Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Double the fun...

It has been a long time since I posted on my blog twice in a day. What can I say. I am on fire.

Kidding, of course.

I have been in the studio this eve shooting some images of work that I am getting ready to take to Italy for my solo exhibition there. I did ship work of course, but they will take more and since I will have it back for my Jan show at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, I can take these pieces with me.Perfect.I'll keep you posted...I'm packing the big bag.

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When booked, it seemed very "last minute"...6+ months notice for an exhibition and teaching at an overseas venue was unexpected...welcome...exciting.

I had a challenge in that I am preparing for a large joint show for January at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum that has tied up any new work. So, it was agreed, that I would send what I could from some older, but still relevant, work on to Prato Italy. I have now found I CAN now take some new work, so hope I can please those who will travel to see me. 

I was asked if I could teach "fashion". Well, those who know me are aware that I have to ability to set broad perimeters. Hmmm, wearable sculpture? Perfect. I whipped this (above) up, inspired by the challenge.
With leaving on Monday looming, I am focused on my teaching and the desire to make to experience for my Italian students as positive as possible. I created this over the last couple of days...I will give my students instruction on sculpture on wire and also this form...The short fibre merino is like magic and will be our collaborator in this process. I hope that my students will be inspired by the material and the potential for sculpture.

I thank my model son for the use if his back to display my was called for to shoot this piece, so I thank him (and pay him handsomely)

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Check List

I have had a very productive day in the studio today. I had several pieces assembled and ready to felt that complete 2 small series',  so I had a lot to show in what felt like a short time. I have begun making a list of work I will deliver to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in December for the show in Jan. and I know the time will go fast! I depart for Prato, Italy where I have a solo show and teaching in a short week and with last minute details. I will spend the week making a couple more samples for my students and going over the materials lists again to make sure everyone will come prepared (me, especially). I may photograph some work and if I do will post them, but if not the week will be spent preparing and deciding what to pack! I'll keep you posted!
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Saturday, October 12, 2013


I spent part of the day getting the studio put back together and then buckled down and made some needed website edits. I have new work. I am beginning a new chapter in my work and a new look is soooo in I hope you will go here:

I think you will like it! Much cleaner and a site I don't cringe when people say they have visited. You will note I removed the landscape, wearables and student work pages. It just was really not the place for them anymore. I will continue to share images of my teaching here on my blog and update you on all my travels (Florence, Italy in a couple of weeks!) and..well, the other stuff has been so widely shared and "pinned" there is no need to include them on my site. Now to order some new business cards and postcards and I am good to go!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

This weekend...

I have arrived at the Canadian Canoe Museum...on the International day of felt themed "WATER" to deliver a keynote address "Paddle your own Canoe" appropriate! cute is that?

the museum!

Arriving at the home of my host I am greeted by "Ruby". What a sweetheart! A Berner/Poodle

Fresh flowers over delightful conversation.

Riding along to take my hosts daughter to swimming past TRENT university...Homecoming week.

AMAZING Mexican dinner. Fish-something. Very yum.

Ooooo, wool. Workshop time.

A great home setting with some lovely women.

Lunch of cheeses and squash/apple/pear soup. So good on a rainy fall day.

Exciting discoveries with our 3D sampler.

Rub. Rub....Rub.

...and done! Afull day of fun, friendship and adventure
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Monkey Wrench

Today began full of promise. No pressing email. The studio beacons, but I know this week is designated for other matters. I should know by now not to get to comfortable with the notion of having plenty of time.

I will be delivering a 2 hour keynote for the Ontario Weavers and Spinners at the Canadian Canoe Museum on Saturday. This day is also significant in that it is the International Day of Felt and the theme is, coincidentally, "Water". I had set aside today, at the very least to get it organized, review, I can do the same tomorrow with fresh eyes....

Ring...Ring..."Hello?"...."Mummy?"  And plans changed in a flash.

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time to relax

time to relax
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