Saturday, November 18, 2017

Artist in Residence

I have been selected as the Artist in Residence for the Ayr Library 2018.  How sweet it is to have this goal come to fruition. I hope it leads to more opportunities to be an artist in residence!  This residency will centre around creating an altered book with participation from the community.
 Region of Waterloo Library Announces 2018 Artist-in-Residence
Introducing me

The opening reception is Feb. 10, 2018, and I hope to see lots of family and friends there!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Working small

It has been three weeks since we started our kitchen renovation.  There doesn't seem to be an end in sight.  When working larger I use my dining room table but right now it is covered in kitchen things.  I am forced to work smaller right now.  That's okay, I can get a bit ahead of the sinchie guild challenge.  December is the colour purple and these are the components that I have created for it.  I am not exactly sure how it will all come together.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

The guild challenge for November is blue.  I had fun with this one!  Years ago I saved some blue plastic bags that our newspaper came in.  I decided it was time to use them.  I layered a bunch together and ironed them so that they fused/melted together and then cut a six-inch square.  I adhered some blue fabric scraps to a base and cut out the butterfly shape.  I added a bit of glitter to the edge of the wings because you got to have a bit of sparkle!  I hand stitched the middle of the butterfly to the base.  I bent the wings so that they sit up from the base.  Love how dimensional it looks!
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Monday, November 13, 2017

I heart Macro

'Then, one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.'  Ewan McGregor
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Playing with Colour

Oil pastel on fabric landscape.  Clearly not high realism!  High realism will never be my thing but I do love a good landscape.  I can't wait to do some hand stitching on this.  My goal is to get this finished in time to enter it in a local miniature quilt show.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Art Journal Prompt #45

The prompt this week is assemblage.  Not a prompt that is perfectly suited for a journal in my opinion.   I kept the components lightweight in an effort to make it work for my journal.  It was fun to play with colours that are not typical for me.   The background paper I created many years ago in a workshop.  I am making an attempt to use up some of my overflowing decorated papers.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is the start of my bead journal for November.  This is Paula Nadelstern fabric I bought at the spring shop hop.  I had planned to not buy any fabric on that shop hop.  I already have more fabric than I can use in my lifetime.  But when I saw this fabric I had to have it.  I decided if I am going to buy new fabric then I am going to use it and not put it away in my stash.  I think the beading is enhancing this beautiful design.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

I heart Macro

More rust and peeling paint.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.  Rumi

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Friday, November 3, 2017

October Bead Journal

Oh, how I love creating my bead journals.  The entire process starting with picking out the beads makes me happy.  I managed to capture the sheen of the silk but the colour is off.  It looks rather grey in this photo but in fact, it is green. I have a lovely mixture of glass, plastic, shell, metal and sequins in this piece.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Journal Week #44

The prompt this week was fall.  I had fun creating the background.  When doing a dyeing session with threads, fabrics etc. I usually use up the last bits of dye on paper.  This paper I crumpled up and poured the dyes onto it.  The texture and the rips in the paper pleases me.  I added the trees with oil pastel and the quote says 'None is richer than he who simply has peace of mind.' M. Wambebe

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Check out the Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt created at the Art Gallery of Burlington Blocks were created by needleworkers across our beautiful country and sent to Burlington.  I created the red maple leaf that is almost in the centre of the quilt.  You can see a close up of my beading/stitching on the block here  What an honour to have my work included in this quilt.  Originally my block was six inches square.  I guess they needed more blocks at 12 inches square and decided to make mine a bigger.  I haven't yet seen this quilt other than in photos.  I hope I get to!
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Monday, October 30, 2017

I heart Macro

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.  Ella Fitzgerald

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Slow Stitching

I am calling this stitching done for now.  In a certain way I enjoyed stitching this but mostly I lost interest in it.  I think I need my stitching to be something not just random.  I definitely prefer to fill in a shape or create a mandala.  I am looking forward to starting a different project for November.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Fabric Journal

I am still working on trying to make my bead journals more important.  I have added this one to some fabric that I gelli printed.  It is going to be added to a concertina fabric book.  Something more needs to added to this page.  Possibly words, I am not sure at this point.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Journal Week #43

