Streets and Architecture

I snapped this shot on a beautiful November afternoon in Hamilton.
I absolutely am an admirer of the architecture seen here at the tops of this row building. I would assume that this was one large building at some time in the past due to the consistent style of windows, and the continuous use of the same decorative brackets and cornices.

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King Street in Hamilton

There are a few locations in Hamilton where this style is experiencing a revival- either that or they are borrowing from the existing style of older buildings (like the one you see above) to create uniformity and identity.

Heritage Building in Hamilton (note the cornices)

This uniformity is something that many other places use to give specific neighbourhoods a unique look and feel. One town that comes to mind is Unionville, north of Toronto. Here are some shots of Unionville buildings:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.

-S

 

**Updates** Images of buildings in downtown Hamilton that illustrate the continuity of the architectural style described earlier. I love that you can find the classic heritage buildings with the style; as well as many new constructions.

Street Art in Hamilton Ontario

I love street art. There is something special about turning my head to peek down a lane way and discovering a beautiful spread. Today I found a beautiful installation of what looks like acrylic painted trees coated with a thick glossy resin. They have been mounted to the exterior of a brick wall about two floors up on the side of a building.

Hammer Street Art

The artist has taken a simple concept, and taken it off the beaten path by adding depth of field. I like the way that the trees are reflected in what seems to be a bog or very still pond.

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Hamilton Street Art

For me: street art often outshines curated pieces in a gallery. Not to knock galleries; but there is always an underlying statement or suggestion being made by the curator of a gallery or show that can taint the enjoyment of the work for me.

“Street art can serve as a hidden gem that you were able to find only by chance.”- AnieKSteph

Sometimes it’s a snapshot of privilege, race, sex, or nationality. Those things are perfectly fine to explore, but as a consumer of art; sometimes I like to draw my own inferences, and to make up my own mind.

Thanks for stopping by!

-S

Making Art With Limpet Shells

First things first: what are limpets exactly?

A limpet is an aquatic snail with a shell that is broadly conical in shape. “Limpet” informally refers to any gastropod whose shell has no obvious coiling, like the coiling which can be seen in the shells of garden snails or winkles- Wikipedia via Google Search

I was dining with family recently when we sat down to a meal that featured Portuguese Limpets. They were prepared inside of their beautiful shells, and I was fortunate to save a few to clean and reuse.

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The back of the shell is rough, but it is covered with a small amount of algae when fresh.

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The opalescent colour on the inside of the shell reminded me of a flower, so I incorporated a few into an art piece I had been working on.

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By gluing the shells to the canvas, I aimed to create a textured bouquet as the centerpiece of my artwork.

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I love to create pieces that borrow from the style of Matisse. The thick and heavy lines used in his work always seem to be like a cartoonists impression of a real life scene.

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Matisse would often capture relate-able snapshots into what I imagine might be a Sunday afternoon.  The observer gets to imagine the mood within that setting; sometimes including  a dog or cat sprawled out and enjoying an empty apartment while the owner stepped out to shop.

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Thanks for stopping by.

-s

How to refresh old furniture on a budget

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One weekend I stumbled upon this room divider while at a church Garage Sale.

Room Divider 2015 by anieksteph.com
Room Divider 2015 by anieksteph.com

I was not “in love” with the style: a puke green wooden border with some kind of rosy-beige fabric. To cap it all off, the trim on the inner panel between the wood border and the fabric panel was this weird totally dated pearly-pinky hue that was just *bleah*

It needed an update.

Supplies I used:

  • One pair of needle nose pliers
  • a staple gun
  • material cut to size
  • 8mm staples
  • Rustoleum Charcoal paint
  • Medium sized painting brush
  • Small sized painting brush
  1. Step One: removing the undesired trim. This was pretty easy, as the trim was secured with what looked like hot glue in a thin to medium bead
    around each panel. A firm tug easily allowed it all to come off cleanly.

    Step One
    Step One
  2. Step two: (Not so) gently pulling apart the existing fabric from the wooden border. I started off from the top of each section of the divider by pulling out staples with my needle nose pliers. Once I got a good section opened up, I found that it was easier to just tug on the fabric and pull the remaining staples out that way. I was careful not to tug too hard so that the fabric ripped, but it was a pretty sturdy Jacquard so it held true for the most part.IMG_0016 - Copy

    Step 2
    Step 2
  3. Once I had my bare divider sections, I laid the entire thing on the floor to begin prepping for the big paint job. A light bit of sanding here and there, was needed, but the wooden border was not in bad shape: it was just the colour that I couldn’t stand!IMG_0020 - Copy
  4. Step four: Painting can be a troublesome task for some- and I used to dislike it the most when performing refreshes and updating things around my home. By learning a few tips and tricks over the years, I have been able to greatly improve my painting, and avoid my all too common disappointments at my finished products. One of the tricks I learned was to paint doors, and anything flat that involves panels in this order:IMG_0021 - Copy
    I used Rustoleum brand Charcoal paint. It’s available at Home Depot in the paint section, and is pretty affordable at around $30. That may seem like a high price, but due to the viscosity of the paint, the quart size goes quite a long way.
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    All Quarters painted first!

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    Following quarters up with borders around the right and left sides.
  5. Step five: Using the old fabric as a guide for the new; I ironed the material to make sure it was perfectly pressed and flat. Once ironed, attached the new fabric on the divider with 8mm staples and my trusty staple gun.
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    Rawr! Love the prints.

    **Note I still need to visit the fabric store to select the new trim. Updates coming soon!

And of course the candid photo of the newly created piece as it will be in its natural habitat..

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I needed 9.5meters of low pile carpet trim, and I was able to find that in a 1/4 inch width quite easily at the fabric store for about $2.60 per meter.

Finished Room Divider with Border.
Finished Room Divider with Border.

The border makes the divider look “finished” and professional. I call this DIY a true success!

 

 

 

Comissioned work- an apron named “Cheffrey”

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An apron named Cheffrey

This was an experimental design for an apron to say the least. It was commissioned for a man, so I immediately decided that the shape and function needed to be masculine. Inspired by male characters from video games, I created a slouchy side apron with a diagonal flap. The flap covers three pockets that are hidden, providing full functionality. I hope the clients like this piece, as I think it truly showcases LillyBoChic originality.IMG_3205

Acrylic on home made canvas in blue and violet

Return of the Man-O-War (Jellyfish Army) 2015- Home made canvas, and Abstract acrylic.
Return of the Man-O-War (Jellyfish Army) 2015- Home made canvas, and Abstract acrylic.

“The name really caught on to me once I finished this piece. So experimental. Sharp contrasting blue sky against eclipsing doom: a massive jellyfish. I worked with ink here for the strong black lines across the horizon. I wanted the image to evoke a sense that this large object was going to overcome all structures and life in its way. The buildings are made to be like melting objects, similar to a nuclear attack.” –
-Anieksteph 2015