Sunday, August 10, 2014

Buckingham road

Is ready for the world to see! This home portrait took a bit longer due to summer vacation interruptions, but it's done before the summer is. I was able to feature the home owners favorites like the passport page, the sheet music, the tweed and the wedding veil. And I had fun with the mod selection of upholstery fabrics! Oh and the patterned plastic bag, my heart went a flutter when I saw it!

Let's start with a few detail shots:
the tweed with a bit of a passport page
sheet music with a wedding veil layer stitched
mod pattern stitched for texture and tone, and printed plastic leaves to suggest trees
the perfect fabric to suggest flowering bushes
Buckingham Road ©2014 Natalya Aikens
Click here to see the in-progress posts for Buckingham Road. To get in queue for your own home portrait click here!

Friday, August 8, 2014


Summers are tough. Tough for me to spend any real time in my studio that is. But I do get to spend lots of time in nature, so that compensates.

Here are few views that I enjoyed recently and inhaled deeply.....

Hope your summer is going well!

Friday, July 11, 2014


I'm just back from two fabulous days at the Create Retreat in Somerset NJ! Needless to say it was a wonderfully invigorating and exhausting experience. I met wonderful new students and made friends with great new teachers. And as usual I neglected to take good photos! I'm always jealous of teachers who remember to take photos of their students work thorough out the day and even a photo of the whole group at the end of the class. Somehow I just get so involved that I forget to take them. Though perhaps I'm getting a bit better.... I did take a few this time....very few..
scissors flying!
careful gluing
free motion stitching!
giving the printer a good workout!
my sign!
screen ready for action
Now off for two weeks to recharge in the woods and then back to the studio!

PS if you are in the NYC area do take a trip to Bronxville to see this little gem of a gallery with a lovely summer themed exhibit! Till August 10th.

Monday, July 7, 2014

creative packing

I'm packing up my supplies, samples and artwork so that I'm ready to teach early Wednesday morning at the Create Retreat in Somerset, NJ. I can't wait to get there and commune with all the creative peeps and feed off the incredible energy of so much art happening in one place! Do I sound just a little bit excited? I am!

I am looking forward to meeting new students in two workshops:
~Mystique of Plastique: Reuse, Recycle, Create on Wednesday from 9A to 4P
~Mix Your Media with Photoshop on Thursday from 9A to 4P

Hope to see you there!!!