This week the prompt was to use inchies so I used some to spell our light and peace.  I used a Lyra  Graphit water-soluable crayon to colour the background.  Man does that pigment move a lot.  It is all on my hands right now just from picking up the page.  Not a fan.  I am not particularly loving this page but not every journal page has to be a winner.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is probably one of the oddest quilts I have ever created.  I created the background with old hymnal pages.  I painted them, adhered transfer foil, added more paint, adhered to fabric and then quilted it.  Then it sat.  I knew it needed a focal point but I wasn't sure what it should be.  Last month I learned of the San Fransisco School of Needlework self-portrait challenge.  I jumped in not really knowing what I would do.  It is a mixed media challenge and that really appealed to me.  Last week I found a paper mask in my stash.  I checked it for size against the background and it seems to work.  I left the mask sitting on the background not sure of how I would attach it.  I landed upon using some vintage lace to attach the mask.  Next, I will be adding hair.  I can't wait to go through my stash to find the right bits and bobs for that!
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Monday, October 23, 2017

I heart Macro

I am often asked about my abstract macro images.  People want to know what it is.  It is normal for us to want to understand what we are looking at.  Our brain wants to label it.  I am hesitant to explain.  I am more interested to hear what people think it is.  I am also asked about my technique, how did I create it.  Again, I am hesitant to explain.  It is a process I developed on my own and don't particularly want to share it.  In the great world of photography, there may be other artists creating in this way but not to my limited knowledge and I would like to keep it that way.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

October Bead Journal

Not a lot of stitching done yet but it is a good start.  I wonder if I will be able to get it done by the end of the month.  I am done with rushing and will enjoy the stitching no matter how long it takes.    Silk has such a lovely sheen but it does make it difficult to get the colour right in photos.  This looks grey, in fact, it is a lovely sage green.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Journal Prompt #42

The journal prompt this week was to create a page with leaves.  Nina demonstrated creating a page doing leaf rubbings.  Leaf rubbings are great but I didn't want to copy her.  I drew and coloured this leaf and added a watercolour background.  The quote I used says 'How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude.'  Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am just getting started on decorating my Crazy Quilt journal project for October.  I painted the laces to go with this block.  I used my Inktense blocks and am very pleased with the way they worked.Still, lots to do but if I make a concentrated effort it may get done before the end of the month.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

'Sinchie' Guild Challenge

Last year the Grand Guild of Fibre artist did a two colour six inch square challenge called 'Sinchies'.  We all really enjoyed it and our display at the end of the year was fabulous.  We decided to do the challenge again this year but with only one colour.  We are allowed to add black or white to the square though.  I am not loving the challenge this year.  One colour just isn't inspiring me.  I like this sinchie better than the one I created last month but it is only okay.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Journal Week #41

The challenge this week was to paint with Q-tips.  Fun!  My butterfly turned out a bit wonky but I love this page.  The quote I used says 'Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and lovely heart.'  Buddha

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I treated this crazy quilt block as my bead journal for this month.  I had a lot of fun creating this basket of flowers.  I used beads, buttons, ribbons and lace to make the flowers.  What a happy block!
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Monday, October 9, 2017

I heart Macro

I find beauty in the most unlikely places.  An auto wrecking yard is a wonderful playground for me and my macro lens.  Rust and peeling paint create wonderful abstract photos.  This photo and the one I posted last Monday were taken at a wrecker not far from here.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Making a bead journal more important

I created this quilt top with some lovely batiks but it wasn't anything special.  So it sat unfinished for years.  When a friend suggested I stitch my bead journals to something else to make them larger and therefore more important I thought it was a brilliant idea.  I will have this one completed in no time!
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Journal Week #40

The prompt this week is collage.  I created the tree with fabric scraps.  I love the way it turned out.  The sky is painted mulberry paper.  The ground is actually green but looks brown in this photo.  It is made from paper that I dyed.  The quote says 'A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine."  Anne Bronte

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Another finished quilt, that feels good.  I used some of my own hand dyed fabric for this one.  I added a bead journal which was suggested by a friend.  I had fun going through my stash of buttons to find the right colours to create the edge.  I am pleased with it.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I have taken up the Inktober challenge to draw every day in October.  My drawing skills are mediocre.  I have no doubt with time and practice they could improve.  I have no desire to be a highly skilled drawing artist.  Well, that's not true I would love to draw hyper-realistically but I have no interest in putting in the time that is required to do so.  I am not entirely clear why I decided to take up this challenge but here I am.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Slow Stitching

