in the the elaborate tracery of stone and a hint of the colours of stained glass beneath. The other side of the Stained Glass shows the view of from the inside of the cathedral with the more vibrant colours dancing about and the detailed metal pieces holding the work together. Tracery and elaborate stone features were an exquisite feature of these beautiful works of art. This design is done on a vintage essence base which adds to the overall effect.
The metal buttons on many of the the scarves are reminiscent of the Quartrefoil shape often seen on the Gothic Inspired Cathedrals and buildings or have a stone tracery effect.
Thank you again to the Alberta Craft Council Gallery for asking me to be the Artist Spotlight for December. I am truly thankful for the continued inspiration and guidance you as a group give myself and many other Artists in our careers. We couldn’t do it with out you. The opportunities that you have given me are outstanding and always interesting to do helping me grow and expand my creativity. The amazing contribution you give to the community is outstanding and a true blessing in each of our lives. Thank you for all your hard work in helping us grow and succeed in our ventures and the Art and local community. MANY THANKS!! 🙂
If you are looking for that amazing and unique gift that is something special for those you care about pop into the Alberta Craft Council for a vast array of wonderful locally made gifts. Many items to choose from and while your there take some time to check out the amazing Art pieces in the various gallery sections. It’s a wonderful place to be inspired and enjoy the beautiful Art work of many Artists. I recently went to their “Twas the Night” and found wonderful gifts for some of my favourite people. I have many other design styles there as well to choose from. All kinds of price points too that are perfect for gift giving. Have a wonderful day today!
Wanted to thank the Alberta Craft Council Gallery, (Edmonton, Alberta) for the Artist Spotlight for November. They have encouraged me over the past few years to grow and develop my designs. The opportunities they have given me are amazing and continue to push me to new levels of Wearable Art. Always a pleasure to work with on special projects such as the Opera Art Project. I am honoured to be part of this great community of Artists and staff. If you are in the area pop by for a visit and see the wonderful works by local Artists. A great place to buy that special gift for someone or even yourself.
Thank you for all you do!! 🙂 You are an amazing group who have helped many an Artist reach their goals and more. You can see more about the Alberta Craft Council Gallery at http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca
The Opera Art Project Steam Punk flashback on the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera by the Edmonton Opera season 2012 – 2013 was an amazing Opera production and my new favourite. The Opera Art Project is a special Artist collection based on the various Opera’s of the Edmonton Opera. The Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton Opera, and various local Artists have come together to bring a unique collection of Artisan creations that are inspired by the different Opera productions. Last year was the first year for this exciting venture.
My absolute favourite Opera to design for was the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera which had a Victorian Steam Punk theme throughout the production. Steam Punk style is very interesting and full of unique designs and embellishments which was right up my alley. I love the asymmetrical design of this era in time and the wonderful flowing ruffles with a edgy feel. The colours I choose were red, sepia, black and some purple and pinks that were in the incredible costuming all made by the Costume Designers of the Edmonton Opera. Adding embellishments in metals and other fibers is also a wonderful essence of the Steam Punk era. My favourite character was of course Olympia, the mechanical doll in this production. Her costume was stunning with a shear fabric over a dress of gears. Below are some of the different pieces I designed for this wonderful production.
Geared Up for the Opera Shawl:
The Geared Up for the Opera Shawl is designed after the character Olympia in the fabulous Opera. This Opera has a real Steam Punk feel in the stage design and costumes. Olympia is a doll with gears and such on the costuming which inspired this design. Done in Sepia tones seen throughout the Opera in the Stage with the stunning Circus Tent and the various costumes.
Olympia Neck Warmer:
The Olympia Neck Warmer is also designed after this character, but a much smaller version. The eclectic essence to the design enhanced by the Steam Punk accents with the a-symmetrical neck warmer and the embellished broche are reminiscent of this era. One of the fashion statements during this time was to use found objects and apply them to your clothing. The broche is embellished with a Steam Punk essence to add to this fashion style. The broche can be worn on or off the scarf and used on other pieces in your wardrobe.
Antonia Wrist Warmers:
The Antonia Wrist Warmers are designed with her in mind with the textured striping in a solid colour as with her beautiful dress. Done in a hand painted merino wool in Red tones. They were also available in Sepia tones.
I am busy designing for the next season of the Opera Art Project with the Edmonton Opera having it’s Golden Anniversary of 50 years. It will be quite a celebration! I am honoured to be a part of this amazing venture and looking forward to another year. I look forward to seeing the wonderful designs of the various Artists involved will be inspired to produce.You can view the current Opera Art Project and purchase from http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca/special-projects/ and for more information about the up coming Edmonton Opera Season at www.edmontonopera.com