Mindspace

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in illustration

This illustration appeared in Mindful Magazine at about this time last year. So much has changed since then. I not only welcomed my beautiful son into this world, I also lost my mother quite suddenly the same week. When I created this illustration I was asked by a few people why I wrote that “I am kinder but also a little more sad”… When we welcome love into our hearts, we also welcome inevitable sadness and loss. I had no idea when I created this how deeply it would hit home in the months ahead.

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Welcome Jasper Earl

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in studio news

Ramsay

We are thrilled to welcome Jasper into the world and cherish every moment.

A new year

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in ceramics, products, studio news | No Comments

Ramsay Studio Ceramics and Illustration

We just passed our one year anniversary collaborating as Ramsay Ceramics. We have had lots of fun sharing our process and inspirations with our friends and followers on Instagram and we are thrilled with the response we’ve had. It’s been very affirming and motivating coming into 2016.

The local markets have also been really rewarding. It’s great to chat with people in person, get feedback firsthand and watch the interactions with the work. The application calls have started to come out for the spring shows and while I plan to attend, it will be on the other side of the tables this year. Kevin and I are expecting our first child in May! So we aren’t taking on any commitments this spring, instead, we will be working on some new products and enjoying preparing for our new arrival.

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Tops and bottoms

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in art, ceramics, design, products, studio news

Ramsay Ceramics Tumblers

Ramsay Ceramics Tumblers

These photos are in preparation of our Etsy Shop listings that will be going up after our next kiln opening. These 8 oz tumblers are created in four shapes, four colours and each has a unique surface decoration. These hand crafted drinking cups are created in small, limited runs, in our home studio in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. If you would like to be notified of kiln openings sign up to receive our email newsletters –> http://eepurl.com/8Dz_z

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spring markets

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in ceramics, comrades, products, studio news

We are still under 3+ feet of snow in the Maritimes but the calendar rolls on despite it. The Halifax Crafters Society spring market is two weeks away and the first Dartmouth Makers Market is 4 weeks away. We are extra excited about both as we are hopefully debuting our ceramics – fingers crossed for no kiln disasters!

Halifax Crafters

Dartmouth Makers

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Sidewalk flowers

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in comrades, illustration, inspiration

A lovely book trailer for Sidewalk Flowers “Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith. It is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

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My mindspace

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in ceramics, illustration, studio news

MindSpace, Magazine Illustration

I am excited to share my illustration in the March/April issue of Mindful Magazine, scheduled to hit the shelves today! Mindful is an initiative that celebrates being mindful in all aspects of daily living. If you are in the Halifax area, you can pick up a copy from Atlantic News on Morris Street.

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Always in progress

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in studio news

It’s interesting to me to think of the evolution of a website. Mine is constantly changing, getting updated and outdated. Websites used to be static, few people had them and they were updated annually – maybe. These days a website is in flux, being edited, being stretched this way and that to fit the huge imac monitors or squeezed down for the 320 pixel smartphone screens.

The last time I updated my site, I had to re-load my content and some of my blog images got unlinked. I have finally got around to linking them back up! It was fun to look back at my older work but what I enjoy more, is thinking about the new work I will be adding in the weeks or month ahead. Hubby and I have lots on the go, and we can’t wait to share it!

How to contact an illustrator or designer

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in business practices, studio news

I am currently working on a presentation about working with artists for the Halifax Placemaking workshops. It is an interesting topic to dive into because Placemaking can refer to so many types of projects, and each project requires it’s own process and skill set. While I was working away on this the other day, I stumbled on this article:

How to Email an Illustrator by Kyle T. Webster

Kyle does a great job making it clear what you should include in your correspondence when reaching out to an illustrator. The key is including all the information upfront so that no one’s time is wasted with the back and forth of emails or phone calls. This is not only true for commissioning illustrators but also when looking to hire someone for graphic design services, art commissions, or anything really. If you don’t know the following key pieces of information, it’s best to figure them out and be upfront about them since they will have to be determined before anyone can agree to work with you.

1. A Summary of the project

2. The project deliverables

3. Timeline

4. Budget

No one wants to work with someone who is unorganized and doesn’t have their *stuff* together!

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Tags for Handmaiden

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in design, illustration, surface design

Handmaiden Yarn Tags

I’ve been waiting to share this project! I worked with Rarebird on the illustration and design of these tags. They are a lovely piece that mimics the organic nature of the hand dyed yarn. Handmaiden Fine Yarns are a Halifax based gem tucked away in the north end, selling high end yarn to knitters.

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Hedgerow prints

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in blog

 Hedgerow prints now available online and from @inkwellboutique & @keptshop  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/221830759/hedgerow

Now available online and from @inkwellboutique & @keptshop www.etsy.com/ca/listing/221830759/hedgerow

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Dog in a blanket.

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in blog


 Dog in a blanket.

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This mischievous bunch

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in art, blog, illustration, products

 This mischievous bunch can now be found at @inkwellboutique and @keptshop

Can now be found at @inkwellboutique and @keptshop
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Growing sugar

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in blog, inspiration

 Growing sugar - stevia cuttings enjoying the sunshine.

Stevia cuttings enjoying the sunshine.
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Desk and view

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in blog

 Desk and view of our snow covered garden. #illustration #inprogress #ink

Of our snow covered garden. #illustration #inprogress #ink
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Drawing veggies!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in blog, illustration

 Drawing veggies! Client project. #illustration #inprogress #ink

Client project. #illustration #inprogress #ink
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