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Create A Memory Assemblage (CANCELLED)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2023 in Itinerary |

CANCELLED!  SEE YOU AT THE OPENING!   Join me for a two-hour workshop to create your own framed art piece using textiles and objects that carry memory and meaning.  Be inspired, relaxed and invigorated, working right in The Gallery At The J.     I will bring everything you need to create a finished assemblage, including copper, textiles and all framing materials.  Participants are invited to bring their own found treasures—-a stone, buttons, or any found objects.  It’s also helpful if participants bring a needle, thread and a small assortment of textiles, found precious, colourful or fascinating.    The cost of $60 covers all materials, including a shadow-box frame.  Payment can be made in advance by eTransfer or cash or cheque at the workshop.  You can register...

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Assembled secrets

Posted by on Mar 23, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Spring clean up means cleaning out the bird houses. There’s a sweet sadness to see the eggs left, wondering why they were abandoned last summer. The two little eggs give hints of the wren building a nest, working with what’s at hand — including a blue thread, woven deep in the warmth of it. It was the summer of 2020 and the birds of the field didn’t notice there was a pandemic, but like them, so many of us were making do with what was close to home. I gave an online workshop, built with the promise that anyone could join in using anything they had; no need to leave the house for supplies. Finding myself close to home rather than travelling to art shows all summer, I dug into experimenting with wild material and land art with my friend Leslie, weaving grape vines into globes. It’s what we do as artists, right? Working with what we have. Layers on layers. There’s mystery to it...

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Footprints in the snow

Posted by on Mar 17, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

In winter when snow lays thick on the ground, the simple line of a tree can create a striking contrast to the white ground. Or the harvested corn leaving patterned traces in the fields. The shape of the flying geese overhead. Chipmunk tracks in the snow. These fleeting images seem to lodge themselves in our minds, and while they may not amount to something concrete enough to be called inspiration or idea, I often find that they do find a home in the final art piece. I realized that especially once I finished this piece, called “Ice Fields,” where the pattern of the stitches echo all those little patterns that we find in nature. The clear quartz hearkening to the frozen lake. Where hints of colour take on an extraordinary amount of importance in what some might call a colourless landscape. Though I’ve just finished this piece in the late winter of 2021, I painted the acrylic on canvas on a campsite in northern Ontario back in August. While it was drying, a chipmunk ran through the wet paint. As I’m layering the paint on canvas, I like to do lines of script. In this piece, I had just added a yellow line when a chipmunk ran through it, adding their own line of script to the painting. I left it, for I was curious to see how these marks, these actual marks of nature’s, would find their way into an art piece. I wondered: where would these footprints travel...

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