Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Down to the Wire

I begin my travel soon with very little downtime in between which calls for great coordination and commitment! With exhibition work ticking along, I am aware of deadlines looming.

I am about to embark on a rather INSANE travel schedule. I have this gorgeous little apartment that will sit lonely and empty, which seems such a shame. However, my wandering artists head, heart and hands have committed to some exciting events and I choose to live this life while it is an option. I am so fortunate. I am driven and excited for my future! I am so supported by my friends and the arts community and  (hallelujah) Ontario Arts Council funding. I can say that I have earned it.

 I book so far in advance, knowing what life had in store for me had not revealed itself when these events were booked. I will, over the next couple of years be scaling back the big international trips and staying North America. I will concentrate on my position as a Canadian artist and increasing my presence in the United States. Big changes are ahead and I feel there will be space for new work and experimentation! I look forward to sharing it all with you...

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Movie Star ;o)

(don't I wish ;o))

I had the pleasure of working with Work In Culture in the production of a series of videos to assist artists in navigating the world of export...I hope you will find some of my advise useful!

Tip #1: Invest in your own Artist Development
Tip #2: Diversify your Practice
Tip #3: Building your Network

I have another video project in the Italy <3>

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Moved Home and Studio!

I know I have been absent for a while here in Blog-land, but due to lots of amazing and exciting change in my life. I have moved from my rural location to the "city" of Kingston. I am in a charming tiny little space, all by my lonesome! Yes, that is kitties, no beastly dog (but lovely) or other human beings (all tremendously self-sufficient) It is the perfect place for me to work between my travel work and I am adapting quickly to being a city dweller. I'm very keen to walk wherever I need to go and meeting friends for dinners and live music feeding my creative soul.

I have received an amazing grant from the Ontario Arts Council as an established artist for creation and development of the new body of work that is yet to be revealed! This is to premier in Verona, Italy where I have a solo exhibition and it will be beautifully documented by Randy DeKleine. I will share images once the show is underway.

This new body of work is titled, "Monument: lasting evidence of someone or something notable" These sculptures are my own personal monuments to places, events and people from my past. It was during my recent travels last year that I spend as much time reflecting on what people tend to mark or memorialize than I did on anything else. There was lots of thinking about architecture and how we define "home" as I was considering uprooting. It was an unexpected benefit to all the travel and fascinating people I encountered.

Making big changes are never easy, but most things worthwhile are not. With every piece of art, we take a leap of faith and trust that we will create something worthwhile. I have been very fortunate through this process that the ideas and composition are flowing freely. This is an indicator that I am on the right path personally and professionally. I look forward to sharing the work here and on my website in the coming weeks and then I am off traveling the world once again! I will keep you posted

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's Gnu

What's Gnu? 
I am in full-on work-in-studio/winter hibernation mode! 

I have shows to prepare for and workshop organization in full swing finalizing details and bookings. Okay, I was completely spoiled with a few days in NYC...

and there may be a few other worthy distractions, but the clock is ticking and Art is what it is all about. I will release an image of the first piece in the new series, but the rest will remain under wraps until the work premieres in Verona, Italy. 

Images soon! In the meantime, here is the very pared-down-in-details workshop schedule. For more complete information, contact names and links, visit my website under the workshop tab.

April 8-10- Cleveland Museum of Art- Ohio, U.S.A
April 12-14- Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati- Ohio U.S.A.
May 7-12, The Netherlands
May 17-18 Verona, Italy
FULL May 21-22 London, England
FULL May 24-25 Hampshire, England
June 9-14 Calgary, Alberta
June 16-18- Lethbridge
June - Kelowna, B.C.
July - East Hampton, Massachusetts
Sept  16-20- Minnesota

More later!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


The trip to Boston was fantastic and Andrea and I had such fun. The exhibition at the ICA was great

but the absolute highlight was a video piece by Ragnor Kjartansson. (above) A stunning piece with such beauty and curiosity.

We also stopped at the Mobilia Gallery thanks to our companion for the day, Marcia Young, of FiberArt Now magazine who arranged the visit and drove us to beautiful Cambridge. I have work there in a new show and it is a fantastic gallery. I fell in LOVE with the kinetic rings by Michael Berger.

Today I am working on a presentation I will be giving at the Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre alongside Kevin Rodgers. He is artist and Director of the centre and I look forward to hearing about his residence in Belgium. I will discuss how my travels will inform my new work..which is juuuust beginning, so discussing it tonight I think will allow me to consider the impact more fully. Even as I put the lecture together (Oh, yes...for tonight!) I will be developing these ideas. Kind of exciting.

I have set a schedule for myself that will encourage me to complete the required number of sculpture for my solo exhibitions in Verona, Italy in May and The Canadian Guild of Craft in Montreal in September. At this point, there are a whole lot of things crossed out and moved around and while I have the feeling time is on my side,  I know better. Time is fleeting and it is time to focus.

My schedule this week has drinks with friends, parent teacher meetings, art meeting and (more) drinks with friends. All this takes me from my studio space but I know serves as fuel for my creativity. I am a people person and need to be out with my people!

Always such a balance. I'll keep you posted...Now off to work!!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

What's up?

Today I am waking up in the lovely home of author and felt whisperer, Christine White. She woke much earlier than I to head out to Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. I keep telling myself I will make it there one year. While I just love people, I am not a huge fan of crowds and it will be shoulder to shoulder there this weekend, I am certain.

Today, I will catch up on some work, stop by New England Felting Supply and Boston. While in Boston, I will pick up the talented feltmaker, Andrea Noeske-Porada.

She makes very interesting geometric felt utilizing different weights and densities of wool to effect share and shrinkage.

We will go to the Mobilia gallery to see the show I am in (and the great company I am showing with!) and the the big fibre show at the ICA  (The institute of Contemporary Art)

I will deliver Andrea to her next destination and then head home to get to work in the studio.
I am so pleased to let you know I will have a solo exhibition in Verona, Italy. The fantastic owner of DHG in Italy has been coordinating the Italian leg of my visit and I am both grateful and excited to dd this to the European bookings that will be announced very (very) soon.

I will be in the studio in the coming months and sharing bits and pieces here as they become available. The big reveal of new work will come in the early Spring as I prepare to depart but I will keep you posted on progress and all the other things I am doing in between, because you know there is always lots going on here! I look forward to including you on this next stage...the next part of this fantastic journey.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuning in..

Hi All!,

I am hoping to convince you all to "tune in" (an antiquated expression in this age, for sure) and join me in a LIVE chat with Fiber Art Now as part of their show series FanFare. You can register and/or find details here
I will be live streamed from my studio to answer all (well, maybe not ALL) your questions and talk to you about my work and my practice. This event is sponsored by my favorite supplier New England Felting Supply What sets them apart is the wide range of products and it is stocked full just for us feltmakers. The owner and author of what has become known as the "felt bible", Uniquely Felt, is Christine White and she is so creative in her approach to keep us supplied with materials that inspire.
I have wondering where the days are going as I have been planning my Spring teaching schedule and getting art shipped out for shows at the University of Dayton and the Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge. I have some friends to catch up with, a trip to Boston planned and them I will be busy making work. I will very soon be updating you with the new teaching schedule and showing you bits and pieces as I begin some new, until then I hope to hear from you on Sunday afternoon!

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