Albatross Chick Hats for Sale

When I first made TrossHat it hadn’t occurred to me that other people would be interested in having one as well, but I’ve had a number of requests and am now doing my best to make a small number of albatross chick hats for those interested in purchasing one.

I knit each hat from two yarns: a super-bulky wool/acrylic blend and polyester eyelash-style yarn. The super-bulky yarn gives the hat shape and the eyelash yarn gives it fluff. After I’ve knit the body of the hat and wings and sewn the latter into place I make the face and feet with a combination of felting techniques. The face and feet are attached with pin backs so that they can be removed if the hat needs a wash.

The hats are one-size-fits-most. I haven’t made a child-size pattern yet. The current hats are suitable for adults to wear. Due to small pieces (button eyes, pin backs) I do not recommend these hats for small children. If you are interested in a child-size hat with sewn on felt elements and embroidered eyes please let me know! I’m considering working up an appropriate pattern.

The nitty gritty:

$155 US plus shipping and handling per hat

Orders will be completed as I am able. Due to the time required to make each hat I can’t guarantee quick delivery.

If you would like to order a hat or have any questions please contact me through my contact page on this site or through Twitter (@rownsmith).

Thank you!

knitting needles and yarn
The beginning of knitting a TrossHat
The face is backed with two lapel pins, one behind each eye. These keep the face firmly in place.
The face is backed with two lapel pins, one behind each eye. These keep the face firmly in place.
Partially finished felt elements (face and beak) tested for fit on hat.
The felt elements are tested for scale on the hat.
Each foot is attached to the hat with a brooch-style pin.
Each foot is attached to the hat with a brooch-style pin.
TrossHat is indeed warm. The brim flips up to reveal the feet.
TrossHat is indeed warm. The brim flips up to reveal the feet.
When your albatross chick hat isn't on your head s/he can keep you company sitting on display. Lei, visor and cold beverage optional.
When your albatross chick hat isn’t on your head s/he can keep you company sitting on display. Lei, visor and cold beverage optional.

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Work in Progress: Wheat

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wheat watercolor in progress by Elizabeth Smith of rowntreestudio.com
Wheat watercolor in progress.

My primary project right now is a commissioned watercolor painting of a single head of wheat at about ten times life size. The entire painting is about thirty inches high by ten inches wide. This snapshot is of a small section near the base.

The wheat is slowly taking shape, one layer at a time. I hope you enjoy watching the wheat’s progress!

 

Artistic Genus at the Edmonds Artwalk

Artistic Genus at the Edmonds Artwalk

April 17th, 5-8pm

Windermere Real Estate/GH LLC
210 5th Ave. S., Suite 102
Edmonds, WA 98020

Artistic Genus signage and art at the Windermere Edmonds, by Elizabeth R. Smith of rowntreestudio.com
A small part of the Artistic Genus display at the Edmonds Windermere

Yesterday the members of Artistic Genus hung a display of framed prints at the downtown Edmonds Windermere office. Our artwork will be on display in the lobby through the month of April, with a special focus on the regular third Thursday artwalk. That night we’ll bring in even more artwork, prints and notecards and will stay to chat and share snacks with artwalk visitors.

In March nearly twenty downtown businesses participated in the event. I had a great time strolling through town, chatting with artists and checking out their work, and I’m looking forward to participating this month!

Fur Painting Tutorial

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Brown fluffy ball with green eyes
An attempt at following the tutorial

Yesterday I was shown this tutorial by digital artist Nate Hallinan. Delighted by the tutorial’s clarity and subject, I started experimenting with the techniques. I’m having great fun playing with this and it’s given me some useful ideas about how to approach fluffy textures in Photoshop!

A Wall of Artwork

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Unfortunately there was no way for me to get a proper head-on photo of the wall.
Unfortunately there was no way for me to get a proper head-on photo of the wall.

These prints are framed and ready to go up at Espresso Vivace in the near future. In the meantime they’re making my living room look much more like a gallery than usual.

 

Website Changes

Mushrooms
Fall Mushrooms

Things are going to look a little strange around here while I try to update the options for purchasing my artwork. We can expect strange formatting and broken links. When I’m all done I’ll have more of a proper storefront set up allowing you to make purchases directly from me without a lot of email back-and-forth.

In the meantime, here is a photo of some bright mushrooms from a recent walk of mine.

The U-District Art Walk and Woodland Park Zoo Sketching Animals Tour

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The Natural World

It’s an exciting week for Rowntree Studio.

On Friday, September 20th I’ll be hanging out at the Chaco Canyon Cafe for the University District Art Walk. I’ll be there from 6-9pm with other artists from my illustration class exhibiting at Chaco Canyon. We’ll be drawing and probably enjoying some of the cafe’s excellent food. I’ll have small selection of notecards there available for purchase, too.

The Woodland Park Zoo has just announced a Sketching Animals Tour addition to their mobile app. I’m excited that the developers chose to use a variety of my drawings in the finished tour and introductory blog post. The mobile app also includes information about zoo events, the animals, and additional tours. Check it out!

 

Website Error Messages

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The server that hosts this website has been hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, resulting in very frustrating error messages instead of interesting blog posts and artwork. Fortunately my hosting company says they’re aware of the attack and doing what they can to sort things out. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the host’s updates.

Cute duckling looks cute
Cute duckling looks cute

Edit: Here’s a cute duckling picture to counterbalance the frustration of a website outage, even though you’ve made it beyond the error messages if you’re reading this. That doesn’t matter. Enjoy the duck.

Woodland Park Zoo Blog: Roses a sweet treat for gorillas

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Yellow Rose
From the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden

I’m a big fan of Woodland Park Zoo, my local zoo here in Seattle. The organization emphasizes animal conservation and the exhibits regularly undergo upgrades to improve the experiences of the animals. I frequently go there to take photographs of the inhabitants.

A recent zoo blog post, Roses A Sweet Treat For Gorillas, describes in words and pictures just one way the zookeepers keep things interesting for the animals. Read to the end and you’ll see Nina and Pete having a pleasant sunny snack together!

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