La Datcha’s new skin

Floating and leaves

Sorry for yesterday’s post: I forgot that once I put the new blog version on line, the sticky message created to stay on top of the home page would go off! THIS post was supposed to be the first one for 2014… Here we go!

I decided to start this year with a new skin and a slightly different organization for my blog. Cordonnier mal chaussé we say in French (poorly shod shoemaker): I spend so much time working on other people’s websites that I didn’t feel the urge to spend my evenings modifying mine. But at the same time, it hurt my eyes every time I looked at it. Now it’s almost done; it just needs a few more tweaks. I hope you’ll feel comfortable in this new ride!

The changes are not radically different; I quite like the conventional navigation of this type of blog, but I wanted something that had a bit more “space”. A good category cleanup was also on my to do list, plus a new page “Work” to keep track of what I consider important steps in my creation process.

Apart from programming, when I did sit down at the drawing table, it was to experiment with color and to play around with recycled bits that have been waiting in a box with other leftovers. I had planned to use the leaves in a collage for the DIY iHanna’s postcard swap, but they didn’t fit in. I haven’t found exactly what to do with these, but it was fun to arrange them in various montages.

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Roupie the Mittens

I know it’s a bit late for this, but I wish you a fantastic 2014! I hope this year will be fulfilling and inspiring.

Makoto Kagoshima‘s beautiful ceramics
Naoko Serino‘s intriguing sculptures made out of fiber

8 comments

  1. marge cadaret   •  

    Love this new look! It is so clean and well arranged, so easy to move around in and a wonderful showcase for your work. This format really highlights what a versatile artist you are. Can’t say enough about how much I like it! Your little beasties are so fun–I think I may play with something similar–thanks for all the inspiration :-)

    • Julie   •  

      Thank you Marge, I’m happy you like it! Go for the inkblots, they’re really fun to work with!

  2. Anik   •  

    J’aime beaucoup la typo. Aérée et plus grosse. On ne s’arrache pas les yeux.
    Mais, est-ce que cette nouvelle version permettra d’avoir une alerte quand tu nous réponds. Car c’est dommage de commenter et de poser des questions sans savoir quand tu réponds.

    PS : très joli ce collage de feuilles de papier! :-)

    • Julie Lapointe   •     Author

      Merci pour la suggestion, il existe des plugiciels pour cette fonction, je vais y jeter un coup d’oeil!

  3. pRiyA   •  

    Julie, your new website showcases your work very well. I love how your fluid black ink work and bright colours contrasts against the stark white and clean lines. Everything looks more vivid. Also it was good to read up more about you :)
    I wish you a very creative 2014. I think Roupie has got the vibe of the year correct.

    • Julie Lapointe   •     Author

      Thanks Priya! I was looking for something that would let the photos breathe; looks like it worked. And yes, these cats can teach us a great deal on how to live!

  4. Chantal F   •  

    Inspirante D,Joulie! Quel joli collage! Bravo pour cette année de créativité, tu as un talent fou!
    Tu as de la constance, de l’implication dans ce temps et l’énergie que tu mets à faire de si belles oeuvres!
    Je dois m’inspirer de toi ma belle Suppe!
    Et ton mimi est adorable avec ses mitons!

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