Updates on the Woven Tree.
It all started at a used book sale when I saw a pile of Reader's Digest Condensed Books sitting in a pile. Some of them had a bit of mould. I asked the organizers if I could just make a wee donation and take the whole lot off their hands. I have been inspired to... Continue Reading →
One year ago my friend Lou Anne Sybenga and I started a project called #1yearofstitches or #onestitchaday. This challenge was begun by Hannah Claire Somerville. When I saw this project on Instagram it took my fancy. I had just finished a year long one-a-day project which required me to go outside everyday and make ephemeral art.... Continue Reading →
Another offering in the woods. I found some nice green grapevine. Green vine is easy to weave, leaves and all. When I find a pile of grapevine I interpret it as a free art supply, just waiting for a challenge. I featured an old clock, minus the mechanical parts, in this weaving. It has metal... Continue Reading →
Westland Gallery is an amazing place for art. In the heart of London, Ontario's Wortley Village the Westland hosts new, original art shows each month. Their biggest show of the year is undoubtedly The Square Foot Show, opening July 12th, where you will see over 500 pieces all measuring 12″ x 12.” That alone is... Continue Reading →
I spent all of 2016 focused on an endeavour called One-a-Day Ephemeral Art Project*. Every day for a year I went outside and had a short conversation with nature. I made a piece of art with foraged objects and left it for someone to find (or not) celebrating whatever the environment offered me each day. I documented... Continue Reading →
I'm embarking one a new one-a-day year-long challenge, this time with a good friend. And this 365 day project doesn't have to be done outside. (In 2016 I did an daily ephemeral artwork project outside, everyday!) Each of us are fibre artists but we rarely work solely in embroidery. It's the type of challenge which... Continue Reading →
Location: Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, Canada Register with Heidi Hunter at 204-389-4083. Here is the link to all summer classes at Runs With Scissors Studio in Winnipeg Beach, MB.
I recently got the opportunity to teach coiled basketry at The Craft Bee, a monthly maker's night in London, ON. I really love teaching. The Craft Bee is held at the homey Soulshine Studio in Wortley Village. So much can be accomplished with just three colours. Rachel McGarry, of Urban Farm... Continue Reading →
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no words for.” - Georgia O'Keeffe
I'm challenging myself in 2016 to produce an ephemeral art piece each day. So what is ephemeral art? It's a piece of art made on a walk with no tools and only what I find and then leave behind for others to find (or not). This came as a result of gazing around Instagram and... Continue Reading →
I've been weaving a series of coiled basket creations mounted on driftwood, which I call "Bird Nests". Recently someone purchased this one and sent me this beautiful story. Nests evoke all kinds of emotions and bring forth thoughts of birthing, creating, preparing, anticipating and incubating. This Christmas I am gifting one of your nests to... Continue Reading →
It all started with this. A huge grapevine choking a large tree on my property. I dragged it all down and this huge pile became art material! Find two trees far enough apart, but not too far. The weft comes first. Up to ladder height. Warp and weft. Yes, that is an old wooden chair... Continue Reading →
I opened my email and waiting for me was correspondence entitled "Artist Request". It was from a dear friend I've known for years, Barbara Billey. "I would like to commission you to use your sacred artist gifts to create a faux Book of Gospels for my ordination. The Book of Gospels contains the four gospels, will be... Continue Reading →
Coiled Basket Workshop Summer 2015 Here is the link to all summer classes at Runs With Scissors Studio in Winnipeg Beach, MB.
What fun today teaching machine-stitched rag basketry. Held at the new quilt shop in Wyoming, ON, Stitchaire. Starting off with learning the technique making a small coaster. Then learning how to turn the bowl, or throw a pot on a sewing machine. Sewn pottery. Thank you Laurie Johnson, owner of Stitcharie, for stepping in to... Continue Reading →
Having to dig out my cash box from under a layer of renovation dust in preparation for tomorrow's MORE THAN JUST a BOOK SALE at Brescia College sort of gave me pause. I don't like promoting consumerism. But normally the upshot of being an artist is that you want will to show your work to others.... Continue Reading →
For years I've been saving broken china. I even ask people at yard sales if they have any they are going to throw out. I sorted it all into colour groups. I picked up a little homemade table at a yard sale for under ten dollars. A two tiered round table or plant stand. First I... Continue Reading →
I'm experimenting with creating vessels which are inspired by views of nature. These baskets are traditional rag baskets made with tiny strips of cloth sewn over a core. So this basket inspired by Emperor Penguins first appeared. I love the look of canola fields in bloom in Manitoba. Then I was inspired by famous works... Continue Reading →