ArtWalk St. Albert…Pop by to see my latest designs and more

artwalk st. albert

I will be at the ArtWalk Street Party June 4th in St. Albert, Alberta so pop by for this great event with local Artist, buskers, music and more.  This Street Party is the kick off the St. Albert ArtWalk for 2015.  I will have a collection of some of my newest designs and the classics such as the Rose Onie Scarf.  Pop by for a great evening perfect for starting off your Summer fun!

See more on their website here:   http://www.artwalkstalbert.com

You can check out my latest designs that I am updating weekly so pop by my Etsy store at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Here are a few pictures to tease you with of designs I have recently finished new for 2015.

Hope to see you there and have a fabulous day!!

Artist of the Month…Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette

Artist of the Month
Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month…Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette.  Thank you both so very much for asking me to be a part of this great series at the Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette.  I am honoured that you have chosen me to be a part of this amazing community of wonderful Artists.  Thank you Scott Hayes of the St. Albert Gazette for such a wonderful article on my designs and my design process.  You have a great way of expressing in written words what the Artist is about and more.  Thanks so much for all your hard work and fantastic article.  You can view this article on page 51 of the St. Albert Gazette E edition here: www.stalbertgazette.com PDF  st albert gazette1

You can purchase these designs in the pictures on the article and many others at the http://www.artgalleryofstalbert.ca (Art Gallery of St. Albert) as well as many other creations made by local Artists.  Thanks too for the wonderful pictures in the article above.

Thank you also to all my customers who have purchase my designs in the past and in the future.  You are the ones who inspire me the most to create new and exciting designs.  I am working on more new styles for fall including more architectural pieces as well as more sculptural designs.  Check back often to see what I am working on next.

Most of all be inspired by your surroundings everyday and look around you to see what you can view in a different light today.  Thanks again to all of you and have the most wonderful day!

You can view more designs on http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or my website at http://www.vbaberdesigns.com

SPRING FORWARD…Valentine window Display

Spring Forward at Art Gallery of St. Albert
Spring Forward at Art Gallery of St. Albert

I was recently asked by the Art Gallery of St. Albert to design a fun and bold window display to warm the cold days of February.  My thoughts started flowing and I immediately began thinking of ideas that could incorporate both the Valentines theme that warms our hearts and the warmth of the coming spring.  With that in mind I chose to work with a colour palette of reds, whites, pinks and purples to enhance the warmth in the overall theme of the display.  Today was the set up day which was kind of nerving as you never really know how it will look till you see it in the space it was intended for.

Floral Heart flower and roses
Floral Heart flower and roses

Spring forward as the theme, I began by choosing a flower that would be perfect for both Valentines and the coming spring.  Roses seemed to be the perfect fit as my main flower since they are one of my favourites and often the chosen flower for Valentine’s Day.  Wanting to incorporate hearts in the theme, but not so obvious in some sections, I started making a variety of large hearts. Placed 5 of the hearts together to form the petals of a flower with the centre being a rose bringing the connection of a Valentines theme and Spring Forward together.  These are the four large flowers in each window enticing us to look forward to the warmth of the upcoming season of spring.

Tiia, the cat, helping?!
Tiia, the cat, helping?!

A variety of hearts and roses adorn each of the scarf vines made with various specialty yarns such as hand spun yarn, hand painted merino wool, beaded and sequins silk, kid mohair and on some a crushed pearl yarn.  The roses and large flowers are made with a variety of yarns including hand painted merino wool and other fibres.   Each of the single hearts hanging on the vines is woven with second yarn of the same colour just as those we love are woven into our lives.   Each of the pieces involved in this design, including the flowers and hearts as a brooch, can be reused on other displays and more in keeping with an environmentally friendly design.    Tiia, one of our cats, is quick to check out how I am doing while working on the design of the Floral Hearts flowers.  She is one of those cats with more than 9 lives, always getting in trouble!

Art Gallery of St. Albert Spring Forward display
Art Gallery of St. Albert Spring Forward display

Consider taking your next design project “out of the box” and do something completely different.  It really makes the creativity run wild and free and oh so enjoyable.  Thanks to the Art Gallery of St. Albert http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/  asking me to be a part of warming up the cold winter days and SPRING FORWARD…

Spring Forward…Window Display

Heart Flowers
Heart Flowers

Spring Forward Window Display at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.  I was recently asked by the Art Gallery of St. Albert to design a fun and bold window display to warm the cold days of February.  My thoughts started flowing and I immediately began thinking of ideas that could incorporate both the Valentines theme that warms our hearts and the warmth of the coming Spring.  With that in mind I chose to work with a colour palette of reds, whites, pinks and purples to make enhance the warmth in the over all theme of the display.  Spring forward as the theme, I began working of flowers picking roses as my main flower since they are one of my favourites and often the chosen flower for Valentines day.  Wanting to incorporate hearts in the theme, but not so obvious, I started making a variety of large hearts then placing 5 together to form the petals of a flower with the centre being a rose bringing the connection of a Valentines theme and Spring Forward together.

Spring Forward Display
Spring Forward Display
Spring Forward Display
Spring Forward Display

These pictures are just the prelude to the window display.  They will be hanging on scarflette vines made with various specialty yarns such as hand spun yarn, hand painted merino wool, beaded and sequins silk, kid mohair and on some a crushed pearl yarn.  The roses and large flowers are made with a variety of yarns including hand painted merino wool and other fibres.  I will be setting up the window display soon and will have pictures of the final product next week.  I have to say it has been a great time designing on a very large scale, a true enjoyment!

Consider taking your next design project “out of the box” and do something completely different.  It really makes the creativity run wild and free and oh so enjoyable.  Thanks to the Art Gallery of St. Albert http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/ for asking me to be a part of warming up the cold Winter days and SPRING FORWARD…

Art Gallery of St. Albert…Thank you for the Feature!

Wanted to thank the Art Gallery of St. Albert, http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/ for this inviting me to partake in this Artist Feature video on Youtube. The Art Gallery of St. Albert is a wonderful gallery with unique exhibits and more including a great boutique. Thank you for your support and guidance in my Artistic venture. I appreciate all you have done and continue to do to help Artists and myself achieve their goals and more.

The boutique has a wonderful collection of unique gifts made by local Artists as well as other wonderful Artists. A selection of my designs are also included in this great selection of items perfect for yourself or a special gift for someone you care about. Pop by for a visit the next time you are in Edmonton or St. Albert. It is just a few minutes north of Edmonton.

Always something new to see…