Wednesday, January 29, 2014

i haven't transported paintings for years. 20 years ago i had some wonderful crates built. they travelled a lot. over the past 15 years i've been working mostly with textiles and there is an ease at shipping off or travelling with textiles. for years i thought about getting rid of my crates - giving them to someone who will use them, but it never happened. so, this, the smallest one has been dug out of the basement, freshened up and will be put to use tomorrow when i fly to halifax.

Monday, January 27, 2014

yesterday the weather here on the west coast of the island was unfit. rain, freezing rain, very strong winds. so i gave the day over to starting a new "personal constellation" piece. this one is "harmony". it will be a combination of textiles and painting.
my "personal constellations" are my guideposts at this point in my life. what is important to me. what i need and cherish.
3 other "personal constellations" will be on display this week in halifax, nova scotia at the gallery@acts. this gallery space is set up as part of the atlantic craft trade show and will highlight fine craft from the 4  atlantic provinces. the craft alliance has invited gallery owners and curators from the usa and canada to give workshops and one on one meetings with the participants. i think i'll learn a lot.

balance  24"x30" acrylic paint and textiles, 2013

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

if i only worked in one medium at a time, my life would be a lot easier. but where's the fun in that? i have been attempting to set up my studio for painting.
and trying to keep a clear corner and work space for textiles. i've moved all of my yarn making production into the spare bedroom, and although cramped, that's working well. 
i need to get a couple of yarn orders finished off before i leave for halifax next week. so yesterday my painting studio reverted back to  a space for painting knitting needles and assembling the knitting kits. 
this morning i'll re-arrange again...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

i have been a painter most of my life.gradually, over the past 15 years i've switched almost entirely to textile work - quilting, rug hooking, knitting and crochet, dyeing, felting, spinning, embroidery. a combination of many of these. this past summer i started painting again and my newest work combines painting and textile practices.
my studio has mostly been for storing supplies and preparing my fleece for my handspun yarn. most of that has now been moved to a spare bedroom and my studio is reverting back to a painting studio. to celebrate my "return", i asked for this easel for christmas and it arrived yesterday. perfect. light but sturdy and flexible. in a few weeks i'll be getting a larger window installed and a bank of good lights. ready to go...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

in late october i began a month long craft residency in gros morne national park, newfoundland. heading up to woody point (where the artist's house is located) i came up with a project. i wanted to do something that i would leave in the community. i also had just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine and i wanted to pay attention to that. recently i'd come across the ancient celtic tradition of the "cloutie tree". "cloutie" is the scottish word for "cloth" and cloutie trees can still be found in parts of scotland, ireland and west coast england. these "wishing" trees were always located beside a well or a brook. if you had a health problem, you would take a piece of cloth, dip it in the water, place it on the part of your body that was sick and hang it on the tree. overtime the cloth would fray and your body would heal.

i chose a tree in a meadow at the edge of town. an old plum tree. with the most magnificent view of bonne bay and gros morne mountain. every evening i would embroider a body part onto a piece of cloth (usually chiffon). sometime during the next day i would walk to the tree, dip the cloth in the nearby brook, place it on my own body and then hang it on the tree. i began with my own body, then my family's bodies, my friend's bodies. every day the weather was different and the feeling was different. sun and rain and wind and snow as the the weeks passed - october into november.    

 i then began on the earth as a body. what does the earth need to make it whole and healthy? air and sun and rain. joy and laughter and compassion. friends who visited me in woody point added their own "clouties"
on the last day of my residency in late november i went to  the tree at dawn and hung the last "cloutiie"
in early december i returned to woody point, and in the middle of a snowstorm, i visited the tree. all the cloth was wrapped in on itself. keeping warm. i'll see it again in the spring.

Monday, January 13, 2014

      after pretty steady work for the past two years, i have finally finished my chakra piece.
a couple of years ago in florida, i picked up a dozen simple vintage linen napkins . around this time i was also beginning to have some medical problems. so i decided to start a project that would help me concentrate on my body. i wanted to do this work without pressure. without a time limit. with no other goal in mind. i loved working this way. each piece took a few months to complete (while i worked on other art projects). the throat chakra stalled for 6 months which makes sense because i have trouble with my thyroid.  i hand dyed each of the napkins to correspond to their chakra colour. i researched the location, the meaning, the symbolism of each chakra. i tried not to be too literal, but instead "feel" my way into each chakra. each piece includes applique, embroidery, stitching, beading.



solar plexus



third eye


Friday, January 10, 2014

                    in the space between the snow squalls we are seeing the sun...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

what is keeping me warm

         the heat from my house  20"x24"  embroidery, stitching, applique on hand made felt, 2012

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

on this first day of a new year. where the world is white. i have begun work on my 7th  and final chakra piece. the crown chakra. bliss