Bits & Bites

Good Morning Y’all! Happy weekend! Wanting to share a few bits and bites today:

Bullet the New Steam Engine book launch at Chapters, Belleville

Bullet the New Steam Engine book launch at Chapters, Belleville

Chapters Book Launch

The Ontario book launch for Bullet the New Steam Engine (written by Dwayne Lafitte and published by Flanker Press) happened May 25th, and it was awesome and so great to see those faces in the seats! I talked a bit about how I started illustrating, a bit about the history behind Bullet, as well as some illustration tidbits. I brought the original watercolours for people to peruse as well and Chapters Belleville was so kind to frame some of them for display. Afterwards I signed books! There are some signed copies on display in-store by the cash registers. And speaking of…

Also available and displayed with my books, are 11×14 in. prints from a few spreads in my first book Over by the Harbour. These prints are beautifully made by a little shop called Art Ink Print in Vancouver. They are a fine art reproduction printer with an exceptional eye for detail and a desire to do things right. Printed on archival, Mohawk Vellum 100lb, with a lightly textured finish perfect for watercolours. Chapters Belleville is so wonderful to carry them for me.


The Merchant’s Mill 

Yesterday I dropped off some work at The Merchant’s Mill in Consecon, Prince Edward County. They open their doors every year for the summer months. Holy cow, what an awesome collection of artists they represent! I basically had to tear myself away before I bought the whole store. I did come away with a gorgeous wall-hanging piece of cast SNAILS, of course.

Open House for the vendors on June 5th, and official grand opening June 9th. Definitely check it out.


I got my test piece of fabric from Spoonflower in the mail and I’m so happy with how it turned out so I have more coming that was shipped today! You can read about my process of making this pattern here. The fabric is available on Spoonflower right now, but I will be making cloth napkins for my shop as soon as the new fabric arrives. Work has started on my second pattern which is all about STRAWBERRIES, of course


my hand-painted fabric, © Therese Cilia


I finished my last commission (at least for awhile) yesterday. I’ve been feeling the need to re-focus my efforts (picture books, personal work) because all the multi-tasking has me feeling a bit flakey! Thank you so much to those that have involved me in awesome projects. Truly grateful.


Quinte Arts Council Arts Recognition Award

If you get The Intelligencer, you may have seen that, along with three others, I am receiving an arts recognition award from the Quinte Arts Council! Thanks to some wonderful nominators 🙂 The awards will be presented at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts on June 9th.


Kaleidoscope | A Celebration of Craft + Design

Coming up June 18th! 11 am-4 pm. Craft + Wine crawl in Prince Edward County. Mosey on to the three locations: Classon Chase Vineyards, Prince Edward County Lavender, and Lacey Estates Winery. I’ll be at PEC Lavender, which I feel is quite fitting! Everything from clay works, glass works, jewelry, etc.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Have an awesome weekend!