4 months of progress 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

For those of you who don’t know, last year I started up a rug side project called UnderToe SF. It’s been slow moving but rewarding. I’ve been working on the rug pictured below for over a year. Hundreds of hours later i am still not finished! I apologize, rug makers of the world, for thinking I can jump into something like this so effortlessly.

One of my favorite things to tell people about this project is that all the yarn included in this latch hook rug is second-hand or recycled. I’ve been lucky enough to find 100% mothproofed wool, but because its second-hand and out of production, slight discoloration has occurred. In this sense it seems to have driven my color palette.

November 2018

November 2018

March 2019

March 2019

New Stained Glass

Here's a new window in the works - 

Each window i'm making is supposed to pair with one of my latch hook rugs. I would love to eventually sell them as sets and work on commission for unique homes and spaces. More photos to come! 

Undertoe Rugs

I've spent the past few months working on a few very special pieces. Here is a picture of one in progress in my living room. After putting in more than 125 hours i cannot believe it isn't even half way done! More pictures to come :)

Figure Drawing with Joe Steiner, December 2017

Last week I sat in on a figure drawing session with Joe Steiner and a model he's been painting for over 10 years. Joe, now in his 70s, has identified as an artist his entire life. His daughter, Lisa (also a painter) and my mother we're great friends growing up. The Steiner family paintings were some of my first introductions into the art world. When my sisters and I were younger, we threatened to run away and sleep under an apple tree. Not long after our threat, Joe, Lisa and my mom were in our bedroom sketching out a huge apple tree that stretched from the floor and bent up onto the ceiling. I helped paint the apples and when we were done we put our beds underneath. 20 years later I find myself in Joe's basement in Skokie, Illinois, again, drawing together.

Many of his models are from the south side around his old studio on Howard Street. Instead of paying to lug his setup to a figure drawing studio, he invited people from the neighborhood to sit and pose for him in his own studio. You can see some of Joe's paintings on his website.

Lillstreet, Wednesday Night

I was able to drop in this week for Lillstreet's Figure Drawing Class - If you're ever in Chicago, come and sit in! The models are great and the space is beautiful.

Tonight's model broke his foot and injured his arm while modeling at SAIC on Friday :( I can't believe that he even came out! I'm sorry to say that I really enjoyed getting to sketch those deep purples and yellows from where he is healing... 

Here's the link to Lillstreets figure drawing page: https://lillstreet.com/class/9193

Lillstreet Art Center 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640