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The End.

December 31, 2015

Dear Friends,

December 31, 2015 marks the end of another year, and my last Drawing Pins post.

Drawing Pins was an artistic rehabilitation of sorts. It helped me reconstruct the relationship I’d developed with art and design after two decades working as a commercial graphic artist.

In the end catharses lead to clarity and a renewed enthusiasm for the things I love in life; artistically and otherwise. As is characteristic of all endings, they’re earmarked with the promise of a new beginning.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wishing everyone A Glad New Year and a hopeful new beginning in 2016!

Love,

dp *)

 

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© 2015, Designed and printed by Dana Aubrey, Letterpress Christmas Card

 

Finally, one last Musical Interlude to carry us into our collective new beginnings. It played during the end credits of Wes Anderson’s gorgeously crafted, Moonrise Kingdom.

 

Musical Interlude: Dan Deacon

April 10, 2015

“The people at Adult Swim produced Deacon’s new video for the album track “When I Was Done Dying.” In putting the clip together, they invited nine different animators — Jake Fried, Chad VanGaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, Caleb Wood, KOKOFREAKBEAN — to animate different sections of the song”
By Tom Breihan, Stereogum

 

Signs of Spring

March 21, 2015

Piles of bunny poop are appearing in the backyard: a clear sign spring has sprung. The cute little buggers are a welcome sight after a long winter.

Two winter’s ago we bought this bunny embroidery kit for our daughter. She’d shown an interest in stitching before by habitually coaxing projects out of my hands, mid stitch, into hers. However, fourteen months have passed since we gifted the kit to her and she’s yet to take a crack at it.

This winter impatience got the best of me so I asked if she’d like me to make it for her. With a coy smile she replied, “yes please”. I happily complied – it was a win win.

If you are learning embroidery, Kiriki Press kits are a fabulous place to start. They are the creation of a local Toronto artist named Michelle Galletta.

Kiriki Bunny Embroider kit, template and floss.
Kiriki Bunny Embroider kit, template and floss.
Kiriki Bunny embroidery piece inside out and finished sitting in tulips.

© 2015, Dana Aubrey

Inspiraled By Another, 7/66

February 14, 2015

Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler – 75 years and counting!

When the dentist asked my sister, whose been married for a quarter of a century, why she was clenching and grinding her teeth so much, she replied, “because marriage is so awesome!”

Happy V-Day,

dp xo

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Inspiraled by Another is a series of 66 photography inspired sketches that made my pencil spin.
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Drawing in progress of Scarlett and Rhett from the movie Gone with the Wind.
Drawing of Scarlett and Rhett from the movie Gone with the Wind.Drawing of Scarlett and Rhett from Gone with the Wind movie.
© 2015, Dana Aubrey

 

 

Musical Interlude: The Middle East

December 28, 2014

Hope everyone had a merry-merry and wishing you all a happy-happy 2015!

dp xo

The Queen gets her Knight

November 11, 2014

On this Remembrance Day, much like every other Remembrance Day before it, my stepfather Harold Hague will step into the limelight to honor the lives of his fallen comrades. At 93 years of age, he stands amongst some of the last surviving WWII veterans. Harold’s lifelong contribution to his country, community and to his family, ranks him pretty high in my heart of hearts. He has instilled in me a deep sense of gratitude for the life I’ve lived, buoyed by the freedom and democracy his generation paid such an incredibly high price for.

This year, France awarded Harold the Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal. A symbolic gesture that in part, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. My mom, in particular, is really enjoying his new post. You see, Harold has always jokingly referred to my mom as “The Queen.” Now that he’s been officially Knighted, she likes to tell him that it’s only fitting that she have a Knight to serve her. A sentiment Harry mirrored while being interviewed by a local journalist, who noted, “Hague said that he tried to use his knighthood to get out of doing dishes but his wife was not having it. She tossed him a dish towel and reminded him that she is the queen.” (Deborah Shawcross, Prince Albert Right Now, Nov. 8, 2014)

In all seriousness though, Harold is well deserving of this award and I know he is greatly humbled by the honor. For the many son’s whose birthdays were cut short 70 years ago, it must please him to know that their efforts were never forgotten.

© 2014, Dana Aubrey
© 2014, Dana Aubrey, Vintage Birthday Card

 

 

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