Friday, July 24, 2015

Strength and Balance

Yoga in Italy
It has been a long time since the last update as my marathon of teaching gigs is finally winding down.  Planned long ago, once the time arrived, was intercepted by the other parts of my evolving life. 

I lost count after 12 cities in 6 countries in 8 weeks. I was super aware of the need to take very good care of myself and focus on what I needed as I packed and repacked, taught and smiled and endured constant change and upheaval....its the little things like strange pillows, unfamiliar bird song (or lack of bird song), bathroom taps that turn in opposite ways than expected, miscommunication dealing with language barriers and cultural quirks.


Eating super well and dedication to my yoga practice was essential for obvious reasons, but also as a constant...a bit of routine where little other routine existed.

There are also the rewards of finally connecting with those I have been corresponding with for a year or more and being welcomed like family and seeing the familiar faces of students eager to return to my classes.The genuine warmth and gratitude that has been directed my way has been overwhelming. 

 Being adaptable is something I feel I have mastered. I returned home and in less than a week packed up my lovely tiny apartment in Kingston that took the movers less than an hour to amalgamate with my studio storage unit. Living light has many advantages.

The next month will be spent in beautiful California overlooking the cliffs dedicating as many hours as possible creating further work for my upcoming solo exhibition in Montreal. I have a very exciting project on the horizon that I will share as it unfolds. 

I will keep you posted...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As things are now...

 It has been a very long time since I have blogged studio images as it is while working! This is why I opted to use my bedroom in my new space as my studio. I have a aversion to visual clutter so having this in a dedicated space was required to maintain my sanity. In case you are wondering, I have a storage unit that stores my felting machine, extra tables and most of my fabulous wool. What I have here is what I need until my lease expires and then a new game plan will be in place!

I feel an obligation to keep new work under wraps before an exhibition so this is a wee peek before everything gets professionally shot. This body of work seems a long time coming as there were many transitions in my life and a move of home and studio. All difficult, but very positive. It has taken me a year to create the 14 sculptures in this new series. Having a diverse practice means new "Art" work is precious...each sculpture created with great intention and direction with specific time set aside to do so. I truly look forward to unveiling it to you once the exhibition opens in Verona, Italy (Pinch me)

I then have additional travel and teaching before my exhibition in Montreal at the Canadian Guild of Craft where these and other pieces will be available. Excited as I move forward.

I head out to Cleveland in a couple of weeks and will have lots of pictures and workshop images to share, so things are about to get a whole lot more interesting. I will keep you posted, as always.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

New Fibre E-Book

There is a wonderful new E Book out that looks like a home run...lots of amazing work of 50 Fibre artists working in sculpture.... Follow this link of you would like to purchase!![wp_aff_custom_args]

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Thursday, March 19, 2015


It is finally close at epic travel schedule and tour. I begin my Spring travel with the Cleveland Museum of Art and I do not stop, it seems, until the year ends. The most intense will be May and June with 8 cities in 4 countries. This will include my solo exhibition in Verona, Italy and a special video project with the incomparable DHG. I am very much looking forward to my home base New England Felting Supply in July. I hope to see some old friends and new faces. The best place ever to take a workshop :o) and shop!

I am looking forward to it all beginning. I have dozens of eager people anticipating what I have to teach which drives me to up my game and prepare to inspire, educate and encourage in new ways.

I am booking up 2016 and 2017 with a lighter teaching load to allow time for new work and reflection. I always find it interesting and liberating to have the flexibility to morph what I do to both suit my creative needs while remaining above water. Speaking of water...I have an exciting teaching event to occur the end of November to tell you about very soon. I will keep you posted!

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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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