A Path to Connection

At the heart of every longing is a quest for deeper connection. How can I help you make those connections?  This is my work and the work of Heather Plett.  Gathering in circle, allows us to connect again with each other, ourselves, the sacred, and the earth. Heather has included my submission about connecting to our earth in her new ebook, A Path... Continue Reading →

Heather Lair Retrospective

The beautiful art quilts of Heather Lair are on display at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada until Sept 1st. This is a must see show.  I felt like I was in the midst of greatness being surrounded by Heather's work. Here are some of my favourites. Being able to view all this work... 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 →

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 →

Mrs. Borody

My BFF from childhood, her mother died yesterday. The house where I grew up on a quiet suburb of Winnipeg was surrounded by Borodys. Literally. On the south side was by best friend Carol-Ann and her mum, dad, brothers and a dog, Binks. And on the north side of our house was her grandparents, Mr.... 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 →

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 →

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 →

We are One Woman

This year, International Women's Day focuses on ending violence against women — a gross human rights violation that affects up to 7 in 10 women and a top priority for UN Women. As commemorations are underway in all corners of the globe, "One Woman" reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination: "We... Continue Reading →

Lowly Kitchen Apron

The history of the cloth of the domestic goddess is fascinating. I received this anonymous prose in an email. I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses... 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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