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Debra Frances

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The insides have a beauty all their own. Here I’ve pulled back the lining and also removed a square of felted fabric that covered the inside wooden button. This button anchors the decorative button that shows on the outside. i was surprised to find the extra layer of soft grey flannel. I can see how this coat would have been perfect for our cold Winnipeg winters. • • • • • #explorecreate #play #beaver #beaverfur #canadianmade #madeincanada #manitobacraft #inspiredaily #simplepleasures #thehappynow #calledtobecreative #creativehappylife #debrafrances #citizensofcraft #sketchbooks #thedailywriting #morningpages #journaling #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #manitobamade #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration #booksoninstagram

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This past year I was gifted anonymously with a gorgeous full length beaver fur coat. The coat was part of an estate that was being settled. The family requested that the coat not be worn or sold for profit but to be used in an artful way. • When the coat was brought to me I was asked to make an initial cut into the fur to ensure that this would happen. • There is so much to love about this coat. The fur is so soft and rich in colour. The silk lining has a gorgeous vintage pattern on it. The details on both the outside and the inside are exquisite! The workmanship is of the highest quality. The buttons alone make me swoon! • As I pull it apart very carefully to maximize all the available materials I’ve had numerous “eureka’ moments. When one dismantles a book you can see more clearly how it was first made. Same goes for this fur coat. I have worked with fur before and have always struggled with what to do with the raw edges that can look scraggly or unfinished. Pulling back the layers on this coat have revealed to me new and innovative ways to approach the raw edge of the fur. • I’m excited to be able to design books with this fur and also to hopefully incorporate the silk lining and maybe even a button :) • • • • • #explorecreate #play #fur #furcoat #furcoatswag #bookbinding #hygge #design #inspiredaily #simplepleasures #thehappynow #calledtobecreative #manitobacraft #shopwag #journals #sketchbooks #thedailywriting #morningpages #citizensofcraft #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #secretmessage #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration

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One of my favourite things about January and February is the space I have to explore ideas that have been percolating throughout the somewhat hectic fall/holiday season. • This is a piece of wood that i found on the east side of Vancouver Island this past summer. The drawer pull has been with me for several years now and I’ve long wanted to put it onto a book cover. I plan to make a smaller book to fit into the rusty ‘shelf’. I’m not sure how this will all unfold but I’m happy to have time to play around with ideas for now😊. • Swipe 👉 to see the full piece. • • • • #exploretocreate #createtoexplore #play #innovate #innovation #citizensofcraft #binding #design #inspiredaily #simplepleasures #thehappynow #calledtobecreative #creativehappylife #debrafrances #beachcombing #beachcombingfinds #thedailywriting #morningpages #oceanlife #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration #booksoninstagram

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TONIGHT! Manitoba has so many talented artisans. FOR THE LOVE OF CRAFT is an exhibition that celebrates fine craft and the community that is passionate about it! • I always find this event to be inspiring.If you’re in Winnipeg come on out and see for yourself. • FOR THE LOVE OF CRAFT Member Showcase and Sale of Fine Craft • Opening Reception 7 - 9 pm c2 Centre for Craft 1-329 Cumberland Avenue • Exhibition runs until February 23rd • • • • • #citizensofcraft #madeinmanitoba #finecraft #finecraftsmanship #manitobamade #artisan #artisans #calledtobecreative #creativehappylife #debrafrances #artbooks #thedailywriting #morningpages #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #secretmessage #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration #booksoninstagram #petitjoys #bookart

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I consider this to be a sweet success! Judging the right amount of thread is always a challenge. I don’t like to waste thread - but I also hate running short so it’s a delicate balance. Even though I know I can add thread - I don’t like to. So to end up with just a few inches of thread on all 12 needles is very satisfying! • • • • • #oldnewspaper #news #oldnews #oldnewspapers #newsjunkie #oldpages #reporter #newsreporter #historian #archivist #historiansofinstagram #calledtobecreative #creativehappylife #debrafrances #artbooks #thedailywriting #morningpages #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #oldnewspaper #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration #booksoninstagram #petitjoys #bookart

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I’ve decided to call this book “Old News” for fairly obvious reasons 😉. Each of the signatures in this tall book is covered with a copy of an old Canadian newspaper ranging from 1898 - 1950. • This is the 8th of 11 sections and is a copy of the Toronto Globe dated January 23, 1901 announcing the death of Queen Victoria. The cost of this issue at the time was 2 cents. • • • • • #oldnewspaper #news #oldnews #oldnewspapers #newsjunkie #oldpages #reporter #newsreporter #historian #archivist #historiansofinstagram #calledtobecreative #creativehappylife #debrafrances #artbooks #thedailywriting #morningpages #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #queenvictoria #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration #booksoninstagram #petitjoys #bookart

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Time to play around with a few new ideas 💡. • Fractal wood burning, also known as creating Lichtenberg figures, is the art of burning lightning or tree like figures into wood using high voltage electricity ⚡️- not something that I personally will be getting into 😅but I am glad to have connected with Wes @praski_creative_works who gave me a few pieces of wood to play around with. I love the tree like designs that this process creates. • This will be a tall, slender book - 16” tall x 6” wide. I’ve had these copies of old newspapers in my paper collection for almost five years now. I didn’t want to chop them into small sections so this will be a perfect placement for them I think. • • • • • #fractal #fractalburning #fractalsart #lichtenberg #lichtenbergfigure #woodburning #lichtenbergburning #lichtenbergwoodburning #inspiredaily #simplepleasures #thehappynow #calledtobecreative #creativehappylife #debrafrances #artbooks #thedailywriting #morningpages #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #woodburningart #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration #booksoninstagram #petitjoys #bookart

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There are so many wonderful nuances to each of these log cuts. It’s hard to capture them in a photograph. On the outside you have these interesting contours and what I like to call ‘nubbies’. On the inside 👉there are really cool contrasting lines and swirls of colour . • Any thoughts on what kind of wood this is? I found the larger piece on a trail near my home. I think it might be crab apple but I am not 100%. • • • • • #inspiredaily #simplepleasures #thehappynow #calledtobecreative #creativehappylife #debrafrances #journals #sketchbooks #thedailywriting #morningpages #journaling #creativespace #doitfortheprocess #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #seekinspirecreate #makersgonnamake #diary #secretmessage #writersofig #writinglife #designinspiration #shopsmall #shoplocal #winnipeg #booksoninstagram #petitjoys #writerscommunity #bookart

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