My stitch a day projects have been done monthly up until this point.  When I started stitching this in September I thought I would be finished in one month but no.  I will continue stitching on this for October as well.  I really have no clue where this is going.  My only decision was to use all silk.  Mainly because I was blessed with the gorgeous silk threads from a friend.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Not quite finished

I have been creating a fabric book based on leaves and trees.  With this page, I have been playing with transfer foil, paint, stencils and masks.  I am starting to like where this is going but there definitely needs something else.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Journal Prompt #39

The prompt this week was to use three colours.  Pink, purple and blue were my choices.  I wish I wouldn't have put the dragonfly smack dab in the middle, that was a poor choice.  Oh well, not the end of the world.  I decided against putting a quote on this page. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I took a brief break to recuperate from the studio tour.  Now I need to get back on track finishing projects.  I decided to use a quilt block I created in a workshop with Paula Nadelstern.  This quilt block is far from perfect but I still think it is gorgeous.  Mind you, the colour in the photo is off.  In real life is more teal.  I decided it would make an interesting page in my fabric book.  I think I need to add beads to this though.  I may treat it as my bead journal project for October.  Or I may just add a few beads and call it done.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Just playing

Life is good.  This year I have had a lot of opportunities with my art and that has caused me to be very focused on getting things done.  It feels really good to finish up projects however I also need time to just muck about.  I created this bit of a landscape with leftover scraps.  What I thought was a few scraps have turned into six journal pages and there is still more to use.  It is great fun to just see what I can do with the bits and pieces.  I am giving myself the freedom to just play with no real purpose other than to use up scraps.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Journal Week #38

The prompt this week was abstract using alcohol inks.  I made a happy mess.  I used a sample piece of wallpaper and found the coating on it made it easy to move the inks around.  There is no quote to go with this page.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am enjoying my slow stitching.  This month I decided I would just let the stitching happen.  I am using silk charmeuse as a base and I am using some beautiful silk threads that were gifted to me by a dear friend.   Love stitching with silk!
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Sharon is taking a break from Take a Stitch Tuesday but she is still posting great stitching instructions.  Here is my go at the  Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch.  I love the beaded stitches!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I heart Macro

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and attention.  Buddha
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Pushing Forward

Okay, this piece really did need to be the full circle.  I was encouraged to finish it and I am glad that I did.  Well, it still needs to be quilted but the tedious part of stenciling is done.  I put on a good podcast and figured out a better way to stencil with the Gelatos so the time flew past.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Journal Prompt #37

This week the prompt was the sea.  The quote I used is by  Anne Morrough Linburg from her book Gift from the Sea.  The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.  I love being near water.  It is so relaxing to me.  

I completely enjoyed creating this page.  I am trying to look past the obvious problems with it and just accept it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am not sure where I am going with this.  I used metallic Gelatos to stencil this design and then got distracted.  My intention was to stencil this design two more times to make a full circle.  I am leaning towards doing that but I am concerned I won't remember which colors I used.  Plus, it was a bit tedious stenciling all those small openings.  Still, it would look better to have a full circle.  Then my next question is what will I do this?  I guess I could just quilt it or add beads or?
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Stitch 100 is the Drizzle stitch.  Love it!  I added a bead to the end of mine.  I think they look great.  Beads make everything better.  This is the last Take a Stitch Tuesday for the year but Sharon B
promises to start up again in the new year.  I am so grateful for all that Sharon does for the stitching community.  She is so talented and generous.

Monday, September 11, 2017

I heart Macro

One who knows how to show and accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.  Sophocles
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Just for Fun

It was time for a break this week.  All year I have been working on projects and finishing quilts for my trunk show.  I have completely enjoyed it.  However, I really need to create with abandon where the results just don't matter.  It is good for my soul to just unleash a creative mess.
I came across a small box of fabric scraps that I have been saving for like ten years.  Time to use them up!  They were just too pretty to toss out so I started gluing them into an altered book.  The top one could possibly be a landscape and I was definitely going for a flower in the second one.  They are not great works of art but man did I have fun.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Journal Week #36

The journal prompt this week is nature.  This page was quite simple to create.  I used pages from an old hymnal for the background and some flowers I cut from a wallpaper sample book.  I love the old and vintage feel to this page.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

I heart Macro

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.  Abdul Kalam

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Stitch a Day

My August stitch a day project was done completely with silk.  It was a delight to stitch and I think it turned out rather pretty.
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