The Art and Craft of Serena Blossom Appel

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New project samples underway

I am in the process of R and D on some new items; here shown, a prototype Android tablet cover under construction. The design is lifted from an art print book, presumably made and signed by that year’s class, from my father’s first year at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago- May, 1950. The book title: Flatly Spoken.


Spring cleaning

The new hubby and I have been doing some spring cleaning last couple weekends… Swapped the main room around, so now the art and computer space is much larger… And the living room/lounge area is much cooler… Hoping to get back to work on some new fiber arts/art quilt pieces and painting very soon.. ! Plus we will have space to set out the large table and have guests over for creative night, games, dinner, etc. Getting excited!

Wacky Jacket Backet

phoenix stars

The back patch for my flamey jacket is starting to take shape. Now that the felt has been placed and trimmed, time to begin sewing. I am also coming to conscious realization of what this jacket is to be used for, and what style I will tailor it in. More to come…

And Another Thing! Love The Underground Show


I also just took on vending, and possibly doing some live painting, at the Love The Underground Show which is taking place the evening of Feb. 15th in Portland. There will be an awesome lineup of DJ’s for dance music, other art and crafts/small supplier vendors, aerial dancers, and more at this event. Presale tickets for $10 are available for a limited time! I’ve been to a Mo’Pro event before and I’m all excited about this one now! Go here to learn more about this event and get your tickets before presales are gone.

Contest Winner Announcement

It proved to be, curiously, more difficult than I thought to engage people with my drawing at the Splendorcraft holiday sale to win a free, custom designed felt pendant. So it’s taken a little while to track down a winner who wanted to claim the prize. (you would think free and awesome would be a big draw for most folks.. Maybe we have it too good here in Stumptown?!)

But! A winner was identified: Lesley A. Burke of Portland. She sounds excited to get an extra holiday gift. Congratulations Lesley!

This Weekend: Astoria Winter Market

Astoria Winter Market Postcard_Front

Hey folks! I will be at this event THIS SATURDAY, 11am-4pm. I am planning on one day only. I will have prints and cards of my artwork, new and overstock jewelry, and hopefully some hoodie scarves if I have time to finish them. This is the last weekend of the Market, so I’d love to see you come pay a visit if you’re in the area!

Fiber Art Updates




Not a lot of traffic at the 2nd Hand Treasures yard sale from this weekend, but I was pleased that I could present some of my new finished felt pendants, and got some positive feedback for them. Plus, I traded the 2nd one- inspired by the colors of Fall leaves- for a neat belly dance outfit pattern offered by one of the other vendors. The colors in the pendant matched almost exactly with a costume she was making out of burgundy and green satins. How perfect was that!

I also had the first fitting of the mockup for my custom costume client today, and other than some minor placement issues, the fit is just right! We were both very pleased at how the experiment worked out. I should have the final piece done by the end of this or next week. I hope to post a picture or two soon…