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Thursday, 20 October 2016


Hey, check it out!  I have another visiting artist contract with the Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan!

The idea behind STORYSCAPES is to have a program where people from a variety of mediums come in to do hands on activities exploring storytelling with children & their families.  For instance, there may be storytelling through music, through drama, through literature, puppetry, and through dance/movement as an example.  First up is me, for story telling via visual art.  : )  With my medium of textile/fabric, I thought what fun it would be to explore storytelling with quilts!  There's a long history there of meanings and hidden symbolism in quilts, quilt blocks, and even stories in the fabrics themselves!  And so the families that come in will get a show and tell first, and then will be creating their own symbolic story on heavy paper with fabric-collaged quilt blocks.  I will be leading one group on Wednesday in the Market Mall, and one next weekend at Station 20 West through the Mother's Centre.

If you would like to keep in the loop of their upcoming programming, you can go to the CDM website HERE.  Thank you to the CDM, CHEP, Mother's Centre & Station 20 West for supporting this.  I'm bringing some of my quilts and borrowing quilts from Kari S & Judith G in Saskatoon (thank you !!). Thanks also to the funding provided by SaskCulture, SaskLotteries, and the City of Saskatoon for making this a free event (see details on the poster re: museum drop in fees).

... and now I get to shop for the supplies!  FUN.  : )

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, 14 October 2016


It's here!  I'm so happy!

Part 2 of 4

You know I'm taking about the magazine AND the sunshine.  : )  Together, my morning was perfect!

This is my second installment of a 4 part series called, 'Artist Review'.  It's blurred out intentionally so that you'll have to find the issue and read it for yourself.  It has a write up about the process & inspiration in the making of 'Prairie City'.  It was sold at the beginning of 2015, prior to the jurying process for the most recent Dimensions tour of Saskatchewan Fine Craft.  I know the owner is pretty excited!!  She's been waiting a long, long time.  The show is now in Yorkton SK until October 28th.


This is the newest issue, Fall 2016.  If you'd like to see a preview inside the magazine, just head to their website.  You can also order singles or annual subscriptions as hard copies or digital.  Thank you again ANPT, I am so very grateful.
 : )

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Big Stitch, Big Art.

Good morning!  It's interesting noticing how people influence your art.  For all of the times I've oogled over the work of Margot Lindsay, I noticed that my colour choices would be softer, and more delicate.  I suppose those are the colours and energy I feel around her.  Coming back from a high energy trip to Winnipeg and spending time with the colourful Heidi Hunter has no doubt made an impression on me.  I *should* beworking on winter landscape commissions, but I just had this insatiable drive to get out some big, bold, loud colour.  I think the best thing I did was give myself permission to do so.  I seem to have birthed something quite marvelous as a result!

I started with a photo I took in St Albert down a path ... one or two thanksgivings ago.  I've been holding on to this image, wondering, 'should I do a collaged art quilt?  would I threadpaint it?'.  Ind so after the fall colour inspiration from my last class in Manitoba, I just dove right in.  I was ready.

I sketched it, and stretched the scene vertically to fill a long narrow space.  I had a big frame waiting, so this is foolproof in that sense.  The sketch is nice and loose with all the main features I'd need drawn in.  I just grabbed the nearest pencil and sharpie - nothing fancy.

Then I picked out the yarns and began to stitch.

And stitch.

and stitch and stitch... 2 1/2 days non-stop for 10 or 12 hour days.  It wasn't grueling at all.  I was completely in the zone and letting it happen.

And it happened!

Impressionist Yarn Painting (what would you call it?)

Crazy right!?  If you click on it, it should appear small enough to be full screen so you can see the entire piece at once.  You can also shrink your view to get it all in.  It looks fantastic reduced.  It measures 6x15 inches and will go in a 10x20 black frame.  Here's some of the detail...

Well.  Maybe you don't like it.  But I do.  I love it.  I love the weird colour combintations and the bursts of life it seems to carry.  It was pure joy to stitch.

fun fun fun!  And off to Handmade House tomorrow morning.  : )
Have a great weekend!

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