1 Year of Stitches – DONE

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 →

10 Ways to Enjoy an Artist’s Studio Tour

Art studio tour signs brighten my day. For an artist to let you into their private space is a treasure and an honour.   If you have never 'done' a Studio Tour or wanted to do one but not known 'how to', here is my listicle: Get the brochure ahead of time and circle your... Continue Reading →

God’s Nest of Creation

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 →

Art Making as Self Love

"As artists it takes courage to create when the world around us keeps saying that there are better things we could be doing with our time. There is often little recognition or money in being an artist, and yet I invite you to consider art-making and creativity an exuberant act of self-love. To say, “I... Continue Reading →

Artist’s Quandry

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 →

Evelyn’s Studio

Evelyn's Studio. Since 1999 I have used this logo on my sew-in labels on all my artwork and products. I love this logo, with a labyrinth hidden in it. In later years it was my frameshop sign as well. It was designed by a dear friend, Scott Martyn, who died some years ago from cancer. I... Continue Reading →

Art-Inspired Tote Baskets

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 →

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 →

Heather Lair – Celestial Body

Heather Lair (1956 - 2013), Gimli, MB, Canada, was an amazing artist. Her passion, amongst other things, was textiles. I will miss her beautiful smile, piercing eyes, lilting voice, nimble fingers, generosity of spirit and positive attitude. Our brief friendship was treasured. We feel privileged to have one of her quilts gracing our abode. Every... Continue Reading →

Ann Beam – The Woman Who Never Sits

I was browsing through the tourist brochures while recently on the lounge deck of the MS Chi Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island.  "The Art Map: Year Round Trail Guide to Galleries, Art Studios and Events" popped out at me. I'm the type of person who is willing to step out of my comfort zone if I sense that I might... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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