But Will It Hold Water – Threadworks Update

My piece, But Will it Hold Water, in Threadworks 2013 has made its way to the Lake of The Woods Museum in Kenora, Ontario. It received a nice shout out in the local paper and was the favourite of the museum community coordinator, Lynn Riddell. Threadworks will be displayed in Kenora until April 27 and... Continue Reading →

Caned Chair

Today's project was repairing a caned chair. I can't even remember where I picked this chair up, probably at a yard sale. Don't ever pick up old chairs at yard sales unless you are prepared to fix it yourself. The cost of someone else doing this would be, yikes! This chair had good structural integrity... Continue Reading →

Everyday Bag

I just pressed the "SEND" key on an submission email to a juried contemporary fibre art show which celebrates the tradition and history of textile arts. This show will be part of an exhibit at Dufferin County Museum and Archives called Stitches Across Time.  It calls Canadian fibre artists to produce work that is inspired by one of... Continue Reading →

Artist Date – December

Why waste this incredibly warm December weather. Walk the beach! That's what I did for my Artist Date this week. The Artist Date is one of Julia Cameron's basic tools or remedies for getting the creative juices flowing. The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. It is opening... Continue Reading →

Odia’s Forgiveness Offering

Today I crocheted. Three little vessels. And I'm mailing them to Odia Reimer in Manitoba. In 1984 Odia's 13 year old sister, Candace Derksen, was murdered when Odia was only nine years old. Read her story. This is a famous Canadian murder case. And it has been recently re-opened. Odia Reimer is a Canadian installation artist, sculptor, photographer.... Continue Reading →

Lucky Stones

I have this addiction, some might say obsession, with collecting stones. These specimens are stones with naturally occurring holes found on the beaches of Lake Winnipeg around Gimli, Manitoba, Canada. Some call them crinoids but they are more likely to be gastropods. These 'lucky stones', which we locals lovingly call them, are imprints and "negatives" of... Continue Reading →

The Good Wife … Re-visited

My best friend re-wrote the famous Old Testament passage about the perfect wife. Proverbs 31: 10-31 is an expose of the Good Wife, or The Perfect Woman. "It is the fulfillment of the roles in the home assigned to her by society that causes her to be praised in the very gates of the city where... Continue Reading →

Threadworks 2013

Sunday April 28th was the wonderful day I received my award at the Threadworks 2013 exhibit of needlework at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, ON, Canada. You can read about my entry here, But Will It Hold Water. The quality and creativity of the needlework was outstanding. And the show was beautifully hung in a... Continue Reading →

Upcycling Grade 2 Artwork

It started with this.I uncovered this painting my daughter did in Grade Two. I guess it was after we had gone on an airplane ride, her first. I admit that I have trouble throwing some things away. I figured I could use the old schoolwork in a piece of art. So I cut it up.... Continue Reading →

Red Fabric Baskets

These are coiled fabric baskets or bowls which I have sewn using strips of recycled women's clothing over a jute rope core. Each can be used as a beautiful home decor piece for storing just about anything (other than liquids!). But I have particularly designed these baskets to be purchased as Menses Rite of Passage... Continue Reading →

But Will It Hold Water

For about a year I've been on a little journey which began when I picked up a brochure (can't even recall where I got it), a call for entry for Threadworks: A Juried Exhibition of Needle Arts. This is an exhibition, organized every three years by the Ontario Network of Needleworkers' (ONN) an amazing group of dedicated people, mostly women. Their mandate... Continue Reading →

Coiled Paper Basket

My husband owns a neat software company. They were cleaning out the cupboard last week and decided to recycle a boxful of out-of-date brochures.I love paper so I rescued a few and this is what they morphed into. Strips of ripped paper wrapped over jute rope in a traditional coiling method. I like the chinking sound... Continue Reading →

Altered Map Encaustic Bowl

Today I engaged in some dedicated time in my studio to experiment with new processes. I've always enjoyed working with paper, especially maps*. And I've done coiled basketry for years. I recently learned encaustic, basically painting with hot beeswax. I thought I would try to combine them all. I came up with an altered map encaustic... Continue Reading →

Online Selling for Picture Framers

Some of you know that I sell my handwork online. And my husband sells software to picture framers. If you own a picture frame shop and are looking to grab the 30-something demographic who are so reluctant to walk into your store, Etsy is the place to be to expand sales and attract new clientele. Etsy provides you with... Continue Reading →

Losing the Path

A new piece of my mixed media art entitled "Losing the Path". It's inspiration came from the reading of What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Mid-Life Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela by Canadian author, Jane Christmas' (2007). The piece is a mixed media machine stitching on a recycled atlas page of Europe with... Continue Reading →

Round and Round go the Connections

What I love about selling my artwork on line is the connecting that happens. This is a traditional coiled basket but with a shard of beach glass attached. Today I’m sending this teeny ring holder coiled basket to South Korea. A woman there bought it to add to the nature table she is creating for... Continue Reading →

Over-The-Shoulder-Boulder-Holder

This was my entry into the 2009 Ponemah Beach Central Art Centre's contest, Artful Bra Challenge, a fundraiser for Northeast Palliative Care Program at the Gimli Community Health Centre. I won Best in Show for Over-the-Shoulder-Boulder-Holder make from an upcycled bra sewn with hundreds of lucky stones. Lucky stones are 44 million year old fossils... Continue Reading →

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