Flying Shoes Art Studio is owned by Oklahoma, regional artist, Kristy Patterson. Kristy's work is owned in private collections in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. She resides in her rural hometown with her husband Michael and teaches advanced art at Guymon High School.
Each November I create a stipple ink drawing which I turn into adhesive, personalized bookplates for family and friends. With the Thanksgiving art show and our daughter's fall wedding, I am behind getting this project started.
I love creating a drawing that has some significance and represents an event or experience from the previous year. I've known for months what I wanted to use for this year's bookplate and I've been so anxious to finish up my series of dictionary drawings so I could start. I've had all these items sitting on my desk waiting to go and it's been kinda like waiting on dessert....I am so excited to start.
I discovered love letters written back and forth between my parents when they first married in the 1930's. I had all the letters out and used them as decorations during our daughter's wedding. I knew I wanted to use those letters in this year's bookplate.
My mother kept everything and while cleaning out her farmhouse, my sisters and I finally just piled keepsakes in boxes to sort through later. To my surprised I discovered that I had my parent's original marriage license, too.
So with the big wedding in our family this past year I am combining all sorts of family keepsakes for this year's bookplate.
Starting to Stipple
Creating all these letters will be quite a challenge but a personal challenge is part of what I seek when doing these annual bookplates. I love the textures, colors and sentimentality of these precious letters.