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Monday, 23 March 2015

Gardenscape Art Show & Sale This Weekend!

It's that time of year again!  * GARDENSCAPE *  I think this is my fifth year, maybe six?  I lost track.  I look forward to Gardenscape for so many reasons.  First, it SMELLS AMAZING.  It's Saskatoon's 'Backyard Lifestyles' trade show at Prairieland Park and the building is packed with fresh plants and spring flowers.  Second, I get to hang out with some artists I haven't seen since last Gardenscape as well as meet some new people.  Third - it's always a thrill to hang up a wall full of brand new art and visit with people who enjoy it very much.

The art will be in Hall E which is a new area for this.  Usually we are in Hall A.  This time, you can find us inside the very first doors you get to when you arrive in the parking lot (same doors as the Quilt Show fyi).  There is an entrance fee and lots of great entertainment, events, demonstrations, and displays.  You can find out more online.

The artists volunteer to take shifts during the even on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I will be there Friday morning, Friday evening, and Sunday as well - though you can purchase art at any time through the volunteers that are on shift.  It's been hard to attend in the past since my children always have that particular Friday off of school.  This year, I plan to be there on the Friday, right at opening and all night long.  I have a lot of art ready in a variety of sizes (threadwork under glass).  When I'm there, I'll have my square reader on hand.

I spent the weekend working on one last piece.  It's from a detailed photo I took of an evergreen.  I have been holding on to this photo for so long, waiting for the nerve to threadpaint all those individual needles.

Well, that 'nerve' arrived!  I'm stitching it on TAP, or transfer artists' paper that I got from Meinke Toy years ago.  Maybe I could have done it without the image transfer, but this image I took is rather heavy on the details (no land, no sky, just evergreen needles).  This was planned to be an experiment for embellishing the paintings of Paige Mortensen, but I think it might be good enough to frame and put up for sale at the art show.

a very small portion of a larger work in progress

By the way, it's all stright stitched.  I expected to fill it in with zigzag stitch, but that looked horrible.  So this is back and forth, back and forth by hand under a machine needle.  I'll show you more when I'm done.  Maybe we'll see you on the weekend!  Enjoy your week everyone,


Terri said...

Too far to commute, Monika, but if we lived within 300 miles we would be there. I'd love to see your work in public...
The pine trees are amazing. Keep up the good work!

Laura said...

Ah....wow!! That's a lot of stitching!!! Can't wait to see the whole thing!!!

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Estes pinheiros estão fantásticos!
Estou muito curiosa para ver a peça inteira. A tecnica de costura dele me interessa muito, muito!
Desejo muito sucesso na exposição!
Um abraço!

These pines are fantastic!
I am very curious to see the whole piece. The sewing technique it interests me very, very much!
I wish much success in the exhibition!

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